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May 3rd Evening Classical Guitar Concert@Your Library

Free Evening Concert at the North Platte Public Library on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM

Peter Fletcher 2Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist is returning to the North Platte Public Library on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM for an evening concert.  The library is sponsoring his performance which is free to the public.  Seating will be limited to 70 so call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310  for seat reservations.  His last visit was in May 2013.

Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven.  He has performed since age 15 and has taken Master Classes under many guitar masters. He received his Master of Music degree in 1995.  He has performed to sold-out houses at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at multiple other cultural venues.  His repertoire is varied and may include pieces by Bach, Grieg, and pieces by Spanish composers as well as Catalan folk songs.    He has recorded several CD’s and the most of the pieces he will perform are on his latest CD.

Fletcher’s many radio and television appearances have included Storyline on Fox-affiliate WAGA-TV’s “Good Day Atlanta”; KCSC in Oklahoma City; Long Island’s Public Radio WLIU 88.3 FM; NPR-affiliated Classical 94.5 WNED in Buffalo/Toronto; In 2015 Peter was interviewed by classical radio announcer Owen DeJong at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, who also aired his full recital given in Rapid City, SD.

Fletcher’s interests outside music include music and cross country running.  He lives in New York City. More information may be obtained at www.PeterFletcher.com.

 

New Coloring Book Club for Adults and Teens

adult-coloring-page-awesomecoloring-adult-simple-flowersCome join the latest relaxation craze at the North Platte Public Library! The Coloring Book Club will be held at 1:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

The library will provide coloring pattern pages, but please bring your own pens/pencils/markers. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own coloring books if they prefer.

This activity is designed for adults and teens.  This first meeting will shape how the club works, so be sure to get 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 16th on your calendar!

Free Class on Downloading Magazines with your library card

Picture1North Platte Library Card Holders can now download magazines for FREE to their computer, or by using the Zinio for Libraries App, to a tablet or smartphone! Here are just a few examples:  Guideposts, Forbes, Creative Knitting, Backyard Living, National Geographic, and many more.

Our library has joined the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op to provide card holders with more electronic resources.  Create an account using your library card and pin numbers; and then a log in using your email and a password.

Call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3320 for more information or come to our 1-hr free sessions on Thursday, April 14th, set at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.  Bring your mobile devices and library cards if you want to download the app, or learn how to set up an account for computer use. zinio 2

March 18th Humanities Nebraska Program on WWI Era

TMON cover jpegThe next program in the North Platte Public Library’s Pre-Chautauqua noon series will be “Behind The Meaning of Names” by Karen Gettert Shoemaker  at 12:00 PM, Friday, March 18th.  This program is free to the public.   Please call the library to reserve a seat. 

Imagine yourself in 1918, living and working in rural Nebraska; the United States enters the war with Germany.  You were born and raised here but suddenly your German surname leaves you open to discrimination and suspicion by your neighbors.     

Karen Gettert Shoemaker, the author of the One Book One Nebraska 2016 selection, The Meaning of Names reads from and discusses the role of family stories and historic research in the writing of her historic novel.  The novel’s setting is Nebraska. This presentation includes discussions of World War I, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, the experiences of immigrants and first-generation Americans in the early 1900s, and the role of men and women in a changing society, as well as the many subjects readers bring to the conversation. Karen’s presentation is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and the Friends of the Library.  The library has 20 copies of the book available for check out and there will be a book discussion at the North Platte Community College in April.  

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program.  HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.  

Evening Microsoft Excel Classes Offered at Library

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In March, the North Platte Public Library is having an evening computer class with Microsoft Excel 2013 taught in a series of 3 classes  as described below.  Class fee of $10 per person includes all 3 classes.  Each 2-hour class will begin at 6:30 PM and is limited to 10 people. All classes are taught in the first floor meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers but will relate to Windows 8 and Windows 10.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 535-8036, Ext. 3320 or come to the library for more information.

Excel 2013 Step by Step-Part 1   Thursday, 3/10 at 6:30 PM            First of 3 classes in this series: Learn to create a simple spreadsheet in Excel.  Learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.

Excel 2013 Step by Step-Part 2   Thursday, 3/17 at 6:30 PM            Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step-Part 3   Thursday, 3/24 at 6:30 PM       This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.

 

Library Noon Program to Feature North Platte’s WWI Canteen

NP Canteen 1918The North Platte World War I Canteen (That’s right, World War ONE!)

Jim Griffin, Lincoln County Historical Museum Curator, will be the presenter of the next Pre-Chautauqua Brown Bag Series program on 12:00 PM, Thursday, March 3rd at the North Platte Public Library.  This program is free to the public but the library requests seat reservations to plan the room set-up. Please call 535-8036, ext 3310 to sign up.  Attendees may bring their own lunch.  Coffee and water will be provided.

Most people have heard of the North Platte World War II canteen, but few know about North Platte’s effort during World War I. The United States was involved in World War I from April 1917 through November 1918. Thousands of troops were transported by rail and North Platte’s local Red Cross was there to meet them in a canteen established near the railroad tracks. Who were these women, how did they run their canteen, and what kind of an impact did they have on the war effort? Answers to these questions are among this presentation’s effort to bring about a new appreciation for our ancestors and how their efforts played a part in both World Wars.

The Eclipse is Coming-Learn More @ Your Library

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Derryl Barr, an eclipse enthusiast, will be at the North Platte Public Library on Thursday, February 25th at 12:00 noon to present a brown bag program titled “Eclipses Past.”  This program is free to the public but the library asks for seat reservations to help plan the room set-up.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches.  Coffee and water are provided.  Derryl is a former local resident , currently living in Iowa.

“Eclipses Past, Present and Future” is a three-part series that will look at the role solar eclipses have played in human history.   The first program, “Eclipses Past,” explores both early and contemporary eclipse mythologies and considers how the course of history has frequently been altered by the unexpected occurrence of a solar eclipse.   In over 25 years of pursuing eclipses around the globe, Derryl, the presenter of the series has gathered many documents, much art work and a lifetime of firsthand experiences that will be at the core of all three presentations.   The series is designed to coincide with preparations for and the experiencing of the total solar eclipse that will pass over North Platte on the 21st of August, 2017.

February 12th Brown Bag to focus on Candy of WWI and Upcoming Chautauqua

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By Cecelia Lawrence
12:00 PM, Friday, February 12th

Cecelia Lawrence has previously done the Candy of the 1930’s and the Candy of the 1940’s. This time around, she is focusing on Candy that was invented 1900-1920. Just like in WWII, candy production was limited by the lack of sugar. Nevertheless, candy was critical to the war effort. Come learn about the candy invented during this time period, sample a little candy, and the impact WWI had on candy production.  This program is free but seat reservations are requested.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.  Coffee and water will be provided.

The library has turned the focus of many of the noon programs to WWI to coincide with the upcoming  Chautauqua, titled, WWI: Legacies of a Forgotten War, hosted by North Platte June 8th-12th.  After the candy presentation, Cecelia will introduce what a Chautauqua is and talk a little bit about the characters that will be portrayed this year.

As in previous Chautauqua’s, historic scholars will appear as key WWI figures to discuss how the War led to changes in America’s role in international relations, its impact on race, gender, and class issues, and how technology shaped the War. These include President Woodrow Wilson, Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan, humanitarian Jane Addams, author Edith Wharton, and sociologist/activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
Audiences will gather each evening to enjoy local music or theatrical entertainment, followed by a presentation by one of the Chautauqua scholars, moderated by Woodrow Wilson.

February Microsoft Word Classes

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After receiving several requests, the North Platte Public Library will be offering Microsoft Word and Saving Files as the February topics, taught in a series of 3 classes as described below. Class fee of $10 per person includes all 3 classes. Each 2-hour class will begin at 9:30 AM and is limited to 10 people. All classes are taught in the first floor meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers but will relate to Windows 8 and Windows 10. Pre-registration is required. Call or come to the library for more information.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Thursday, 2/4 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program. This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. You will learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.
Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2 on Thursday, 2/11 at 9:30 AM: This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice. You will learn to use the Office Clipboard, adjust line spacing and margins, make other editing changes to documents before printing, and to print envelopes and labels.
Saving and Organizing Computer Files on Thursday 2/18 at 9:30 AM: This class will teach saving files such as documents created on a computer and how to organize files in folders. Learn how to rename files, create folders, move files, and use removable media to save copies of files or folders.

Beginning Computer Skills Classes are 3 for $10

WordItOut-word-cloud-1199998Beginning Computer Skills Classes at the North Platte Public Library

The North Platte Public Library offers beginning level skills taught in a series of 3 classes as described below. Class fee of $10 per person includes all 3 classes.  Each 2-hour class will begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday morning and is limited to 10 people. All classes are taught in the first floor meeting room using Windows 7 laptop computers but will relate to Windows 8 and Windows 10.  Pre-registration is required.  Call or come to the library for more information.

Computer Fundamentals:  January 14 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:  January 21 at 9:30 AM    

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.

Beginning Internet:  January 28 at 9:30 AM         

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