Category Archives: Books & Reading

Get a Downton Abbey Readalike poster

Random House will send you a “Keep Calm and Read On” Downton Abbey Read Alike Poster and enter you in a drawing for a Downton Abbey Prize Basket, if you sign up at http://randomhouse.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/237E9283A1FD049F/3941058DA9B969630F8C96E86323F7F9.  Sure, it’s a RH marketing ploy, but it could make for a fun display or even an interesting book group.

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Nebraska Learns 2.0: 2013′s Best Tech Tools and United Breaks Guitars

The Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing for January is The Best Tech Tools of 2013.

For this month’s Thing, we’d like you to tell us what you think was the Best Tech Tool or Service of 2013. The ‘experts’ have had their say, now it’s your turn.

Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

The BookThing for January is United Breaks Guitars by Dave Carroll. 

Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning CarhengeCrop5program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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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 libri@librifoundation.org. 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. http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html

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NPR’s Book Concierge

As the year draws to a close, the Best Books, Movies, Apps, Music, etc. lists will start appearing thick and fast.  National Public Radio is offering a new twist on “Best Books” with a Web site and mobile app that help the user sort through over 200 recommended titles from 2013 by  title or by category.  Some of the categories are fun–see “Eye Opening Reads.” Or what about “It’s All Geek To Me?”  Check it out at NPR’s Book Concierge.

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NCompass Live: Best New Youth Books of 2013

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “Best New Youth Books of 2013″, on Wednesday, December 4, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the NLC, will give brief book talks of new titles that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles for preschool through older teens will be highlighted.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Dec. 11 – Turning Your Library Around – Part 2: 4 Years Later
  • Dec. 18 – To Bake or Not to Bake: Library Cake Pan Collection
  • Dec. 26 (Thursday) – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: SHOG.US – Share with Flare

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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NCompass Live: New to Talking Book & Braille Service: Downloads and Apps!

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Join us for the next NCompass Live: “New to Talking Book & Braille Service: Downloads and Apps!”, on Wednesday, November 20, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time.

There are a few new ways to read talking books. For borrowers who use computers, the National Library Service BARD website allows for downloadable books that can be used with our digital players, and for borrowers with iPhones or iPads, a new app makes reading on mobile devices a breeze! Scott Scholz, from the NLC’s Talking Book and Braille Service, will demo these new options for TBBS users.

Upcoming NCompass Live events:

  • Nov. 27 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Excel at Rearranging Your Library
  • Dec. 4 – Best New Youth Books of 2013
  • Dec. 11 – Turning Your Library Around – Part 2: 4 Years Later
  • Dec. 18 – To Bake or Not to Bake: Library Cake Pan Collection
  • Dec. 26 (Thursday) – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: SHOG.US – Share with Flare

For more information, to register for NCompass Live, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live webpage.

NCompass Live is broadcast live every Wednesday from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website. The show is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Before you attend a session, please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Win a Visit from Author Alexander McCall Smith

Send  photos to Random House of a library holiday display featuring Alexander McCall Smith’s books , and you may win a visit from the author during his November 2014 tour.  The deadline to enter the contest is January 3.  See the rules and details at:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/181789624/Alexander-McCall-Smith-Library-Holiday-Display-Contest.

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Nebraska Learns 2.0: Image Generators and The Year Without Pants

The Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing for November is Graphic Design with Image Generators.

For this month’s Thing, we’re going to get creative with image generators. These tools allow you to easily manipulate pictures and graphics to create fun images that you can use to promote your library programs and services.

Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

The BookThing for November is The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun. 

Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning CarhengeCrop5program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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Read Aloud School or Community

There is still time to sign up to become a Read Aloud School or Community.  The opportunity is available through November 1, 2013, and it only takes a few minutes.

Just go here and click on “School” or Community” depending on which one you represent.  A community can be the public library, a book discussion group, a philanthropic organization, or other such group of people.

All it takes is a bit of time to fill out the form and submit it.  No cost to you and one of several benefits of being a Read Aloud School or Community is the opportunity to request books at no cost to you to give away to children in your school or community.  Join for the second (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) year and you are eligible to apply for a $250 competitive mini-grant to promote or celebrate reading aloud.

And while you are at it, save Friday, April 4, 2014 to hear Rob Reid talk about “Reid’s Read-Alouds” and “Making Lit Come Alive” – it is sure to be a wonderful day.  You can see the “Save the Date” information now, and more details later also here on the web site.  The Library Commission has seven of his books available for loan, such as Something Funny Happened at the Library and More Family Storytimes: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages.

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2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced

Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. In this nonfiction story, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene goes out in search of “the best America there ever was,” and  finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its sons. During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, NE, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. This small town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Once Upon a Town tells the story of how this plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is entering its tenth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this book from a list of 71 titles nominated by 141 Nebraskans from across the state. The Nebraska Center for the Book board announced the choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 in Lincoln.

Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities will be available after January 1, 2014 at http://onebook.nebraska.gov. Updates and activity listings will be posted on the One Book One Nebraska Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/onebookonenebraska.

One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Association, and Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at and supported by the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word.

As the 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. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, www.centerforthebook.nebraska.gov or http://www.facebook.com/NebraskaCenterfortheBook

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Summer Reading Program Manuals are in the Mail

Be on the lookout for a large envelope that has been mailed to the director of each legally established public library in Nebraska.  It includes the 2014 Summer Reading Program (SRP) manual, SRP catalog, evaluation forms, and the library’s motion picture license certificate.

The science topic for 2014 brings us the children’s slogan: “Fizz, Boom, Read!”; the teen slogan: “Spark a Reaction” and the adult theme: “Literary Elements.”  For more information on topics and themes for the future, and ones used in the past, go here.

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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: nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgId=12584). 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, mdshorr@omahalibrary.org. 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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Friday Video: Hannu Rajaniemi: “The Future of the Book”

What defines a book? The content, the author, or the experience of reading it? What could books become?

Hannu Rajaniemi, author of science fiction novels The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince, argues that the books of the future will read us.

Rajaniemi is the co-creator of Neurofiction, a platform for creating fiction that changes in response to the emotional state of the reader. Neurofiction is powered by open souce software: https://github.com/fommil/neurofiction

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2013 National Book Award Finalists Announced

After reviewing over 1,400 submissions, the judges for the National Book Awards have announced the finalists for 2013. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on November 20th, 2013. This year’s finalists include the following:

Fiction

  • The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner
  • The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
  • Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders

Nonfiction

  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore
  • Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, by Wendy Lower
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
  • The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright

Poetry

  • Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart
  • Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido
  • The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka
  • Black Aperture, by Matt Rasmussen
  • Incarnadine, by Mary Szybist

Young People’s Literature

  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt
  • The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
  • Picture Me Gone, by Meg Rosoff
  • Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

 

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Finalists for 2014 One Book One Nebraska Announced

One nonfiction book and two novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are:

Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal

Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, now in its tenth year, is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska Library Association. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss the same book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected the three finalists from a list of 71 titles nominated by 141 Nebraskans.

The choice for the 2014 One Book One Nebraska will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 at the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets in downtown Lincoln. The event will also recognize the Willa Cather Foundation for their promotional efforts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the 2013 One Book One Nebraska book selection O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. For more information about One Book One Nebraska, see http://onebook.nebraska.gov/2013/index.aspx, http://www.opioneers100.org, or https://www.facebook.com/OneBookOneNebraska

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is scheduled for 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., with the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting to be held at 2:30 p.m. and an Awards Reception, book signings, and announcement of the 2014 One Book One Nebraska book choice concluding the festivities. Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2013 Nebraska Book Awards, and some of the winning authors will read from their work. A list of winners is posted at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/awards.html. The Nebraska Library Commission will be named the recipient of the 2013 Jane Geske Award. The Jane Geske Award recognizes a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of these fields in Nebraska: Literacy, Reading, Book Selling, Books, Libraries, and/or Writing in Nebraska.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Library Commission, and University of Nebraska Press, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Museum of Nebraska History. For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665. Confirmed presenters will be announced at www.centerforthebook.nebraska.gov and http://www.facebook.com/NebraskaCenterfortheBook.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the 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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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases/.

 

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Award Winners to be Honored at October 26 Celebration of Nebraska Books

An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 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 by some of the winning authors. And the winners are:

2013 Nebraska Book Award Winners

Anthology: Artifacts & Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley edited by Tom Lynch and Susan N. Maher, University of Nebraska Press

Children’s Picture BookHouse Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser, Candlewick Press

Cover/Design/Illustration: Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puschendorf, Design by Nathan Putens, Nebraska State Historical Society Books

Cover/Design/Illustration Book Arts Award: In Times of Considerable Wars and Interludes by Don Welch, Design, Illustration and Production by Elysia Mann, All Along Press

Fiction: Hell or High Water by Joy Castro, Thomas Dunne Books

Fiction Honor: Lake Country: A Novel by Sean Doolittle, Bantam Books

Nonfiction Autobiography: Called to Justice: The Life of a Federal Trial Judge by Hon. Warren K. Urbom and William Jay Riley, Law in the American West, Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

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Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television by Ron Hull, Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

Nonfiction Biography: Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson and Quintard Taylor, Texas Tech University Press

Nonfiction Essay: What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte by Lisa Knopp, University of Missouri   

Nonfiction History: Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867 by James E. Potter, Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

Nonfiction Nebraska as Place: Nebraska’s Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puschendorf, Nebraska State Historical Society Books

Poetry: Stray Cat Blues by Hal Sirowitz, The Backwaters Press

Young Adult Fiction: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth, Balzer + Bray

Youth Nonfiction: Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days by Nancy Plain, Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press

The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature presentation of the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Jane Geske Award to the Nebraska Library Commission for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska. The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske’s passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Pope Geske was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director of the Nebraska Library Commission, and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities.

This year the Celebration marks the ninth year of One Book One Nebraska, selecting and promoting a book title for Nebraskans to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. O Pioneers! is the 2013 One Book One Nebraska and Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations across the state are hosting activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book (see http://onebook.nebraska.gov.)

The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m.—just prior to the 3:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signings, and announcement of the 2013 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities.

The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, Museum of Nebraska History, and the Friends of the University of Nebraska Press. The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the 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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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 www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email: yalsa@ala.org.

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Young Readers Invited to Enter Letters about Literature Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2013

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

Young Readers Invited to Enter Letters about Literature Contest

Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for Letters about Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and locally supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd.

Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The Nebraska Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in a proclamation-signing ceremony at the state capitol during National Library Week in April 2014. Their winning letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. Nebraska winners will receive state prizes, and then advance to the national judging.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level (Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8, and Level III for grades 9-12) to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor winner on each competition level to receive a $200 cash award, to be announced in May 2014.

Teachers, librarians, and parents can download free teaching materials on reader response and reflective writing, along with contest details and entry forms, at www.read.gov/letters. Nebraska-specific information (including lists of Nebraska winners of past contests) is available at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/LAL.html. Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 10, 2013. Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 10, 2014.

Nebraska-specific information (including letters from Nebraska winners of past contests) is available at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/LAL.html. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665.

The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.

As the 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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The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website, nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.

 

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Nebraska Learns 2.0: Flickr Your Photos and Worm

The Nebraska Learns 2.0 Thing for September is Flickr Your Photos.

Flickr has been a Thing on Nebraska Learns 2.0 previously. But recently, there have been some major changes made to the service. So, we thought it was a good time to revisit Flickr and update you on what it does and how you can use it to share your photos.

Another facet of Nebraska Learns 2.0 is BookThing. Each month we pick a single title that we feel has relevance to librarianship and/or information theory. Some of the titles will be very obviously related, while others may not seem so on the surface but there is a connection. Your assignment will be to read the book and create a blog post answering some questions about the title.

The BookThing for September is Worm: The First Digital World War by Mark Bowden.  

Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning CarhengeCrop5program. It is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.

Each month, we offer you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.

If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists.

We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!

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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 bbw@ala.org.

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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