Join us July 17th for the discussion of
The Book Club Widowers by John Michael De Marco

A weekend beach trip sounds perfect for a group of women who enjoy discussing literature and sipping wine in the back of a fledgling bookstore. But as the departure date arrives, most have to back out due to family demands, work needs, and illnesses. Thirty-something mothers Emma, Jackie, and Kari still get to go, and are viewed as "the lucky ones." Until they vanish. The three drive off on Thursday, their luggage stocked with stylish outfits, swim wear, and sunscreen. When they don't return on Sunday or respond to calls and texts the affected husbands, ex-husband, and friends know it's out of character. They call the police, but no clues emerge for months. This is the story of "The Book Club Widowers," their children, and friends, as well as the perplexed police detectives and several mysterious characters who loom in the shadows with potential answers.
Please let us know if you are interested in attending July’s book discussion and we’ll make certain to put your name on the list for a copy of the book.


2017 Adult Summer Reading Challenge!
Summer reading fun isn't just for the children and teens so we encourage you to participate in our adult summer reading challenge.  Starting Monday, June 5th participants will have the chance to win prizes every week through July 14th.  On Monday, July 24th, we will have a drawing for the grand prize winner from the "Build a Better World"  adult summer reading program.  Basically, you will be eligible for weekly prizes by reading books or taking part in some citizen activities.  The activity sheets as well as the tic-tac-toe sheets for reading are available at the circulation desk.  we'll explain details to you when you sign up.

Thanks Sylvester's!
We are so appreciative to Jeanne and Fred of Sylvester's for choosing the children's "Makerspace" area that will be in our renovated library as the recipient of the year's Chili Contest and Benefit Auction fundraiser.  Over $12,300 was raised!  The funds will be used to purchase items and materials that will help children and families create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover.  Our Makerspace will incorporate three elements- places...people...making things.  We can't wait!!

The staff of the Broken Bow Public Library, along with our Library Board of Trustees, and the Library Foundation Board of Directors, want to thank everyone who helped move books, shelving, boxes, and assisted with the organization of our temporary library building. 
Over 90 volunteers of all ages from our community assisted with the move and everyone's help made the task must less daunting and certainly quite efficient!  Due to all the assistance, we were open for "business as usual" in one week-- something that seemed impossible while planning for the move!
A special thanks to Dave Thompson who engineered the plan to get 23,000 books moved in less than six hours, V-Bar who provided trailers, Evans Feed and Arrow Seed who furnished pickups, BBHS instructor Michael Schweitzer and the Architect Design class for "fitting square pegs into round holes," the Broken Bow Schools for allowing students to help, and the City of Broken Bow Administrator, Water/Sewer, Street/Parks, Electric, and Rescue Departments who provided hours of man power, ingenuity, equipment, and materials.
Hopefully, the renovation and additions to our permanent library are complete by the end of December.  we are excited about what the renovated library will bring to our community, as well as the area, and we'll keep you informed on the construction progress.

Custer County farmers Walt and Bobbe Dietz have won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Broken Bow Library Foundation's Expansion/Renovation Campaign.

The Library foundation will use the funds to purchase furniture and technology equipment for the expanded and renovated Broken bow Public Library.

"The donation from Walt and Bobbe shows how much they care about the advancement of the library and its value to the community as well as the area. This is a very generous contribution and will help us finish the project," said Darrel Sybrant, Library Board member and capital campaign co-chair.

The Grow Communities program's purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to wine a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit. This year the program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the United States. 

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

"Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began," said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. "Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community."

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America's Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit

Courtesy of the America's Farmers Grow Communities and the Monsanto Fund

Don't forget we offer Zinio!
Just a reminder in case you've forgotten or didn't know, but the Broken Bow Public Library is part of the Central Nebraska Digital Coop and offers free full digital copies of many of your favorite magazines through Zinio digital magazines.  You see the exact materials as seen in print edition, plus some issues include interactive features.  Read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline anytime.  Downloaded issues are yours to keep as long as you wish.  This subscription allows for unlimited simultaneous use of each magazine issue the coop purchases for their patrons.
There are over 100 popular English and Spanish language magazines and this service is available to our library cardholders in good standing.  Zinio magazines may be read in a Internet browser or on a wide variety of apps available for many mobile devices.  Check on the device that best suits your needs to download your free app.