January 29, 2018
by Gayle
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One Book Sargent Club

The Sargent Library is starting a new book club that is open to the community of Sargent and surrounding towns. We are able to borrow multiple book club kits from the Nebraska Library Commission. This means that we can check out many copies of the same book. No one needs to purchase their own book to participate.

There are two different ways that readers can participate in discussing the book. Online, there is a “One Book Sargent” page on Facebook for everyone to answer discussion questions and express their comments and opinions. Also, on the last Wednesday of every month we will have a group get together at the library. (February’s get together will be 2/28/18 at 6:00 p.m.) Participants are welcome to attend one or both groups.

For the month of February, our book will beThe Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. If you would like to participate in the book club, be sure to stop by and check out a copy at the library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at 308-527-4241

 

December 11, 2017
by Gayle
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Friends Of The Library

There are exciting things happening at the library. Recently five very enthusiastic women (Emily Jandreau, Emily Tobias, Kallie Morse, Gwen Bye, and Tess Sinner) have been working on forming a Friends of the Library group in Sargent.

The purpose of a Friends group is to support the services and programs of the Sargent Township Library by raising funds, public awareness and community support. Previously any money donated to the library was not tax deductible because the library is not a 501c3 organization. The Sargent Friends group is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is a legally distinct entity with their own board of directors. They are organized under the umbrella of the Sargent Economic Development. All money raised by the Friends group will be given to the library to purchase new computers, for building repairs, and to help fund educational activities for children and adults at the library such as the summer reading program.

Now that they are organized, the group is looking for additional members to help with fundraising ideas and library promotion. Be sure to “like” them on Facebook, and consider including the Friends of the Sargent Library in your end of year giving.

 

November 1, 2017
by Gayle
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Book Signing

The Sargent Library recently hosted a book signing for Kolleen Meyer-Krikac (a Sargent High School alumnus)  to celebrate the release of her new book “How to Create Your Balanced Life.” Pictured are some of the attendees (from left to right):  Kolleen Meyer-Krikac, Rhonda White Petersen, Pat Palu, Arlene Hughes, JoAnn Meyer, Rosemary Leibert.

Kolleen’s book is available on Amazon as a paperback or eBook, or you can check it out at the library.

Kolleen Meyer Book Signing

October 24, 2017
by Gayle
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Come To Story Time

Tomorrow is Story Time at the library. Come at 2:00 p.m. to learn about a bear that plays a piano and a dinosaur who doesn’t know she is extinct. We’ll sing and dance and have lots of fun. All preschoolers are welcome.

September 16, 2017
by Gayle
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Look Back in Time With A Custer Co. Atlas from 1978 or 1994

Just to let everyone know that the library has Custer County Atlases from 1978 and 1994 for you to peruse.  In an atlas you can find maps of different townships where everyone lived. There is a directory of the residents by township that tells husband, wife, children, church affiliation, other community organizations that they belonged to, and how long the family has lived in the county. Probably the most interesting part is the family photos; everyone looks so young 🙂

September 6, 2017
by Gayle
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Dr. Marie Antoinette Ames of Sargent, NE

Here’s an interesting bit of Sargent trivia. In 1902-1903 Sargent had a woman physician named Dr. Marie Antoinette Ames. 

Ad from Sargent Leader 2-26-1902

She was married to Dr. A.J. Ames who practiced in Taylor, NE.

By August of 1902, both doctors were practicing in Sargent.

Sargent New Era 8-30-1902

 

Ad from Sargent New Era 9-13-1902

There is no mention of either doctor after 1903

August 28, 2017
by Gayle
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The Forgotten Artistry of Charles Swanson

All around Sargent are memories of the past that have been forgotten or overlooked. The other day I was reminded of this when someone asked me where the library’s bird bath came from and how old it was. For anyone who has ever noticed, this is a beautiful lawn ornament, and it turns out there is quite a bit of history behind it.  
BirdBath
The bird bath was purchased for the library in 1931 by the Justamere Club.  Charles Swanson was the person who created and designed the stone structure.  The history behind Mr. Swanson is what makes this story so interesting.

Charles Swanson was a Swedish immigrant who homesteaded some land in the Cummings Park area (12 miles NW from Sargent).  In his later years, he and his wife Maggie moved to Sargent.  The couple loved to travel, and everywhere they went, Mr. Swanson would bring back rock specimens – lots of rocks.  It made sense then, that he would become an artist in cement.  He started building cement/rock structures for his home in Sargent. He designed the front steps, fireplace, and numerous lawn ornaments, and he was able to tell visitors exactly where each rock came from. In addition to his home, he built cement structures all around Sargent and Loup County. According to the Sargent Leader (12/20/34), “it would take volumes to describe all the things he made with his rock specimens set in cement.”

Here is the challenge. How many structures made by Charles Swanson still exist? His artistry was placed in Sargent, Loup County, and the surrounding countryside.  You may have passed by one of his works every day and just didn’t know where it came from. Take a picture and send it to sargentlibrary@gmail.com, text it to 402-316-2201, or post it to the library’s Facebook page.

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Loup County Museum in Taylor, NE

Madison Square Cemetery

Gravestone at Madison Square Cemetery