Stained Glass of Nebraska and the West

Church window in Hershey Nebraska

Church window in Hershey Nebraska

The Friends of the North Platte Public Library and Humanities Nebraska is sponsoring a free program at the North Platte Public Library at 12:00 PM on Friday, August 1st. Speaker Barbara Johnson will
discuss how stained glass windows are produced; the role of immigrants in designing, producing, and bringing these works of art to Nebraska; and some of the most interesting meaning and detail in religious, educational, governmental, commercial, and residential settings. The North Platte program will put emphasis on stained glass windows associated with Buffalo Bill Cody and includes an audio-visual presentation. This program is part of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program.

All Brown Bag Luncheon programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Seating is limited so please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.

Celebrating 50 Years of “Dr. Who”

Do you love Dr. Who?? Come explore this ultimate literary element with two of our library staff at 12:00 PM on Friday, July 11th.  Library Director, Cecelia Lawrence, and  staff member, Misty McClain. This program is free to the public.

Dr. Who is a British science fiction television program that first aired in 1963. We will be discussing the television show, the doctors & the actors who played them, the companions that accompany the Doctor, as well as the enemies from the show.

Tom Baker, the 4th Dr. Who

This is a show that you might be watching now or perhaps remember it from years ago.  A quick peak on the show’s  official website, shows that BBC recently announced a new actor to play Dr. Who, which would make him the 12th doctor.  The 4th doctor is the one I remember most.  He had wildly curly hair and always wore a hat and a long striped scarf.

Quoting Misty McClain: “Dr. Who is one of those shows that started out so low budget, the writing and the acting had to be phenomenal for it to have a chance at success.  Even today with the most recent incarnations of The Doctor, and with the special effects and modern companions the writing and acting is still amazing.  The stories are unique and each Doctor has something that endears him to the fans, sets him apart, and makes him special.”

If you haven’t watched the show yet, this a great opportunity to learn about it.  Please let us know you are attending so we can set up enough seats by calling the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310.

Terri Johnson, Library Staff


June 19th Financial Webinar @Your Library


The library is hosting free live stream webinars provided through the library’s subscription to Morningstar’s Investment Research Center.

Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 PM: Dividend Paying Stocks with Josh Peters, editor of Dividend Investor newsletter

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 PM: Financing a College Education with Adam Zoll, assistant editor of

Morningstar® Investment Research CenterSM is an easy to navigate database that was designed especially for libraries to help their patrons reach their investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment

options,  and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. This database is available at the library and remotely using our website.


Free program on Buffalo Bill, a “Superstar” in his time!

Join us at 12:00 PM on Thursday, June 19th for Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska By Jeff Barnes  

William F. Cody was born, raised, and died elsewhere but it was in Nebraska where he made his home and where the celebrity and legend of Buffalo Bill was born. What happened in the Cornhusker State to create a man who was arguably the world’s first “superstar”?  Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today. Enjoy his PowerPoint presentation with historic and contemporary photos and images. This is a Nebraska Humanities Program and is free to the public.  People have enjoyed the previous programs Jeff has presented at the library so don’t miss out on this one.  His enthusiasm for history is contagious!

Please call the library at 308-535-8036 to reserve your seat.  This helps us arrange chairs appropriately in our meeting room.  You are welcome to bring a lunch.  We will provide iced tea and water.



Love Audiobooks and eBooks? Borrow them with your Library Card and learn an easy tip for faster searching!

OverdriveDid you know that your library card is the key to borrowing eBooks and mp3 audio books to read on your mobile devices?  The library staff in our computer center would be happy to show you how or give you a brief instruction sheet.   Overdrive has offered a challenge to Nebraska libraries to increase borrowing in June with a “prize” of additional free items for the collection.  So if you have been thinking about trying the service, please do it now!  We believe you will enjoy it!

Nebraska Overdrive Libraries is provided by a consortium of many Nebraska libraries, including North Platte Public Library.  Their pooled resources allow us access to a huge number of titles.  In addition to the group-owned books, our library has also purchased additional copies of popular books available only to our library borrowers.

Just like print books from our library collection, you don’t get to keep what you borrow, but you can borrow an eBook for up to 21 days and audio books for 14 days.  No fines-books will return automatically or you can return them early. You can have up to 8 items borrowed at a time.

There are a few tricks to finding titles quicker and in this lesson, we’ll show you how to only see books available for immediate checkout.  We like to call this “instant gratification” borrowing!  After you have signed in on the Nebraska Overdrive Libraries website, select a book category from the menu on the home page such as All Fiction under eBooks  Fiction.  On the next screen shown in the image below, simply click once on Available Now under Show Me…   The page will refresh and show only books that can be borrowed immediately.  Enjoy!


The public is invited to the North Platte Public Library for a free program titled “Bees: Pollinators and Your Landscape” presented by Extension Educator, David Lot at 12:00 PM, Friday, May 30th.

Come learn about the fascinating world of bees; different kinds of bees; bee colony collapse disorder; and finally, the plants you can add to your landscape to increase the nectar and pollen for bee colonies. Bees are an integral part of our agricultural system. Without bees, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, even coffee plants will not be able to produce their fruit–which will drastically affect our diet. Come learn what YOU can do to help prevent bee colony collapse!   This topic has been in the news recently and on social media including Facebook.

This program is part of the Literary Elements Summer Reading Series for Adults which kicks off May 27th.  This is an independent reading program—so read as much as you like over the summer (May 27-September 27).   Books may be fiction, non-fiction, audio books or e-books!   There will be weekly prize drawings every Saturday at 5:00pm during the summer starting June 7th. For every book you read, you may fill out one entry form per book, up to three entries each week!  Plus, if you attend any of our adult summer programs, you can submit a 4th entry. This program is for those 18 and older.


Author Vicki Andree Book Signing on May 24th

Author Vicki Andree

Colorado author Vicki Andree will be at the library on May 24th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM for a book signing of her books.  Vicki is the author of the Lane Trilogy, a Christian fiction series,  and the non-fiction title, On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City: Two Born-Again Christians Explore their Hebraic Roots.  This book is a spiritual travelogue that follows the author and her husband as they explore Jerusalem’s Old City in a quest to understand and experience the Hebraic traditions and culture from which the Christian faith emerges.   Learn more about her and her books on her website:

Vicki will have a table near the new book area on the library’s main floor.  Stop in and chat with her and learn more about her books.


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.