We held our first book club last Wednesday evening, and it was a lot of fun. Eleven ladies showed up to discuss February’s featured book “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
For the month of March we are reading “The Meaning of Names” by Karen Gettert Shoemaker (Nebraska author). This is a historical fiction book set in Stuart, Nebraska around 1918. It deals with the country’s prejudices against German immigrants during World War I, and also the terrible flu pandemic that killed millions.
We still have multiple copies of this book available for check out. Everyone is welcome to come get a book and join us. Our next book club will meet March 28th at 5:30 p.m.
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 be “The 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
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.
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.
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.
Audiobooks are great, but subscribing to Audible can get expensive. Save some money by downloading FREE audiobooks through Nebraska Overdrive. There are close to 10,000 audiobooks to choose from. All you need is a free library card from the Sargent Library.
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 🙂
All children ages 3-5 are invited to come to Storytime every Wednesday, starting on October 4th at 2:00 p.m. Younger children are welcome to come if they can sit quietly on your lap.
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