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Chautauqua Book Discussion at library on May 28th

Join North Platte Public Library Director Cecelia Lawrence for a book discussion on The Long Shadow: Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century on Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 PM. This book is one of the recommended reads for the upcoming Chautauqua.

The publisher’s website stated: It was the winner of the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History. “If you only read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is compelling and original.” —Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

Copies of this book are available to checkout at the  library. Just check out the book and come discuss it over coffee and a sweet treat!!

WWI Humanities Nebraska Program Thursday, May 19

1915 Song 

David Wells  will present “America and the Great War: 1914-1918” at 12:00 PM, Thursday, May 19th at the North Platte Public Library.  This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska cultural Endowment and the library as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.   This program is free to the public but seat reservations should be made by calling the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310.  Attendees may bring their own bag lunches.

The role of America in “the war to end all wars” is misunderstood. Most people think only of the 1917-18 period when U.S. soldiers marched off to save the world, not realizing that from 1914-17 the nation was opposed to the war. Songs of the period show the changing attitude of the American public, from neutrality to anti-war sentiments to entry in the war and the ultimate defeat of Germany. World War II and the Cold War make more sense when you understand what happened between 1914-18. Wells features a special section of patriotic songs written by Nebraskans from Chadron to Omaha. A 45-minute slide program and a large display of sheet music are included.

This program is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau.  More than 165 available speakers include scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists speaking on a range of topics.  Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska.

The library selected this program to tie in with the upcoming Chautauqua in June, also part of the Nebraska Humanities programming.


Sammy Girls and Farm Boys: 12:00 PM on May 13th

cropped imageNorth Platte Library is hosting noon programs centered on World War I in preparation of June’s Chautauqua.   The next program, at 12:00 PM, Friday, May 13th at the library, is titled “Local Stories of WWI: Sammy Girls & Farm Boys” by Amber Martinson, Cecelia Lawrence, & Tim &Terri Johnson.  This program is free to the public but the library requests attendees to call 535-8036, Ext. 3310 for seat reservations as seating space is limited to 70 people.  Attendees may bring their own lunch; coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Local people helped in the war efforts at home and in Europe.  Sammy Girls clubs were started to fill the need for knitted goods and hospital supplies.  Tacie McGraw of North Platte formed a local club to knit socks.  Amber Martinson will repeat her portrayal of Tacie from the 2015 Cemetery Tour and Cecelia Lawrence will give an historical account of Sammy Girls.

Horses played an important part in WWI, and even prior to the United States entering the war, our country was transporting horses to Europe for the war effort.  Lloyd Johnson, like others from Nebraska farms when signing up to serve, was assigned to the Remount Squadron since he knew how to care for horses.  Tim will share some of his grandfather’s stories transcribed from Lloyd’s personal journal and Terri will give an overview of the remount service and use of horses in the war.

May 6th Noon Program: The Traveling Genealogist

RubyFriday, May 6th at 12:00PM: The Traveling Genealogist by Ruby Coleman

Genealogists look forward to summer when they can travel to ancestral locations.  The presentation will provide suggestions and ideas for doing library and courthouse research and making research plans ahead of time.  Ideas will be shared that pertain to locating cemeteries.  There will be tips for what to take with you on research trips, what you need to leave at home and how to make the trip worthwhile.  Want to locate relatives?  There will be information provided for how to find them and approach them for sharing the family history.  Learn how to locate the most information on a time schedule and/or budget.  Join us for a fun-filled hour of learning how to make the most of your genealogy journey.

This program is free to the public but please call the library at 308-535-8036 to reserve a seat.  This helps us set up the room correctly.  Attendees may bring their own lunch; we will provide water, coffee and tea.


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

excelMicrosoft Excel 2013 Classes at the North Platte Public Library

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.