Parents know the importance of reading to their children but often times in a busy day it is hard to find time. To encourage caregivers to read early and often to their children, the North Platte Public Library is launching a new program for preschool children. 1000 Books B4K offers a challenge to parents and care givers to read 1000 books to their child before they enter kindergarten. Parents may register for the program in the junior room of the North Platte Public Library and pick up a folder containing log sheets and information.
This early literacy program is simple and free. Parents bring their child to the library to sign up and are given a folder containing log sheets. Every time the child has listened to 100 books the log sheet is redeemed at the library to receive a sticker or small prize such as a book bag or finger puppet. When the child has listened to 1000 books, he or she receives a book and a jumpstart for future learning success.
Reading with an older child or an adult at a young age helps children develop pre-reading skills. They are able to build a mental word bank that will benefit them as they begin to sound out words and later for writing skills.
It really is possible to read 1000 books to a child before kindergarten! There are 1,826 days between birth and a child’s fifth birthday. If one book is read per night for three years, 1095 books will have been read. If ten books are read per week for two years, 1040 books will have been read. If three books are read most days, in less than one year the milestone will have been reached.
This program is based upon evidence that the more children (ages 0 – 5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten. Most importantly, children who enjoy shared reading time, and see others around them enjoying reading will WANT to learn how to read. Rewards are endless. What better way to spend a cozy, shared, quiet time with a child?
Start up funds for this program were provided by the Doris O. Nelson memorial and a gift from Mr. James Neville. Money for books is provided by Thrivent Financial.
The North Platte Public Library is planning special programs in March in recognition of Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene being selected Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. Programs will include a book discussion, living history presentations, and presentations on candy and World War II military uniforms. All of these presentations are free to the public.
The first of these programs is Canteen Stories: A Living History Presentation at 12:00 PM on Friday, March 7th at the North Platte Public Library. The same program will be repeated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 8th. Please call the library for seat reservations. Local actors will portray canteen volunteers and others connected to the North Platte Canteen. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the 2011 Canteen Memories cemetery tour.
Picture from www.lincolncountymuseum.org
In his nonfiction story, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene goes out in search of “the best America there ever was,” and finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons. During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, NE, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. This small town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Once Upon a Town tells the story of how this plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.
The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is entering its tenth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this book from a list of 71 titles nominated by 141 Nebraskans from across the state. The Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 in Lincoln.
David Lott, Extension Educator
Are you yearning for spring and the growing season?
The North Platte Public Library’s Brown Bag series is taking a practical turn for the next program. Come to the library at 12:00 PM, Friday, February 28th to learn to how to successfully start garden seeds indoors. The guest presenter will be David Lott, UNL Extension Educator. He will demonstrate how to start seeds and keep them growing until they are ready to be planted! This is a timely topic as February is the perfect time to start flower and vegetable seeds indoors.
The program is free to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Seating is limited to 70 so call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to make seat reservations.
3rd book in the Spirit Road Mystery Series
The North Platte Public Library continues its Friends of the Library Brown Bag series programs with “Death on the Greasy Grass” By C. M. Wendelboe at12:00 PM on Friday, February 14th. The programs in this series are free and always open to the public.
This is a return visit from Wyoming author, C.M. Wendelboe, who came last year to talk about his Spirit Road series. The series continues with Death on the Greasy Grass. One reviewer described it as “An exciting and quirky mystery that seamlessly shifts between past and present, offering a number of finely delineated characters and a strong sense of life on the reservation and the beauties of a hostile land
Wendelboe now lives in Gillette, Wyoming, after his thirty-eight year law enforcement career began in the 1970s when he worked in South Dakota towns bordering three Indian reservations. His experiences with the Lakota nation greatly influenced his writing.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Seating is limited to 70 so please call the library at 535-8036 to reserve a seat.
There’s no limit on how many readers can borrow this eBook at once during the Big Library Read program. Regular borrowing times apply so choose 7, 14 or 21 days when you borrow this book using your North Platte Public Library card and pin number. Haven’t borrowed a book through Nebraska Overdrive Libraries yet? Come to the library and learn how easy it is to do.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Blind Date with a book @Your Library
February is the month for valentine surprises so the North Platte Public Library is trying a new idea for the next few weeks.
Library staff have selected some of their favorite reads and wrapped them with red paper with only the barcodes showing so they can be checked out. Choose one, take it home and unwrap it and see if you like it. If things don’t work out between you and your “date,” just return it to the library without any hurt feelings. Or, you just might “click” and add a new author to your personal favorites.
This was an idea from the Nebraska Library Conference that has been enjoyed by other libraries. We’re making it simple the first time we try this. Books are not labeled by subject so you don’t have any preconceived notions about your “date.” Have fun and add a little spice to these wintry February days.
Free sessions on topics from eReaders and borrowing eBooks to Email and Facebook
We kicked off our Tech Thursdays on January 9th with 10 people attending that session to learn about Nebraska Overdrive. Tech Thursdays are at 1:30 PM on most Thursdays. Library staff will present short tutorials on a variety of topics relating to technology. The topics will be listed on our calendar. Sessions are free and will last between 30 and 60 minutes each. You don’t have to pre-register ahead of time. These sessions will be informal without long handouts like our paid morning classes. We welcome ideas for future sessions.
January classes are all about eBooks and our remaining classes are listed below:
January 16-Overdrive Media Console App for iPads, Kindle Fires and Android Tablets as eReaders
January 23-Borrowing eBooks with Basic Kindles
January 30-Nebraska Overdrive- eBook lending library
Bring your device and library card to sessions on eReader devices for hands on practice. Basic Kindles require Amazon account information.
The North Platte Public Library will resume computer classes on January 9th. We will be teaching basic computer skills classes on Thursday mornings at 9:30 AM. These are 2-hr classes and include a handout for $10 per person. These beginning classes will get you ready to learn Word and Excel, that are often necessary for jobs. We do teach classes using Windows 7 computers in our downstairs meeting room. Pre-registration is required. Schedule is below:
Computer Fundamentals, 1/9/14: 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, 1/16/14: 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, 1/23/14: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.
We have left January 30th open so we have some cushion to adjust class days as necessary due to weather or other factors. Come in and try out a class!
picture from Wikipedia
Downton Abbey: the Hierarchy of the British Household
12:00 PM, Thursday
January 2, 2014
With the 4th season of Downton Abbey starting on January 5th, it is only appropriate that the 2014 Friends of the Library Brown Bag Luncheon series begins with this special program presented by Cecelia Lawrence, Library Director. As an avid fan of the PBS Television series, Lawrence has put together a presentation to better understand the class differences between the nobility and the common person. This presentation will describe each title and position; its relationship to the entire household; and the typical duties that each position performed in a typical British household from the early 20th century. This presentation will also refresh the audience as to the cast of characters of Downton Abbey and a Downton Abbey Trivia game will also be held. Tea and cookies will be served. If you are a fan of the show just aching to find out what will happen in Season Four, don’t miss this presentation leading up to the new season on PBS!
This same program will repeat followed by a Fox Hunt:
12:00 PM, Saturday
January 4, 2014
Then on Saturday, January 4, 2014, the “Downton Abbey: the Hierarchy of the British Household” presentation will be repeated from 12pm-1pm and followed by a Downton Abbey Fox Hunt beginning at 1pm. The Fox Hunt will be a scavenger hunt held in the library. Audience members will be placed into teams of 3 to 4 people. Each team will be given a starting clue and that clue will take them to a location in the library, where they will find another clue-leading to a different location. There are ten clues in total and only five teams may go on the hunt at the same time. At the end of the hunt, each team will discover a fox hiding somewhere in the library! If you know your Downton Abbey trivia and are familiar with the library – this Fox Hunt will be a LOT of fun! Each team will start in the meeting room and the first team to find their fox and return it to the meeting room wins the fox hunt. If more than 20 individuals participate in the fox hunt, the teams will be timed, as only 5 teams may be out hunting at any given time; and the shortest winning time (or first team back to the meeting room) will win the fox hunt prize! Tea and cookies will be served.
Both presentations are capped at 70 audience members, so please call the library at 308-535-8036 Ext. 3010 and make your reservation today! These sessions are free to the public.
(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!