Cricut 2.0 Make & Take Workshop (Hastings)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Cricut 2.0 Make & Take Workshop, we have decided to add a 3rd location! 

Join us for an exciting event where we will learn all the newest techniques and use the latest tools that Cricut has to offer.  We will be making at least 5 projects so you will leave with plenty of hands on experience and gifts to give away (or keep for yourself).

When:       Tuesday, November 26th
Time:         9:30am—3:30pm
Where:     Hastings Public Library
                     314 N. Denver
                    Hastings, NE  68901

Cost:          $10 per person (includes lunch)

Credits:    5 CEU’s

Since this workshop is so popular, we must limit registration to the first 15 people.   For more details regarding this workshop, please see the attached flyer.  To get registered for this event, please click here.


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Cricut 2.0 Make & Take Workshop (Atkinson)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Cricut 2.0 Make & Take Workshop, we have decided to add an additional location!


Join us for an exciting event where we will learn all the newest techniques and use the latest tools that Cricut has to offer.  We will be making at least 5 projects so you will leave with plenty of hands on experience and gifts to give away (or keep for yourself).

When:       Friday, November 22nd
Time:         10am—4pm
Where:     Atkinson Public Library
                    210 West State Street
                    Atkinson, NE  68713

Cost:         $10 per person (includes lunch)

Credits:    5 CEU’s

Since this workshop is so popular, we must limit registration to the first 15 people.  For more details regarding this workshop, please see the attached flyer.  To get registered for this event, please click here.


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2019 Teens’ Top Ten Titles

The final list of titles for the Teens’ Top Ten were announced.

They are:

1. #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil.
2. Wildcard by Marie Lu.
3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
4. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman.
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
6. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.
7. American Panda by Gloria Chao.
8. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.
9. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll.
10. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

You can find a list with annotations here:

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November Display Ideas

The weather today is making me think of November. Cold weather and mustaches. Odd combination…I know. The cold weather is obvious and it will soon be No-Shave November. Print pictures of Victorian-era men with their top hats and mustaches on regular letter-sized paper. Then make a sign with a big mustache in the middle of it with the words, “Excuse Me, but I [picture of mustache here] you to check out these books. Arrange the printouts, the sign and an assortment of random books on the shelf. Make some mustaches out of construction paper and put them on the people (and/or animals) on the covers of the books on that display. The books don’t really need to have anything in common, other than the fake mustaches that you apply. Here are ten more display and program ideas for the eleventh month of the year…November.

American Indian Heritage Month
There are many special programs and educational presentations put on for American Indian Heritage Day each year. And school children often spend time learning about Native American history and traditions on or leading up to this special day. Prepare a display for all ages that includes materials by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. Leave it up for the whole month.

National Adoption Month
National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau with a goal to increase national awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. Every family looks different. These 25 Children’s Books About Adoption to read aloud can help your young patrons expand what it looks like to be in a family. Display these books and read and talk about one of them during a storytime this month.

National Diabetes Month
In November, National Diabetes Month focuses attention on the growing cost of diabetes on American’s health. From the physical, emotional and social effects to financial and damaging health, diabetes impacts more than 30 million people in the United States. Also known as American Diabetes Month, the month focuses on making healthy changes and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Display books about diabetes and healthy cooking. Host a panel of medical professionals to raise awareness. Go to for more information.

National Novel Writing Month
Encourage your young writers to take a shot at writing a novel this month. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. Set aside some “open writing time” in your program room during November to entice those with an unwritten novel inside them to let it out.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (November 7, 1908)
Create a display of Western films and books in honor of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, reportedly killed on this day in 1908.

Tongue Twister Day (November 8)
Challenge patrons to repeat one of these 20 Popular Tongue Twisters. Give a prize to everyone who tries. Video the attempts and post them on your Facebook page. Display books that include tongue twisters and jokes.

Veterans Day (November 11)
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Honor our armed forces with a display of remarkable military films.

National Button Day (November 16)
Create a maker station with an assortment of colored buttons for patrons, young and old, to explore on their own or use to make one of these 20 Adorable Button Crafts for Kids.

Mickey Mouse Day (November 18)
Mickey Mouse was first introduced to the world on this day in the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie. Today Mickey Mouse is one of the most recognized characters for people of all ages around the world. Display all types of materials about Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang.

National Games and Puzzle Week (November 24-30, 2019)
While everyone is gathering for Thanksgiving, it’s time for National Game and Puzzle Week. Challenge patrons to a tournament and create fun memories! Grab the cards, board games and puzzles and have fun. Schedule multi-generational activities over the holiday break that include board games and puzzles. Feature a different puzzle style each day this week with a passive program handout. Make a display of games and puzzles that can be checked out of your library.

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Cricut 2.0 Make & Take Workshop

The one event you’ve been waiting ALL year for…..

Our Cricut 2.0


Join us for an exciting day where we will learn all the newest techniques and use the latest tools that Cricut has to offer.  We will be making at least 5 projects so you will leave with plenty of hands-on experience and gifts to give away (or keep for yourself!)

When:         Tuesday, December 3rd

Time:          10am—4pm

Kearney Public Library
2020 First Avenue
Kearney, NE  68847

Cost:           $10 per person (includes lunch)

Credits:     5 CEU’s

To get your ticket for this limited seating event, please click here.  For more information about this workshop, please see this flyer.

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Summer Reading Dates & Locations!


We are so excited to let you know that the Grand Summer Reading Workshop 2020 dates and locations have just been released!  We invite each Prince or Princess to join us at one of three ballroom locations located around the System for a day filled with fun.

Ballroom Locations:
McCook City Library (Friday, January 17th)
Broken Bow Public Library (Wednesday, January 29th)
Grand Island Public Library (Thursday, March 19th)

We have not opened up registration for these events yet. However, it is not to early to begin planning which location you would like to attend.  We will send an email in late October once registration has been opened.  To see the detailed printable flyer, please click here.

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Bibliostat Workshop

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Fall time, right?  No!  Well, technically, yes…it is fall time but that was not what was meant! It is getting close to the time for the annual Public Library Survey to be completed.  Please join us for a workshop taught by Sam Shaw where he will teach you tips and tricks that will make the process easier for you! The survey is required for Nebraska accredited libraries, and unaccredited libraries are eligible for a one-time grant (Dollar$ for Data) if they complete the survey online via Bibliostat.

Presenter:     Sam Shaw, Nebraska Library Commission.

When:            Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 10am – 1pm

Where:           Ravenna Public Library

3 CEU’s Earned for Attending

To register for this essential training workshop, click hereFor more detailed information, please see this flyer.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dual Workshop Opportunity

Two experienced NLC trainers will be on hand to help you
understand what E-Rate is, how your library can benefit,
the kind of digital skills that are necessary to meet the growing needs of your patrons, and how to become a
more valuable resource to your community.

Monday, October 28th

Grand Island Public Library
1124 W. 2nd Street
Grand Island, NE  68801

~Begins at 8:30am
~9am-12pm (E-Rate Morning Session)
~*Lunch will be on your own.
~1pm-4pm (Thriving in a Digital World Afternoon Session)

3 CEU’s Earned for Each Session

To register for the morning session (E-Rate), please follow this link.  For the afternoon session (Thriving in a Digital World), please click here.  And for more detailed information on each workshop, please see this flyer.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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2020 NLC Grants are Open for Applications

Do you have a program or project you would like to see funded? The Nebraska Library Commission has made funding available for four grants for 2020: Youth Grants for Excellence, Internship, Library Improvement, and Continuing Education & Training.

Applications are being accepted for all NLC grants right now! Don’t let your library miss out on these opportunities!

For more information on these grants, sign up for the September 11 NCompass Live webinar, “NLC Grants for 2020“.

Youth Grants for Excellence makes funding available specifically for innovative projects for children and young adults in accredited public libraries and state-run institutional libraries in Nebraska. The program is designed to encourage creative thinking, risk-taking, and new approaches to address problems and needs of children and young adults in your community. This grant application is due September 30, 2019.

Internship grants work to introduce high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska libraries. The internships are intended to function as a recruitment tool, helping the student to view the library as a viable career opportunity while providing the public library with the finances to provide stipends to the student interns. This grant application is due October 16, 2019.

Library Improvement grants facilitate growth and development of library programs and services in Nebraska public and institutional libraries, by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes. This grant application is due November 13, 2019.

Continuing Education & Training grants help assist Nebraska libraries to improve the library services provided to their communities through continuing education and training for their library personnel and supporters. Successful applications will show how the continuing education and/or training proposed will support the library’s mission. This year, the Nebraska Library Commission is offering individuals $500 grants to attend the ARSL (Association for Rural & Small Libraries) 2020 Conference in Wichita, Kansas on Sept. 30th to Oct. 3rd, 2020! This grant application is due December 13, 2019.

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September Display Ideas

Library Card Sign-Up Month
Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining ALA on an adventure to promote the value of a library card. They’ll be reminding the public that signing up for a library card opens a world of infinite possibilities. A variety of Toy Story 4 posters, stickers and bookmarks are available now for purchase through the ALA Store. Click this link for complete information.

Save Your Photos Month
Every year during the month of September, photo organizers, companies, and retailers work together to raise awareness and educate the public about the benefits of safeguarding their photos. Participation ranges from social media sharing, online classes, local presentations, weekend retreats and community scanning events. Click on this link to learn more. Sponsor a scrapbooking day at your library to support this initiative.

National Read-a-Book Day (September 6, 2019)
Break out your reading glasses and favorite mug of hot coffee, because it’s National Read a Book Day! Prepare a poster using the information on this webpage and place it with your display of New Books. You could plan a “Read-In” and invite everyone to the library to sit and read quietly for a couple of hours.

National Video Games Day (September 12)
National Video Games Day is observed annually on September 12. Video game players across the United States enjoy this day with much pride and enthusiasm. From their earliest days, video games have transformed into something more than just a 2D interactive experience. Use this occasion to highlight your video game collection (if you have one) or borrow a game console and hold a video game tournament.

Roald Dahl’s Birthday (September 13, 1916)
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Place a poster in the stacks next to Dahl’s books or bring them out to a display area. Prepare a bookmark with a checklist of titles for your patrons to pick up. Click this link to learn more about this classic author:

National Online Learning Day (September 15, 2019)
National Online Learning Day showcases how students of all ages are thriving with the ability to learn online—anywhere, anytime. It seeks to cultivate awareness of, and support for, this ever-growing community of learners and to celebrate the future of online education—wherever technology and our imaginations take us! Place a notice of this special day near your public computers. You could sponsor a program with your local community college about online learning opportunities for people in your community.

Stephen King’s Birthday (September 21, 1947)
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 58 novels and six non-fiction books. He has written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections. He has a book and a movie coming out this September. Arrange a display of King’s books and movies. Prepare a list of his novels from the official website and be ready to use interlibrary loan to borrow the titles you don’t have.

Hobbit Day (September 22)
September 22nd is the Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular Middle Earth Cycle books (The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings) in which Hobbits, typically between two and four feet tall and nothing like your usual hero, accomplish great feats and amazing acts of courage. It is in honor of these creatures and those acts that the day is celebrated with events not unlike the birthday party described in the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring. Display Tolkien’s books and movies or hold an event involving feasts, games, and costumes.

National Comic Book Day (September 25, 2019)
This holiday celebrates one of America’s most famous literary exports —the comic book. These publications —as we know them today —first originated in the United States in the 1930s. While they were first typically humorous in nature, it didn’t take long for authors to apply the comic style to all genres of storytelling. Today, comic books are celebrated by trading, collecting, attending conventions, online discussions and more. The genre has grown to include full-length novels, or graphic novels, and inspired countless movie adaptations. How will you celebrate? Display some of your graphic novels or find someone in your community with a traditional comic book collection and ask to put it in your display case. Consider having your own Comic-Con.

National Coffee Day (September 29)
Coffee is as integral a part of American culture as McDonald’s, rock n’ roll, and blue jeans. But if it weren’t for the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Americans may never have adopted coffee as their national morning beverage of choice. When the colonies revolted against King George III’s reduction of the tea tax, this sparked a mass switch from tea-drinking to coffee-drinking. Brew a big pot of coffee and offer your patrons a cup on this special day.

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