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Pub Quiz Sponsored by Kearney Public Library

Books Are Just the Beginning and the Pub Quiz in Kearney is the only trivia game in town that’s been researched by nerdy librarians! With special themes each month and the amenities of the local bar venue, library staff and customers get to mingle and compete for prizes. For more information see the Events tab on the Kearney Public Library Facebook page:

Broken Bow Library and Extension Educators Offer Innovative Programs

Books Are Just the Beginning and the Broken Bow Public Library proves that through their  partnership with 4-H UNL Extension to provide local programs is a great example. A recent program at the library on Roller Coasters and how they work was a big hit with the young people. For more information see

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Cozad Library Offers NASA Art Program

Books Are Just the Beginning and a good example of that is Cozad’s Wilson Public Library and NASA@MyLibrary program on Art and the Cosmic Connection on August 6. Created for NASA, this program allows library customers to examine breathtaking NASA images of different planets, moons, and small bodies, then use pastels to draw  their own interpretation. There will be a brief presentation about how the geological features are formed before beginning to create your own picture. Learn elements of art to analyze space images with help from local teacher Vickie Gilbert. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. Register by calling 308-784-2019. For more information see

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Ogallala’s Library Offers Music Education

Books Are Just the Beginning and one example can be found in the music education activities offered at the Goodall City Library in Ogallala. The library is hosting a “Bob Josjor Music at the Library” program as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. The statewide theme for children, teens, and adults for 2018 is Libraries Rock! and people all over Nebraska are having fun learning about music and learning to make music.

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Tuesdays Are for Robotics at Arapahoe Public Library

Books Are Just the Beginning at Arapahoe Public Library and Robotics on Tuesdays is just one example. High school teacher Dan Schaben volunteers his time to teach Junior High School-age kids about robotics. Kids are teaming up to build their own robot. For more information see 

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Gaming Activities Are Big at Schuyler Public Library









Books Are Just the Beginning at Schuyler Public Library and Gaming is just one example. Fridays are Game Day and residents are invited to practice English language skills with board games or try their luck (and skill) with  Wii games. Learn more at

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Young People Take a Trip to Mars with Valley Public Library

Books Are Just the Beginning with Nebraska Pubic Libraries and the Mars and Space themed program at Valley Public Library is one more example.  Area elementary school children are invited to the afterschool program co-sponsored by the library and Twin Rivers YMCA. Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play.  For more information see

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Hastings Public Library Hosts Nature’s Educators

Books are just the beginning at Nebraska Libraries and the Hastings Public Library proves it with a library program from Nature’s Educators Educational Wildlife Program. The program motivates and encourages conservation using unique ways to inspire and excite the library customers. Live animal ambassadors visit the library and help facilitate learning. For more information see

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The Genealogy Quest Starts at Kearney Public Library

Books are just the Beginning at Nebraska public libraries and the Genealogy Quest program at Kearney Public Library is a good example of this.  This “study hall” for adults over 18 encourages them to use the library’s resources to help with ancestry searching. Volunteers from the Buffalo County Historical Society and library staff provide assistance when needed and point to Genealogy research resources, like the MyHeritage online database and the Nebraska Memories online collection of digitized Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials (both provided through the Nebraska Library Commission to Nebraskans at no cost, with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.) For more information about the three Genealogy Quest “study halls,” see

Sponsored through a partnership between BuffaloCounty HistoricalSociety and Kearney Public Library

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Omaha Public Library Programs Make Science Fun
Books are Just the Beginning in Nebraska libraries and the series of  programs offered by the Omaha Public Library (OPL) in conjunction with NE SciFest are another great example. These programs run  April 17-28 and are designed to make science accessible, interactive, relevant, and fun! Learn more at the OPL Facebook page or visit to find a program.