May 232015

By request, the Library will be open Memorial Day, May 25th from 11:30-3:30. We are usually closed Mondays.

Stop by if you have time, or if your out-of-town family want to look up some family history.

May 222015

The Library has purchased, and generous donors within the community, anonymously, and from outside the community have given us a number of new items. I would like to thank all of the donors, but I cannot list them all here.

We have over 80 new movies, mainly on DVD but a couple of new-to-the-library movies on VHS.

We have a number of new children’s books, which we got from the Nebraska Library Commission and some which the Library purchased. Some of these are for the children’s summer reading program, and feature super heroes.

We have a number of new books for adults! A local donor has donated the library a number of Christian books. Another local donor has given the library a number of mysteries and westerns! Included are a number of books by William Johnstone, several by Louis L’Amour which the Library did not have in its collection, and a new printing of a classic by Zane Grey, which the Library did not have. We have new mysteries, including mysteries involving apple orchards, knitting mysteries.

We have several new inspirational mysteries, especially featuring Amish settings, by popular authors such as Wanda Brunstetter and Sarah Price.

The Library has several new non-fiction books, including about current events, such as Michael Moore’s Dude, Where’s My Country? and That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman in large type. A professional book reviewer has given us Mashi by Robert K. Fitts, about Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese Major League Baseball Player.

We were given a copy of The Hope We Seek by Rich Shapiro and the accompanying music CD, “Songs from the Big Wheel” by Rich Shapiro and Marissa Nadler. This is a brand-new book and CD.

Please come by and look around at these new items, and the thousands of items we already had in the collection.

May 222015

The Librarian will be out late May through the middle of June. I hope to be back in time for Broadwater Days.

The Library will remain open, but staffed by volunteers and Library Board members. Please call the library at 308-489-0199 before making a trip to the library, especially if you have a long way to go.

May 222015

A group of Broadwater citizens will clean up the Library for Broadwater Days on June 17th at 10:00 a.m. Bring your old clothes, dust cloths, brooms, and window cleaner.

This is an early post, but please save the date.


Mar 312015

A group of interested Broadwater citizens are trying to raise funds for more children’s books through the Libri Foundation. Matching funds for this grant cannot come from Library funds: They must come from interested people, such as you. They offer a 2-for-one grant for children’s books. Look around town for donation jars for this cause.

The Library also received 8 new children’s books from the Western Library System when the librarian went to a free WLS seminar about children’s summer reading. Watch for more information about summer reading programs.

Mar 272015

Two people have requested to see the movie, Schindler’s List. We have it only on VHS, and those requesting it do not own VHS players. As we can show VHS movies at the Library, we will show –

Schindler’s List

Rated R.

Movie Night at the

Broadwater Public Library 251 N. Starr Street in Broadwater

Part 1: 7:00 pm Tuesday, April 7th

Part 2: 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 8th

No charge. Donations Accepted.

Children and teens 17 and under must be with a parent or guardian.

Mar 092015

On Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30 PM the Broadwater Public Library will hold a St. Patrick’s Day program.

We will read Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss, and make a craft which you can take home with you.


The craft is a unique one, and is something which you will want to save for Easter eggs.

Bring a clean egg carton.

Hint: Where do you think green eggs come from?GreenChicken

Mar 012015

The Broadwater Public Library is offering many of the books which have been on the book sale shelf in the hallway free to anyone who comes into the Village Hall or Library on a first-come first-served basis. We have books for kids, teens, adult. We have nonfiction and fiction. We have mystery books, western books, romance books, humorous books. Most of them have signs of wear, but you cannot beat the price.

These books are in boxes marked FREE outside the Library door, inside the Village Hall.

Come in during hours that the Library is regularly open, or anytime the Village Hall is open. Come in and get books for yourself, your family and friends, your children and grandchildren.

This is a limited-time offer. Any which remain on Wednesday, March 11th will be discarded.

This will clear the book-sale shelf for books we will be discarding now, so they will all be fresh offerings.

Feb 042015

On Saturday, February 14th, we will hold a Valentine’s Day Children’s program. We will be decorating marshmallows with edible markers, for the children to take home and eat give to the person of their choice. We will read from Valentine Friends by Ann Schweninger.

If you will be holding your own Valentine’s Day party, or just want a special meal to eat with that special someone, the Broadwater Public Library has numerous cookbooks with just the thing – whether it is a hearty meal, a delicious desert, or scrumptious snacks. We also have books and other materials for hosting parties for all ages.

If reading Valentine’s Day themes is more along your line, I have several books to suggest.

  • A Catered Valentine’s Day by Isis Crawford
  • My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  • Be My Valentine by Debbie Macomber

A Catered Valentine’s Day is a mystery with a Valentine’s Day theme, including recipes!

Feb 042015

On Saturday, February 7th, we will be holding a Chuck Norris Film Festival. The movie schedule is as follows:
1 pm. Top Dog (PG-13)
3 pm. A Force of One (PG)
5 pm Silent Rage (R)
These will be shown in the Village Meeting room, at 251 N. Starr Street in Broadwater. All are invited, however due to MPAA ratings, Silent Rage will require children under 17 to be accompanied by a parent, and Top Dog will require parents to be present for children under 13.