the morning Book Break Club

If you like to read, and like to discuss books in a relaxing and informal setting with others who like to read, then join us for coffee at our morning Book Break Club.  This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am in the library by the fireplace.  Copies of books for discussion are available for check out at the library throughout the month.

The next group meets on: Wednesday, Sept 22 at 10:30 am
Book for discussion: Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. Kimble, Nebraska’s One-Book-One-Nebraska choice for 2021

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in our nation’s history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program’s momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942—a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself.

 James J. Kimble chronicles Doorly’s conception of a fierce competition pitting county against county, business against business, and, in schools across the state, class against class—inspiring Nebraskans to gather 67,000 tons of scrap metal in only three weeks. This astounding feat provided the template for a national drive. A tale of plowshares turned into arms, Prairie Forge gives the first full account of how home became home front for so many civilians.

Afterwards, join us for a special program by Nebraska Humanities speaker Charlotte Endor as she presents KIND NEBRASKANS: PERSONAL STORIES OF NEBRASKANS IN WORLD WAR II.

This program is based on research and interviews conducted by Kevin and Charlotte Endorf. A Newsweek poll in 2020 showed that less than half of adult Americans know how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust or how Hitler’s nationalist Nazi party came to power in Germany ahead of WWII. These true stories of five Nebraskans who experienced WWII in different ways are told to inform today’s audiences so that history is less likely to be repeated in the future.  Our own Library Matriarch, Hella Bauer, is among those interviewed.

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