Jan 232014

New Hours


We are now open:

  • Tuesday: noon-1 & 3-5 pm.
  • Friday: 3-7 pm.
  • Saturday: 2-5 m.

We may be open other hours as arranged. Please call if you need the library at another time.

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Apr 082014

With the end-of-support for WindowsXP, we were left with a decision: To replace the computers so they would run Windows 7 or 8, purchase ongoing support for Windows. Upgrading the computers so they would run Windows 7 or 8 would be even more expensive than buying new ones. Continue running WindowsXP, knowing that vulnerabilities and exploits will be found in the operating system, which criminals can use to misuse our internet connection and patron information.

Another option was to go with a different, free, Open Source operating system, with support. We decided to try that first, as it is a free option. If it didn’t work, we could return to one of the more expensive options. We selected the Cinnamon version of Linux Mint, which is the easiest to use.

I put it on one computer for the uses that most patrons have for a computer – accessing the internet, along with some educational software, games, as well as compatible programs for word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software. I encouraged as many patrons as possible to try out the new software. People loved it and said that it worked as well – or sometimes commented that it was noticeably faster or worked better than WindowsXP. They said that the look and feel of the desktop and menus was different, but it was easy to use. A child who tried it no longer wanted to check out a movie, but rather play the educational games then go to the park. One of the more interesting “games” allows you to explore the known solar system! It’s not win-or-lose, but just interesting if you like astronomy.

I have Linux on all of the desktop computers used by patrons. The laptop, running Windows Vista is still supported under Vista by Microsoft, so there are no plans to change that at the present time.

Come in to look at this new operating system and try it, as well as the other games and software available.

If you really need to use Windows, that is available too. Vista is still runnning on the laptop, and we can still access all of WindowsXP on the desktop computers.

Mar 222014

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks is here! We have several copies, including one large-print copy on loan from the Nebraska Library Commission, available for checkout. We invite you to check these out.

Our first adult book group will be reading Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. The book group will meet tentatively on April 8th at 4:00 p.m.

There is also a movie “Nights in Rodanthe” on DVD. We we will be showing this on Tuesday April 1st at 1:00 p.m., and again on Friday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m in the conference room of The Broadwater Village Hall.

Another book group which will be reading the 2014 “One Book One Nebraska” selection Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene in May. We plan to have these available for checkout starting April 29th.

Also, the deadline for signup for the Affordable Care Cat, also known as Obamacare, is April 1st. Time is running out to sign up before you are assessed a fine. The Library can help you select one of several plans that best suits your needs and budget, and help you avoid paying the fine.

Mar 132014
  • The monthly meeting of the Broadwater Library Board will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    Broadwater Public Library

    291 N. Starr Street

    Broadwater, NE  69125


    Notice is hereby given, that a meeting of the Library Board of Broadwater, Nebraska will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Broadwater Village Office Building, 251 N. Starr Street which will be open to the public. An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection in the office of the Broadwater Librarian at the Broadwater Public Library. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. Note: Agenda posted may be altered prior to the required twenty-four hours, please check with the Library for changes to the agenda.

                                                                                                                                    Posted 3/12/2014

                                                                                                                                    Sue O. Nussbaum


    1. I.                    Call to Order
    2. II.                  Roll Call
    3. III.                Approval of last meetings minutes
    4. IV.                Citizen’s Business
    5. V.                  Financial Report (a) Monthly Financial Report  (b) Expenditures  (c) Bills to be presented
    6. VI.                Librarian’s Report
    7. VII.              Open Issues ——- New Programs?
    8. VIII.            New Business   (a) Research Microsoft discuss with board and librarian    (b) Discuss Library Policy Manual  (c) Discuss Chapter 8
    9. IX.                Adjournment


Mar 102014

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Storytime & Candymaking


For St. Patrick’s Day, 5:00 March 17th, we will have a Children’s Activity of making green shamrock candies, and reading The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing. This delightful poem is written in the same style as the famous ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” – just for a different holiday – and every bit as fun!


A prize of a green shamrock hat will be given for the most original, decorative candy.


The library will be open at 4:30.


Participants will receive a coupon for a special gift at the Starr Street Diner.


What: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime & Candymaking

Where: Broadwater Public Library, 251 N. Starr

When: 5:00 Monday, March 17th.

Mar 022014

Grown-up Storytime was a hit! Those who attended loved it, and several people who could not attend wish that they had.

So, this will become an ongoing event, held every Tuesday at 12:30. Each week we will read a short story. Participants have all expressed an interest primarily in western stories, and nostalgic short stories. These are open to all – young and old. We are seeking volunteer readers as well as people who wish to be read to.

The next one will be from The Peterkin Papers, held on March 11. The following one will be from Short Story Smorgasbord by Frederick Laing.

Feb 182014

In honor of Shirley Temple’s passing on February 10, 2014, we are showing two movies starring Shirley Temple:

  • The Little Princess February 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Little Lame Prince February 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Shirley Temple has been loved by generations of people who have watched her movies since the 1930s.

Bring your children.

Feb 022014

Valentine’s Day is the day for love, and we have planned a program that the kids will love!


On Friday, February 14th at 4:30 p.m. we will hold a Valentine’s Day program at the library.

We will read from My Book of Funny Valentines by Margo Lundell.

We have a unique and fun craft planned. The children will make their own seeet and edible Valentines, which they can eat, take home, or give to a friend or a loved one.

Jan 232014

January 31, 2014 is Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.

On Friday, January 31st at 4:30 We will be having a program for children to tell them about Chinese New Year, and it being the year of the horse. We will read 2 stories from books available in the Library:

  • Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin, a picture book about how a Chinese-American boy and his family celebrate Chinese New Year.
  • An Excerpt from The World According to Horses by Stephen Budiansky, which tells of society among horses.

We will have a coloring contest of a Chinese horse.  All are welcome to attend. The program will be about 40 minutes.

What is Chinese New Year though without Chinese food? On display is the book, Fine Art of Chinese Cooking by Dr. Lee Su Jan. The library has handouts of Chinese food, including a recipe for Shanghai Goose, which works well with Canadian geese, as well as duck or chicken. The handouts contain only ingredients available in Bridgeport.


I would also call your attention to a number of new books, especially for teens. See the What’s New page on this blog.

Dec 182013

The Broadwater Public Library will be showing movies throughout this week. More movies may be added next week if these movies are well-attended. Come and show your support, and enjoy movies along with your neighbors. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.


  • Thursday, December 19, 7 PM: The Santa Clause. Santa Claus is not a name: It is a job title. Rated PG. Unsuitable for young children who believe in Santa.
  • Friday, December 20, 4:30 PM: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Martians kidnap Santa to bring presents to their children. The ultimate in holiday “so good it’s bad” movies. Not rated. Laughs for all ages.
  • Saturday, December 21, 1 PM: A Disney Christmas Gift. A televised holiday special featuring clips of many Disney movies. Fun for all, especially children.
  • Sunday, December 22, Noon: Pearl Harbor. Repeated from December 7 by popular demand. Personalized romantic drama based on 2 friends as they join the war. Action and Romance. Rated PG-13.
  • Monday, December 23, 4:30 PM: Frosty the Snowman. A children’s classic.
  • Tuesday, December 24, 4:30 PM: Christmas in Toyland. A children’s classic.
  • Friday, December 27, 4:30 PM: The Lorax. 2012 animation based on a Dr. Seuss classic. A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Rated PG.
  • Tuesday, December 31, 6 PM: The Parent Trap Identical twins separated at birth attempt to bring their parents back together. Rated PG. The sequel, The Parent Trap II may immediately follow if there is interest. Both are family movies.

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