Jul 272015

When: 3:00 Saturday, August 1, 2015

Where: At the Library 291 N. Starr Street

What:  Community meeting to decide what children’s books to purchase.

Who: Everyone from Broadwater and the surrounding area is invited to attend this. This is donated, community-raised funds, and are not part of the Library funds. It is explicitly for the purchase of children’s books for children and teens of all ages – birth through teens. Children and teens are especially invited to attend.


You’ve no doubt seen the collection jars in businesses in Broadwater. We’ve collected a fair sum of money. Now we have to decide how to spend it.


Jul 072015

The Broadwater Public Library will have its Summer Reading Program, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”. These are heroes from comic books, cartoons, movies, and television. They are also historical figures, such as famous inventors and war heroes and movie stars. There are also “everyday” heroes, including firefighters, police… even our parents and neighbors!

After discussing what kinds of heroes there are, we will decide what superhero WE are, what they are like, and make our own costumes to make ourselves like those heroes. We will have new, unique heroes for every child.

This program is for children of all ages.

Jun 012015

The library board meeting, normally held on the third Monday of each month, has been moved for June only to June 22nd, which is the fourth Monday of the month. Agenda will be posted in the Village Hall, Post Office, Starr Diner, and Country Store.

All are welcome to attend, in accordance with Nebraska’s Open Meetings Act.

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.