2018 Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Results

2018 Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Results

UPDATE 2/7/2018: We apologize to the Adult 4-Person team Wabbalubbadubdub for inadvertently missing their 5th place finish in our results list (it was on our judges records) and have updated the results list accordingly.

Congratulations to the 1st place teams:
2nd & 3rd Grade: Pink Kitty’s in 17 minutes 15 seconds
4th & 5th Grade: Smyth & Arnold in 55 minutes 35 seconds
Middle School: I Said My Piece in 50 minutes 25 seconds
Adult Individual: Martinson in 1 hour 9 minutes 18 seconds
Adult 2-Person: Coleman & Coleman in 1 hour 10 minutes 2 seconds
Adult 4-Person: Puzzerk in 2 hours 16 minutes 14 seconds

Click on a photo gallery below for all photos in that division.

2018 JPT Donor Board

Big “Thank You” to the Following
Donors & Puzzlers

Platinum Sponsorship ($1,000 or more)


Gold Sponsorship ($500 or more)

Silver Sponsorship ($200 or more)


Bronze Sponsorship ($100 or more)


Copper Sponsorship ($50 or more)


Steel Sponsorship (Less than $50.00)


As of March 8, 2018
$7,500 Fundraiser Goal
$ 1,961 Expenses
$ 4,800 Pledged | $ 4,300 Received | $ 0 In-Kind * 
$1,000 Challenge Match (up to $1,500 or 3 x $500 donations) – 2 donors took advantage of this challenge.

Registered Puzzlers by Division
2nd & 3rd Gr = 16 (12 spots still open)
4th & 5th Gr = 21 (7 spots still open)
Middle School = 11 – Division CLOSED
Adult Individual = 4 – Division CLOSED
Adult 2-Person = 10 – Division CLOSED
Adult 4-Person = 6 – Division CLOSED

2018 Puzzle Tournament Sponsorship

Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Information
The Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament (JPT) is a competition that has grown steadily in our community. JPT is also a fundraising event for the North Platte Public Library Foundation. More than 160 kids in 2nd through 8th grade and 50 adults participated last year. 

Entry Fees and Sponsorship Information
NPPL Foundation actively seeks sponsorships for students and adults with a fundraising goal of $50.00 per puzzler. The costs to carry out the event are expected to be $1,500 in 2018. These costs include facility and equipment rental, puzzles, competition and participation prizes. We rely solely on volunteers to plan, operate and carry out the event. The 2017 JPT event raised $22.53 per puzzler.

FAQ and Sponsorship Contact Letter

Pledge Your Sponsorship / Donation Online    |  PDF Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Levels are:
Platinum ($1000 or more) receives Gold level benefits plus “Thank You” recognition in the North Platte Telegraph

Gold ($500 or more) receives Silver level benefits plus a framed Certificate of Appreciation

Silver ($200 or more) receives Bronze level benefits plus business logo and/or name for sponsorship recognition on the NPPL Foundation website

Bronze ($100 or more) receives Copper level benefits plus a full color photo montage from the tournament on regular copy paper and the option for invoicing and delayed payment to March 31, 2017

Copper ($50 or more) receives Steel level benefits plus business logo and/or name on sponsorship advertising at the tournament

Steel (Less than $50) receives a personal “Thank You” from the puzzlers they help sponsor, a receipt for their donation (not valid for entry fee) from Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and the option to direct their donation toward a specific puzzler, team, school, etc.

Please make all checks payable to: NPPL Foundation

Donation Payment and Sponsorship Pledge Options 
Note: We are not equipped for plastic or electronic payments

  1. Pledge Online with Invoicing and Delayed Payment Options available
  2. Mail completed PDF form to NPPL Foundation, 120 W 4th ST, North Platte NE 69101-3901
  3. Drop off completed PDF form at North Platte Public Library at 120 W 4th ST, North Platte NE
  4. Scan and email completed PDF form to: jpt@npplfoundation.org
  5. Fax completed form to: 308-535-8296
  6. Bring to the Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm held at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 2700 W Philip Avenue, North Platte NE

NPPL Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds for a future North Platte Public Library capital improvement project. The funds are kept at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.


2018 Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament

Registration is now OPEN!
Registration Deadline is January 26, 2018!

Tournament Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Entry Fee: $50.00 per person – we actively seek sponsors for STUDENTS, and ask ADULTS to help support or find sponsors for themselves.
This is a fundraising event for the NPPL Foundation, a non-profit organization raising funds for the future benefit of North Platte Public Library. Sponsorships may be tax deductible, please contact your tax advisor.

Location: Bethel Evangelical Free Church
                     2700 W Philip AVE
                     North Platte NE

Online Division
STUDENT 2-3 Grade (Ages 7-9) 9:00 am 9:30 am – 10:30 am
STUDENT 4-5 Grade (Ages 9-11) 10:30 am 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
STUDENT 6-8 Grade (Ages 11-14) 12:30 pm 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ADULT Individual (All Ages) 12:30 pm 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ADULT 2-Person (All Ages) 12:30 pm 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ADULT 4-Person (All Ages) 12:30 pm 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

* Valid email required for online registration confirmation and standby notification

PDF 2018 STUDENT Entry Form       |        PDF 2018 ADULT Entry Form

PDF Forms can be printed, scanned and emailed to:
Faxed to: 308-535-8296
Or dropped off /mailed t0:
                     North Platte Public Library
                     ATTN: JPT
                     120 W 4th ST
                     North Platte NE 69101-3901

Contact Cecelia Lawrence at 308-535-8036 ext. 3321 or jpt@npplfoundation.org

Changes for 2018:

There are a maximum number of teams accepted into each division due to limitations of space. The tournament arena holds a maximum of 28 tables during concurrent division play with spectators. The maximums are:

  • STUDENT 2-3 Grade: 28 tables / teams
  • STUDENT 4-5 Grade: 28 tables / teams
  • STUDENT Middle School & ADULT Individual: 15 tables / teams, combined
  • ADULT 2-Person: 15 tables / teams
  • ADULT 4-Person: 6 tables / teams

Registrations will be taken in order received and early registration is strongly encouraged.

Once the maximum registrations per division have been received, overflow registrants will be notified that their team / puzzler(s) are on standby. 

Standby registrants can then decide if they want to keep their place in line for cancellation notification or pass their spot to someone else. If they stay on standby, we suggest showing up at the tournament in case of last minute cancellations and no shows. 

Fall 2017 FOL Book Sale

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friends of the Library Member Preview Sale from 12:00 Noon – 8:00 pm
FOL Membership Form Anyone can join, so join today!

Friday, October 27, 2017
Public Book Sale from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Public Book Sale from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Book Sale Closed for Re-Organization from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Bag Sale from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bag Sale starts at 1:00 pm – fill a bag for $2.00 + tax (total $2.14 per bag) as many as you want, feel free to bring your own bag(s).

Fall 2017 Price Guide

Fall 2017 Book Sale Poster

This particular event has received several large estate donations since the spring sale. This is not an event to miss!

Over 10,000 items including:
200+ Cookbooks
1,000+ History Books
1,200+ Children’s Books

Cash and carry event.
Good checks and cash welcome.
Sorry we are unequipped for credit/debit cards.
And yes, we must charge North Platte sales tax of 7%.
Please make checks payable to: Friends of the Library.

The Library accepts donations of books, audio, music, DVDs, puzzles, etc. all year long during normal business hours. But please don’t wait until our sale, we prefer to be able to sort items throughout the year for the book sale events. If you bring in items during a book sale, we will hold them over for the next sale event.

Location: North Platte Public Library – Meeting Room 

Cemetery Tour 2017 – CANCELLED

The NPPL Foundation has decided to CANCEL this year’s Cemetery Tour.

Library inventory, additional NE150 programming, actor schedule conflicts, and minor renovation closures have impacted timelines to the point we did not think we could do justice to our annual cemetery tour event. Rather than put on a poor event, we have chosen to cancel it for this year.

To our loyal cemetery tourists…this event is slated to return in 2018 so please keep watching.

The NPPL Foundation will have their annual book gift basket sales starting in October.  The Friends of the Library fall book sale will be October  26-28, 2017.

Make Your Donation Early

North Platte Giving Day is May 3rd but you don’t have to wait until that day to donate. You can pre-schedule your donation starting today (April 26, 2017) for that day (May 3rd, 2017). 

Here’s how:

  1. Visit the North Platte Giving Day website (https://www.northplattegivingday.org)
    Hint: click the Giving Day logo above to go directly to the NPPL Foundation fund
  2. Click Donate Now and create a profile on the website in order choose your fund(s) and schedule your donation
  3. Your donated amount will be paid by the method you choose at midnight on May 3, 2017

Set up your donation today, avoid the rush, and make it count on May 3rd!