Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cowboys and Pioneers at the Library

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Cowboys and Pioneers at the Library
June is in full swing and with it programming for the entire family. 

An Evening of Cowboy Poetry with Marci Broyhill: Marci Broyhill will present a night of cowboy poetry on Monday night June 10th at 6:30 p.m.  Marci has recorded two books of poetry available at the library:  Mending Fences and Windows of Memory 
Teresa Kay in Concert:  Teresa Kay will present a concert of music on Tuesday June 11th at 6:30 p.m.  Teresa plays a broad variety of oldies and country music.  Teresa Kay’s recording Passing Through and Four Stars is available at the library.
O, Pioneers! Willa Cather’s Second First Novel:  Andrew Jewell will speak at the library on Wednesday June 12th at 6:30 p.m.
 Andy Jewell, editor of the Willa Cather Archive (cather.unl.edu) and co-editor of the new Selected Letters of Willa Cather, will discuss the story behind the writing and publishing of O Pioneers!, the 2013 “One Book, One Nebraska” selection that is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. The book, which Cather called her second “first novel,” emerged at a critical period in Cather’s life. In 1912, she had just left her job at McClure’s Magazine and ventured to Arizona to visit her brother. Her experiences there–and the confidence she regained–made her feel that her “mind had been freshly washed and ironed, and were ready for a new life.” With O Pioneers! she attempted a new kind of writing, something far afield from the Boston and London environs of her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Andrew Jewell is the editor of The Willa Cather Archive. He has published several articles on Cather and American literature and is the co-editor The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf, 2013). He is an associate professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries.
This event is made possible through funds from the Nebraska Humanities Council.

Special Youth Activities This Week:  Along with our regularly scheduled youth activities, we have these special activities:  Wednesday June 12th we have Grass Heads at 11:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. we have Wii Gaming.  Explore the World of Rocks, Minerals and Fossils on Friday June 14th at 1:00 p.m.  Finally, the Optimists Club has their Fishing Derby at Crystal Cove Park on Saturday June 14th at 9:00 a.m.

Real to Reel Movie:  In the June Real to Reel take a cross country trip with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen on Thursday June 13th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday June 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Technology Classes:  The library offers multiple technology classes at multiple times for your convenience.  Some of the technology classes we have this week are as follows.

Blogging Basics covers how to create a blog, use templates to create the look you want and how to add fun stuff to your blog.  This will be held on Monday June 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Windows Basics 1:  We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar.  This will be held on Tuesday June 11th at 11:00 a.m.

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. This class will be held on Thursday June 13th at 11:00 a.m.

We have many classes and much more to do at the library.

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