For Broadwater Days, the Broadwater Public Library invites both children and adults to ride their decorated bicycles in the parade. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday, June 15th. The theme for Broadwater Days is “School Days”. If you would like to show your support for the library in this parade, just show up with a bike, or you may let the librarian or any Library Board member know in advance. If you would like ideas, suggestions, or talk to someone about decorating your bike, you can come to the library and we’ll try to help get you started.
10-12 copies of the book Room One for the intergenerational book group will be available for checkout starting May 18th. This is a mystery story written primarily for older children, is set along the North Platte River southeast of Angora. It has appeal to anyone living in the area of Broadwater. Nebraska provides multiple copies of this, and nearly 300 other titles for use in library book groups, costing nothing more than return postage!
On Thursday June 6th at 6:30 p.m., after we’ve had a chance to read it, we will gather in the meeting room of the Village hall to talk about it. Snacks will be provided.
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.
- As arranged.
Our telephone number is 489-0199. We may be available at other times – whenever the OPEN sign is lit at the library located in the new Village Hall building at 251 N. Starr Street.
Maps of this region from the 18th and 19th century mark this area as “desert”. Last year was one of the driest on record. I certainly hope that we don’t continue the drought through this year, but we will have more dry years. In addition to that, water is expensive – whether you buy it by the unit from the Village, or if you’re pumping it from your own well. To that end, there are some new books on garden plans for dry climates and Xeriscapes. Xeriscapes can contain many things besides rocks! We have pictures of some beautiful gardens that use very little water.
It’s said that April showers bring May flowers, and we had an April blizzard at the end of the month. After that return to “winter wonderland” it’s time for flowers. Since last year’s drought damaged most lawns and some other plantings, and the late freeze and snow may have destroyed some flowers, we have to re-plant. There are some old and new books in the library for choosing new plants for your yard and garden, as well as water-wise suggestions on Nebraskaccess. Come in for the password for your free access to this wealth of information.
t was a busy week at the library, with many patrons returning to the library since its move, and several people who have not used the library in a long time came in to look around. Most of them checked out a book, movie, or game.
In addition to books and movies, there are plenty of games in the library. Some of them are old-fashioned family-fun games such as dominoes and checkers, but there are some new games, including an electronic banking edition of Monopoly that comes with batteries. These games are available to be checked out for 2-week periods.
On May 18th, we plan a class on the next step for anyone who is getting online: Online Privacy and Security, or “Don’t get on the internet without fastening your seat belt”. The internet is fun, a powerful tool, and a great resource, but there are pitfalls which someone can harm you by using your information the wrong way. Safeguarding your privacy on the internet is a concern even if you don’t use the internet. There is a great deal of information online about nearly everyone, even if they, themselves, do not go online.
An intergenerational reading group, which will be reading the book Room One by Andrew Clement is planned for the early summer. This fictional mystery book, written for older children is set in the local area, and has appeal to community members of all ages.
By popular request, the library has got two new novels by western novelist Cotton Smith. We have Blood of Bass Tillman and Ride for Rule Cordell. Additionally, three books were donated from outside the area: an historical romance, Cherish the Dreem by Kathleen Harrington. a mystery-suspense novel Sentinels by Bill Pronzini, and The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith, which features a woman sleuth who is an editor of a magazine who probes into things which are, none of her business.
We have also received our May/June edition of Cappers magazine – a magazine especially for rural women in the midwest. It talks about heirloom beans, harvest preservation, raising goats, home-cooked recipes, and farm issues such as what “certified naturally grown” means. Cappers has changed a lot since its early days as a weekly newspaper: It is now a semi-monthly glossy magazine! We invite you to come in, look at it, read it, or check it out. We also have issues of this magazine from the past year.
Friday 03/24 60%
Chance of Rain
Windy. Showers this morning with clearing during the afternoon hours. High 56F. Winds N at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
Saturday 03/25 0%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 65F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 03/26 40%
Chance of Rain
Overcast with showers at times. High 53F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 03/27 10%
Sunshine and some clouds. High 63F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 03/28 60%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 56F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.