Responding to the Digital Era

Today I took a class in Kearney on how to increase your business presence online. Some very helpful ideas were presented. The first thing we learned was “claiming your bubble.” According to the instructor, maps are the new phone book. If anyone wants to find a business today, they don’t use a phone book. Instead, they Google it. Go to Google Maps and do a search for Sargent, Nebraska. You may be surprised to find out that very few businesses are listed on the map of our town, and some of those listed may not be that accurate. You can add your business or update your business with more accurate information.  Let’s make it Sargent’s goal to make every business visible on the maps of all the major search engines. If you would like help updating or adding your business, come to the library and I will assist you. 

Junk Jaunt 2014

The first day of our Junk Jaunt book sale went well. Many books were taken out. We still have lots of books though for those who weren’t able to make it here today. Our book fundraiser is at the Church of Christ in Sargent, NE. We will be there tomorrow and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Books are great for reading, but they can also be used for interesting crafts. Here are some stars that I made using pages out of an old book.  You can follow this link for a tutorial on how to make them. Woven Star Tutorial

stars made from book pages

Library Book Fundraiser

Shirley, Lowell, Dennis, and I were busy today getting ready for the huge book fundraiser coming up September 25 – 27 during Junk Jaunt.  In case you thought I was exaggerating on the number of books, here’s a few pictures to prove it. It is a book lover’s paradise – ten banquet tables full of books. Be sure to come and let your friends and relatives know about it too. Since we have so many books, we are holding the book sale at the Church of Christ in Sargent, NE. We will be there Thursday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All proceeds will go toward new windows at the library, so give generously.  We are vendor #11.

IMG_1191 IMG_1188

Win a $529 Scholarship – All Kids 3-18 are eligible!

 Here is another incentive to read this summer.  The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) will deposit $529 into NEST 529 college Savings Plan accounts for 15 lucky summer readers, five in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts selected randomly among children registering for and completing the Nebraska “Summer Reading Program.”  Each winner’s library also wins $250!

 For the Sargent area, this would require children to read or have read to them 600 pages. Those who complete the summer reading program will be automatically entered in the drawing. However, it you read the small print, it is also possible to enter the drawing without participating in a reading program.  Therefore, every child ages 3-18 needs to send in an entry. Ask at the Sargent Library for more details. 308-527-4241 or


Summer Reading Has Begun

Read books this summer to get free ice cream cones!

To earn an ice cream cone, all children must read (or have read to them) 300 pages. This averages out to be around 10 to 12 picture books or 1 to 5 chapter books depending on size. The books read must be age appropriate and must be books that have been checked out from the Sargent Township Library.  All children from toddlers through those entering 6th grade in the fall are welcome to participate.

There is a limit of no more than 2 ice cream cones per child throughout the months of June and July. Thank you to the Sargent Chamber of Commerce, Deer Canyon Coffee, The Ritz, and Trotter’s Whoa & Go for helping to sponsor our reading program.


Interlibrary Loan Gives You Access to Almost Any Book

Our library in Sargent is fairly small, but did you know that through the Sargent Library you can have free access to most other library collections in the United States? The service is called Interlibrary Loan. If there is a book you need that our library doesn’t have, we can send out a request and borrow it from another library in Nebraska or even another state. There is no cost for us to receive the book, but you will have to pay for the cost of the postage to send it back. There is also the catch that the book has to be more than 1 year old. (Most libraries don’t want to lend out their best sellers to another library.) Interlibrary loan is also available to obtain other items. You can request periodicals, VHS/DVDs, Audio CDs, and even cake pans. Contact the library if you are interested. 

Flying Books

1914 Football Season at Sargent High School

The following was found in a high school annual from 1914. More annuals can be viewed at the Sargent Library.

Men's Football 1914

                Last fall at the opening of the football season we found that most of our material was inexperienced.

                Our team of the year before had returned without a defeat to their credit, and it was only due to the fact that we were forbidden to play out of town football that we did not participate in the annual game for the championship of the district.

                In reorganizing, our coach, Mr. Leech, found his hardest task was to fill the vacancies left by those who went out the year before. No men were perhaps missed more than our scrappy captain and quarter, Robert Brown, whose generalship had won Sargent so many victories, and Jav Spacht, our big fullback, his right hand man and one of the best High School fullbacks in the state.

                Everett Satterfield, star half-back of the year before was chosen captain. After a stiff tryout the men were sifted down until there was barely enough to fill the positions. These men, however, were tried and true and we had the prospect of a very fast team. We, however, lacked weight, and this was our great handicap through the season. Our team average was only 140, which accounted for our losses.

                John Wittemyer, quarter-back played the first game as a regular, and to him we owe the winning touchdown in the last Sargent-Ord game.

                Everett Satterfield, captain, half-back and quarter for part of the season, brought his team through the season with credit. He had the lightest team in the district, and yet was able to put up a hard close fight through the season. He played his position with a vim that put confidence and life into all his men.

                Lyle Winberg, right half, played his first year as a regular. “Pete” is one of our fastest backfield men.

                Bryan Sutton, full-back, is one of our fastest men. Many of Sargent’s touchdowns were due to his success in full forward passes.

                Clark Hart, right end, played a consistent game and broke up many end runs and forward passes.

                Douglas Finley played left end during Sargent’s first game, but he was unable to finish the season. He was a strong man and was missed in the later games.

                Leonard Wirsig, right tackle, is one of the strongest tackles that ever played on the Sargent team. To him was due much of the strength of his side of the line.

                John Lovejoy, left tackle, what Wirsig was on the right, Lovejoy was on the left. He seldom met his match in a game.

                Edward Mead, right guard, played a steady, hard fought game.

                Vern Abernethy, left guard, played a good game. He also played left end and was able to stop many runs.

                Paul Chase, center, was a new man, but a good one that could be depended upon to pass the ball right and hold his man.

                Albert Shafer at left end showed himself to be a star player. This was his first year, and he will be one of Sargent’s most reliable men.

                Goodrich, Leiniger, and Reese played their positions well and showed great possibilities for the coming year.


Sargent’s Schedule 1914

Ord vs. Sargent . . . . . . . . . . .21-12

Ansley vs. Sargent . . . . . . . .  13 -0

Broken Bow vs. Sargent . . . .14 -0

Ansley vs. Sargent . . . . . . . . .20 -7

Ord vs. Sargent . . . . . . . . . . . .6 -7

1 8 9 10 11