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.

2017 Summer Reading Program For Adults!
Summer reading for adults also means fun prizes and great events at our library.  Information about this year's summer reading program will be available on June 5th.  Participants will have a chance to win prizes every week through July 14th and on Monday, July 24th, we'll have a drawing for a special prize for those who participate in "Build A Better World."

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.