Eat at Runza on Tuesday, Sept 16 and Benefit the Library

It’s a win-win situation when you can help the library buy children’s books without spending more money than you usually would when eating out.  You can do just that next Tuesday.   Buy a Runza, ice cream cone, hamburger or any of your other favorite foods at either Runza in North Platte and the restaurant will GBGKLogo12th resizeddonate money from your purchase to the library.  It might not seem like much but over an entire day of sales, it adds up to big dollars!

On Tuesday, September 16th, Runza Restaurants will conduct the 12th Annual Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser.  The funds will benefit the North Platte Public Library by helping to purchase children’s books.

Last year, over $40,000 was raised to benefit children in communities with Runza locations and in the last eleven years, over $315,000 has been donated.  The library encourages everyone to support the library by eating at Runza that day. Runza will donate 15% of all sales at both Runza locations in North Platte to the library. Runza Restaurants has been a longtime supporter of reading.  “Reading is vital to lifelong success and provides an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together,” stated Becky Perrett, Director of Marketing for Runza National.  “Donating funds for books and promoting literacy is an important endeavor for children and the community.”

Mitzi Mueller, children’s librarian at the North Platte Public Library, stated that “With the price of books increasing, a big thank you goes to Runza for their support.  Last year the library received over $1,000 from the two local Runzas.   A book plate is placed in books purchased with Runza funds.  Considering the number of years this program has been in existence, the community has many books to thank Runza for.  The library is able to make selections appropriate for their specific collection with the money contributed.   We always look forward to supporting Runza and receiving money for new books!”

Computer Skills Classes Resume September 11

Our beginning computer classes start again on Thursday, September 11th.   We start at the very beginning, assuming this is the first time someone may have used a computer but the classes are also good as refresher courses for people who have used a computer for awhile.  In October, we will move on to Microsoft Word classes followed by Microsoft Excel in November.  Microsoft topics are broken down into several separate classes and we recommend you take all of them.  These classes give people hands on time with a computer and demonstrate skills needed both at home and in the workplace.   Obviously they don’t cover everything like a semester college class but give people a very good start in using the programs.

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.  Schedule is below.  Pre-registration and payment is required.  Please call the library to register.  Classes begin at 9:30 AM on Thursdays as scheduled below:

Sept. 11: Computer Fundamentals: This introductory class will get you familiar with computers, using the mouse and keyboard, basic terminology, shutting down your computer correctly and more.

Sept. 18: Working in Windows: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, opening programs, and creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer are the focus of this class.

Sept. 25: Beginning Internet: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.


Tech Thursdays for September

Have you borrowed an eBook through our library yet?  Have you explored the city’s updated website?  September’s Tech Thursday sessions will walk you through using the websites.  One session will demonstrate the Overdrive Media Console app for mobile devices.  Tech Thursdays are free and informal sessions taught by library staff on Thursdays at 1:30 PM.

No registration required.  Sessions last about 1 hour.


September Sessions:

Sept. 4: Nebraska Overdrive-Using the website to borrow ebooks and audiobooks.  People with North Platte Public library cards have access to Nebraska Overdrive Libraries to borrow books for free.

Sept. 11:  Using the City of North Platte’s website-Learn the features and online services of the new website at this session

Sept. 18:  Nebraska Overdrive-Get the app and start borrowing books-People with library cards and smart phones, Kindle Fires, iPads and other tablets can use this app to borrow ebooks and audiobooks

Sept. 25:  Nebraska Overdrive and Kindle Books-Library card holders with basic Kindles and Kindle Paperwhites will learn to borrow free books at this session.


Kindles are Tech Thursday Topics in August

The library is resuming free Tech Thursdays at 1:30 PM, starting on August 14th.  Tech Thursdays are fun and informal, last about 60 minutes and require no pre-registration.  Just show up and learn something new.  Most sessions are held in the library’s first floor meeting room.

August sessions will focus on using Kindle eReader devices and each week will cover a different type of Kindle as follows: August 14: Using Your Basic Kindle (not touch screen); August 21: Using Your Kindle Paperwhite (touch screen); and August 28: Using Your Kindle Fire (touch screen).

Attendees are asked to bring their own device to the appropriate session. Emphasis will be learning how to using the features of your Kindle eReader. We will show you how to change text size, line spacing and brightness when reading a book; how to open menus to access these features & change pages; and connect to WiFi using your device. There are several models within each Kindle category so please understand that we might not be completely familiar with each model. Using your Kindle does require an email address and password for your Amazon account. It will be helpful if you bring your Kindle and account information. Future sessions will cover using your device with the Nebraska Overdrive Libraries, our eBook library.

Stained Glass of Nebraska and the West

Church window in Hershey Nebraska

Church window in Hershey Nebraska

The Friends of the North Platte Public Library and Humanities Nebraska is sponsoring a free program at the North Platte Public Library at 12:00 PM on Friday, August 1st. Speaker Barbara Johnson will
discuss how stained glass windows are produced; the role of immigrants in designing, producing, and bringing these works of art to Nebraska; and some of the most interesting meaning and detail in religious, educational, governmental, commercial, and residential settings. The North Platte program will put emphasis on stained glass windows associated with Buffalo Bill Cody and includes an audio-visual presentation. This program is part of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program.

All Brown Bag Luncheon programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Seating is limited so please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.

Celebrating 50 Years of “Dr. Who”

Do you love Dr. Who?? Come explore this ultimate literary element with two of our library staff at 12:00 PM on Friday, July 11th.  Library Director, Cecelia Lawrence, and  staff member, Misty McClain. This program is free to the public.

Dr. Who is a British science fiction television program that first aired in 1963. We will be discussing the television show, the doctors & the actors who played them, the companions that accompany the Doctor, as well as the enemies from the show.

Tom Baker, the 4th Dr. Who

This is a show that you might be watching now or perhaps remember it from years ago.  A quick peak on the show’s  official website, shows that BBC recently announced a new actor to play Dr. Who, which would make him the 12th doctor.  The 4th doctor is the one I remember most.  He had wildly curly hair and always wore a hat and a long striped scarf.

Quoting Misty McClain: “Dr. Who is one of those shows that started out so low budget, the writing and the acting had to be phenomenal for it to have a chance at success.  Even today with the most recent incarnations of The Doctor, and with the special effects and modern companions the writing and acting is still amazing.  The stories are unique and each Doctor has something that endears him to the fans, sets him apart, and makes him special.”

If you haven’t watched the show yet, this a great opportunity to learn about it.  Please let us know you are attending so we can set up enough seats by calling the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310.

Terri Johnson, Library Staff


June 19th Financial Webinar @Your Library


The library is hosting free live stream webinars provided through the library’s subscription to Morningstar’s Investment Research Center.

Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 PM: Dividend Paying Stocks with Josh Peters, editor of Dividend Investor newsletter

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 PM: Financing a College Education with Adam Zoll, assistant editor of

Morningstar® Investment Research CenterSM is an easy to navigate database that was designed especially for libraries to help their patrons reach their investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment

options,  and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. This database is available at the library and remotely using our website.


Free program on Buffalo Bill, a “Superstar” in his time!

Join us at 12:00 PM on Thursday, June 19th for Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska By Jeff Barnes  

William F. Cody was born, raised, and died elsewhere but it was in Nebraska where he made his home and where the celebrity and legend of Buffalo Bill was born. What happened in the Cornhusker State to create a man who was arguably the world’s first “superstar”?  Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today. Enjoy his PowerPoint presentation with historic and contemporary photos and images. This is a Nebraska Humanities Program and is free to the public.  People have enjoyed the previous programs Jeff has presented at the library so don’t miss out on this one.  His enthusiasm for history is contagious!

Please call the library at 308-535-8036 to reserve your seat.  This helps us arrange chairs appropriately in our meeting room.  You are welcome to bring a lunch.  We will provide iced tea and water.



Love Audiobooks and eBooks? Borrow them with your Library Card and learn an easy tip for faster searching!

OverdriveDid you know that your library card is the key to borrowing eBooks and mp3 audio books to read on your mobile devices?  The library staff in our computer center would be happy to show you how or give you a brief instruction sheet.   Overdrive has offered a challenge to Nebraska libraries to increase borrowing in June with a “prize” of additional free items for the collection.  So if you have been thinking about trying the service, please do it now!  We believe you will enjoy it!

Nebraska Overdrive Libraries is provided by a consortium of many Nebraska libraries, including North Platte Public Library.  Their pooled resources allow us access to a huge number of titles.  In addition to the group-owned books, our library has also purchased additional copies of popular books available only to our library borrowers.

Just like print books from our library collection, you don’t get to keep what you borrow, but you can borrow an eBook for up to 21 days and audio books for 14 days.  No fines-books will return automatically or you can return them early. You can have up to 8 items borrowed at a time.

There are a few tricks to finding titles quicker and in this lesson, we’ll show you how to only see books available for immediate checkout.  We like to call this “instant gratification” borrowing!  After you have signed in on the Nebraska Overdrive Libraries website, select a book category from the menu on the home page such as All Fiction under eBooks  Fiction.  On the next screen shown in the image below, simply click once on Available Now under Show Me…   The page will refresh and show only books that can be borrowed immediately.  Enjoy!


The public is invited to the North Platte Public Library for a free program titled “Bees: Pollinators and Your Landscape” presented by Extension Educator, David Lot at 12:00 PM, Friday, May 30th.

Come learn about the fascinating world of bees; different kinds of bees; bee colony collapse disorder; and finally, the plants you can add to your landscape to increase the nectar and pollen for bee colonies. Bees are an integral part of our agricultural system. Without bees, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, even coffee plants will not be able to produce their fruit–which will drastically affect our diet. Come learn what YOU can do to help prevent bee colony collapse!   This topic has been in the news recently and on social media including Facebook.

This program is part of the Literary Elements Summer Reading Series for Adults which kicks off May 27th.  This is an independent reading program—so read as much as you like over the summer (May 27-September 27).   Books may be fiction, non-fiction, audio books or e-books!   There will be weekly prize drawings every Saturday at 5:00pm during the summer starting June 7th. For every book you read, you may fill out one entry form per book, up to three entries each week!  Plus, if you attend any of our adult summer programs, you can submit a 4th entry. This program is for those 18 and older.