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Nebraska Libraries Invited to Apply for BOOKS FOR CHILDREN Grant

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. Only libraries within the 50 states are eligible to apply. Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children’s department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.

Applications are accepted from school libraries only if they also serve as the public library (i.e. it is open to everyone in the community, has some summer hours, and there is no public library in town). Please note: Town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets over $450,000 are rarely given grants. The average total operating budget of a BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipient is less than $40,000.

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients that have fulfilled all grant requirements, including the final report, may apply for another grant three years after the receipt of their previous grant. Grant recipients that do not fulfill all the grant requirements, including the final report, are not eligible for another grant.

To obtain a grant application from The Libri Foundation:

  • Read the application instructions and fill out the form online. The form must be printed out, STAPLED, signed, and returned to The Libri Foundation via mail.
  • To receive a paper application in the mail, please email your name and your library’s name and mailing address to The Libri Foundation at You may also request an application packet by mail, telephone, or fax at the address or phone numbers given on the Libri Foundation home page.

Applications for this round must be postmarked by January 23. Grant recipients will be posted on the Grant Recipients page within a few days after grants are awarded. Acceptance packets are usually mailed 14-18 days after grants are awarded.

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Free Webinar: Community Building and Makerspaces

ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins at 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

The December webinar, “Community Engagement through Making,” includes Steve Teeri, technology training associate at the Detroit Public Library and founder of the HYPE Makerspace, which allows teens to level up in abilities such as STEM and inventive thinking; Dara Schmidt, branch manager of Anythink Brighton and Matthew Hamilton, Anythink IT manager, from the Rangeview Library District; and Nate Hill, who oversees the daily operations of Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team as assistant director of the Chattanooga Public Library.

The Winter Webinar series will center on Making through innovation, community engagement and literacy, three focuses of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives initiative. The sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes and to transfer knowledge among ALA members. “Making Strategic Partnerships” will take place on Jan. 13, 2014, and “What is and What’s Next – Making Assessment and Opportunities” will take place on Feb. 14, 2014.

These webinars are presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and Barbara Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee. For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at

Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today:

The Winter Webinar Series is part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives Webinar Series, which will explore these focuses through partnerships, literacy innovations, and more, throughout her presidential year. For information on these webinars, or for speaking opportunities, please contact Sue Considine at

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Library Design Showcase Submissions Now Open

Nebraska libraries are invited to apply for inclusion in the American Libraries 2014 Library Design Showcase, an annual feature celebrating new and newly renovated or expanded libraries of all types. The showcase will be featured in the September/October 2014 issue.

Nebraska libraries that are shining examples of innovative architecture and that address patrons’ needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways are encouraged to submit. Previous submissions have consisted of everything from outdoor facilities and LEED certifications to expanded high-tech teen areas and restorations of libraries from the turn of the century. To be eligible, projects must have been completed between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014.

To have your library considered, send a completed submission form, along with high-resolution digital images, to American Libraries, Attn: Library Design Showcase, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Submissions can also be sent via YouSendIt to Unfortunately, not all submissions can be featured. For more information, email

View the 2013 Library Design Showcase at

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Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013. Nebraska Friends of the Library groups are invited to apply for this award.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013). Application materials are available at

Applicants will be judged on creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, Trustees and/or advisory committee; recognition of Friends group and promotion of Friends group to the community, school, students and/or faculty.

For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or

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Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014. Nebraska library board members are invited to apply for this grant.

The United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference for the first time. A grant of $850 plus full conference registration is awarded annually to a public library Trustee who has demonstrated service to the library. The Conference Grant, made possible by an annual gift from Gale Cengage Learning, is administered by United for Libraries. A formal presentation to the winner is made at the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming 2014 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV is scheduled for June 26-July 1, 2014.

For more information and to apply, seee

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IMLS and Partners Present Financial Education and Citizenship Webinars

Two new federal partnerships will enhance the work of public libraries as providers of e-government services. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partnerships with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will result in new resources and tools for public libraries, including two webinars scheduled for December.

Nebraska public libraries are invited to participate in both of these free webinars: CFPB Webinar: Wednesday, December 4, 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. CT. Click here for more information. USCIS Webinar: Thursday, December 12, 11:30 p.m.—1:00 p.m. CT. Click here for more information. Please join us for these informative sessions and stay tuned for new developments from IMLS and its federal partners. – See more at:

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Free toolkit on starting a school library friends group available from United for Libraries

United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit geared toward school librarians looking to create a friends of the library group.

“Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries,” available at, gives tips on gaining school support; raising the profile of the school library; generating excitement; establishing a friends group of parents, faculty and community members; creating a student friends group and more.

“With school libraries closing across the country, it is becoming more important than ever before for school librarians to develop friends groups,” said United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “Friends have been keeping public libraries open and even staving off budget cuts for years – they can do the same for school libraries.”

Also available at are two additional free toolkits. “Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have” includes tips on membership, outreach, fundraising and more. “Academic Library Friends: A Toolkit for Getting Started – You Can Do This!” by Charles D. Hanson, director of Kettering Library Services, Kettering University, provides a framework for starting a Friends group at a community college or university.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or

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David Vinjamuri: How Will Libraries Flourish in the Age of eBooks?

Join us for lunch with author David Vinjamuri on November 14 at the Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., Noon- 2:00 p.m. This luncheon speaker will be of special interest to public library directors and board members. Lunch will be included at no charge to participants. Advance registration is much appreciated (Register: Lunch is scheduled for  noon, with the talk and book-signing from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. As a special treat, a retirement reception for Sarah Watson, Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark Library Branch Manager, will be held after the book signing.

David Vinjamuri spent nearly twenty years working with corporate brands. He writes for Forbes, teaches at New York University, and loves reading and the outdoors. Vinjamuri makes a compelling case for the centrality of libraries for reading overall, and why eBooks pose such a complex challenge. He also speaks frankly about the viewpoint of publishers and how libraries can better use their collective strength to change the dynamic with the largest publishers.

For more on this topic, see Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands, by David Vinjamuri or his recent articles: Why Public Libraries Matter and How They Can Do More and The Wrong War Over Ebooks: Publishers vs. Libraries. Copies of Vinjamuri’s books, Accidental Branding and Operator, will be offered for sale at the event.

Contact: Manya Shorr, 402.444.4822, This event was made possible, in part, by a 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Sponsors: Nebraska Library Commission; Omaha Public Library; Lincoln City Libraries.

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Nebraska Librarians Invited to Promote the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries”

Join American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling in promoting the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” by hosting a signing ceremony in your community! The Declaration is the cornerstone document of Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public. Local “Declaration” events can focus on transformative library practices in literacy, innovation and community engagement.  These signing events can be held at the library and/or any community event. The petitions will be presented to Congress by library supporters during National Library Legislative Day activities from May 5 – 6, 2014.  Stripling recently encouraged local action with this statement: “The Declaration will serve as an advocacy tool to help communities take action and illustrate the value of their libraries and library staff. Our hope is that library supporters will take advantage of this tool and present collected signatures to local leaders and legislators throughout the year.”

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is based on the following assumptions:

  1. Libraries Empower the Individual
  2. Libraries Support Literacy and Lifelong Learning
  3. Libraries Strengthen Families
  4. Libraries are the Great Equalizer
  5. Libraries Build Communities
  6. Libraries Protect Our Right to Know
  7. Libraries Strengthen Our Nation
  8. Libraries Advance Research and Scholarship
  9. Libraries Help Us to Better Understand Each Other
  10. Libraries Preserve Our Nation’s Cultural Heritage

Informational resources and materials to help plan local activitie are available at:;

Twitter: #right2libs   

Goals of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries Project include:

  1. Increase public and media awareness about the critical role of libraries in communities around the country.
  2. Inspire ongoing conversations about the role of the library in community.
  3. Cultivate a network of community allies and advocates for the library.
  4. Position the library as a trusted convener to help in the response to community issues.
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Free Webinar on Starting a Friends Group during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 20-26

United for Libraries is coordinating the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. As part of the celebration, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed will present a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available at include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more. Those celebrating the week are encouraged to share their activities by emailing or tweeting with the hashtag “nfolw13.”

United for Libraries is pleased to announce a seventh year of awards in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week. Application materials are available at Entries are due by Dec. 2, 2013.

Register now for the free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group The webinar will be archived and available on the website in early November.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or

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Teen Read Week™ Set for October 13-19, 2013

Join Teen Read Week™ website for new resources and perks! Visitors who register as an online community member of the Teen Read Week™ (TRW) website will have access to a wealth of resources and perks courtesy of YALSA and the official 2013 Teen Read Week sponsors.

Thanks to new sponsors Blink, Merit Press, Scholastic, and Soho Teen, as well as longtime TRW sponsor, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, there are more resources than ever to help library workers and educators with their efforts in encouraging continued literacy development among teens.

The new resources and perks available to TRW registrants include:

  • Eligibility to receive one of three Merit Press bookshelves containing 12 riveting novels – signed by the authors
  • An autographed copy of “Gorgeous” by Paul Rudnick, courtesy of Scholastic, for any individual who joins YALSA through the Teen Read Week site by Oct. 1st
  • Eligibility to receive a Soho Teen bookshelf containing 10 Soho Teen hardcover novels
  • A free digital download of the “Ten Years of the Teens’ Top Ten” toolkit, courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The toolkit includes a compilation of the past Teens’ Top Ten lists, as well as “Fun Facts” and “Read-A-Likes”
  • Free access to a webinar featuring recommended reads that fit with the “Seek the Unknown” theme

In addition to the current resource offerings, more are in the works and TRW registrants are encouraged to check back for updates. E-blasts announcing new resources will also be sent to those registered for the Teen Read Week website.

Teen Read Week™ is being celebrated October 13-19 this year with the theme “Seek the Unknown @ your library.” Official Teen Read Week products are available for purchase through the ALA Store. Products include themed posters, bookmarks, manual, and more. Order by September 26 to receive items in time for Teen Read Week.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email:

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Celebrate September: Library Card Sign-up Month

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with new downloadable tools and public service announcements (PSAs). Sample media tools are available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, op-ed, proclamation, PSA scripts and radio quality PSAs. To download free promotional materials, visit

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Thousands of public and school libraries join together each fall in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for a library card. Also in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, a new slideshow featuring “60 Ways to Use Your Library Card” is now available on Librarians are encouraged to embed the slideshow, which scrolls through examples like “Learn how to write a business plan” and “Get help with homework,” on their own websites or blogs.

NBA All- Star Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls is the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month. During this month, libraries will encourage the public to obtain a free library card that will save them money. According to a PEW Internet and American Life study, 58 percent of Americans age 16 and older have a library card and even more—69 percent—say the library is important to them and their families. A native of the Sudan, Deng has won the NBA’s sportsmanship award for the player who best exemplifies ethical behavior, fair play and integrity on the court. In 2008, Deng was honored with the UN Refugee Agency’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for his efforts to bring education and sports to millions of displaced children. Librarians looking to promote Library Card Sign-up Month locally can download a public service announcement (PSA) featuring Deng at Free customization is available.

The Campaign for America’s is Libraries is the ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions.

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Celebrate Banned Books Week September 22-28, 2013

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Free promotional tools for libraries, including the 60 Ways to Use Your Library Card Slideshow, are available at

ALA would  like to hear what you have planned for Library Card Sign-up Month or answer your questions. Contact Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator, For more information visit the
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Sundance Film Forward Partnership Deadline: August 16

Reply to this RFP soon! The deadline to apply for this partnership effort is August 16. Libraries with a good relationship with a movie theatre could work with them to create a dynamite public program. Any library or other organization is welcome to submit a proposal in response to this RFP, though Nebraska is targeted for the 2014 tour.
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Subject: Message from IMLS about Film Forward

Good morning! IMLS is a partner in an international exchange program called Film Forward, which brings independent films to communities throughout the United States and the world in an effort to enhance the appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures. Film screenings are followed by audience dialogue and IMLS is particularly interested in identifying museums and libraries as venues for these programmatic opportunities. We are soliciting your assistance in sharing the information below and the attached overview and RFP with your constituents. Any museum or library or other organization is welcome to submit an RFP, though the project is targeting the following states for the 2014 tour: Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. I will also be contacting state museum associations in those particular states.

Please feel free to call me (or contact Meredith Lavitt at the email below) with any questions and thanks so much for your help.

Chris Reich

 July 22, 2013

Dear Executive and Program Directors and Professors,

Attached please find a Request For Proposal (RFP) for your consideration. We are seeking potential Program Collaborators around the US to collaborate with the Sundance Institute to host a FILM FORWARD program in 2014. FILM FORWARD is an international cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers. FILM FORWARD is an Initiative of Sundance Institute and The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. FILM FORWARD launched in 2010. Prior to that time, the AFI in association with the federal governmental agencies ran the program as AFI 20/20. In the last three years FILM FORWARD has visited 21 locations around the world from China, Morocco, India, and Turkey to Tennessee, California, Arizona and Puerto Rico. 26 independent films including WINTER’S BONE, AMREEKA, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and ON THE ICE and documentaries including CHASING ICE, LAST TRAIN HOME, BUCK and SENNA have screened to diverse communities, students and filmmakers. Over 30 filmmakers associated with these films have participated in engaging local audiences in question and answer sessions, workshops, roundtable discussion and meet and greet opportunities.

FILM FORWARD’s goal is to reach audiences that do not have access to independent film and create cultural conversations to break down barriers and bridge similarities between cultures. Our experiences have reinforced the very reason that we believe in this program: We saw this in Nashville, Tennessee as homeless youth told us they felt empowered to tell their stories after seeing LA MISSION and in Imperial Valley, California as audience members said they appreciated seeing aboriginal people being celebrated and not stereotyped. In short, we have seen the power of storytelling to connect with audiences here and abroad, and to light the fires of curiosity about other cultures and new ways of thinking. The experience is enriching for both the local audiences and the filmmakers – who are all learning and benefiting from these cultural interactions.

“We’ve been blessed to host Film Forward three times…Needless is to say that Film Forward made the PRFS a better organization, teaching us how to connect with audiences and spark profound conversations around independent film.”- Guillermo Vazquez, Co-Founder, Puerto Rico Film Society

For more information on FILM FORWARD, please visit and read blogs by filmmakers, collaborators and audiences, browse through the photo galleries and watch the film trailers. We hope this program is of interest to you and look forward to your proposal. Please feel free to address any questions to Meredith Lavitt via email at

Kind Regards, Meredith Lavitt

Associate Director, Film Forward, Sundance Institute

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Gov. Heineman Names New Appointment to Nebraska Library Commission

Gov. Dave Heineman recently appointed Michael LaCroix, of Omaha, to a three-year term on the Nebraska Library Commission.

LaCroix is Director of the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library at Creighton University. He formerly served as library director at Greensboro College and Wingate University in North Carolina, and at Albright College in Pennsylvania. He has served on the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries—including a term as council chair—and also served on the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Libraries. LaCroix was elected to the board of directors of the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries and served as Nebraska’s representative to the Online Computer Library Center Member’s Council. LaCroix was formerly the treasurer of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA), and he chaired the NLA College and University section.
As Nebraska’s state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services-“bringing together people and information.”

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Save the Date: Celebration of Nebraska Books Set for October 26

An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26, 2013 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2013 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings and signings by some of the winning authors. The 2013 Jane Geske Award will also be presented. The event will close with the announcement of the book selected for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide read. Details about the event will be posted at and

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What a wonderful resource for library customers that want to learn basic computer skill through short, self-directed tutorials!

And what a great help to library staff when a computer skills class is not the answer. has just released a few learning modules and would like feedback from library staff and customers regarding how they work. Designed for folks that are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, the tools should help library customers tackle technology at their own pace and gain the confidence theyneed to succeed.

Check out the first offerings from Ask your library customers to try these tutorials and let us know how they work.

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Nebraska State Poet Nominations Due July 26

Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), Humanities Nebraska (HN), and the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) are seeking nominations for the next Nebraska State Poet, a designation that recognizes and honors a Nebraska poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment.  Nominations must be submitted online no later than midnight, CST on July 26, 2013.

Nominations may be made by any organization or individual in the state of Nebraska. To be considered, nominees must indicate their consent to the nomination. All nominations will be reviewed by the State Poet Selection Committee, which is made up of five individuals who are established members of Nebraska’s literary, cultural, education, and academic communi­ties. After the committee selects finalists, the governor will make the final selection. State Poet nominations will be collected and reviewed online using the NAC SlideRoom online application site:  This site includes complete instructions for submitting application materials.

The Nebraska State Poet will be selected based on artistic excellence, exemplary profession­alism demonstrated by significant publications and special honors, an established history of community service in the advancement of poetry in Nebraska, and the ability to present poetry and interact effectively with a public audience. In addition, the State Poet must be a legal, full-time resident for at least three years prior to the application deadline and must maintain Nebraska residency during the full term of office. 

Once selected, the Nebraska State Poet will serve a five-year renewable term as an advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature in Nebraska. The duties of the State Poet include giving public presentations and readings, leading workshops and discussions, and providing other outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals, and various venues in rural and urban commu­nities throughout the state.  To accomplish this, the State Poet will join the NAC’s Nebraska Touring Program and the HN Speakers Bureau.

The position of Nebraska Poet Laureate was established in 1921 when John G. Neihardt was appointed by the Legislature. In 1982, William Kloefkorn was appointed as Nebraska State Poet by Governor Charles Thone.  Kloefkorn served as the State Poet for over 25 years, until his death in May 2011.

For more information, contact Erika Hamilton, Humanities Nebraska director of literary programs, at (402) 474-1213, extention 104, or at

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Money Smart Week @ your library® April 20-27, 2013

The Money Smart Week® public awareness campaign is designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country, including Nebraska libraries. Libraries sponsoring activities and events to stress the importance of financial literacy and inform consumers about where they can get help are encouraged to print the survey form at and ust it to ask for participant feedback and demographic information, etc. at library programs, educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Libraries are also encouraged to to take photographs at events, to be shared (along with names, dates, places, etc.).  Action shots that communicate teaching and learning will be used in the Annual Report and other communication tools.
If you haven’t made all your plans yet, here are a few suggestions for activities:

  • Detroit Public Television and Michigan Money Smart Week invites libraries across the country to access a live stream of a one hour program,  “Be A Money Smarty: Top Twenty Money Tips in One Hour” to take place at 9:00 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 20. See or embed the Be A Money Smarty presentation media player on your site. Codes and instructions at: 
  • Nebraska governor Dave Heineman proclaimed April 2013 as Economic & Financial Literacy Month and April 20-27, 2013 as Money Smart Week in Nebraska. Ask your mayor to do the same for your community.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has created an nationwide photo scavenger hunt. It just begun so a great way to get some more promotion and participation in Money Smart Week. For details and the official rules, visit

Comment below to share information about Nebraska library activites during Money Smart Week 2013.

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