February Happenings at Your Library

Library will be closed on February 17 for Presidents Day.

AARP volunteer tax filing help will begin Saturday, Feb 1.  They will be here on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. There is an intake form that can be picked up at the library to complete prior to tax filing. This may help you know what you need to bring with you.  Assistance is done on a first come-first helped basis. 

Teens Explore will meet on Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm.    All 12-18 year olds are welcome!

Story Time for Age 3-Kindergarten: 30-minute sessions on Tuesdays, at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 1:30 PM.

Wee Read for Ages under 3: 20-minute sessions on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM

Lego Club:  The 1st Tuesday, 4:00 PM– 5:00 PM, now called Explorers is open to ages 4-12. This is essentially open build creation time.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to join the kids and build together.  The 3rd Tuesday, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, called Challengers is open to Grades 1st-6th, will have LEGO/STEAM activities.  Children who are eligible may attend both groups.

Noon Program on Friday, February 7th at 12:00 PM: Starting Seeds Indoors by Liz Kurz

Starting seeds properly can make or break your entire growing season.  Come to the program to learn some tips, including when to start seeds, which seeds to start indoors, and how to do it properly.  Liz, who works here at the library, presented an excellent program last year on square-foot gardening.  Please call 535-8036, Ext. 3320 to reserve a seat.

Reading Pawtners are coming Friday, February 21 from 4:30 PM-5:30 PM: Children in grades K-5th can come read to a 4-legged friend from Rock’N Paws therapy dogs. Come early to reserve your reading time!

Creation Station: The Creation Station hours are from 1pm-8pm Monday-Thursday and 1pm-5pm on Friday and Saturday.   Equipment training can be scheduled during those hours unless staff is not available. Most training takes 1 hour.  Then you can schedule open build time to make your own creations. 

Workshops: Workshops last 1 hour and have a fee, payable by cash or check at the session.  Workshops are limited to 4 people per session. Please register by calling the Library’s Technology Learning Center at 308-535-8036 x3320 or online at   Please note that no children under 5 can be in the room.  Workshops do fill up fast so don’t wait too long to pre-register.  Age limits are based on the minimum age to use the equipment used for the workshop.

Tiny Wish Bottles Workshop: Monday, February 3 at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, or 7pm and Thursday, February 6 at 6pm or 7pm: Do you dare to dream, carry a secret, desire to share your love, or charm a friend? We will be making Wishing Bottles with supplies like heart beads, laser paper hearts, small scrolls, thread, and more. These tiny bottles can carry a message, be a beacon of joy, or worn as a necklace charm. They are the perfect way to jot down your New Year’s Resolutions, seal them and then reopen next year…sort of like your own mini time capsule. You will be making three (3) wishing bottles in this workshop.   Ages 12 and up.  Fee: $4.00

 Valentine Mug Press Workshop: Monday, February 10 at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm or 7pm and Thursday, February 13 at 6pm or 7pm:  Choose from a variety of valentine themed designs.  Library staff will use our toner printer and NEW mug press to adhere your chosen design onto a 15 oz. white mug. These mugs are perfect for gifting!   Ages 12 and up.  Fee:  $5.00

Book Lovers Mug Press Workshop: Saturday, February 22 at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.    Come see our new mug heat press in action! Choose from a variety of book themed designs to be pressed onto a 15 oz white mug. Keep it for yourself or use it as a creative gift.  Ages 12 and up.  Fee: $5.00

Spring and Shamrock buttons: Monday, February 24 at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm or 7pm and Thursday, February 27 at 6pm:  The library now has a 1-inch button maker in addition to our larger one.  These buttons can be used as playing pieces by themselves, or mini-magnets, key chains, and tie-tack style buttons with additional attachments.  The mini-magnets can even be added to a special pendant.  Ages 5 and up.  Fee: $1.00, includes 2 large buttons and 1 mini-button keychain

Free Noon Program: Once Upon an Eclipse by Derryl Barr on July 25th

“Once Upon an Eclipse . . . . How Storytellers in All Ages Have Used Nature’s Greatest Spectacle to Build and Color the Fabric of Their Tales.”

                In the presentation Once upon an Eclipse, former North Platte resident Derryl Barr explores the uses of eclipses by storytellers of all ages — from the vague uncertainties found in ancient chronicles and myths to the detailed spectacle and technical precision exploited by modern cinema.

A total solar eclipse, as many residences of North Platte and surrounding communities have recently had the opportunity to experience firsthand, is nature’s greatest spectacle.   It therefore follows that storytellers of all ages have exploited the natural drama and otherworldliness of totality to help create their plots and develop their themes.  As part of the national library summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” Once Upon an Eclipse explores these various purposes, techniques and themes in a lively, highly illustrated, and animated presentation.

Barr, a former teacher at North Platte High School, has spent a lifetime exploring the eclipse phenomenon through a variety of disciplines that have taken him to all seven continents from where he has observed 24 central solar eclipses.

Astronomy for the Rest of Us: Free Noon Program on June 7

This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. The galaxy is much like our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The disc-shaped galaxy is seen face on, revealing the winding structure of the spiral arms. Dark patches in these spiral arms are in fact dust and gas — the raw materials for new stars. The many young stars that form in these regions make the spiral arms appear bright and bluish. The galaxy sits in a vibrant area of the night sky within the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), and appears very close to the Large Magellanic Cloud  — one of the satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. The observations were carried out with the high resolution channel of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. This instrument has delivered some of the sharpest views of the Universe so far achieved by mankind. This image covers only a tiny patch of sky — about the size of a one cent euro coin held 100 metres away! A version of this image was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition by flickr user c.claude.

Not all of us have access to a telescope and definitely not the Hubble Telescope to see the stars.  In our next free noon program, Les Green will present: “Astronomy for the Rest of Us-Amateur Astronomy”.

Originally used as a calendar to know when to plant or harvest crops, humans have studied the stars for over 5000 years.  Les Green hasn’t studied the stars quite that long but did find astronomy an interesting hobby in 1994 when he saw a comet slam into a planet.  In this presentation, he will take you on a journey 13.5 trillion years in the making.  We will learn how to identify astronomical objects and events starting with the ones closest to earth such as shooting stars, through the solar system discussing the sun and planets, and finally travel into deep space.  We will discuss freely obtainable resources such as star charts, maps, and information; we will also try to stick to objects and events, which can be seen with the naked eye or a small set of binoculars.  In this digital age, astronomy is an analog hobby.  While there are lots of apps out there you will get the best results by printing a current star chart, going outside and looking up, plus you won’t ruin your night vision.  Come learn the secrets of the universe, or at least why we think the earth isn’t flat.

Help us plan seating by calling the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to let us know you are coming.  We will have water and lemonade to keep you hydrated during this informative and fun program.

Wow! May will be a busy month at the library.

May Happenings at the North Platte Public Library

Saturday, May 4th 9:30 AM-10:30 AM: Reading Pawtners: Children in grades K-5th can come read to a 4-legged friend.  Rock’N Paws therapy dogs will be at the North Platte Public Library waiting to be read a story! Come early to reserve your reading time!

Saturday, May 4th: Free Comic Book Day 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Lots of free comic books, other giveaways, drawings for prizes, and “green screen” photos if you come in costume to make personalized Comic Book Cover photos.

Lego Club: Tuesday, May 7th 4:00 PM– 5:30 PM is open to ages 4-12.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to join the kids and build together.  Last session until fall.

Grades K-5th Summer Reading Registration Fun Time: Wednesday, May 29th, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM:  Something New!

Library staff is encouraging families to pre-register for Summer Reading to help staff plan numbers.  There will be fun activities this day and everyone will get a full calendar of the program’s events in June and July.  Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory.

Free Noon Programs:  This year, we are featuring people from our area with unique experiences, hobbies, and careers.  Please help us with room set-up by calling the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310, to reserve a free seat. We’ll have the coffee pot on and attendees are welcome to bring brown bag lunches.

Friday, May 3, 12:00 PM: Living in Chile By Jerry & Ingrid King:  Jerry and Ingrid  and their family moved to Santiago, Chile to live and  help construct a Bahai temple.  They will talk about home schooling and the local public schools, the challenges and blessings of living in Chile, and traveling to locations such as Machu Picchu.

Thursday, May 30, 12:00 PM:  A Story of a Treasured Landmark:  The Yancy/Pawnee Hotel by Kaycee Anderson: This program will cover the history of the Hotel Yancey/Pawnee from the time the lot was sold, up to the closing of the building in 2013 and the latest news on the hotel.  She will talk about how the hotel was the “hub” of North Platte for many years and the problems that lead to the closing. At the end of the program, there will be some fun trivia questions for the audience to answer.   Program will also be at the Lincoln Co. Historical Museum on May 23rd at 7:00 PM.  They also request seat reservations be made by calling the museum.

Make it Monday: No Make It Monday Programs until September

Creation Station Classes, Training and Crafts:  Currently we have the laminator, button maker, and embroidery machine available for use at limited times.  We are currently waiting on computer software before other equipment can be used.  Greatest Mom / Mother’s Day Magnet OR Bookmark: Looking for something different to give to your mom on Mother’s Day? Surprise your mom with a cute home-made mother’s day magnet for her refrigerator or a bookmark! LEARN how to use the button maker to make magnets, then make as many refrigerator magnets as you want! Families are welcome! Certification training by library staff is free (training takes about 10 minutes); and magnet-making takes about 5 minutes and only costs $0.25 per magnet. OR if you choose to do the Bookmark, we have lots of cute scrapbook paper and embellishments to make the most beautiful bookmark. Cost for these special embellished bookmarks is $.50 per bookmark to make (includes the cost of: paper, lamination pouch, ribbon, and embellishment) OR you can bring in your own supplies and make bookmarks for $0.05 each.  Training and maker sessions for either the magnet or bookmark are: Monday, May 6th 1pm-4pm; Wednesday, May 8th 3pm-5pm; Friday, May 10th 1pm-3pm or 3:30pm-5pm; or Saturday, May 11th from 11am-12pm

Lace Embroidery Bookmarks:  Come learn how to make beautiful spring or Mother’s Day Embroidery lace bookmarks.  Library staff will show you how to use the Pfaff embroidery machine and then you can make a lace bookmark at no charge! Expect the training to take one hour. Training is offered: Thursday, May 2nd 10:30am-12pm; Friday, May 3rd 1pm-5pm; Thursday, May 9th 6pm-8pm; Friday, May 10th 1pm-3pm or 3:30pm-5pm; or Saturday, May 11th 2pm-5pm.  Open Build time for trained people: May 9, 11am-12pm; May 16, 1-2pm

Garden Plant Markers: Are you ready to plant your garden?  Then come check out our easy fun ways to create garden plant markers!  You can paint on rocks, or use paint sticks to make your own unique garden markers. This is a great family-friendly event! Rocks are $0.25 each OR bring your own from home at no cost; the paint sticks are $1.00 each or bring your own from home at no cost. Paint, paintbrushes, stamps, and mod-podge outdoor spray will be provided. Come make your own garden plant markers during these times: Tuesday, May 7th 3pm-5pm; Thursday, May 9th 1pm-3pm.

Noon Programs Resume with Program on Bees

Bees By Shelly Deardoff

12:00 PM, Thursday, March 7

Shelly Deardoff, our Young Adult Librarian, will present the first noon program this year.  Shelly, in her spare time, is a beekeeper, and has started a small home business, “Sassy Pants Honey”.  She is also our “Maker It Monday” coordinator and the March 18th craft will be Mason Bee Houses.  Shelly describes her program below:

“Bees are BIG NEWS! You have heard bits and pieces, but do you want to dig a bit further into the hive? Here’s your chance! We aren’t really going to let the girls (bees) out, but as an eye witness, have I got stories for you!

Which of the many kinds of bees might you see in your back yard? What do you plant, to feed and attract pollinators? Now that they’re in your yard, what happens if they land on you? What does the inside of a hive look like? These are a few of the questions we will look at plus so much more. Bring your questions and if I don’t know the answer I will search the answer and get it to you.

We at Sassy Pants Honey, are dedicated to caring for the environment, sharing our passion and bringing products that we can be proud of to our community.”

Please help us plan room set-up by calling in your seat reservation to the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310.


Humanities Nebraska Speaker on October 18th

Sept. 27 Noon Program on the Ultimate Book Collector

Many people are book collectors but Thursday’s program will introduce you to a man who was a bibliomaniac!  You will not want to miss this story.   We have plenty of seats left.

The North Platte Public Library will bring a very special program to the library at 12:00 PM, Thursday, September 27, titled “The Amazing Library of Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick” by Jim McKee.  This program is funded through Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and local funding.

Jim McKee tells an amazing story of the ultimate book collector.  Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick, longtime resident of Bethany, Nebraska, was a bibliomaniac. This college professor began with a solid collection of rare books inherited from his illustrious namesake. A lifetime of collecting later, he was living entirely in the kitchen of his house while the rest of the property was packed floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall with books. Only after his death in 1952 was the full extent of his obsession uncovered.

Humanities Nebraska Noon Program on September 21st

When Did the White House Become the “White House?” by Donald Hickey

This free PowerPoint program—featuring portraits, illustrations, and newspaper evidence—will examine the origins and early history of the White House, which today is arguably the most famous building in the world. Special attention will be paid to when and how the White House got its name. Although conventional wisdom holds that the name originated when the White House was rebuilt after being burned during the War of 1812, the evidence suggests that the name was in use as early as 1802, a mere eighteen months after the building was first occupied by President John Adams.

Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College. He is an award-winning author who has published eleven books and over a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes.

Please help the library plan seating by calling ahead for a seat reservation:  308-535-8036, Ext. 3310


Learn the History of the State Fair at August 9th Noon Program

History is never dull when Jim McKee gives a presentation!  Don’t miss this noon program!

The North Platte Public Library is hosting a free program, “History of the Nebraska State Fair” by Jim McKee, at 12:00 PM on Thursday, August 9th.    The library encourages attendees to call 535-8036, Ext. 3310, to reserve seats to help us plan the room set up.   People are welcome to bring in their own brown bag lunch; water and lemonade will be provided.

Before Nebraska was even a state there was a Nebraska Territorial Fair, which was not only the first territory of the U. S. to have an official fair but it was the only territory to ever have a fair. This program shows the development of the Nebraska fair from territorial days through the Omaha-based 1898 Trans Mississippi Exposition which replaced the state fair that year and the various cities which hosted the event before its “permanent” move to Lincoln and ends as the state fair moved to Grand Island.  Jim, a Humanities Nebraska speaker from Lincoln, has given many presentations here over the years and they are always very interesting.

McKee is owner of Lee Booksellers. He is the author of more than 1,400 articles and books on Lincoln and Nebraska history and numismatics including “Lincoln: A Photographic History,” “Visions of Lincoln,” “Lincoln: The Prairie Capital,” “Havelock: A Photo History and Walking Tour,” and “Remember When.” His weekly history column has appeared in the Lincoln Journal-Star Sunday newspaper since 1993. He has been a local history adjunct professor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln since 1970. He presents about 50 talks a year to church, civic, professional and historical groups.

Living History Speaker at Library July 12th

From Nebraska Farm Girl to British Nobility

The North Platte Public Library’s next Humanities Nebraska program, .   “A Visit with Lady Vestey,” will be at  12:00 PM, Thursday, July 12.

Beverly Beavers comes in costume and character to tell the fascinating story of Lady Vestey. Born in Superior, Nebraska, this young woman became the highest paid woman executive in the world in the early 1900’s. As an employee of the Vestey Cold Storage Company she traveled extensively and learned many languages. She was instrumental in providing food for the Allied troops during World War I and lived in London during the bombing of Britain during World War II. She joined the English nobility when she married her boss, William. Lady Vestey traveled far, but she never found a place that she liked better than Nebraska.    This is a program that will be of interest to all ages.


All Brown Bag Luncheon programs are free and open to the public.  Humanities Nebraska provides the major funding for these programs. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private funding. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Water and lemonade will be provided. Seating is limited so please call the library  at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.