Library Events

FOL Book Sale October 26-28, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friends of the Library Member Preview Sale from 12:00 Noon – 8:00 pm
FOL Membership Form  Anyone can join, so join today!

Friday, October 27, 2017
Public Book Sale from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Public Book Sale from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Book Sale Closed for Re-Organization from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Bag Sale from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bag Sale starts at 1:00 pm – fill a bag for $2.00 + tax (total $2.14 per bag) as many as you want, feel free to bring your own bag(s).

Fall 2017 Price Guide

Fall 2017 Book Sale Poster

This particular event has received several large estate donations since the spring sale. This is not an event to miss!

Over 10,000 items including:
200+ Cookbooks
1,000+ History Books
1,200+ Children’s Books

Cash and carry event.
Good checks and cash welcome.
Sorry we are unequipped for credit/debit cards.
And yes, we must charge North Platte sales tax of 7%.
Please make checks payable to: Friends of the Library.

The Library accepts donations of books, audio, music, DVDs, puzzles, etc. all year long during normal business hours. But please don’t wait until our sale, we prefer to be able to sort items throughout the year for the book sale events. If you bring in items during a book sale, we will hold them over for the next sale event.

Location: North Platte Public Library – Meeting Room



FOL Brown Bag NE150 Event

Humanities Nebraska Logo     NE150 logo

Nebraska: Crosssroads of the Western Fur Trade
by Darrel Draper

Nebraska Humanities speaker Darrel Draper will be here on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon to entertain and enlighten guests.

This humorous, one-hour presentation, composed from literature, is an entertaining and amusing summary of the history of the fur trade, including trading companies, personalities and the achievements of fur traders and mountain men who lived in or passed through Nebraska. This tabloid-style review of the oddities and ironies of the industry has been carefully researched but is humorously presented in a sensationalized style. It recounts some of the bizarre happenings that resulted in the most important discoveries of land and routes enabling the U.S. to claim and populate the West. Darrel W. Draper, a fifth generation Nebraskan, retired Navy officer and University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, uses his talents as storyteller and actor to educate and entertain. He is considered an expert on the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition and has personally retraced thousands of miles of their trail by canoe and on foot.

Please call 535-8036 ext 3310  to reserve a free seat for this program.  Primary funding for this program is provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in addition to local funding.  Water and coffee will be provided and attendees may bring a sack lunch.


NPPL Foundation Baskets on Sale Now!

Beginning October 2nd, the NPPL Foundation will be having their book gift baskets for sale at the Library. The baskets range in price from $5 – $35. Each basket is a unique gift and was carefully put together by volunteers using donated new/like-new material and various donations of baskets and trinkets.

The baskets will be on sale now through December or until all have been sold. Approximately 270 baskets are for sale so pick yours out soon.

This event is a fundraiser for the North Platte Public Library Foundation. Checks or cash only, please make your check payable to: NPPL Foundation.


Wee Read in October

Wee Read is a program for the very youngest children under age 3. It the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the Library at two different session times:
9:30 – 9:50 am
10:00 – 10:20 am

The dates this month are October 4th and October 18th.


Make it Monday for October

Make·It Monday is the 3rd Monday of the month at the Library from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and features a different crafting project each month. It is a “drop-in” activity so there is no need to be here on time, we will provide materials and support until either we run out or 6:00 pm, whichever is first.

October’s craft project involves creating gorgeous paper 3D pumpkins for your Autumn enjoyment.


Story Time in October

Story Time for ages 3-5 years old happens at the Library on Tuesdays at 3 different times:
9:30 – 10:00 am
10:30 – 11:00 am
1:30 – 2:00 pm

October 3 — “Meet Paddington”

October 10 — “Animals Astir”

October 17 — “The Pumpkin Patch”

October 24 — “Creepy Creatures”

October 31 — “Happy Halloween”


Teen Cafe in October

Teen Cafe meets in the North Platte Public Library Meeting Room (unless off site) each Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

October 5 — Money Trees

October 12 — Sheldon Statewide Exhibit (Meet at the Prairie Arts Center)

October 19 — I Want My Mummy!

October 26 — NO TEEN CAFE – Book Sale! Student Memberships for Thursday entry is $3.00.


NPPL Foundation Cemetery Tour – Cancelled

The NPPL Foundation has decided to CANCEL this year’s Cemetery Tour.

Library inventory, additional NE150 programming, actor schedule conflicts, and minor renovation closures have impacted timelines to the point we did not think we could do justice to our annual cemetery tour event. Rather than put on a poor event, we have chosen to cancel it for this year.

To our loyal cemetery tourists…this event is slated to return in 2018 so please keep watching.

The NPPL Foundation will have their annual book gift basket sales starting in October.  The Friends of the Library fall book sale will be October  26-28, 2017.


CANCELLED: Science Saturday in September


Polymer Party! for Kids in Grades 3 – 8 (Ages 8 – 14)

Make two different kinds of slime, grow orbies, make snow, and more!

All materials and supplies provided!

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Location: North Platte Public Library – Meeting Room

REQUIRES: Registration and $20 fee per child — Limited to 25 registrations!

For more information and registration information contact:

Jeanene Lusk (teacher)
PO Box 93
Brady, NE 69123

Science Saturday Registration Form (print, complete and mail PDF)


Final Eclipse Presentation: Eclipses Future

Friends of the Library Brown Bag Luncheon

Eclipses Future
Presented by Derryl Barr

Great American Eclipse is Monday August 21, 2017

Are you prepared for totality?

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017

North Platte Public Library – Meeting Room

Attend and receive a free pair of eclipse glasses!

The Eclipse is Exactly One Month Away!

“Eclipses Future” is the final presentation in our 3-part series on solar eclipses leading up to the total solar eclipse on August 21st that will be observable from the North Platte area. This final program focuses on the eclipse phenomenon itself, types of eclipses, and their cause and frequency. But most importantly the primary focus will be on how to safely observe and experience the upcoming total solar eclipse when persons in a 70-mile-wide swath across Nebraska will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to stand in the shadow of the Moon and marvel at what is frequently called “Nature’s grandest spectacle.”

Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat for this free program. Iced tea and water will be provided.