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 http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub/index.aspx 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.