St Patrick’s Day program

9 March 2015

On Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30 PM the Broadwater Public Library will hold a St. Patrick’s Day program.

We will read Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss, and make a craft which you can take home with you.


The craft is a unique one, and is something which you will want to save for Easter eggs.

Bring a clean egg carton.

Hint: Where do you think green eggs come from?GreenChicken

Valentine’s Day

4 February 2015

On Saturday, February 14th, we will hold a Valentine’s Day Children’s program. We will be decorating marshmallows with edible markers, for the children to take home and eat give to the person of their choice. We will read from Valentine Friends by Ann Schweninger.

If you will be holding your own Valentine’s Day party, or just want a special meal to eat with that special someone, the Broadwater Public Library has numerous cookbooks with just the thing – whether it is a hearty meal, a delicious desert, or scrumptious snacks. We also have books and other materials for hosting parties for all ages.

If reading Valentine’s Day themes is more along your line, I have several books to suggest.

  • A Catered Valentine’s Day by Isis Crawford
  • My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  • Be My Valentine by Debbie Macomber

A Catered Valentine’s Day is a mystery with a Valentine’s Day theme, including recipes!

Chuck Norris Film Festival

4 February 2015

On Saturday, February 7th, we will be holding a Chuck Norris Film Festival. The movie schedule is as follows:
1 pm. Top Dog (PG-13)
3 pm. A Force of One (PG)
5 pm Silent Rage (R)
These will be shown in the Village Meeting room, at 251 N. Starr Street in Broadwater. All are invited, however due to MPAA ratings, Silent Rage will require children under 17 to be accompanied by a parent, and Top Dog will require parents to be present for children under 13.


1 November 2014

Hauntings and warnings about the potential for a zombie apocalypse did not deter six of Broadwater’s most hearty children from coming to the Library in their costumes for our Halloween program. Although, evidently, it was too cold for any but one zombie to come to the Library, pictures of zombies were colored. The one zombie left as soon as he saw the bottle of Embalming Fluid, setting next to the Librarian dressed as a creepy undertaker.

We had our reading of “The Thud”. All of the children won the coloring contest! All were given free t-shirts as well as a treat-bag partly filled with toys.



Back from vacation in time for Halloween and Zombie Pandemic

23 October 2014

I’m back from a vacation.

I brought back with me several books, including a new book Short Stories Galore by Daniel Hoyt Daniels, donated and autographed by the author. This book has a wealth of stories which will be used in adult storytimes this winter. The stories range from homey, to mysteries, to romance, to horror – and often have surprise endings which I could not anticipate until the last couple of paragraphs in the story!

The Broadwater Public Library was donated several books from the Ponca City, Oklahoma library. There are several books of library programs. We cannot wait to implement some of these programs for children, teens, adults, and all ages this winter.

A different sort of Halloween program is planned. I am looking for teens and adults to volunteer either to help in the Library with the program, to dress as zombies, and a member of the fire department or someone working in other emergency services to give a short talk about disaster preparedness.

(Shhhhh! Don’t tell the kids!) The Halloween program, involving reading a story adapted from Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Tales from the Crematory will be interrupted by the Zombie Apocalypse, including someone having a (fake, of course) injury from a zombie. The children, volunteers, and I will have to deal with this “Halloween Disaster” using the materials available in the Library – including the Internet, library catalog, telephone, periodicals, videos, books, including the CDC comic book Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. In a short time, we will find out what sorts of supplies we should have on hand, where such supplies are kept, such as a first aid kit, how to keep ourselves safe, about getting help from the Broadwater Fire Department, to bring us food and drinks (e.g., cookies and punch), and can tell us a bit about getting further training from the Red Cross or other organizations. This information could come in handy in case of a more likely occurrence such as a blizzard, tornado, fire, flood, extended power outage, injury, or something happens before a Zombie Apocalypse.

An alternative program of reading Trixie the Halloween Fairy by Daisy Meadows and coloring will be offered for young children or anyone who becomes too scared of the Zombies.

Movie: Race Against the Harvest

21 September 2014

On Tuesday, Sept 23rd at 7:00 p.m. we will be showing “Race Against the Harvest”. The movie is about Kansas farmers who desperately rely on independent harvesters to gather their crops before weather destroys them.

Details of this movie may be found at IMDB.

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen

31 August 2014

This book has been recently added to the Broadwater Public Library collection, upon request. I have read it, and have found it to be a delightful children’s book, that tells a fun story while showing their child-readers where their food comes from.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's KitchenThe Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Prichard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun book that shows kids where there food comes from – milk comes from the cow, eggs come from chickens. I don’t know how well it would work to keep 3 chickens in the refrigerator though.

One thing I especially liked is that it showed a *father* cooking breakfast with and for his *son*. Mother was neither mentioned nor present. It is illustrative that men also parent their children, can provide meals, and cooking is not just for girls and women.

Free T-shirts! Final Summer Reading Program

17 August 2014

This Saturday at 9:00, we will have our final Summer Reading Program.

We will read from A Kettle of Hawks by Jim Arnosky, then will color pictures of hawks and other large birds of pray. T-shirts will be given to all participants!

New Adult Fiction is Here!

17 August 2014

The ALA Webinar ” New Adult Fiction – a new genre”, viewed by members of the Library Board and staff on August 5th was quite informative. We decided to include several new titles of New Adult fiction in our collection, and identified some items we already had as being in that genre.

What is “New Adult Fiction”, you might ask? These are books designed to be especially relevant to the lives of people 18-30, who have recently reached adulthood and face choices and situations which they did not have as teens. They have main characters between the ages of 18-25. All sub-genres are represented, including Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, and Western.

Yes, Western! On our shelves is a copy of The Last King of Texas by Rick Riordan. Rick Riordan mostly writes young adult fantasy novels featuring past civilizations, and has written this western novel as well for “New Adults”.

Other books currently in the library include Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz and Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos. and The Last Heir by Shannon McDermott. More will be arriving soon!


While New Adult Fiction is especially designed to be read by those between 18-30, they are enjoyed by younger teens as well as adults over 30.

Special Board Meeting – New Fiction this Fall

1 August 2014

Special Meeting – Broadwater Library Board

Broadwater Public Library

251 North Starr

Broadwater, NE 69125


Notice is hereby given, that a meeting of the Library Board of Broadwater, Nebraska will be held at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Broadwater Village Office building 251 North 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 8/1/2014

Sue 0. Nussbaum


I.            Call to Order

II.            Roll Call

III.          Watch and participate in American Library Association’s Booklist Webinar: What’s New in Fiction –

Fall 2014.

IV.         Discuss the new fiction coming out, and decide which books we want to purchase.

V.            Adjournment

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