2015 Reading Challenge

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Here’s a fun 2015 reading challenge courtesy of PopSugar – are you up to it? We are! Visit any of our locations or check out a book from our OverDrive collection and get started today! Let us know on social media if you’re joining us on this 50-book reading challenge for 2015 (tag #ebrpl). Click the link below for a printable version.

North Platte Canteen Online Exhibit

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Have you ever heard of the North Platte Canteen? The Canteen began in North Platte, Nebraska, on December 17, 1941, shortly after the United States entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 17, 1941, families and friends of the local Nebraska National Guard unit (Company D) came to the North Platte Depot to give them their Christmas presents, and then blossomed into one of the largest volunteer efforts of World War II.

North Platte Nebraska Canteen History


The North Platte Canteen met its first troop train on December 25, 1941, and met every single troop train that passed through the town thereafter, greeting an estimated six million soldiers throughout the war. Townspeople from all around the state gave their ration cards to the cause, volunteering their time, preparing food for the soldiers, and giving anything they h ad all to ensure that each train carrying American troops was greeted with friendly faces and free food, magazines, and coffee.

The Canteen in North Platte Nebraska

The Lincoln Historical Society has a great online exhibit dedicated to this heartwarming chapter in American history. Check out Bob Greene’s book Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen from the library for more on this amazing volunteer effort.

North Platte Nebraskas historical North Platte Canteen

Food for Fines

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We’re excited to announce the return of Food for Fines. You can bring a non-perishable, unopened food item to any library branch to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and for each item you bring, $1 will be waived from late fee fines! This program will run throughout the month of December.

Here are some examples of acceptable food types:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soups
  • Dried Beans
  • Canned Meats
  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Corn Meal
  • Breakfast and Cereal Bars
  • Any Canned, Bagged, or Boxed Non-perishable Food


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gobble gobble! Family, delicious food, and football. Another Thanksgiving tradition is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when giant balloon replicas of our favorite characters fill the streets of New York. The parade, which began in 1924, has an estimated 3.5 million people actually attend the event and over 50 million households watch the parade on TV!

Take a look at this fun retrospective with photographs of the balloons from years past from the New York Daily News.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

You can also check out the official parade website for the 2014 lineup of floats and performers and an interesting history section too with a description year-by-year of this memorable event.

Remember all EBRPL branches are closing at 6 tonight (Wednesday, 11/26) and will be closed tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will resume normal business hours this Friday, November 28.