Celebrate Nebraska 150 Musical Program on Jan. 19th

Nebraska Through Song and Story

The North Platte Public Library’s second Celebrate Nebraska 150 brown bag program is a historical music program at 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th.  This free program,  Nebraska Through Song and Story by Dan Holtz, is part of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers bureau.  Room space is limited to 70, so please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to make seat reservations.

 Nebraska has not only a rich tradition in literature but also a rich, less-publicized tradition in music. Dan Holtz interweaves songs, accompanied on guitar and harmonica, with excerpts from works by Willa Cather,

John Neihardt, Mari Sandoz, and Bess Streeter Aldrich. In a narrative from about 1850 to 1904, he tells the stories of the people who came to and through early Nebraska, the pioneers who crossed the overland trails, the settlers and the Native Americans. Dan plays original songs he composed as well as historic folk songs from the late 1800’s.

Funding for the 2017 Brown Bag programs is provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Friends of the Library, the North Platte Public Library, and the Faith Fisher Memorial Fund.

Dan Holtz is a recently retired professor of English from Peru State College in southeast Nebraska, where he taught from 1987 to 2016.  He is a past president of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees and a member of the Nebraska 150 Nebraska Foundation, which is helping to plan the Sesquicentennial celebration/commemoration for 2017.  He is also a recipient of the Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award and the Addison E. Sheldon Memorial Award for the preservation and interpretation of Nebraska history.

Dr. Holtz has presented his musical, historical, story-telling programs hundreds of times all across the state, including performances at the State Capitol, the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Chimney Rock, Scottsbluff National Monument, and Ft. Robinson.   He also performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for Nebraska State Day in 1999, and, along with the band Flatwater Highway, has produced a CD of his music titled All Original, All Nebraska.  He will have copies of this CD at his program.

In 2004, he was a bonus-round winner on the Wheel of Fortune television game show.  He lives in Nebraska City with his wife, Alice.

Evening Computer Classes for Beginners start Monday

The North Platte Public Library is planning a 3-class Beginning Computer Series at 6:30 PM on Monday Evenings, January 9, 23, and 30th. This 3-class series is for the beginning computer user and taught on Windows 7 laptop computers in the library’s first floor meeting room.   While new computers have Windows 10, the basic concepts of using computers are the same.  This class will get attendees familiar with using the mouse and keyboard, learning to use Windows operating systems, opening programs, using WordPad, saving a file, and using the Internet.  Each class is two hours and attendees will receive a take-home handout.  Minimum class size is 3 people with a maximum number of 10 per class.  The cost of the series is $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required; call the library at 535-8036, extension 3320 to register or for questions.

Tips on Painting Rooms @ Your Library on January 7th

Home Improvement 101: Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 AM

This free series is all about tips and techniques for home repair and upkeep from local business experts.  This month our speaker is Nicky Weitzel, manager of Sherwin-Williams.  She will talk about differences between paint brands and types such as satin and flat.  She will also give painting technique tips and advice on the fastest way to paint a room.  Join us for this 1-2 hour session in our meeting room; no reservations needed.

Home Improvement 101 is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity (Dalene Skates), Lincoln County Community Development Corporation (Nancy Striebel), and the North Platte Public Library (Cecelia Lawrence).

Create a new Christmas Ornament on “Make it Monday”

december-make-it-mondayCome to the library on Monday, December 19th from 4 PM to 6 PM.  Make it Monday, a new program started this fall, has become a popular event at the library.  Attendees have included mothers and daughters, friends gathering for a “girls night out” and others.  Each month, supplies and instructions are provided for a craft that can be finished in about an hour.  There is no charge for the event or supplies.

The December craft will be Christmas ornaments, including some geared especially for the youngest of the attendees.  Everyone works at their own pace; when you finish your craft, you can move on to other things like exploring new books in our collection.  Come and enjoy!!


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.