(Baskets sold out on December 3)
For the past few years the North Platte Public Library Foundation volunteers put their creative powers together and create book themed gift baskets from new condition books donated for the library’s book sale. This year, they made over 130 baskets and about a dozen baskets are left to sell. All remaining baskets will be sold at half the marked price starting December 2nd.
These book baskets are a great gift for book lovers as they are 2 gifts in one. First, the recipient gets a great looking gift and second, the price of the gift benefits the future of the library in North Platte.
There are two Harry Potter baskets that include Harry Potter items with the books, an apple cookbook and a book on Frank Sinatra, James Patterson books and assorted others. Come in and get a bargain!
Local author, Barbara Eymann Mohrman returns to the North Platte Public Library for another Brown Bag Luncheon series program at 12:00 PM on Friday, November 8th. Barbara is the author of Four Blue Stars in the Window and The Dust-Covered Days of Dorie Archer.
Her presentation “The Divine Wind” follows the four oldest Eymann boys as they move from the difficult dust bowl years into World War II. Using vintage photos Mohrman tells about their harrowing experiences of war in the Pacific and specifically their encounters with Kamikazes. She shares their WWII memorabilia in a presentation that is both entertaining and educational.
This free program is open to the public. Seating is limited to 70 people, so please call the library at 308-535-8036 to reserve your seat by Thursday, November 7th. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Water, coffee and tea will be provided.
Are you “computer illiterate” or actually afraid of your computer? We hear that from people coming to our library’s computer center everyday. It might be time for you to take a class and find out that computers really aren’t that difficult to use.
Classes will meet in our downstairs meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers. Each 2-hr class will cost $10.00 per person and includes a take-home handout. Class size is limited to 10 people. Classes this month are for beginning computer users. Schedule is below. Pre-registration and payment is required. Please call the library to register.
Computer Fundamentals, Tuesday, 11/5 at 6:30 PM or Thursday, 11/7 at 9:30 AM: This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.
Working in Windows , Tuesday 11/12 at 6:30 PM or Thursday 11/14 at 9:30 AM: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer is the focus of this class.
Beginning Internet, Tuesday 11/19 at 6:30 PM or Thursday 11/21at 9:30 AM: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.
None of our library computers have Windows 8 on them so we can’t teach you specific Windows 8 skills but most of the fundamentals you learn in our classes apply to all computers, especially in the Internet classes.
October computer classes move on to Working in Windows 7 and Microsoft Word 2010. Each 2-hour class is $10.00 per person and is taught on Windows 7 laptops in the library meeting room. Pre-registration is required. If you are fairly new to using computers, the Windows class should help you understand more about using your home computer. Mouse skills are required for this class and previously taking Computer Fundamentals would be helpful. For those of you who want to use a word processing program with many features, take our Word 2010 classes to get acquainted with this versatile program.
Call the library’s TLC computer lab at 535-8036, Extension 3320 to register for classes and for more information. The library is not able to teach Windows 8 classes at this time. Some skills in the Working in Windows classes may be useful for Windows 8 users who like to use the desktop mode.
Working in Windows is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM or on Thursday, October 3 at 9:30 AM. In this class you will learn to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document using WordPad and saving it on the computer.
Word 2010 Step by Step-Part 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 PM or on Thursday, October 17th, at 9:30 AM. This class will introduce word processing using Word, part of Office 2010. You will learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font style and other processing skills. Word 2010 Step by Step-Part 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM or on Thursday, October 31st at 9:30 AM. Building on the skills learned in part one, you will learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes and to print envelopes and labels.
Don’t miss the opportunity on Thursday, October 3 at 12:00 PM to attend a special brown bag luncheon in conjunction with “Nebraska”, the Sheldon Statewide exhibition at McKinley Education Center. Local author Barbara Mohrman and illustrator, Wava Best will present “The Dust Covered Days of Dorie Archer.”This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Even though the program will take place at the McKinley Center, please call the library at 535-8036 to reserve your seat to help us plan on seating and tables. Attendees can tour the “Nebraska” exhibition following the luncheon. The exhibition focuses on the people, places, and things that shape how we understand our state. The paintings, photographs, and prints that comprise this year’s exhibition all offer different perspectives on Nebraska.
Click here to find out more information on the traveling art exhibit.
At the library, we know that computer skills are becoming essential to many people. Our computer area is always staffed and staff readily assist people get on websites, start a resume or letter and assist with other computer tasks.
We also offer two-hour classes to help people learn to be independent in using their computers. We start at a very beginner level in our first class so even a person using a computer for the first time feels comfortable in class. We’ve had many people take this class as a refresher even though they already have some computer skills. Classes are small, with only 10 people maximum per class and instructors try to make the class fun as well as informative.
Computer classes resume at the North Platte Public Library in September. Classes and handouts have been updated and simplified for the beginning level classes. These classes are taught on Windows 7 laptop computers in the library’s first floor meeting room. Class fee per person for each 2-hour class is $10. Please call the library’s computer center at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3320 to pre-register for each class. Class schedule is listed below:
Computer Fundamentals on Tuesday, 9/10 at 6:30 PM or Thursday, 9/12 at 9:30 AM: This introductory class will get you familiar with using a computer, its mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.
Beginning Internet on Tuesday, 9/17 at 6:30 PM or Thursday, 9/19 at 9:30 AM: Explore the World Wide Web, basic searching, browsing and simple email questions will be addressed in this class.
While the library doesn’t have any Windows 8 computers, it is considering teaching a Windows 8 basics class if enough people are interested, starting in October. Attendees would be required to bring their own laptop computers. Please call the library’s computer center if you are interested in this type of class.
Karen Schutte of Wyoming is our next Brown Bag Luncheon Series speaker on Tuesday, August 27th. Yes, Tuesday is an unusual day for our series but Ms Schutte is on a book tour and will be in our area that day.
In the author’s own words:
“My name is Karen Wamhoff Schutte, I am 2nd generation German/American and Volga German. I am a Wyoming Historical author and have written two books in a trilogy. The first, THE TICKET, is about great-grandparents who immigrated from Surtschin, Austria/Hungary to America and Kane, Wyoming. The second novel, SEED OF THE VOLGA, is of course, about the Germans who immigrated in 1765 to the banks of the Volga River in Russia. 27,000 Germans left, to make new homes in Russia and by 1899 there were over 1,500,000 living there. After Catherine the Great died, her promises to them began to disappear and then there was the threat of the Bolsheviks and communists. Both great-grandparents immigrated to American around 1907 and made their way to the NW corner of Wyoming.
I have had the pleasure of speaking/presenting my power point to numerous historical societies and genealogical societies as well and the AHSGR in Greeley. I am speaking at the AHSGR convention in Ft. Collins in July. We have traveled the state of Wyoming doing book signings and presentations; now, we are planning a week tour East on I-80 the end of August. We plan on speaking in Scottsbluff, on Aug. 26th then on to North Platte on Tuesday the 27th. We are excited to be coming to Nebraska as I have roots in this state as well. My father’s parents left Seward, NE and homesteaded in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming around 1903. THAT, is another book.”
If you want to learn more, you can go to Karen’s website: www.karenschutte.com
Remember to call the library and reserve a seat for this free program. Water and iced tea will be provided. Feel free to bring a sack lunch with you.
SOMETHING SPECIAL JUST FOR KIDS!
The North Platte Public Library will be hosting a book discussion for children and a parent or other family member on Wednesday, July 24th at 3:00 p.m. Barbara Eymann Mohrman, author of THE DUST-COVERED DAYS OF DORIE ARCHER will lead the discussion. Read the book (copies are available in the Junior Room) and then come relive the dust bowl days in Nebraska with discussion and hands-on activities.
The struggles of pioneer travelers will be the subject of a free noon program at the North Platte Public Library Thursday, July 18th. Jeff Barnes will present “To Live and Die on the Plains” at 12:00 noon that day. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Humanities Nebraska. Space is limited so seat reservations need to be made by calling the North Platte Library by July 17th. Attendees may bring their own lunch. Water and iced tea will be provided.
It wasn’t all sunsets and songbirds in crossing the Great Plains. Death was a frequent and indiscriminant fellow traveler on the wagon trails and he took many forms – disease, gunshot, stampedes, nature, accidents, Indian attack and many more. Author Jeff Barnes presents an interesting look at how you could have “bought the farm” on the Platte River Road, or at least have made a down payment. Rarely seen historic maps, paintings, photographs and other images are used to tell these tales of tragedy from the pioneers. NOTE: Some of the historic images presented are graphic in nature and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
The picture included is of a life-size diorama in the California Trails Museum near Donner Pass in Nevada. We happened upon this museum while traveling Interstate 80 on a recent personal vacation. The tragedies and struggles of the trail were illustrated well as they documented the story of the Donner party.
Don’t miss out on this family-friendly program at 12:00 PM on June 27th at the library. This free program is part of our adult summer reading program and brown bag luncheon series. Dig into Reading with Fairy Gardens is presented by library director, Cecelia Lawrence, and Penny Billingsley from Garden Glove. Learn key elements of creating indoor and outdoor fairy and gnome gardens. Adults and kids will enjoy seeing completed miniature gardens for inside your home and a media presentation of outdoor ideas.
Seating is limited to 70 people so call by June 26th to reserve your seat. On your lunch hour? Feel free to bring your own lunch. We will furnish coffee, tea and water.