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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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York Library Shares Spanish-language Fotonovella about Scams

destacado-s0031-fotonovelasBooks Are Just the Beginning at the Kilgore Memorial Library in York making Fotonovellas available at the library can help local residents avoid scams. The Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington DC has released these free Spanish-language fotonovellas as part of their initiative to raise awareness about scams targeting Latino people. For more information, see

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Blair Public Library Offers Free Music Streaming and Downloads

freegalBooks Are Just the Beginning at Nebraska libraries and Blair Public Library demonstrates this by offering free music downloads and streaming. Offered through Freegal, an online music database, library  cardholders may stream five hours of music daily, entirely free.  This service also allows 3 free music downloads per week–just log in with your account number and phone number. Find out more at

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Franklin Public Library Shares Financial Education Resources

money-smart-weekLOGO2016Books Are Just the Beginning in Nebraska Public Libraries and Franklin Public Library has the financial education resources to offer a variety of lessons for children ages Kindergarten through 4th grade to help introduce skills associated with managing money. Find out more at

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Legal Information at South Sioux City Public Library

Since Books Are Just the Beginning at Nebraska libraries, the South Sioux City Public Library will host a program presented by a representative from Legal Aid of Nebraska, sharing information and answering questions about legal services provided through Legal Aid of Nebraska (more at Additionally, NebraskAccess now offers the Legal Information Reference Center database for Nebraska residents to use to find full-text consumer legal information (including NOLO publications) plus a link to search for Nebraska legal forms.

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Books Are Just the Beginning in Nebraska Libraries

How do you library? Check out , a site that repurposes the ubiquitous library user symbol and encourages us all to design our own #howilibrary sign, using the templates they provide at .

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Nebraska Students Use Video to Show that Books Are Just the Beginning in School Libraries

Nebraska students are invited to participate in a video contest that asks students how school libraries change lives. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with ProQuestAbrams, and SchoolTube, announces the launch of the School Library Month April 2014 student video contest “Lives Change @ your library.” Contestants are urged to let loose their creativity and use humor, drama, music and/or special effects to illustrate how the school library program changes a student’s life. Contest rules and eligibility can be found at

Resources for Librarians
Librarians: Download Materials Here

Get the word out with

Research shows that library customers want their community libraries to provide them with books—and so much more! Building on this reality, the Nebraska Library Commission is providing a tool kit and resources to help Nebraska librarians get the word out: In Nebraska Libraries: Books Are Just the Beginning!

Download these materials and be sure to personalize them with your library message/call to action, location, phone, email, website, facebook, etc.:

Books Are Just the Beginning Poster

Books Are Just the Beginning Button for Websites

Books Are Just the Beginning Bookmarks (5-up, front to back, with cutlines):



For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665,