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Banned Book Week September 25-October 1st

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The library has a display of some of the books on the banned list.  Many of the titles may surprise you.  Gone with the Wind  and The Bible are both on the list.   The America Library Association website has lists of challenged books and other information.


Inspirational Author to speak at Library September 30th

AIM High – Affirm, Inspire, and Motivate Legacy Building

front-cover-130424-2Miriam Jones Bradley, an author and inspirational speaker, is coming to North Platte and will speak at the North Platte Public Library on Friday, September 30th at 12:00 PM.  Miriam wants to Affirm, Inspire, and Motivate people of all ages to identify and pass on their legacies. She fulfills this mission through nursing, writing, and speaking.  Her program is titled Legacy-Yours Is Valuable.  Bradley,  will share how the legacy her elders gave her led to a writing career and will describe the Importance of recording our personal stories and passing on our legacy to future generations.

Miriam Jones Bradley has lived “from sea to shining sea,” but spent most of her life in the Great Plains before moving to the South, which required some–several–okay, a lot of cultural adjustments. She and her husband, Dr. Bruce Bradley, live in North Carolina and Miriam works as a nurse when she is not writing books that inspire children of all ages to explore their own history. In addition to the Double Cousins Mystery Series and the Nearly Twins Mysteries, she writes nonfiction for adults.  One of her Double Cousins books takes place in Lincoln County. Through her children’s books, Miriam uses traditional stories that are also exciting and captivating to illustfinal-cover-nprate the importance of family connections while establishing good character truths.

Her book, All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life is a collection of stories celebrating the legacy she received from the adults in her life.

Attendees are asked to call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310, to reserve a seat for this free program.  Tea, coffee, and water will be provided.

Make It Monday – September 19th


coastersMake It Monday is a new activity at the North Platte Public Library.

  • Create @ Your Library on the 3rd Monday of Each Month from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
  • The  “Makerspace” will be open in the main room of the North Platte Public Library.
  • This free activity is open to all ages.
  • Supplies are furnished.
  • You can work at your own pace.
  • There will be a new project each month.
  • Makerspace may remain open on Monday evening, supplies permitting.

Bring your imagination and creative juices. You can come anytime between 4 and 5, and when your project is done you’re free to do other things. Again, we will be located in the entry area of the library.

The September 19th project is Rustic Wood Coasters.

Need Beginning Computer Skills? Classes Resume Thursday, September 8th

computerComputer Class Schedule at North Platte Public Library Set for September and October

The library offers beginning level skills taught in a series of three 2-hour classes as described below.  The introductory classes are held on Thursday mornings and then Microsoft Word will move to Monday evenings.  Class fee of $10 a person per series includes a take-home handout.  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 308-535-8036, ext 3320 or come to the library for more information.

Introductory Computer Skills Series

Computer Fundamentals:  Thursday, September 8 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:  Thursday, September 15 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:  Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 AM             

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

Microsoft Word Series

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 PM       

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 Monday, October 3 at 6:30 PM

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 Monday, October 10 at 6:30 PM          

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.

August 25th Noon Program on Unique Cemetery Stones

Picture1Boni has had a love of cemeteries her entire life, beginning at a very young age decorating graves at Memorial Day with her grandparents. Gravestones hundreds of years old intrigued her on a couple of trips to England and Scotland through a 4-H exchange program after she graduated from high school. Her son, Aaron Edwards, helped restore a couple of pioneer cemeteries in Frontier County for a boy scout community service project and his Eagle Scout Project. Combined with her love of photography Boni thought she could photograph every cemetery in the state of Nebraska! That was becoming an overwhelming task. At a “cemetery tour” a couple of years ago at the North Platte Cemetery, one of the “tree gravestones” caught her eye and she decided to concentrate on those. With a little research Boni has found out that some of those stones are Woodmen of the World markers and some are simply tree stones.

Boni shares many of her photos with friends and family on facebook as well as on a page called Tombstone Tourism of Nebraska where people share many cemetery and gravestone pictures with each other. Most people who explore cemeteries all across the state now know to take pictures of the treestones they find to share with her! Her love of cemeteries as taken her across the state to many pioneer cemeteries. Finding them in disrepair breaks her heart and she finds ways to get them back into shape! Facebook pleas and calls to family and friends has resulted in restoration of gravestones and fences in two pioneer cemeteries in Frontier County this summer.

For the brown bag program at the library Library, Boni will be sharing photos of treestones she had found in Lincoln County and other nearby cemeteries as well as some unusual ones she has found across the state. She will talk a little about Woodman of the World and share some information on symbolism she has found on these beautiful and unique stones.

Attention Scrabble Players

Scrabble Fun on Wednesday, August 10th:
scrabbleDo you enjoy Scrabble but no one to play a game with? Join us for an informal Scrabble Game, starting at 10:30 AM in the library’s meeting room on Wednesday, August 10th. We will match people for tables of 2 or 4 in a game and play until noon. Call 535-8036, extension 3331, and leave a message to sign up.

Paperback Book Sale @ Your Library

The Friends of the Library received thousands of paperback books from a book store in another community.  This public two-day sale will be August 12-13th, and will be conducted differently from previous book sales.  On Friday from 9 to 6 PM, and Saturday morning, 9-12, all books will cost 50 cents each. Then the book sale will close for one hour, reopening at 1 PM on Saturday, when books will be 10 cents each until the sale closes at 5 PM.  Come in and find some bargains; all profits will benefit future library improvements and special programming.book sale

It’s the Little Things: Fitness @ Your Library

exercisespot2_isolated copyTrudy Merrit of the North Platte Recreation Center is teaming with the North Platte Public library to present fitness information programs. “It’s the Little Things” will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 28th in the library’s meeting room.  This free program is open to the public.  If possible, call the library ahead at 535-8036, ext. 3310, so they set up appropriate seating.  Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; the library will provided iced tea and water.

Trudy describes her program this way: ” Physical activity, even a little bit, helps create a healthier you. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of physical movement. This session will teach you simple exercises that you can do at home, without special equipment or training. These exercises will be very low impact, with minimal stress on joints. Our bodies respond in a positive way to even the simplest exercise, so wear comfortable clothes and join in the fitness and fun!

Her first program on Fitness apps was very informative, so don’t miss this one!


North Platte Graduate to talk about WWII Japanese Internment Camp

helen ChristHelen Harano Christ will be the next speaker at the North Platte Public Library’s Brown Bag Program series.  Her program, “Legacy”, will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, July 22nd.

Helen, a North Platte graduate, will speak on her book about her family’s forced relocation to an internment camp in Utah during WWI. She wrote this book hoping to give readers a feeling for what it was like to live as a Japanese in America during the years previous to Pearl Harbor and during the evacuation. Helen will be in town for her high school class reunion and was asked by her classmates to share her story.

In researching this topic, I found a video interview of Helen that was done as an oral history in 2008.  Click on the links below to access the two parts of this interview.

Part 1  and Part 2

The program is open to all. Attendees are encouraged to call the library for seat reservations, if they haven’t done so through the reunion group. This helps the library plan seating. Please call 535-8036, Ext. 3310.

Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch.  The library will provided iced tea and water.


There’s an App for That: Noon Program on July 14th

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Trudy Merrit of the North Platte Recreation Center is teaming up with the North Platte Public Library to present brown bag programs on fitness as part of the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Exercise Your Mind: Read.” “There’s an App for That” will be at the library at 12:00 PM, Thursday, July 14th.


Trudy describes her program in this way:

Trying to navigate the world of wearable fitness devices and fitness apps?  We do the research for you!  This session will help you understand the role of technology in making healthy choices.  Whether you are trying to solve the mysteries of your wearable fitness device or trying to find a fitness app that really helps you toward your goals, this session will provide a primer for integrating technology and fitness.  Topics will include electronic fitness journals, wearable fitness devices and the top rated fitness apps for your mobile device.


This program is free to the public.  Please call 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat, if possible, but last minute attendees are also welcome.  The library will provide iced tea and water.  Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.