Candy of WWI and Introduction to the Chautauqua
By Cecelia Lawrence
12:00 PM, Friday, February 12th
Cecelia Lawrence has previously done the Candy of the 1930’s and the Candy of the 1940’s. This time around, she is focusing on Candy that was invented 1900-1920. Just like in WWII, candy production was limited by the lack of sugar. Nevertheless, candy was critical to the war effort. Come learn about the candy invented during this time period, sample a little candy, and the impact WWI had on candy production. This program is free but seat reservations are requested. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.
The library has turned the focus of many of the noon programs to WWI to coincide with the upcoming Chautauqua, titled, WWI: Legacies of a Forgotten War, hosted by North Platte June 8th-12th. After the candy presentation, Cecelia will introduce what a Chautauqua is and talk a little bit about the characters that will be portrayed this year.
As in previous Chautauqua’s, historic scholars will appear as key WWI figures to discuss how the War led to changes in America’s role in international relations, its impact on race, gender, and class issues, and how technology shaped the War. These include President Woodrow Wilson, Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan, humanitarian Jane Addams, author Edith Wharton, and sociologist/activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
Audiences will gather each evening to enjoy local music or theatrical entertainment, followed by a presentation by one of the Chautauqua scholars, moderated by Woodrow Wilson.
After receiving several requests, the North Platte Public Library will be offering Microsoft Word and Saving Files as the February topics, 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 9:30 AM 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 or come to the library for more information.
Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Thursday, 2/4 at 9:30 AM: 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 Thursday, 2/11 at 9:30 AM: 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 Thursday 2/18 at 9:30 AM: 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.
Beginning Computer Skills Classes at the North Platte Public Library
The North Platte Public Library offers beginning level skills 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 9:30 AM on Thursday morning 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 or come to the library for more information.
Computer Fundamentals: January 14 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: January 21 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: January 28 at 9:30 AM
Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.
The public is invited to stop in the library’s meeting room on Thursday, January 7th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to try out the many eResources that the library has available online for use by library cardholders at home and in the library. Computers will be set up and staff will be available to help access and use Consumer Reports, Gale courses, Freegal Music, My Heritage and others. People are welcome to bring their mobile devices for assistance in using these resources on your personal device.
Many library card holders have used their cards to access Nebraska Overdrive Libraries to borrow eBooks and audiobooks but fewer people have taken advantage of free music downloads through Freegal or taken online classes through Gale courses. People who have come to the library looking for home improvement books or small engine repair manuals should be pleased that the library now offers online resources in these subject areas in addition to the picture friendly auto repair database offered for several years.
Some of these eResources are made available through state funding and selected by the Nebraska Library Commission. Others, such as Nebraska Overdrive Libraries, Gale Courses, Freegal Music, Consumer Reports, auto repair and small engine repair, are provided through subscriptions paid out of the North Platte Library budget. The North Platte Genealogy Society has provided some genealogy specific databases, including Ancestry.com Library Edition that is accessible within the library.
The open house will be showcasing the eResources but library computer staff are willing to answer questions at other times as well. Our computer area is always staffed and is currently open until 8:30 PM on Sunday through Thursday and until 5:30 PM on Friday and Saturday.
Faith Colburn, a North Platte author of two memoirs, will be the speaker at the next Brown Bag Series program at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 4th at the North Platte Public Library. Faith plans to discuss writing a memoir with the audience, and will cover two areas; first, how to do the interviews, and second, sources of supportive material. She promises to bring “a bunch of stuff along for a kind of show and tell” and use her books as examples of how methods can differ depending on the subject. The program is free to the public. Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to make a reservation to help the library plan seating. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.
As the first-born daughter of a big band canary and a Nebraska farmer, Faith A. Colburn spent a lot of a time with her grandmother while her parents adjusted their lifestyles. With Grandma, she walked the prairies, learning about plants like Spanish bayonet and buffalo beans, as well as animals like mud puppies and jackrabbits. As a public information officer for the state Game and Parks Commission, she canoed the Dismal, rode the Sandhills on horseback following champion trial dogs, cross country skied the Missouri bluffs, seined carp, fixed nets, picked trout eggs, and camped out along Bone Creek. She has photographed wildlife, from Sandhill cranes to elk and, tramping the prairies, she gained intimate knowledge of the landscape that often appears as a character or catalyst in her work. She says that her grandparents’ neighborhood and their families have served her well as a pattern for the way families and communities work when they work well. When she writes about them, she attempts to imagine a future, however distant, that’s free of hate. “We can’t create what we can’t imagine,” she says, “so I try to imagine an evolved world where we’ve learned to get along.”
Author of two Nebraska memoirs, Colburn has lived her entire life on the Great Plains. She earned a Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, winning the Outstanding Thesis Award in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities for her first memoir in 2012 and the Outstanding Work of Fiction Award in 2009. She earned a Master of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ms. Colburn wrote a centennial history of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and numerous articles for NEBRASKAland, Nebraska newspapers. She earned a number of awards from the Nebraska Press Women for content she produced for a social ministry organization’s quarterly news magazine about people with developmental disabilities.
The next Friends of the Library Brown Bag Program will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, November 6th at the North Platte Public Library. Chelsea O’Neal of Ogallala, author of Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasy, will be the speaker. Chelsea provided the library with the following biography, with hints about the genre of her books:
Chelsea O’Neal lives in her fantasy world where people can fly, vampires could be real, money is never an issue and the romantic meeting of your true love is a normal happening. When not relaxing in Chelsea-ville, she enjoys talking with animals who talk back and taking long walks with her prince charming.
Actually, Chelsea lives in the United States in Nebraska, where she was born and raised, with her black lab Daisey, who hasn’t spoken actual words to her but she is pretty sure Daisey understands her. She is yet to meet her prince charming, though she is quite sure he is out there. Chelsea enjoys working as a youth librarian. She is an avid reader and writing has always been her passion. Chelsea has written three novels and a novella, she is working on her next book now. Chelsea will have copies of her books to sell and autograph. Her books’ subject matter are for adults, not youth.
This program is free to the public but seating is limited to 70. Please call the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310 to make a reservation. Attendees can bring their own lunches; water, tea, and coffee will be provided.
Our next set of computer classes begin on Thursday, November 5th and continues the next two weeks on November 12 and 19th. For $10, you will receive a total of 6 hours of instruction and hands-on practice.
Beginning level skills taught in a series of three classes (Computer Fundamentals, Working in Windows, and Beginning Internet). The class fee of $10 per person now includes all three classes. Classes are on Thursday mornings and each 2-hour class will begin at 9:30 AM in the first floor meeting room. While classes are taught using Windows 7 laptop computers, most skills learned will also apply to Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers. Pre-registration is required. Call or come to the library for more information. Class descriptions are below:
Computer Fundamentals: 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: 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: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching, and learning the features of Internet browsers are addressed in this class.
This month’s noon program is hosted by the Arts Council in conjunction with the Sheldon Statewide Art Exhibition at the McKinley Center. This year’s exhibition is titled “The Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art” so a program relating to the sky seems appropriate.
Derryl Barr, an astronomy enthusiast and teacher, has been invited to speak at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27th at the McKinley Center in North Platte. Like noon programs at the library, attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Reservations are not necessary but to assist seating, you may call the library.
The presentation “Moon Shadow” will examine the Moon’s role in and influences upon the coming and continuity of life upon Earth. Additionally the presentation will explore human perceptions of the Moon as it has and continues to influence not only our understanding of nature but also of our own role in the greater scheme of things. And finally, we’ll look at the physical shadow of the Moon whose tip, when sun, satellite and planet align, just barely brushes Earth’s surface to inscribe a pen stroke of darkness across our teeming globe. Those fortunate enough to be within the path of the shadow’s running quill tip experience nature’s grandest show: a total solar eclipse.
On 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse writes its fine-tip autograph across the entire Continental United States. The city of North Platte lies within that signatory path of planet and satellite. A total solar eclipse is nature’s own version of the Olympic Games played in the stadium of the heavens. And for 21 August 2017 the best seats in that stadium are right here in Western Nebraska.
Derryl will return to North Platte to do a series of 3 programs at the library, the first in February of 2016, leading up to the total solar eclipse in 2017.
The Eclipse is Coming!
Award-winning author Stew Magnuson will give a multi-media presentation, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: in Nebraska Kansas and Oklahoma The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83 on Friday, Sept. 25, at Noon at the North Platte Public Library. This program is free to the public; call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat. Attendees may bring a sack lunch; water, tea and coffee will be provided.
Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate.
Magnuson takes readers on a trip through the Nebraska Sand Hills, the Smoky River Valley in Kansas and the singular Oklahoma Panhandle. Along the route are the stories of the famous, the infamous, and the forgotten. Buffalo Bill Cody hunted these lands, but what about Buffalo Jones, who set out to save the American bison from extinction? This is where the ruthless, but now largely forgotten bank robbers, the Fleagles committed their most heinous crime; where the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia met George Armstrong Custer and Pussy Cat Nell dispatched the corrupt Sheriff “Bushy” Bush with a shotgun blast. What ties President Eisenhower, the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and author Truman Capote together? Highway 83, of course.
Magnuson’s multi-media presentation draws from a small sampling of the 5,000 historic and modern-day photographs he has collected during his travels on U.S. 83. “This isn’t your typical book talk,” he says.
Along his journey, he marvels the beauty of the prairielands, and finds that the old axiom that everyone has a story to tell, is true.
“This is a book of true stories connected by a ribbon of concrete that cuts right down the middle of the nation,” says Magnuson.
Magnuson administers the Fans of U.S. Route 83 page on Facebook, which now has more than 1,900 members. He also writes the Highway 83 Chronicles blog. He also set up the U.S. Route 83 Travel page, which gives tips to those who are interested in taking a trip on the road.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Stew Magnuson is the author of The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns—Nebraska Center of the Book’s 2009 nonfiction book of the year, ForeWord Magazine’s bronze medal winner for regional nonfiction and finalist for the 2008 Great Plains Book of the Year. In 2014, he released The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas to coincide with the two states’ 125 anniversary. He also penned Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding, an account of the controversial 2012 Dakota Conference at Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, S.D., where members of the American Indian Movement squared off against retired FBI agents.
Music from West Africa and Beyond By Sean Gaskell will be our next brown bag program on 12:00 PM, Friday September 11th.
Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire.
While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead “The Kora Band” and “The Sahel Band”. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.
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.