Check Out Our Audio Books

Many people may not be aware that the Sargent library offers audio books.  We have 72 books on CD that you can check out.  However, since we subscribe to Nebraska Overdrive, we also have a selection of over 8000 audio book titles available free online.  Audio books are great for long road trips. For those who work in the field most of the day, a radio can get really boring when you’re listening to the same old commercials. Listen to an audio book instead.

Now, if you have a smart phone or tablet, it is a simple task to download an audio mp3 and listen to it. Another option is to download an mp3 to your PC using the OverDrive App and then transfer it to an mp3 player.

Finally, if you don’t have any of the above devices, there is still a relatively cheap solution. Go to Ebay or Amazon  and search for a “car mp3 wireless  FM transmitter” These can be purchased for as little as $3.23. To use this device, download the audio book to any flash drive. Then when you plug the flash drive into the transmitter, the audio will come through your car’s FM radio speakers.

This may all sound a little confusing, but feel free to come to the Sargent library anytime, and I will help you sign up for OverDrive and answer any questions you may have.

Nebraska OverDrive Libraries

Thank You To Our Veterans For Their Service and Sacrifice

Have you ever visited the Wall of Faces? This is a website that displays the pictures of Vietnam veterans killed in action. Some of these veterans listed don’t have pictures, and recently I was contacted at the library for information on a Leroy Sheldon. I searched the Sargent newspaper archive and found this article from 3/6/1969. Freedom isn’t free, and today we honor and remember Leroy. We also give a big THANK YOU to all of the veterans who served and are currently serving our country.


Free Read Along Books for Kids

Did you know that you can download free “read along” eBooks for your child? These are audio books that allow your child to see the pictures or words and read along. To access the eBooks, you need to log into Nebraska Overdrive for Kids & Teens.  (Ask at the library for your free password.) Then click on the “subjects” tab and select the category that interests you.  Now look for the “format” pull down menu. You will want to check “overdrive read with narration.” That’s it! Now you can choose and enjoy a read along book.  These books are available for preschoolers, beginning readers, and also older, reluctant readers. Feel free to call or come into the library for help with Overdrive.

Nebraska Overdrive for Kids & Teens

Sargent High School Yearbooks Are Now Digitized

The SHS yearbooks have returned! This summer we sent the library’s collection of high school yearbooks to Oklahoma Correctional Industries. OCI scanned our collection for free and sent us back a set of seven DVDs that include Sargent High School yearbooks from 1915 to 2014 – all in JPEG format. They did a wonderful job.

We don’t have any current plans to put these online.  Some people may not appreciate having the world see their high school pictures. Another concern is that certain commercial “classmate sites” may use the information for their own website.

The yearbooks are all available on the library’s six computers.  People are welcome to come in with a flash drive and copy any years of interest.  There are also copies of the DVDs at the Sargent School library.

Here’s a picture from the 1915 annual.
Silly teenagers in 1915


Nebraskans Have Free Access to 15 Databases

There are now 15 databases available online at Nebraska Access. These can be accessed for free with your Nebraska Drivers License number or with a password that you can obtain from your local library. With these databases you can create a family history, establish a small business, learn about medical conditions, get homework help, find a good book or movie, plan for retirement, or research thousands of other topics, This is a wonderful resource for dependable current information. 

MasterFileNoveList PlusMyHeritageConsumer Health CompleteLegal Information Reference CenterSmall Business Reference CenterBiography Reference BankBiography Reference CenterPsychology and Behavioral Sciences CollectionScience and Technology CollectionWorldCatFirstSearchPrimary SearchNoveList K-8 PlusFunk & Wagnalls New EncyclopediaPoints of View Reference CenterExploraPrimary Schools Explora

Digitized School Yearbooks

Recently I was made aware of an opportunity to get the yearbooks in our library digitized for free.  My first thought was that it must be a scam, but the more I looked into it, I realized it is a legitimate program.  The yearbooks are digitized by Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI). OCI will send us the shipping labels and schedule a pickup through Fed Ex.  Then, after the annuals have been scanned, they will be returned to our library in the same condition that they were sent in about 5-6 weeks along with a set of DVD’s containing the digital images of each yearbook. The Garfield County Library and the Ainsworth library have both had this done, and they are very pleased with the results. Did I mention, it’s all totally free?

Here’s where we need your help. We would like to get as complete of a set of yearbooks as possible. I have contacted the school to see what years they have. We are still missing some years, so we are asking if anyone with these missing years would be willing to lend us their copy. If you have a copy, please contact me by phone 308-527-4241 or email .

Here are the years that we need:  1914 (or older), 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954


Sargent Newspaper Archive Search Help

There have been quite a few people having trouble accessing the Sargent Newspaper Archives. The most likely reason is because they are using a Chrome internet browser.   When using Chrome, the search results show up, but when the pdf link is clicked, it loads up blank. This is caused by a glitch in the Chrome pdf viewer plugin. There is nothing wrong with your computer.  The simplest solution is to use a different browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer.  If you must use Chrome, then you will need to save the pdf to your hard drive or change the pdf viewer plugin. Hopefully this will help you have a better search experience.  For more help, go to the Helpful Hints Page.

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