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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, text it to 402-316-2201, or post it to the library’s Facebook page.
Scent of Murder by James O. Born – “Scent of Murder is a terrific twist to cop tales – a gritty, realistic look at the men, women, and dogs in police K-9 units. It’s a joyride that’s at turns funny, thrilling, touching – a must-read.” – W.E.B Griffin
Deadfall by Linda Fairstein – “Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest riveting thriller.”
Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly – “Maura Donovan’s Irish pub is running smoothly until a winter storm hits and she, some of her employees and regular patrons get snowed in overnight – along with a suspected killer in a cold case.”
Knife Creek by Paul Doiron – “When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery ― a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier after she disappeared from a group rafting trip.“
Still Life by Louise Penny – “Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods on Thankgiving morning. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Chief Inspector Armand Gamache smells something foul this holiday season . . .”
The Late Show by Michael Connelly – “Renee Ballard is a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat. One night she catches two assignments she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.”
All the Little Liars by Charlain Harris – “Aurora Teagarden is basking in her new pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids have gone missing from school―and her teenage brother, Phillip, is one of them.”
Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider – “In Clearview, Texas, a wealthy recluse has joined the community and is leading the restoration of an old opera house. When he falls to his death, Sheriff Dan Rhodes suspects that he’s been murdered, but there doesn’t seem to be a motive. Who would want to kill someone who’s helping the town and hasn’t been around long enough to make any enemies?”
The Fix by David Baldacci – “Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. The killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter–a family man with a successful consulting business–and his victim, a schoolteacher.”
Pandemic by A.G. Riddle – “In Africa, a mysterious outbreak spreads quickly. Teams from the CDC and WHO respond, but they soon learn that there is more to the epidemic than they believed. It may be the beginning of a global experiment–an event that will change the human race forever.”
Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies by Ace Atkins – “Connie Kelly thought she’d found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone.”
Right now it is cloudy outside. It is not exactly the weather that we wanted. Hopefully the clouds will dissipate later in the morning and we will be able to see the sun. If we have a little cloud cover, we may still be able to see the 360 degree sunset during the eclipse. However even if we have total cloud cover during the eclipse, be sure to get outside anyway and experience the effects of the eclipse. Many people have experienced an eclipse on a cloudy day, and they all say they would rather be in the shadow of totality when it is cloudy than to be outside of the shadow on a clear day. Even under cloud cover, you will be able to see the shadow rushing toward you. Then it will suddenly get very dark. The temperature will drop, and finally you will see the shadow rushing away from you. As I write this, the sun is trying to peek out. No matter what happens it will be an awesome experience, so get outside!
I realize that parents and teachers are concerned about young children looking at the sun tomorrow. This is an important concern and every precaution should be taken. However, I think the kids will do just fine. Even young children can understand the dangers of looking directly at the sun with no protection. Today in Sunday school, we had a pair of eclipse glasses sitting on the table. The kids remarked that these glasses looked different from the glasses that they were going to use in school. One little kindergartener asked me, “are you sure those are safe to use? Do they have the correct number on them?” I had to laugh. It seems the parents and teachers are doing an excellent job of educating their children about the eclipse.