Monthly Archives: April 2013

New rotating DVD collection has arrived!

26 April 2013

New to the library is the new C.J. Box title, Breaking Point. Several people have asked for this book.

We have received a new collection of rotating DVDs from the Panhandle Regional Library System. There are an assortment of movies for all ages and varied interests. Please come by and check out a movie.

We have also had a new neon OPEN sign donated, and now hangs in the window. This will remove all guesswork on whether or not the library is open to the public.

Broadwater Library News – April 15, 2013

21 April 2013

The Broadwater Public Library now has its own website! The Library’s website is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. Its URL is

Many of the exciting additions to the Broadwater Public Library have links from that site. One of the most exciting is our ability to fully utilize NebraskAccess. This includes over 20 databases. In addition to the government databases which can tell you everything from how to renew a driver’s license to how to apply for social security, obtain military records, or the address to write your senator, there are many other resource. The list of periodical issues and articles includes years of issues of more than 1500 publications, including popular magazines and scholarly journals. Everything is there, from agriculture to zoology. You can find leading research in new seed varieties as well as finding a new quilt pattern. Up-to-date information on business laws to valuing antiques are readily available. Other information available include fiction connection which can suggest other books you might like or other books in the same series, nonfiction connection which can suggest other books on the same subject of interest, genealogy information, biographical and genealogical information. Lists of items available at other libraries – which you may obtain through interlibrary loan, and much more.

Everything you need to access and use this wonderful resource is available at the library desk.

From the Library’s own website, you can find information available from the State of Nebraska, including the State Fair, sights to see, renewing your license, and more is all available through this new Library website. Fun and educational things are available for kids, teens, and their parents from our site too.

Additionally, the Broadwater Online Catalog is available from the Library’s website

Please stop by to see us, now located in the new Village Hall building at 251 N. Starr Street, Use one of our new computers to look at our website. If you need help, our staff and volunteers are eager to help you. Check out other materials while you’re there. If you need help and are unable to come in, please feel free to give us a call, and we will try to answer your questions or find what you need. Our hours are:

Tuesday: Noon-1:00 & 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.,

Our telephone number is 489-0199. We may be available at other times, since we continue to add the material already in the library to the catalog.


Broadwater Library News

April 15, 2013

by Beth Kulacz – Interim Library Director

April 10, 2013 Broadwater Library News

13 April 2013

The following article appeared in the Bridgeport News-Blade in the “Broadwater Library News” on April 10, 2013. Republished here with permission from the Bridgeport News-Blade by the author. For more information contact the Bridgeport News-Blade at (308)262-0675

Broadwater Library News

by Beth Kulacz – Interim Library Director


This has been an exciting week at the Broadwater Public Library.

The most exciting thing is that the library has obtained three newer and better computers from the Bridgeport public schools at a discounted price. Money used to purchase these computers was donated from Broadwater citizens as members of the Friends of the Broadwater Library.

These computers are now up and running in a local-area network, to allow all of the computersto share printers, as well as to allow online collaboration among computer users for everything from research to multi-player games.

In participation with the EveryoneOn campaign, launched nationally on March 21, with its stated purpose of promoting digital literacy among adults, oue library will be offering computer classes. Whether you need a class on turning on a computer, searching the internet for information, reading e-books, protecting your online security, or starting a blog, short “hands on” classes will be offered on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

Over 200 books were donated to the library, from individuals in the community, from the Bridgeport Public Library, and anonymous donations. The books have been a combination of nonfiction and fiction of all genres, This expanded our children’s, young adult, and adult collections.

Please stop by to see us, now located in the new Village Hall building at 251 N. Starr Street, and lo ok at our technology improvements as well to check out our new books. Our hours are:Tuesday: Noon-1:00 & 3:00-7:00 p.m., Friday: 3:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.

I received a voicemail message from, Rachael, a woman in Virginia. With her children, she had read the book Room One by Andrew Clements. That book is a mystery which takes place in a small town in the Nebraska panhandle. Rachael’s research, and descriptions of local landmarks led her to believe that the story is set in or around Broadwater, and contacted the Broadwater Public Library for more information. As it is fiction, the story never happened here, but the setting makes it of local interest.

This could be a book for another book club and discussion group, such as we had last summer where we read the 2012 “One Book, One Nebraska” selection, I Am a Man. While we firmly intend to read the 2013 “One Book, One Nebraska” selection of O Pioneers! by Willa Cather later this summer, there is a demand for more book club discussion groups here, or an ongoing book club. Room One, along with hundreds of other titles for adults or teens are available from the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska Regional Library Systems. These “kits”, with multiple copies of the book and other items to facilitate discussion are available to us, the cost being only to ship the books back. The 14-page printout of titles is available at the desk of the Broadwater Public Library, or you may look them up yourself via Let’s pick out a few titles that people in the Broadwater area want to read, and schedule a book discussion as a regular event.

April 3, 2013 Broadwater Library News

13 April 2013

The following article appeared in the Bridgeport News-Blade in the “Broadwater Library News” on April 3, 2013. Republished here with permission from the Bridgeport News-Blade by the author.  For more information contact the Bridgeport News-Blade at (308)262-0675

Broadwater Library News

by Beth Kulacz – Interim Library Director


The Broadwater Public Library resumed its first full-week of operation since its re-opening this past week. Several patrons trickled in, several others to look at the library and see our new facility. More books were donated to the library in these visits. We would encourage people to come see these new books, and check them out, as well as thank the donors and people who brought them to the library.

Cataloging and shelving materials is progressing nicely, thanks to volunteers. You are appreciated!

I would express surprise and appreciation about a visit from the Director of the Bridgeport Public Library, Tammy Covalt. It was nice to receive feedback on our new library from a librarian as well as to get information which will be helpful to the library from her.

A library in the 21st century is far more than books! It’s much more than a place to check out movies. The library is much more than a publicly-accessible computer.

First and foremost, the library exists in the community to help those in the community find information. A great deal of information certainly exists in books, periodicals. Information is available on the internet too, but it is often difficult to find the information you need. A function of library staff is to help patrons find what they need or want – whether it is a book in the library, obtaining a book from another library through interlibrary loan, or helping someone find material on a specific topic. What you may not know is that librarians can help find other information – whether it is a business that sells a product you need or want, information about how something works, a part for a machine, the history of a given area, or even the complex mathematical formula for a scientific problem. While we will not do your homework for you, or do in-depth research, we can help get you the information to get started. We can do ad-hoc research for businesses as well as individuals.

If we cannot find the information you are looking for, do not give up hope! You can “Ask a Librarian” at the Nebraska Library Commission via their website, telephone, or letter at no cost. The Library of Congress also has “Ask a Librarian” and does research on finding information and sources of information for US residents, via online chat, phone, fax, or letter – free of charge.

I want to see you. I would like to know what materials or programs you would like to have in the library. Tell me what you’re looking for, and I’ll do my best to find it or get it for you.

March 27, 2013 Broadwater Library News

13 April 2013

The following article appeared in the Bridgeport News-Blade in the “Broadwater Library News” on March 27, 2013. Republished here with permission from the Bridgeport News-Blade by the author.  For more information contact the Bridgeport News-Blade at (308)262-0675


The Broadwater Public Library has re-opened after its several-month closure to complete the move. It is now located at 251 N. Starr Street, in the north room of the former school building which has been renovated for use as a Village government building. We are in the final stages of unpacking, cataloging, and shelving books.

The library is being run by its new interim library director, Beth Kulacz. Her experience as a software engineer should be quite helpful implementing the new EveryoneOn campaign. This is a three-year campaign sponsored by numerous private and governmental organizations, including the Ad Council, the Nebraska Library Commission, the American Library Association, and many others. It is aimed primarily at adults over age 23, although others can participate. The goal: “Do one thing better online”.

The newly-opened library has several new items. The audio book collection is greatly expanded due to a grant of thirty-seven new audio books donated by TEI Landmark Audio. Numerous other newly donated books are on the shelves, available for check-out. We cordially invite you to check these out to listen to a book read to you while driving, when you cannot sit down and read, as well as those whose disabilities make it difficult or impossible to read a book.

Library materials, including books, DVDs, CDs, and periodicals are being cataloged and put on a publicly-accessible Website, such that our materials can be browsed or particular materials found using the Internet. This can better ensure patrons looking for specific materials can be sure that they are in the library before they come in, which can save time and fuel.

Stop by, but please excuse our mess.


The hours have changed slightly, to allow for a noon-hour opening one day per week. Library hours are:

Tuesday: Noon-1:00 & 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.


New audio books, neat end of library

Library is shaping up on March 23

Still plenty to unpack from move

There are still plenty of boxes of books to unpack and catalog.


The Broadwater Public Library has its own website!

12 April 2013

You are reading the first post on the Broadwater Public Library’s website. This is hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As most of you know, various new things have happened regarding the library.

First of all, it is open again after its move to a much better facility. Hours are:

  • Tuesday: Noon-1 p.m. & 3-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2-5 p.m.
  • Other hours as arranged or coincidence.

We have newer computers, thanks to the Bridgeport Public Schools, and donations from members of the community.

We have 37 new audio books, thanks to a generous donation from TEI Landmark Audio.

We have hundreds of books which are new to Broadwater, if they are not brand new, that were donated by numerous people and organizations, some known and some anonymous.

Through NebraskAccess, funded by the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, you can now access full texts of over 1500 magazines, look at copies of books which have ever been published or books in print, find the other books in the same series as one you’ve read, find biographical information, find business information, find the latest medical information, get tips on babysitting, find a new recipe, find others with similar interests, find the value of your antiques, and much, much more. Passwords are available to the community at the library desk.

We have an online catalog, as linked in the right bar. The direct link to it is We are still putting books in this catalog, but it is quite useable now.

We want to know what you want! Stop by and look around, and tell me what materials you would like to see that we don’t have. We can probably get it either by purchasing it or borrowing it from another library through inter-library loan.

We can help you find it. Whether recommending a book, or looking something up in a reference book, your librarian can also help you find things online, or research librarians at the Nebraska Library Commission or the Library of Congress can help find information on most topics free of charge for you or your business for any Nebraska or United States resident.

Beth Kulacz, Interim Library director

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