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“Making a Prairie” available at the library


From the poem “Boots and Overalls” by Don Thackrey:

Pa’s main concerns were weather, crops, and stock.

His heart was with his fields of corn and grain.

It seemed to us he worked around the clock.

To make things proper under sun and rain.

He doctored animals and studied plants,

He built his house and make machinery run,

He sized up problems at a single glance,

Invented tools as needed, taught each son. . . .

His work left little time for books or thought,

But still he read the Bible, some Thoreau,

And poetry by Whittier, and sought

To learn guitar and how to rodeo.

Smiling before he died, Pa mused: “God calls–

Will He be wearing boots and overalls?”

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Out on the shelves this week…

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“Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva” by Rosemary Sullivan.  Biography.  A New York Times Notable Book.  A Washington Post Notable Book.  American Library Association 2016 Notable Book.  “Born in 1926, Svetlana Alliluyeva spent her youth inside the Kremlin as her father’s power soared along with that of the Soviet Union.  Eighty-five years later, she died alone and penniless in rural Wisconsin as Lana Peters.  Revealed here for the first time, the many lives of Joseph Stalin’s daughter form a riveting portrait of a woman who fled halfway around the world to escape her birthright.”


“This is the Life” by Alex Shearer.  Adult Fiction. American Library Association 2016 Notable Book.  “The is the story of Louis, who never quite fit in, and of his younger brother, who always tried to tag along.  As they got older, they grew apart.  And as they got older still, one of them got cancer, and the other became his caretaker.  Then they became close again, two brothers on one final journey together, wading through the stuff that’s thicker than water.”

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Are you a Sue Grafton fan?


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NET is packing its bags & heading to North Platte, Gering, Scottsbluff, Alliance, Chadron and Valentine to visit you.

Graphic On the Road 2016

Join NET for: 

  • NET Radio broadcasts
  • Backyard Farmer
  • PBS Kids events 
  • Town Talks with community leaders and NET leadership
  • Screenings of Nebraska Stories segments

Registration may be required for some events due to space limitations.   A list of all NET plans to do in Western Nebraska can be found at or call (800)634-6788.  A flyer is also available at the Library here in Oshkosh.  

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Meet Jet in Scottsbluff or Alliance


NET Kids Event – Meet Jet from PBS KIDS Ready Jet Go!, and enjoy family friendly activities.


June 11, 2016  –  9am-11:30am  –  Lied Scottsbluff Library, Scottsbluff, NE

June 12, 2016  –  2:00pm-4:00pm – Midwest Theater, Scottsbluff, NE

June 13, 2016  –  11am-1:30pm  –  Alliance Public Library, Alliance, NE

More info: or call (800)634-6788

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