Author Archives: Mary Jo Ryan

Community College LIS Courses Start Jan. 11


Register Now for Online Library & Information Services Courses through Central Community College

Online Course Offerings: January 11, 2016 – May 5, 2016

LIBR 2150 Managing Collections in Libraries and Information Agencies,
Patty Birch, Instructor
This course will provide students with an understanding of managing collections in libraries and information agencies, including:

  • Basics of Collection Management (terminology, models)
  •  21st Century Literacies
  • Selection (All resources, for all age levels)
  • Acquisition
  • Deselection/Weeding
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Copyright

Suggested prerequisite: LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library & Information Services. For information regarding course content, contact the instructor: Patty Birch,

LIBR 2210 Cataloging and Classification, Ruth Carlock, Instructor

This course will include theories, concepts and activities for cataloging and classifying materials in the 21st Century. It includes the following topics:

  • The bibliographic record
  • Sears and Library of Congress subject headings
  • Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems
  • The MARC record
  • Resource Description and Access Instructions

Suggested prerequisite: LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library & Information Services

For information regarding this course, contact the instructor: Ruth Carlock,

For information concerning Admissions or Registration, contact: Dee Johnson,, 402-562-1418 or 877-222-0780 ext. 1418.

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Friday Reads: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Zevin_Fikry_pbkcvr_rgb_HRThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 2014) What reader doesn’t love a story set in a bookstore? …especially a quirky, little independent bookshop in a purple Victorian cottage on Alice Island where the faded sign reads:

Island Books

Alice Island’s Exclusive Provider of

Fine Literary Content since 1999

No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World

Within the first ten pages of this book, the reader is transported to a place where time is trying to stand still, but of course it won’t. We are immediately introduced to a curmudgeonly bookshop proprietor (A.J Fikry), an eager young publishing representative (Amelia Loman), and a tragic set of circumstance that creates tension between the two of them from the beginning. Fikry is reeling from the loss of his beloved wife and he’s not really coping with his grief and loss. The store isn’t exactly thriving either. We meet Fikry just as his life is about to change dramatically. He suffers another devastating loss and gains a reason to live in the space of a few short weeks.

As the story unfolds, we meet more of the residents of Alice Island and the characters in this book are very well written, interesting, and endearing—with lots of juicy dialog between them. We come to care about them and their community and it goes without saying, we are rooting for Fikry to pull himself together. The writing is clever and crisp and I love a good convention in a book and this one has one—each chapter is introduced with a short book review suitable for a printed shelf-talker. Sometimes it takes until the end of the chapter to figure out what the review had to do with the action in the chapter, but that just makes it more fun. A side benefit of this setup is that I got a bunch of recommendations of books to read.

This is a great selection for a book club, makes a great gift for a reader in your life,  and I promise it’s a page-turner.

Mary Jo Ryan






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Apply for Internship Grants by Dec. 17

EmilyTwo weeks left for Accredited Public Libraries to submit a 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant application to receive up to $1,000 to fund a high school or college intern in 2016! The final deadline to submit your application is Thursday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. Interns bring a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm  to Nebraska library services–and as you can see in the attached photo, they are often invaluable as technology mentors for library customers.

Details about the 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program are available at:  For more information contact: JoAnn McManus, Grants Program Manager, 402-471-4870 or 800-307-2665.

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Friday Reads: Make Your Home among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

cover make your home_In this excellent debut novel by a newly transplanted Nebraska author, Jennine Capó Crucet demonstrates that she is a gifted writer who can create strong multi-dimensional characters. Relocating to Nebraska from Miami, she teaches English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In Make Your Home among Strangers: A Novel, Lizet leaves Miami to venture north to an Ivy League school for her first year of college. The change in climate is not the only thing she has to get used to in her new environment. Besides adjusting to a very different life—academic and social—she has to traverse some unanticipated emotional territory. Learning to live with people with very different backgrounds and expectations than she’s ever been exposed to is just one part of the adjustment process. She also has to manage her own feelings about those she left at home—and maybe left behind? (And what a great colorful crew of well-developed, interesting characters they are!) Lizet has to decide how much her sense of responsibility for family and friends at home will trump her own needs—where the past ends and her future begins. She has to deal with managing her own expectations about her ability to help and steer the ones she loves vs. her ability to do this for herself in her own life.

All of this is explored in the context of very engaging storytelling and true-to-life dialog. We come to really care about Lizet and her family. I found myself really cheering for them all by the end of the book. This story is fun to read and I really enjoyed the author’s wicked observations of human nature—portrayed with gentle humor, not malice. There’s a fascinating sub-plot about what goes on in Miami’s Little Havana while Lizet is away at school and it leaves the reader wanting more of that story about Lizet’s family and friends. I hope I get to read about what happens next for them. Welcome to Nebraska, Jennine Capó Crucet. We can’t wait to read the rest of your stories.

This would be a good book for library book clubs. They would have a great time reading this book—and talking about it. Maybe you could even persuade the author to come to your library to make a presentation. I would love to come to that program!

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Librarians Encouraged to Promote New NET Production “Yours, Willa Cather” on Radio, Television and Digital

Willa Cather wrote some of the most unforgettable fiction of the 20th century including the novels My Antonia and O Pioneers!  But the voice of the private Willa Cather tells a much more personal story. Until recently, many scholars believed that Nebraska author Willa Cather burned most of her letters before her death. Not so. In the new NET Television documentary and NET Radio series, the private person is revealed through letters that survived, hidden away in drawers, trunks and archives.

Yours Willa CatherThe NET Television premiere is 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. CT, Monday, Sept. 21. The NET Radio series begins Saturday, Sept. 5 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.  Nebraskans can listen Saturdays at 9:35 a.m. CT (Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26) and Sundays at 4:35 p.m. CT (Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27) on NET Radio.

Based on the 2013 book The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, co-edited by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Andrew Jewell and Texas scholar Janis Stout, the NET project has created original video, audio, photography, and commentary. New digital resources including a companion website and e-book will soon be launched. Visit later in September.

The documentary was produced by NET’s Christine Lesiak who also contributed to the 2005 American Masters production of “Willa Cather – The Road is All,” which aired nationally on PBS. The voice of Willa Cather is read by actress Marg Helgenberger of Fremont, known for her Emmy-nominated role on the commercial television series “CSI.”

“Yours, Willa Cather” is funded in part by the NET Foundation for Television, Humanities Nebraska and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Nebraska Librarians Encouraged to Promote 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Latino American CommissionThe Nebraska Latino American Commission invites the youth of Nebraska to participate in the Ninth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration Essay Contest. The theme revolves around a quote from influential leader Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, current Secretary of U.S. Housing & Urban Development. Students are asked to write about what his words and Hispanic Heritage Month mean to them.

“In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.”

 Please note that eligibility requirements are inclusive: Students of all ethnicities currently enrolled in a Nebraska public, private, home school or magnet school (grades 6 – 12). Entries welcome in English or Spanish, and must include a signed entry form. More information at

All essays due by Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5 P.M. Essays and entry forms may be submitted by email to, via fax at 402-471-4381, or mailed to:

Nebraska Latino American Commission

ATT: Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

P.O. Box 94965

Lincoln, NE 68509-4965


 Jasel Cantu

Public Information Officer

Latino American Commission

Nebraska State Capitol

6th Floor, PO Box 94965

Lincoln, NE 68509-4965

Office: 402-471-2791

Fax: 402-471-4381




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Deadline September 25 to Apply for “Curiosity Creates” Grants

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)  announced the availability of Curiosity Creates, a new grant to help fund creativity programming in public libraries. Your library could be one of 77 lucky recipients of a $7,500 grant to encourage creativity for children ages 6-14. The grants may be used to expand existing programming and/or create new opportunities for children to explore their creativity.  

  • Applicants must be public libraries; individual branches within a library system are welcome to apply separately.
  • Publicly funded community-based local library systems and branches in the United States are eligible to apply. (Includes all 50 states and Puerto Rico)
  • Grantees may be invited to participate in the development of a best practices publication for creativity programing in libraries. Selected grantees will be expected to participate in interviews and/or site visits by a consultant who will be developing this publication.
  • Projects should be for the development and implementation of a program or series of programs to serve children ages 6 to 14.
  • Projects should focus on one or more of the following seven critical components of creativity:

1) Imagination & Originality 2) Flexibility 3) Decision- Making 4) Communication & Self-Expression 5) Collaboration 6) Motivation 7) Action & Movement

Selection Criteria Includes: 

  • Creativity components addressed
  • Program reach (including diversity, inclusion and community partnerships)
  • Project design and replicability

Grant website:

Apply Now!:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


Angela N. Hubbard Program Officer, Projects & Partnerships Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) (312) 280-1398

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Free Tools for School Library Advocates Available Now

aasl_advocacypacks_200x300School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.

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Enroll Now for Library and Information Services Online Courses

Central Community College LogoEnrollment is now open for Central Community College online courses in Library and Information Services  (

Fall 2015 courses include:

LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library and Information Services,        Marty Magee, Instructor

This course, the recommended first in the Library and Information Services curriculum, provides introductory information in multiple areas including the history of libraries, foundational principles, databases and websites, library technology use, programming and changing library roles.

LIBR 2250 Leadership & Management in Library & Information Agencies, Michael Straatmann, Instructor

This course includes the theories, concepts and activities integral to leading and managing 21st Century libraries and information agencies.

LIBR 2940 Library and Information Services Capstone Practicum,        Erica Rose, Instructor

This capstone course is the last course in the Library & Information Services program. Students will complete forty hours of service learning in a host library. The course also includes a review of the principle pieces of learning from the LIS program. Prerequisites: LIBR 1010, 2100, 2150, 2210, & 2250

For information concerning Admissions or Registration, contact Dee Johnson,, 402-562-1418 or Toll Free at 877-222-0780.

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Symposium on Education in Nebraska: July 23, 2015

NROC-main_logosAlong with Rod Wagner, Sherry Crow and Sally Snyder, I’m attending the Symposium on Education in Nebraska–and the focus is Opportunity and Access. There is a great deal of interest in how digital resources expand opportunities, and access is at the heart of this. And since libraries are all about access, we can be at the center of this movement.

Dr. Gary Lopez, presented the keynote address on the NROC project to develop and distribute digital resources for education—lessons, courses, curricula. He stressed that the project has an open access philosophy, developing digital resources for millions of students from middle school to college.

NROC ) developed specific digital resources & curriculum…Math and English for starters…to address the achievement gap in education. Addressing achievement gap by transitioning the one-size-fits-all system of education to an adaptable system…from analog to digital should mean that learning can be personalized to individuals—assuring that student feedback drives repetition to address specific gaps. Personalized learning is adjusting the pace (individualization), approach (differentiation) and connection to the student’s learning interest and experiences. Resources are available through and Comment below about your reaction to the library role in this evolving change in education and learning.

About NROC

“NROC” started as the National Repository of Online Courses. Now we are much more. The NROC Project is a national, non-profit movement impacting college & career readiness. Our project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Hewlett Foundation, and most importantly by NROC members across the country. Our member institutions represent more than 6 million students from middle school to college across the U.S. We are leaders who believe in open and equal access to education and the power of new media to personalize learning. Together, we’re building content and applications to impact student success and delivering them publicly at websites like HippoCampus and EdReady.


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TechBoomers Offers Online Technology Education for Library Customers

Logo-Tech-Boomers-ea4f4ff43dd8ea9ece2a58d88e495d3cWhat is is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life. The courses are free and many libraries and other technology education organizations are using them to teach their students.

These are the top 10 most popular courses:

1) Facebook: [1]

2) Netflix:

3) Skype:

4) Twitter:

5) Google Search:

6) WedMD:

7) Ancestry:

8) Google Maps (including Google Earth):

9) Amazon:

10) Etsy:

Check them out and comment below RE: whether you think your library customers would find these useful.

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Friday Reads: Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph

randolph_cvr_revFriday Reads: Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph

The voyeur in me loves to read a good memoir and to snoop through other people’s houses. Even though I may talk a lot about the recent Masterpiece Theatre public television offering, House Hunters is one of my secret guilty pleasures. Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir by Ladette Randolph offers both the great memoir and the opportunity to poke around in various houses that the author lived in throughout her life. And it offers a lot more. I’ve read other books by this author so I was prepared for her careful, sparse, lovely writing. I might not have been prepared for how much the story of her life grabbed me and touched me.

I devoured the sections of the book that detail the remodeling project that compelled Randolph and her husband to leave the pink house (their previous remodeling project). The realistic descriptions of the planning, decision-making, and execution required in the remaking of their country home seem to mirror the internal remaking that was going on in their family. And anyone that has undertaken a home remodel can identify with that. Not to get all “pop-psychology” here, but our images of house and home really might reflect our sense of self—as suggested by Freudian and Jungian dream analysis.

“Renovating a house requires intimacy with a building. By time you’ve stripped wallpaper, pulled up carpets, removed cabinets, washed, sanded, and painted walls and woodwork, you know the lines and features of a house as you might the body of a lover. Our level of approaching intimacy with the country house, though, was less like that of a lover than like that of a forensic scientist.” (P. 61)*

I love that the sections on the remodeling project are interspersed with chapters that inform us about the author by reflecting on her life in previous homes. On the surface, the story seems to progress through the various homes that Randolph inhabited throughout her life, but below the surface she explores the relationships those homes sheltered and the different person she was as she lived in each of those homes. I know the author—a little bit—and I confess that might make this memoir even more enticing. I only know her as a snapshot in time. The revelation of her past life in the chapters of this book really surprised me. It reminded me that we may not really know that much about our acquaintances and colleagues. It reminded me that delving into another person’s life can uncover depths of beauty, but sadness too. Learning about another person’s journey can help us examine our own. Could that be the real appeal of House Hunters?

*Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir, by Ladette Randolph, University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)

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See You at the NLA Public Library and Trustee Section Spring Meetings!

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Nebraska Library Commission staff look forward to joining Nebraska librarians at the upcoming NE Library Association Public Library and Trustee Section Spring Meetings: April 22 in Alliance, April 23 in Kearney, and April 24 in Columbus. Presenter Valerie Gross, President and CEO of the Howard County Library System in Maryland, will help us examine the strategy of aligning our libraries with the educational mission of our communities to help us tell the story of “Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Why Nebraska Needs Libraries More than Ever!”

We’ll be staffing a table to share materials to help you reposition your library as a community education resource and your library staff as educators, including:

Books Are Just the Beginning…check out this blog that can direct any Nebraskan to your library and help illustrate the many ways libraries function as educational resources at

Online Self-Directed Education…learn about Skillsoft online classes funded by the Nebraska Library Commission to help train library staff to serve as community educators (, United for Libraries ( resources funded by the Nebraska Library Commission for training Trustees/Friends/Foundations, and the Nebraska Library Commission budget request to provide self-directed education programs for all Nebraska residents through their local library (

Nebraska eReads…pick up materials to tell your community about downloadable eBook and audio book resources ( or print your own at

Nebraska Memories…find out how these digitized historical and cultural resources can illustrate the role of the library in assisting a variety of learners and researchers of all ages, see

NebraskAccess…check out the posters and business cards that you can print with your library password and share with learners in your community to help reinforce the message of how integral libraries are to the community learning environment—customize and print at

Nebraska Public Libraries are Equalizers…see how statistics can be used to tell the story of how your public library responds to the needs in your community and serves specific target audiences with educational resources, along with instructive and enlightening experiences, see

NCompass E-Newslist…Keep up with news from the Nebraska Library Commission to help you enhance your library’s visibility by signing up to receive our short weekly email at


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Leadership Institute Set for August 10

Registration now to take part in the Nebraska Library Transitional Leadership Institute scheduled to begin on Monday, August 10, 2015. This Transitional Institute, held at the St. Benedict Retreat Center near Schuyler, will be an intensive five-day session open to previous NE Library Leadership Institute (NELLI) graduates and mentors to begin the process of envisioning what future library leadership development will look like in Nebraska while receiving additional leadership training. A non-refundable $300 fee for participants will be payable upon selection to attend.

The Institute will be facilitated by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon who have worked with the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute for the past fourteen years as well as “Snowbird” in Utah and state institutes in Alaska, California’s esteemed “Eureka!” Leadership Institute, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Australia’s “Aurora.” Schreiber and Shannon have done a great deal of consultation work with libraries, and understand the needs and challenges of the library world; and we are pleased to have them back to help in this transitional year.

Sessions at the Institute will include multi-generational issues, stages of leadership, building your personal brand and your legacy, assertiveness in critical relationships, and building Learning Libraries to encourage innovation. A tentative schedule may be found at On Thursday, August 13, in order to have as much input from those across the state as possible, the Institute will grow to 100 attendees and as we look at the past, present and future of library leadership, celebrate our successes, review current needs and invite additional information for the future vision, including actions required to transition into future leadership development for the state. If you are unable to come for the entire five day institute and would like your voice to be heard in these conversations, please register for the all day Thursday session, lunch included, $40.00 per person.

The Nebraska Library Transitional Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association.  Funding for the Institute is generously provided by the Nebraska Library Commission, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, the Nebraska Library Association and other organizations that support library leadership development.

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Book Fest Highlights Nebraska Authors

2015_NBF_Poster_8 5x11The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with writing workshops:

  • Lucy Adkins: “Poetry and Inspiration: Imaginative Ways to Write Your Best”
  • Mary Avidano: “Poems by You.” Attendees are invited to bring a poem they’ve written.
  • Traci Robison: “From Draft to Digital: How to Prepare and What to Expect as a Self- Publisher”
  • Laura Wiseman: “You’re No Body Until Some Body Loves You: Writing the Body”

Workshop seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Advance registration is not necessary.

Readings, book sales, and book signings will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Authors will read and discuss their work, allowing time for questions. Scheduled authors include:

  • Mark Langan, Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers and Ladies of the Night
  • Marsha Davis, One Man’s Voice
  • Sydney Olson, The Curse of the Fates
  • John Price, The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
  • Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola: A Novel
  • Karen Shoemaker, The Meaning of Names

Prior to a 3:45 p.m. reception, the Nebraska Center for the Book will announce the 2015 recipient of the Mildred Bennett Award, recognizing an individual who has made significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska.

The festival concludes, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the NeBooks Project Student & Teacher Showcase. The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across Nebraska to provide quality instructional materials. Nebraska students and teachers developed eBooks this school year, with the goal of becoming published authors in the NeBooks Project eBook Library. Attendees will spend the evening learning from these newly published authors, along with special guests. Hear directly from Nebraska students and teachers how they created their iBooks, the struggles that they faced, and what it means to be a published author.

The Bookworm and University of Nebraska Press will offer books by Nebraska authors for sale throughout the event. The Nebraska Book Festival is presented by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission. Visit for a complete schedule of free readings and workshops and other information.

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Nebraska Libraries Invited to Apply for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grants

ala_newsApply now for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grants. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) are accepting applications for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural institutions.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will support the American public’s exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

The cornerstone of the project is the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at The application deadline is May 1. Read the guidelines and apply online at

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La Vista Public Library Awarded One of Twenty Teen Tech Week Grants

Congrats Lindsey Tomsu and  La Vista Public Library ala_news

The recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Tech Week grant have been selected. La Vista Public Library is one of 20 recipients from a pool of 127 applicants were selected to receive Teen Tech Week grants of $1,000 each, funded by Best Buy, to support activities aimed at helping teens build the digital literacy skills they need to be successful in college and careers.

In addition to the grant, the library will receive a gift pack of themed posters and bookmarks, as well as other “making” resources. Other libraries wishing to celebrate Teen Tech Week can sign up on the Teen Tech Week website for access to free digital downloads of themed posters, bookmarks, webinars and other resources. Learn more about making in libraries via the resources on YALSA’s wiki, including a free webinar and downloadable toolkit. Read YALSA’s recent report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” to learn more about libraries’ role in helping teens extend their learning beyond the classroom in order to gain the digital literacy skills needed for 21st century careers. The report can be accessed at

Teen Tech Week is a national celebration that offers libraries the chance to highlight all of the digital tools, resources and services they offer to teens and their families. It will be celebrated with the theme “Libraries are for Making…” and takes place March 8-14. To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit, or check out #TTW15 on Twitter. Best Buy is the official sponsor of Teen Tech Week.

Supplemental products related to Teen Tech Week and digital literacy, such as a Makerspace Safety poster, a Good Digital Citizen poster and bookmark and YALSA’s Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiative publication are available for purchase through the ALA Store. 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 e-mail:

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Apply by Jan. 28, 2015 for “The Big Read” Grants

The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Nebraska libraries are invited to apply before Jan. 28, 2015. Visit the Application Process page at for more information.

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NEST $529 Read to Win Recognizes Nebraska Summer Reading Participants

2014NEST529winnersCptlTreasurer Don Stenberg and First National Bank of Omaha presented $529 NEST college savings scholarships on October 30 to ten young people, ages 6 to 16, from the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts in the NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing, sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, First National Bank of Omaha, and the Nebraska Library Commission.

The Lincoln City Libraries received a check for $1,250 in the ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

More than 20,000 children and teens were entered in the drawing after completing summer reading programs at their local libraries across the state. Five winners were selected in a random drawing from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional districts. Each was awarded $529 in a NEST 529 College Savings account, and their respective libraries received $250 each. Winners from the 2nd Congressional District were awarded earlier in October.

First National Bank of Omaha, program manager for NEST, provided the scholarship contributions and the donations to the libraries. A list of winners is available at:

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FREE Recorded Webinar: Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign

UnitedLibePowerGuideNebraska library staff and board members are encouraged to access a free recorded Webinar, Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need, at United for Libraries recently recorded a webinar with Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discussed the library’s successful millage campaign.

Libraries can also access the free United for Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy, which takes the mystery out of advocacy, provides you with an organized step-by-step approach, and allows you to develop a set of strategies that will motivate your community to pressure funders to support the library or in the case of a referendum or a bond issue – to vote “yes.” Check out the Webinar and other online tools developed thanks to a Neal-Schuman Foundation grant.


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