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.

Nov 012014

Hauntings and warnings about the potential for a zombie apocalypse did not deter six of Broadwater’s most hearty children from coming to the Library in their costumes for our Halloween program. Although, evidently, it was too cold for any but one zombie to come to the Library, pictures of zombies were colored. The one zombie left as soon as he saw the bottle of Embalming Fluid, setting next to the Librarian dressed as a creepy undertaker.

We had our reading of “The Thud”. All of the children won the coloring contest! All were given free t-shirts as well as a treat-bag partly filled with toys.



Oct 232014

I’m back from a vacation.

I brought back with me several books, including a new book Short Stories Galore by Daniel Hoyt Daniels, donated and autographed by the author. This book has a wealth of stories which will be used in adult storytimes this winter. The stories range from homey, to mysteries, to romance, to horror – and often have surprise endings which I could not anticipate until the last couple of paragraphs in the story!

The Broadwater Public Library was donated several books from the Ponca City, Oklahoma library. There are several books of library programs. We cannot wait to implement some of these programs for children, teens, adults, and all ages this winter.

A different sort of Halloween program is planned. I am looking for teens and adults to volunteer either to help in the Library with the program, to dress as zombies, and a member of the fire department or someone working in other emergency services to give a short talk about disaster preparedness.

(Shhhhh! Don’t tell the kids!) The Halloween program, involving reading a story adapted from Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Tales from the Crematory will be interrupted by the Zombie Apocalypse, including someone having a (fake, of course) injury from a zombie. The children, volunteers, and I will have to deal with this “Halloween Disaster” using the materials available in the Library – including the Internet, library catalog, telephone, periodicals, videos, books, including the CDC comic book Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. In a short time, we will find out what sorts of supplies we should have on hand, where such supplies are kept, such as a first aid kit, how to keep ourselves safe, about getting help from the Broadwater Fire Department, to bring us food and drinks (e.g., cookies and punch), and can tell us a bit about getting further training from the Red Cross or other organizations. This information could come in handy in case of a more likely occurrence such as a blizzard, tornado, fire, flood, extended power outage, injury, or something happens before a Zombie Apocalypse.

An alternative program of reading Trixie the Halloween Fairy by Daisy Meadows and coloring will be offered for young children or anyone who becomes too scared of the Zombies.

Aug 312014

This book has been recently added to the Broadwater Public Library collection, upon request. I have read it, and have found it to be a delightful children’s book, that tells a fun story while showing their child-readers where their food comes from.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's KitchenThe Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Prichard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun book that shows kids where there food comes from – milk comes from the cow, eggs come from chickens. I don’t know how well it would work to keep 3 chickens in the refrigerator though.

One thing I especially liked is that it showed a *father* cooking breakfast with and for his *son*. Mother was neither mentioned nor present. It is illustrative that men also parent their children, can provide meals, and cooking is not just for girls and women.