Join Us For a Musical Journey Across America on June 26th

Chris Sayre, Musician

Through the sponsorship of Humanities Nebraska, the library is able to bring musician Chris Sayres to North Platte on Friday, June 26th at 12:00 PM for  “A Musical Journey Across America: Songs That Helped Shape a Nation.   Escape the Ordinary with this hour-long musical adventure.

From the engaging sea shanties of the Eastern Seaboard to the haunting songs of the Appalachian Mountains, from the blues of Mississippi to the pioneer songs of the American West, Chris Sayre brings to life the rich and varied music of the continental United States. Performing on guitar, mandolin, banjo, slide guitar, concertina, melodeon, lap dulcimer and musical saw, Chris captivates his audiences and leaves them with a deeper understanding of how we got to where we are today.

Lincoln native Chris Sayre has been performing music professionally for 30 years. He has dedicated much of that time to the promotion and preservation of traditional folk music from Western Europe and North America. His many awards include three time Folk Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Hall of Fame recipient, as well as several first-place finishes in contests throughout the Midwest. Self-taught on more than a dozen instruments, Chris consistently leaves his audiences wanting more.

Seating is limited to 70 people, so please call the library at 308-535-8036, Extension 3310 to reserve a seat.  And, since this will be a popular program, please call and cancel if you can’t use your reservation after all.  Attendees can bring sack lunches.  Water and iced tea will be provided.


Friday Noon Financial Series @your library

The first of 4 F10900120_288627921261099_5509506914688429770_oriday noon programs in of a financial series will be on June 12th at 12:00 PM at the North Platte Public Library. Echo Pelster, a Thrivent Financial Associate from Stapleton, will be presenting this informational series as scheduled below.  These programs are strictly informational and do not include financial product endorsements.  As part of the library’s brown bag programs, each presentation is free but seating reservations need to be made by calling the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310.  Attendees may bring their own lunch.  Tea and water will be provided.

June 12th “Retire Wisely”

All retirees face six key risks they must manage: outliving their income, inflation, unpredictable events, market volatility, income taxes and rising healthcare costs. This workshop will help turn retirement concerns into confidence.

July 10th “Keep the Farm in the Family”

Understand how to protect your assets today and in the future, identify and overcome transition obstacles, and develop a plan for a smooth business transition that maintains family harmony.

July 24th “Social Security: Strategize to Maximize”

Whether it will be there when you retire or not, Social Security is still important to understand. In this workshop, we’ll help you learn the basics and how to optimize its benefits.

August 21st “Long term care: the gift your family deserves”

What would you do if you had an accident or got a diagnosis and required care? What would your family do? Explore your options and how to prepare for the unexpected.

Escape the Ordinary on June 5th at the North Platte Public Library


Deputy Gaasch and Zeigo assisting in Broken Bow

The North Platte Public Library is kicking off its adult summer program, “Escape the Ordinary”, with a very special program at 12:00 PM, Friday, June 5th.  Deputy Jeff Gaasch and K9, Zeigo, will present “Working with a Canine Partner.”   This summer’s themed noon programs will include speakers with “out of the ordinary” careers and experiences.   A complete list of the programs is found here.   All are part of the adult summer reading program; details found on the Summer Reading Pages of this blog. Click here for the adult program rules.

Deputy Gaasch of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has been working with Zeigo since May of 2010.  The partnership began after Gaasch approached the department administration about starting a canine program and was granted the opportunity to raise funding.  After the funding for Zeigo was secured, he was approved as the dog’s handler.

In this demonstration, the deputy will talk about the types of Police Service dogs, including explosive and narcotic sniff dogs, and dual purpose dogs like Zeigo.  Attendees will also learn about Zeigo’s origin and training and see a demonstration of the dog’s ability to locate drugs.

This family-friendly program is free to the public but reservations need to be made to arrange seating.  Please call the library at 308-535-8036, Extension 3310.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch.  Water and iced tea will be provided.

Last Round of Computer Classes Before Summer

The North Platte Public Library is offering one more set of computer classes before summer:

Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.  Classes are listed below:

 Excel 2013, Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 4/30 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.

Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 2, Thursday, 5/7 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 building formulas. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Part 1 and mouse skills

 Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step Part 3, Thursday 5/14 at 9:30 AM: This class will focus on using Excel to create and sort lists and working with multiple worksheets. We will also discuss printing tips.  This class is primarily for those who have taken Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Parts 1 and 2.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, Thursday 5/21 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.


Spring Book Sale: Get the Details!

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale kicks off Thursday, April 23, 12:00 PM-8:00 PM with the Members Only PREVIEW Sale.  No4_15booksaleimaget being a current member isn’t a problem as memberships can be purchased or renewed on Thursday at the sale. Members get first chance at the books and other items before the sale opens to the public on Friday. Anyone can join. Memberships support special programming and projects at the library.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, the sale is from 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is open to the public.  Thousands of books will be at the sale; these include library withdrawn titles as well as books donated by the public. There will also be movies and puzzles for sale. RSVP volunteers will have a bake sale all the days of the event.  The NPPL Foundation will be selling framed art that was created by re-using vintage Childcraft Encyclopedia art and poetry.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the public sale begins at 9:00 AM. The book sale room closes at 12 PM for one hour and then reopens as a bag sale at 1:00 PM.  The public can fill a provided bag or their own recyclable bag with books, movies and puzzles for only $2.00 plus tax per bag; with no limit per number of bags filled.

The price guide and other information can be viewed on the Library Foundation’s website,

Please contact Cecelia Lawrence, library director at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3321 for additional media information.  Thanks so much for helping us publicize this event.



Shannon Baker, Mystery Writer, to Speak at North Platte Public Library

The Friends of the North Platte Public Library organization is hosting a Brown Bag Program at the library on Friday, April 17th at 12:00 PM.   Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2014 Writer of the Year, Shannon Baker is the author of the Nora Abbott Mystery series involving murder, environment and Hopi Indians. From the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska Sandhills, the peaks of Flagstaff and the deserts of Tucson, landscapes play an important role in her books.  Tainted Mountain, the first in her Nora Abbott Mystery Series, is set in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived for several years and worked for The Grand Canyon Trust, a hotbed of environmentalists who, usually, don’t resort to murder. Baker also lived twenty years in the Nebraska Sandhills where cattle outnumber people 50:1. When Shannon moved to Boulder, CO, Nora followed her and Broken Trust is set in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Shannon now makes her temporary home in McCook, Nebraska and believes her job description is now itinerate writer.  Her third book, Tattered Legacy, set in Moab, Utah, was published in March.  Learn more about Shannon on her website.

Brown bag programs are free to the public but seat reservations are needed so library staff can set up the room correctly.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch; water, tea and coffee will be provided.  Call the library at 308-535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve seats.


April Computer Class Schedule

Do you know someone that needs some help in understanding how to use Internet Browsers?  Spread the word about our beginning Internet Skills Class this Thursday morning.  After that class, we will move onto Microsoft Office Classes to complete our spring class line-up.

April Computer Classes:  Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.  Classes are listed below:

Beginning Internet on Thursday 4/2 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 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 1, Thursday, 4/9 at 9:30 AM: Microsoft Word is a powerful word processing program.  This class will introduce word processing and its terminology. Learn how to enter text, correct typing errors, change font, and other word processing skills.

Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step Beginning Skills 2, Thursday, 4/16 at 9:30 AM:  This class builds on the skills learned in Beginning Microsoft Word, giving you more hands-on practice.   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.

Excel 2013, Step by Step Part 1, Thursday, 4/30 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.  This is the first of 3 classes in Excel; the other classes will be held in May.

Celtic Guitarist to Perform at Library March 27th

Jerry Barlow picThe North Platte Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for a special Brown Bag Program. This free event will be held on Friday, March 27th at Noon at the Library, 120 W. 4th St. in North Platte.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches.  Reservations are necessary. The program is funded by a grant from the Republican Valley Library System.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.  His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.  Check out Jerry’s website,, which includes a short video.

“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.  “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.

Barlow’s latest CD, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT, Songs of Christmas, was released in early December of 2013 to excellent reviews.  His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.

Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in the February, 2011, issue of Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.

For more information or to make reservations call the Library at 308.535.8036 x 3310.

March Computer Classes

Save FilesPeople wanting to organize their computer files will enjoy our March 12th class. Then our classes for new computer users will be repeated.   Classes are 2 hours each and have a fee of $10 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Call the library at 535-8036 Ext. 3320 to register.

Saving and Organizing Computer Files, 3/12/15 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.

Computer Fundamentals,3/19/15:  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, 3/26/15: 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.

March Tech Thursdays include lots of “Freebies”

Don’t miss this month’s Tech Thursday sessions! Want to know all the movies a favorite actor was in?  Check out the March 5th session.  Want to take free online classes or download free and legal music? Come March 12 and March 26th.   Learn easy keyboard shortcuts on your computer March 19th.

What is Tech Thursday? Library staff offer short tutorials on a variety of topics relating to technology on most Thursdays at 1:30 PM.  Sessions are free and will last between 30 and 60 minutes each. You don’t have to pre-register ahead of time.

March 5: Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB- Discover how to access everything imaginable about films, television programs, etc. through the Rotten Tomatoes® and IMDB® websites.  Discussion includes brief film summaries, reviews, cast members, and DVD release dates.

March 12:  Gale Courses-Online courses to take at home-Learn more about these professional instructor taught courses available with a North Platte Public Library card.  The library has received great feedback from people who took courses in January.  Classes range from Microsoft Office to genealogy and digital photography.

March 19:  Computer Keyboard Shortcuts-Learn some of the simple keyboard shortcuts to use when working on computers such as copy, paste, save and more.

March 26:  Freegal Music-Learn about this new service from your library to download and keep mp3 music and videos for computers and mobile devices.