Sensory Storytime Mondays @ 10:00 a.m.

 This is a storytime for adults with special needs.  The program is similar to a children's storytime, as a sensory storytime incorporates stories, interactive reading, music, crafts and more. Stop in and try the program.


Join us May 15th for the discussion of
The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

What if the place you called "home" happened to be a funeral home? Kate Mayfield explores what it meant to be the daughter of a small-town undertaker in this fascinating memoir evocative of Six Feet Under and The Help, with a hint of Mary Roach's Stiff.

The first time I touched a dead person, I was too short to reach into the casket, so my father picked me up and I leaned in for that first, empty, cold touch. It was thrilling, because it was an unthinkable act.

After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death. A place where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. The place where Kate would spend the entirety of her childhood. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, Mayfield draws the reader into a world of Southern mystique and ghosts.

Kate's father set up shop in a small town where he was one of two white morticians during the turbulent 1960s. Jubilee, Kentucky, was a segregated, god-fearing community where no one kept secrets—except the ones they were buried with. By opening a funeral home, Kate's father also opened the door to family feuds, fetishes, and victims of accidents, murder, and suicide. The family saw it all. They also saw the quiet ruin of Kate's father, who hid alcoholism and infidelity behind a cool, charismatic exterior. As Mayfield grows from trusting child to rebellious teen, she begins to find the enforced hush of the funeral home oppressive, and longs for the day she can escape the confines of her small town.

In The Undertaker's Daughter, Kate has written a triumph of a memoir. This vivid and stranger-than-fiction true story ultimately teaches us how living in a house of death can prepare one for life.


"THURSDAY ADULT CRAFTERNOON”   4:30-5:30 p.m. 
come for crafts and visiting

2nd -- Book flowers

9th — Macramé necklace

16th — No program

23rd — No program

 

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.

 

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Thank you to Off-Broadway for the fun "Adopt a Grandparent" party.  A special thanks to everyone who joined us at the party and "adopted" a Grandparent this Holiday Season.