Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist is returning to the North Platte Public Library on May 8th for this 7:00 PM concert. The Friends of the North Platte Public Library is sponsoring this program. The program is free to the public. Seating will be limited to 70 so call the library at 535-8036 for seat reservations.
Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven. He has performed since age 15 and has taken Master Classes under many guitar masters. He received his Master of Music degree in 1995. He has performed to sold-out houses at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at multiple other cultural venues.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, right after a highly regarded appearance in New York at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, on April 6, 2013.
Major works will include the Bach Chaconne, and Suite Compostelana by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. 2013 is the 115th anniversary of Mompou’s birth. Fletcher recorded a highly acclaimed CD of his music on Centaur Records in 2002.
Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore; Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring by Bach; Villanesca by Spanish composer Enrique Granados; two pieces from Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel; and Leyenda by IsaacAlbéniz .
Fletcher will perform Diary of a Camino by American composer Jeremy Gill. The final work on the program is Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.
One was the nation’s best-known Indian fighter and the other was one of the world’s most famous members of royalty. Joining one of the greatest figures of America’s civil war and a western hero of dime novels, they all met in Nebraska for a winter vacation.
The 1872 meeting of Lt. Col. George Custer, Grand Duke Alexis of Russia, Gen. Phil Sheridan and “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a world-famous event. Yet few know today of the dignitaries’ tour through the frontier town of Omaha and their world-famous hunt in western Nebraska.
Nebraska author Jeff Barnes will reacquaint attendees of the North Platte Public Library’s Brown Bag Luncheon series with the state’s past in “Custer in Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872,” his lunch-and-learn presentation at the library on Thursday, April 25, at 12:00 PM. The presentation is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and is free to the public. Seating is limited so reservations need to be made by calling the library at 535-8036 by April 24th. Attendees may bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.
“It was a very exciting and pivotal time,” says Barnes. “Omaha was the fastest-growing city on the frontier, while the great buffalo herds of the plains were disappearing and the Indian tribes forced to reservations.
Using newspaper accounts with photographs and images of the period, Barnes narrates the Omaha tour, the cross-Nebraska trip on the Union Pacific railroad to North Platte, the well-publicized buffalo hunt in southwest Nebraska, perhaps the most-famous big game hunt ever.
The Nebraska visit is featured in Barnes’s book, “The Great Plains Guide to Custer,” the first comprehensive travel guide to Custer’s activity and related sites on the Great Plains. In compiling the guide, Barnes travelled through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana. He used historic images wherever possible – some familiar to Custerphiles and some in print for the first time – along with contemporary photographs by the author.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes freelance and lives in Omaha. He is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, and a former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission. His first book, Forts of the Northern Plains, is now in its fourth printing with Stackpole Books. Barnes is a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska and has presented for the Mountain-Plains Museum Association, the South Dakota State Historical Society Annual Conference, the Fort Robinson History Conference, and numerous state and national parks, museums and libraries.
The Annual Friends of the Library (FOL) Book Sale at the North Platte Public Library will be held April 18-20, 2013.
Due to the number of books, the sale will be in two locations during this time: the Regular Book Sale will be at the North Platte Public Library, 120 W 4th ST; the Special Collectors Book Sale will be held across the street at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 203 W 4th ST.
Sale times are listed below as the hours differ between the two sites. The collectors Sale is only on Thursday and Friday. Thursday at both sites is a members- only sale for Friends of the Library members. Inexpensive yearly memberships may still be purchased that day. The regular sale closes temporarily at 12:00 PM on Saturday and then reopens as a bag sale at 1:00 PM. Fill a personal tote bag or provided paper bag for only $2.00 plus tax during that sale. The RSVP volunteers will also host a bake sale at the library during book sale hours.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:00 noon – 8:00 pm — FOL Members Only Book Sale @ Library
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm — Collectors Sale @ Church
Friday, April 19, 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm — Public Book Sale @ Library
9:00 am – 5:00 pm — Collectors Sale @ Church
Saturday, April 20, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 noon — Public Book Sale @ Library
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm — BOOK BAG SALE $2.00 per Bag @ Library
The increase in items is largely due to a very large donation of items last summer to the library from the Elden Burcham Estate. Elden was a known genealogist, accomplished scientist, and avid collector of books and other items. The Library added some of Elden’s books into their collections. Many items were duplicates, older editions, or too unique or rare for the library’s use. Those items were given to the Friends of the Library and they are sharing them with the world through this special collector’s sale. In addition to Elden’s books, there were other smaller donations from the community and all items with special prices are included in the Collectors Sale. The Friends of the Library have several projects they want to accomplish that will enhance and benefit the Library.
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In honor of National Library Week (April-14-20) the North Platte Library is offering 3 different Internet classes for free starting next week. Class attendance is limited to 10 people so call the library to reserve your spot. Topics and class times are listed below. Come and learn how to get more out of your Internet experience.
Smart Internet Searching on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 PM or Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 AM-Are you getting the best information from the World Wide Web. Let us help you with this class.
Health Info on the Web on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM-Learn how to find reliable health information.
Internet for Seniors on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM or Wednesday, 4/24 at 9:30 AM-Beginning level info with a tour of the web geared just for those over 21 (or 39) (or 69)!
Downloading the Overdrive Media Console App on your iPad, Kindle Fire, or Color Nook gives you access to thousands of eBooks with your North Platte Public Library Card. I especially like the fact that using the app on a Kindle Fire or the Color Nook allows you to use your device alone without having to connect your device to a computer.Also with the Kindle Fire, you can bypass going through your Amazon account to download the borrowed book.
With the app, you can borrow ePUB format books and MP3 audio books.
The following tutorial will walk Kindle Fire users through the steps to borrow Kindle books without the App or on downloading and using the Overdrive Media Console App. Using the app on iPads and other devices is almost the same. You may just see a few differences in the location of some of the tools.
We are offering a free Kindle Fire class at the library on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 PM and an Overdrive App for Ipads, Kindle Fires and Android devices on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 AM. Please call the library and let us know you plan to attend.
The Flatrock Irregulars have agreed to come to the library to do an Irish music program at 12:00 PM on Friday,March 15th. This local band is a favorite so please make your seat reservations for this free program early. Seating is limited to 70 in the library’s meeting room. This program is part of the Friends of the Library Brown Bag Luncheon program. Bring your own “brown bag” lunch and we will provide coffee, tea, or water to drink. Call the library at 535-8036 to reserve your seat.
The band will be gearing up for the second annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16th in the downtown area. More details can be found on their website.
If you or someone you know needs basic computer skills, the library is the place to go. We offer inexpensive 2-hour classes to get you started using computers. Classes are taught on Windows 7 laptops in our library meeting room. For only $10, you get two hours of instruction in a small class environment and a handout to take home. Call the library at 535-8036 to register for classes.
Read the class descriptions and see what you need to take. We recommend that absolute beginners start with Computer Fundamentals and go onto Working in Windows. Taking these two classes gives you an understanding of using the mouse, how to work in the Windows operating system and using Word Pad, a basic word processor to write a letter. If you are only interested in using Internet, you could take Computer Fundamentals and go on to Beginning Internet. We would encourage you to take all three classes but that is your choice. All three classes are a bargain for $30. Full class descriptions and schedule is below:
Computer Fundamentals, Tuesday, 3/12 at 6:30 PM or Thursday, 3/14 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, Tuesday 3/19 at 6:30 PM or Thursday 3/28 at 9:30 AM: Learning to use the Windows operating system, understanding its basic features, creating a simple document with WordPad and saving it on the computer is the focus of this class.
Beginning Internet, Tuesday 3/26 at 6:30 PM or Thursday 4/4 at 9:30 AM: Exploring the World Wide Web, basic searching and learning the features of Internet browsers will be addressed in this class.
Library staff continue to offer instruction on using eReader devices to borrow books through Nebraska Overdrive Libraries, a service provided by the North Platte Public Library to its card holders. While staff can provide walk-in assistance to device users, the classes are in the meeting room away from distractions and interruptions in the main library. We rotate Kindle classes monthly from Basic Kindles to Kindle Fires as the process in borrowing books do differ from each other.
Free classes on using your eReaders are scheduled at the library in March as follows:
iPads at 6:30 PM on March 4
Basic Kindles (not Fire) at 7 PM on March 5 and 9:30 AM on March 7
Nooks at 1:30 PM on March 7th
Please come to the class appropriate for your device, bring your device and your library card and your Amazon account information if you have a Kindle. Call the library for more information and to register for class.
The next program in the Friends of the Library Brown Bag Luncheon series will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, March 8th at the North Platte Public Library. Vicki McCarty will present “Legendary Women.” Women have made great contributions to our country’s history and Vicki will share stories through the use of costumes, pictures, dolls and antiques from her vast collection. Women featured will include Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosie the Riveter, to name just a few.
Vicki has presented programs at the library, schools, nursing homes, and other local venues. She amassed her collection from relatives and has continued this hobby, studying historical periods and clothing styles throughout the years.
Vicki told us that since childhood, she has enjoyed dressing up, pretending to be someone else and having tea parties. She cherishes the items in her collection that tell the history of women, especially those in her family. She enjoys studying historical periods, learning who was famous during each, what they wore, and their experiences.
Dressing in costume and telling stories increased during her years as activity director of a local nursing home. These programs always evoke memories of attendees.
This program is free to the public but seating is limited. Please phone the library at 535-8036 to reserve seats by March 7th. Attendees may bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.
North Platte Public Library Open House
February 14th, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Coffee and Cookies Drawings for Free Tote Bags Special Ceremony at 11:30 AM
On Thursday, February 14, 2013, The public is cordially invited to the North Platte Public Library for an “I Love My Library” open house in celebration of the completion of our Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant.
The open house will run from 11am to 3pm, with coffee and cookies.
At 11:30am, a small ceremony will be held, featuring Nebraska Library Commission Director, Rod Wagner, sharing his comments on how the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) has unfolded across the state of Nebraska. Other local dignitaries and supporters will briefly talk about the impact this program is expected to have on the community.
The Library will be offering tours at the top of every hour between 12pm and 3pm, showcasing the new BTOP ADA station, new children’s room computers, and the laptop computer lab setup in the library’s meeting room.
A drawing for a free “I love my Library” tote bag will be held all day from 10am to 9pm.
Please join us!