PLC Library Cards

Last month we talked about the OPAC or Online Public Access Catalogue and the basics of using it to search our catalogue to see if we have a book or some other resource you may be interested in looking at.  In that article we also mentioned we are a member of the Panhandle Library Consortium and suggested we would expand more on the consortium, our shared patron database and the new universal consortium library cards.

The shared patron database allows consortium member libraries to issue library cards to their patrons which immediately become active and valid at all the libraries in the consortium.  For example, if you already hold a library card from the Gering Public Library, your card can be used to check out books from all of the libraries listed below, including here at the research center.  Likewise for our patrons who hold one of our library cards.

One of the benefits for the consortium libraries is the ability to see and be warned about patrons who have not always handled their library accounts in a responsible manner.  For patrons who have excessive fines, severely overdue books or lost items, we are notified during the checkout process of troubled accounts and to be cautious about lending the items.  It is ultimately up to the librarian to make the decision on whether to lend the items or not, but we are given tools through the consortium to help us manage our patron accounts more effectively while helping and joining forces with other libraries in the panhandle.

Above is a sample consortium library card.  Most every library in the consortium is issuing the new cards while Gering is still using their own style of card.  Regardless of the design any card from any of the below listed libraries will be valid at any consortium library.

Below is a list of the member libraries in the Panhandle Library Consortium.

• Arthur Public Library

• Bridgeport Public Library

• Gering Public Library

• Gordon City Library

• Grant Co., Library, Hyannis

• Kimball Public Library

• Lyman Public Library

• Morrill Public Library

• Oshkosh Public Library

• Paxton Public Library

• Rushville Public Library

• Sidney Public Library

• Regional West Medical Center Library

• West Nebraska Family Research & History Center


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Feb 2015

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.

Outhouses I have known
       and some I would like to meet!

Mike & Linda Minzey, dressed in mid to late 1800's clothing, will present their popular program on Outhouses with the goal of relating their personal experiences with growing up using "outdoor plumbing" while discussing the different types of outhouses including those such as the Rocky Mountain outhouse use by miners and railroaders, circa 1870-1890.  A portion of their program will be devoted to Outhouse stories through cowboy-style poetry and power point.

Mike retired in 2012 from a 46-year career as a housing developer with CAPWN, but continues seasonal employment with H&R Block, now in his 36th year.  He also has returned to CAPWN on a limited basis as a consultant in his field.

Linda is a night supervisor with Northfield Retirement Communities, an organization with whom she has worked for the past 16 years of her 26 year nursing career.

A discussion session will follow the program relating to outhouse styles, rules and some of the experiences we've all had while utilizing them!

This program will be video recorded and placed in the members only section of our website for future viewing by our members.


What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• The story of Marsland and the surrounding community
                         - c1981 - by Elsie M Hess - 253p

• Heartwell's First 100 Years
 - c1983 - by Heartwell History Writing Committee- 48p

• Heartwell Alumni  : 1885-1983
                         - c1983 - by Heartwell Alumni Association - 36p

• Gordon, Nebraska  : Centennial Prairie
                         - c1965 - by Will Spindler - 80p

• Stuart Centennial  : 1884-1984
                          - c1984 -  by the Centennial Book Committee, Thomas Kaup (editor) - 373p

• Stuart Quasquicentennial  : 1984-2009
                          - c2009 -  by the Q125 Committee - 150p

• 1984-85 Nebraska Blue Book
                          - c1984 - by Lois A. Sasso (editor), Nebraska Legislative Council - 891p

• 1990-91 Nebraska Blue Book
                          - c1990 - by Robert H. Fraass (editor), Clerk of the Legislature - 1028p

• 1998-99 Nebraska Blue Book
                          - c1998 - by Michael R. Lewis (editor), Clerk of the Legislature - 1088p

• Adventure in Service  : The story of Rotary, its origin, growth and influence
                          - c1967 - by Rotary International - 121p



Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Carole Tucker family & estate

• Barb & Bob Goldman

• Shirley Weihing

• Karen Jackson

• Joan Johns


 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**