Mr. Greene discussed his book Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen. The book recounts the story of North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II. In 1941, a North Platte resident wrote a letter to the local newspaper suggesting that the railroad depot be converted into the North Platte Canteen — a place where homesick soldiers could enjoy coffee, home-cooked food and friendly conversation during the ten minute stopover of the troop trains. From Christmas Day 1941 to the end of World War II, the community of 12,000 people provided this service to more than six million GIs. The book is based on interviews with residents of North Platte, Nebraska, and soldiers who passed through the town. After his presentation, Mr. Green answered questions from members of the audience.
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Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller since earning his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines and his fourteenth book, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians (w/ Jennifer Koerber) was published in May 2015 and more books are on the way. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz Web site, takes many, many photos, and typically reads more than 100 books a year. View all posts by Michael Sauers