New Computers

Here at the Sargent Library we have 4 new computers thanks to a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant. This is exciting for our community because it means that we now have 6 computers for the public to use. As more and more business is transacted online, it becomes essential that everyone have access to the internet. Now that the library has a sufficient number of computers, there should never be any wait time. You won’t have to worry that someone else will come in and make you get off the computer. You can work all day without any interruptions. Be sure to stop in and try out the new computers. Remember, we also have black & white and color laser printers. If you need help setting up an email account or just general help with using a computer, the librarian is always here to help you.

It’s Good to Be Back

I have been sick for the past week, and it feels good to be back at the library today.  Thanks to Jess and Joann for taking over for me. They did a good job.  I’ve just unpacked 11 new books. It may take a few days to get them processed and on the shelf, but they look like some good ones.

New Books in August

The Eighty Dollar Champion – Elizabeth Letts
In the Garden of Beasts  –  Erik Larson
A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
Happy Birthday  –  Danielle Steel
Escape   – Barbara Delinsky
Save Me  Lisa Scottoline
One Summer  – David Baldacci
Carte Blanche 007 – Jeffery Deaver
Fallen – Karin Slaughter
Bel-Air Dead –  Stuart Woods
Sixteen Brides – Stephanie Grace Whitson
The Silent Girl  Tess Gerritsen
Sisterhood Everlasting  Ann Brashares
Split Second  –  Catherine Coulter
Shelter  Harlan Coben

Sargent Area Homesteaders

Here’s a famous picture taken by Solomon Butcher of the Sylvester Rawding family.  The image is deceiving because it appears that the cow is standing on the roof of the house.  Apparently Sylvester Rawding was also a deceiver and an expert at tall tales. Mr. Rawding claimed that a large bump on his head was from a Civil war bullet lodged in his forehead. You can read the rest of his story at the Nebraska Historical Society’s website.

Pioneer History of Nebraska

It’s fun to read about the pioneers that first settled this land. I find it especially interesting to read about Custer County history. The Sargent library has a number of Nebraska history books. Here are some of the most interesting ones.

Pioneer History of Custer County Nebraska – S. D. Butcher

Sargent, Nebraska 75th Anniversary Celebration 1958,   Sargent Centennial 1883 – 1983,   Sargent’s Quasquicentennial (125th) Celebration

No Time on My Hands – Grace Snyder (Custer County pioneer, biography)

When You and I Were Young, Nebraska! – Berna Hunter Chrisman (autobiography)

The Ladder of Rivers: The Story of I. P. Olive – Harry E. Chrisman

A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore – Roger L Welsch

Battlefields of Nebraska – Thomas D. Phillips

Mollie – The journal of Mollie Dorsey Sanford in Nebraska and Colorado Territories

The Children’s Blizzard – David Laskin

Nebraska: An Illustrated History – Frederick C. Luebke

Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen – Bob Greene



Discarded Books

One of my least favorite jobs at the library is getting rid of old books. There is limited space,  so some of the books that are well worn or never get checked out have to be discarded. These books are available free (donations accepted) for whomever wants them. Come in and look them over. You may find the perfect book for you.

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