Microsoft Excel Classes begin May 1

Our spring computer classes will conclude with Microsoft Excel, an excellent program for making lists, keeping track of expenses and income and more. You do have to have basic computer skills for this class series. Please preregister for classes by calling the library. Each 2-hr class has a fee of $10.00 per person.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 on Thursday May 1 at 9:30 AM
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.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 2 on Thursday May 8 at 9:30 AM
Expanding on the skills learned in the first class, learn how to edit your spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with more formulas. Beginning Skills 1 is required to take this class.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 3 on Thursday May 15 at 9:30 AM
Working with multiple spreadsheets in a workbook and using Excel for lists is the focus of this class. You will also learn to sort your data in the lists. Beginning Skills 2 is required to take this class.

Learn about World War II Uniforms @ Your Library

North Platte Canteen Lincoln County Historical Museum Online Exhibit

Jim Griffin, Director/Curator of the Lincoln County Historical Museum will present “World War II Uniforms” at the North Platte Public Library on March 21st at 12 p.m. Many of us have an old uniform in our closet from a parent or grandparent. Beyond that little else is known about it. This program will help you understand the different medals, ribbons, patches, and uniform types used by the Army, Navy, and Marines during World War II. In addition, there will be various uniforms on display, including an original bomber crew flight suit. If you bring a World War II uniform to the program you can have help with identification after the talk. This program is part of a series of talks held by the library coinciding with this year’s One Book One Nebraska selection Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene.

This program is free to the public but seating is limited. Please call the library to reserve a seat. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Water and coffee will be provided.

1000B4K! What’s the buzz?


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.



Canteen Stories: A Living History Event

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.


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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.

Learn to Start Seeds Indoors @Your Library on February 28th

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.

Wyoming Author to talk at the Library on February 14th

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.

eBook Readers: Join the Big Library Read

Big Read

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.

Blind Date with a Book @ Your Library

Blind Date with a bookCelebrate 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.

Tech Thursdays-Something New @ Your Library

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.

Computer Classes in January

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!