3-Session Class on Microsoft Excel Starts November 7th

excelTry an evening computer class at the library!

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program, capable of calculations and sorting so it is a great program for managing budgets and address lists.  The basics of this program will be taught in a series of 3 2-hour classes on Monday evenings from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM on Nov. 7,14, and 21st.  Cost: $10.00 for the complete series.  Basic computer skills are required to take these classes.  Please pre-register for this class by calling the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3320.    A minimum of 3 attendees are required to hold a class.

In the class attendees will learn how to enter data into rows and columns, use simple formulas and create a worksheet for income and expenses.   Then, the second class will teach how to edit the spreadsheet, add and delete columns and rows, and work with building formulas.  Finally, the third class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and work with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.

“Pink and Blue: telling the Boys from the Girls in America” Author Talk on Nov 3

pinkThe North Platte Public Library is hosting a free Brown Bag program at 12:00 PM, Thursday, November 3rdPink and Blue: telling the Boys from the Girls in America will be presented by author and professor, Jo Paoletti, who is visiting the North Platte area from Maryland.

“When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue?” To uncover the answer, Jo Paoletti looks at advertising, catalogs, dolls, baby books, mommy blogs and discussion forums, and other popular media to examine the surprising shifts in attitudes toward color as a mark of gender in American children’s clothing. She chronicles the decline of the white dress for both boys and girls, the introduction of rompers in the early 20th century, the gendering of pink and blue, the resurgence of unisex fashions, and the origins of today’s highly gender-specific baby and toddler clothing.

Jo Paoletti is Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, where she teaches courses about fashion and consumer culture. Her 2012 book, Pink and Blue: telling the Boys from the Girls in America, explored gender differences in baby and toddler clothing from the late 19th century to the present. In Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism and the Sexual Revolution (2015), she examined the fashions of the 1960s and 70s as a response to changing social and cultural forces. She is currently working on Age Appropriate, which will be about older women and their clothing. This is a special homecoming for Jo. A native of Fremont, she and her brother were regular patrons of the North Platte Public Library as children. In early October, 1957, the family drove away from their white stucco bungalow on Willow Street and headed east to a new life in New Jersey. Since then, she has dreamed of coming back to North Platte, but was only able to stop for a couple of days over twenty years ago. This time she will be here for three weeks, hoping to reconnect with old friends and maybe make new ones!jo56

All Brown Bag Programs are free to the public.  Please call the library for seat reservations (535-8036, Ext 3310). Bring your own lunch; coffee and water will be

Banned Book Week September 25-October 1st

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The library has a display of some of the books on the banned list.  Many of the titles may surprise you.  Gone with the Wind  and The Bible are both on the list.   The America Library Association website has lists of challenged books and other information.


Inspirational Author to speak at Library September 30th

AIM High – Affirm, Inspire, and Motivate Legacy Building

front-cover-130424-2Miriam Jones Bradley, an author and inspirational speaker, is coming to North Platte and will speak at the North Platte Public Library on Friday, September 30th at 12:00 PM.  Miriam wants to Affirm, Inspire, and Motivate people of all ages to identify and pass on their legacies. She fulfills this mission through nursing, writing, and speaking.  Her program is titled Legacy-Yours Is Valuable.  Bradley,  will share how the legacy her elders gave her led to a writing career and will describe the Importance of recording our personal stories and passing on our legacy to future generations.

Miriam Jones Bradley has lived “from sea to shining sea,” but spent most of her life in the Great Plains before moving to the South, which required some–several–okay, a lot of cultural adjustments. She and her husband, Dr. Bruce Bradley, live in North Carolina and Miriam works as a nurse when she is not writing books that inspire children of all ages to explore their own history. In addition to the Double Cousins Mystery Series and the Nearly Twins Mysteries, she writes nonfiction for adults.  One of her Double Cousins books takes place in Lincoln County. Through her children’s books, Miriam uses traditional stories that are also exciting and captivating to illustfinal-cover-nprate the importance of family connections while establishing good character truths.

Her book, All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life is a collection of stories celebrating the legacy she received from the adults in her life.

Attendees are asked to call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310, to reserve a seat for this free program.  Tea, coffee, and water will be provided.

Make It Monday – September 19th


coastersMake It Monday is a new activity at the North Platte Public Library.

  • Create @ Your Library on the 3rd Monday of Each Month from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
  • The  “Makerspace” will be open in the main room of the North Platte Public Library.
  • This free activity is open to all ages.
  • Supplies are furnished.
  • You can work at your own pace.
  • There will be a new project each month.
  • Makerspace may remain open on Monday evening, supplies permitting.

Bring your imagination and creative juices. You can come anytime between 4 and 5, and when your project is done you’re free to do other things. Again, we will be located in the entry area of the library.

The September 19th project is Rustic Wood Coasters.

Need Beginning Computer Skills? Classes Resume Thursday, September 8th

computerComputer Class Schedule at North Platte Public Library Set for September and October

The library offers beginning level skills taught in a series of three 2-hour classes as described below.  The introductory classes are held on Thursday mornings and then Microsoft Word will move to Monday evenings.  Class fee of $10 a person per series includes a take-home handout.  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 308-535-8036, ext 3320 or come to the library for more information.

Introductory Computer Skills Series

Computer Fundamentals:  Thursday, September 8 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:  Thursday, September 15 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:  Thursday, September 22 at 9:30 AM             

Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.

Microsoft Word Series

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1 on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 PM       

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 Monday, October 3 at 6:30 PM

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 Monday, October 10 at 6:30 PM          

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.

August 25th Noon Program on Unique Cemetery Stones

Picture1Boni has had a love of cemeteries her entire life, beginning at a very young age decorating graves at Memorial Day with her grandparents. Gravestones hundreds of years old intrigued her on a couple of trips to England and Scotland through a 4-H exchange program after she graduated from high school. Her son, Aaron Edwards, helped restore a couple of pioneer cemeteries in Frontier County for a boy scout community service project and his Eagle Scout Project. Combined with her love of photography Boni thought she could photograph every cemetery in the state of Nebraska! That was becoming an overwhelming task. At a “cemetery tour” a couple of years ago at the North Platte Cemetery, one of the “tree gravestones” caught her eye and she decided to concentrate on those. With a little research Boni has found out that some of those stones are Woodmen of the World markers and some are simply tree stones.

Boni shares many of her photos with friends and family on facebook as well as on a page called Tombstone Tourism of Nebraska where people share many cemetery and gravestone pictures with each other. Most people who explore cemeteries all across the state now know to take pictures of the treestones they find to share with her! Her love of cemeteries as taken her across the state to many pioneer cemeteries. Finding them in disrepair breaks her heart and she finds ways to get them back into shape! Facebook pleas and calls to family and friends has resulted in restoration of gravestones and fences in two pioneer cemeteries in Frontier County this summer.

For the brown bag program at the library Library, Boni will be sharing photos of treestones she had found in Lincoln County and other nearby cemeteries as well as some unusual ones she has found across the state. She will talk a little about Woodman of the World and share some information on symbolism she has found on these beautiful and unique stones.

Attention Scrabble Players

Scrabble Fun on Wednesday, August 10th:
scrabbleDo you enjoy Scrabble but no one to play a game with? Join us for an informal Scrabble Game, starting at 10:30 AM in the library’s meeting room on Wednesday, August 10th. We will match people for tables of 2 or 4 in a game and play until noon. Call 535-8036, extension 3331, and leave a message to sign up.

Paperback Book Sale @ Your Library

The Friends of the Library received thousands of paperback books from a book store in another community.  This public two-day sale will be August 12-13th, and will be conducted differently from previous book sales.  On Friday from 9 to 6 PM, and Saturday morning, 9-12, all books will cost 50 cents each. Then the book sale will close for one hour, reopening at 1 PM on Saturday, when books will be 10 cents each until the sale closes at 5 PM.  Come in and find some bargains; all profits will benefit future library improvements and special sale

It’s the Little Things: Fitness @ Your Library

exercisespot2_isolated copyTrudy Merrit of the North Platte Recreation Center is teaming with the North Platte Public library to present fitness information programs. “It’s the Little Things” will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 28th in the library’s meeting room.  This free program is open to the public.  If possible, call the library ahead at 535-8036, ext. 3310, so they set up appropriate seating.  Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; the library will provided iced tea and water.

Trudy describes her program this way: ” Physical activity, even a little bit, helps create a healthier you. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of physical movement. This session will teach you simple exercises that you can do at home, without special equipment or training. These exercises will be very low impact, with minimal stress on joints. Our bodies respond in a positive way to even the simplest exercise, so wear comfortable clothes and join in the fitness and fun!

Her first program on Fitness apps was very informative, so don’t miss this one!