Thursday, November 3, 2011

Discover the Forts of Nebraska with Jeff Barnes

Discover the Forts of Nebraska with Jeff Barnes
The library is proud to bring Jeff Barnes, author of Forts of the Northern Plains: a Guide to the Historic Military Posts of the Indian Wars to the South Sioux City Public Library  on November 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  His topic will be Forts of Nebraska.

Jeff Barnes is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, a former newspaper reporter and editor.  He is past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director for the Durham Western Heritage Museum. He traveled more than 13,000 miles in researching and photographing “Forts of the Northern Plains,” his first book.

He says of his program, “Nebraska's forts were among the first and last on the Great Plains, built to promote trade, to protect travelers and settlers, to fight the Indian tribes and then to keep the peace.” During the presentation, Barnes tells of Nebraska's 12 military forts and what today's visitors will find at the sites.

According to Jessica Chamberlain, of Northeast Library System has high praise for Jeff Barnes, “"Jeff Barnes was a tremendous speaker. He is obviously both knowledgeable and passionate about Nebraska history.  The audience was absolutely enthralled."

Forts of Nebraska is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers’ bureau in the nation.

Most speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska at the cost of just $50 for each. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the NHC Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. The Nebraska Humanities Council sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For a information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at www.nebraskahumanities.org (Speakers and Resources page) or contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail nhc@nebraskahumanities.org .

Computer Classes
Introduction to Your Laptop: Have a laptop and want to know all about it? Stop on in and we will start at the very basics and teach you all the components of your laptop computer on Monday Nov 7   10am  

Microsoft Publisher 2: Learn how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates on Monday Nov 7   2pm  

Facebook Basics: This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings on Monday Nov 7 6pm  

Know Your Computer: Would you like to learn the very basics of your computer? How about increase you computer vocabulary? This class will teach the very basics of computer knowledge. It will let you feel confident in knowing what all the components are on your computer on Tuesday Nov 8th at 6pm. 

Microsoft Word 3: Did you know that you can Aero Peek, Snap and Shake on your computer? If you don’t know what we am talking about, stop in and let us show you some new ways of working with Windows to make it more productive on Wednesday Nov 9th at 11am  

Google's Documents spotlight: This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends on Wednesday Nov 9th at 2pm. 

Movie Mayhem
With the coming of the Thanksgiving holiday comes holiday travel and travel is the theme of our movies this week.  On Thursday, November 10th at 4 p.m. the children will love our movie in which characters created by Jim Henson travel cross-country in a bighearted adventure.

Also on November 10th at 6 p.m. our Real to Reel movie will be a travel comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy, in which every holiday traveler’s worst nightmare is realized in this 1987 holiday comedy.

Youth Activities
Join us for our regular line-up of activities for our youth:  Preschool Story Time is on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 4 p.m.; Pat-a-Cake Story is at 10 a.m. on Thursdays; Family Story Time is at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Toddler Time is on Fridays at 10 a.m.  Note parents must accompany their children to these youth events.

Get Ahead with Learn-a-Test
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