“Make”ing Learning Fun Workshop

Do you want to take your makerspace up a notch but just don’t know how?  Does the thought of using new technology overwhelm you and you just don’t even know where to start? Join us for a fun-filled day of learning!  Explore options that you can implement into your makerspace with little to minimal cost to your library!

Please see attached flyer for more information regarding this workshop!

Due to limited space, this workshop is only available to the first 25 people who register!


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Wii Gaming System Giveaway

We know tomorrow is the first day of Autumn, but is it too early to start talking about winter?  Nebraska is predicted to have a long, cold winter.  But we don’t want the winter blues to get you down!  That’s why the System has developed a winter plan for you to beat those winter blues! We are giving away two COMPLETE Wii Gaming Systems so your library can keep the kids entertained during the predicted long winter ahead!

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

To enter to win one of these amazing gaming systems, please register here.


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Missouri Open House

Have you been thinking of a career in the library field? Do you want to go back to school for your MLS? Here is your opportunity to find out more about what is available! The CPLS office will be hosting an open house to discuss the MLS program out of the University of Missouri. We invite you to join us for this opportunity!

Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

To register for the Open House, please use the following link:

Questions or concerns? Can’t make those dates? Contact the program liaison Laura England-Biggs at englandle@missouri.edu or 402-290-3969.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Librarian Job Openings in Central Nebraska

Kearney Public Library

Circulation Librarian

Job Description Summary
Under limited supervision, supervises circulation services and staff; works with other library supervisors to manage organization of library collection and coordinate shelf reading; interacts with patrons and provides service in regard to patron accounts; coordinates circulation projects. Work varies; individual judgment is required within generally prescribed standards and procedures.
Job Responsibilities
Organizes and operates the circulation desk for the library. Assigns job tasks to library clerks and pages and verifies accuracy of assignments; provides reports of circulation activity; performs routine circulation desk duties as necessary; trains circulation staff in circulation policies and practices including related documentation procedures; provides training for customer service; drafts circulation related manuals and writes other manuals for special projects as directed; participates in interviews and hiring processes to fill vacant circulation positions; provides orientation and training to new hires; assists in performance appraisals of supervised staff; responds to patron questions, comments and complaints regarding overdue notices, late fees, and claims returned. Develops and administers the circulation staff schedule. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education & Requirements
Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, 2 years’ experience in a professional library position, and working knowledge of the principles of supervision and personnel practices. Possession of a valid Nebraska driver’s license.

For complete details, go to: http://cityofkearney.org/jobs.aspx.

Hastings Public Library


These are full-time, salaried positions.
Hours include day and some evening and weekend hours.
It may also include special events, meetings, seminars, etc.
Hastings Public Library is seeking two innovative and enthusiastic Librarians to interact with people of all ages. At Hastings Public Library, we believe interaction is the key to successful community outreach and that people of all ages learn through play.
In this position, we will look to the successful candidates to find learning opportunities that create magical, transformative experiences for babies, children, teens and adults. The successful candidates should demonstrate creativity, organizational skills, leadership, flexibility, and the ability to work well with others. As an integral part of the Library’s management team, the Librarians are expected to communicate openly and honestly and to be team players, working in cooperation with all department divisions as well as assisting and developing staff in the performance of their duties
Master of Library Science or related field
Minimum of two years of increasingly responsible experience. (Some public library experience is preferred.)
Nebraska Public Librarian Certification must be obtained and maintained.
Spanish speaking candidates are welcome.

For complete details, go to https://www.cityofhastings.org/departments/human-resources/job-openings/full-time-positions/librarian.html.


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Week of Weeding is a Big Success!

The CPLS Annual Week of Weeding is done for another year. It was successful for all that participated. We had one college library, four school libraries, and eleven public libraries for a total of 16 participating institutions. Together they weeded more than 2,500 items!

Nonfiction was the most popular area to weed this year and one library didn’t stop at books—they got rid of some old audio/video material. In addition, they threw out some overhead projectors, a VHS rewinder, and some video cameras as big as your head! That is a good reminder to remember to weed equipment as well as our collections.

One of the hardest things to throw away was a book that had only circulated 3 times…but its copyright was 1997. One of the easiest things to throw out was World Book Encyclopedia from 1988.

Here are a few quotations:

I’ve been putting off weeding our adult fiction…It’s amazing to have it all done! So much space cleared out for new books.

It was interesting to see what had been “hot” at one time and now the interest is gone.

A much-needed task.

Many old beat-up titles from various series were begging for me to let them go!

Start thinking about your next weeding project. There are probably some old beat-up titles at your library that are just “begging” for you to “let them go!”

A random drawing was held on Monday, August 20, from all the participants. The winners of the Kindle Fire Tablets are:

Andy Ohlson from Axtell Community School
Maria Downer from Butler Memorial Library in Cambridge


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Beginning of the Year Bulletin Board

Start the year off right with a bulletin board that will last until you are ready for Halloween. The title could say “Fall in Love with Reading.” This idea came from the Accucut website. Click on this link for more easy-to-do bulletin boards. Reserve one of the Traveling Die Cutting Sets and/or Alphabets by calling or emailing the System Office.

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September Display Ideas

Summer will end before we know it. September 22 is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Celebrate with a table of fall-themed coloring pages for grown-ups. Here are 10 more display and program ideas for September.

Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September Disney Pixar’s superhero family, the Incredibles, will team up with the ALA to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

National Suicide Prevention Month
Does your local school district do anything in the way of a campaign? Find out how you can support their efforts, or check out resources and printables for your own.

National Grandparents Day (September 9)
Honor these special family members with a display in the children’s area of books about grandparents. Set up a card-making station to remind your young patrons about this event.

National Video Games Day (September 12)
Host a video game tournament by borrowing one of the two Wii gaming systems from CPLS. Display coding books and encourage video game making using a website like Sploder. Teens can test-play their peers’ games.

International Dot Day (September 15)
Put out a call for artwork created by youth for an art show at the library. International Dot Day is a holiday in which people of all ages are encouraged to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world. On this day, people are encouraged to embrace their talents – regardless of whether it’s writing, painting, drawing or some other creative medium and share their Dot Day inspiration with others.

Agatha Christie’s Birthday (September 15, 1890)
Prolific mystery writer Agatha Christie was born on this day in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well-off middle class family. Feature a display of her books and the films they inspired.

National Play-Doh Day (September 16)
Encourage some throwback play with a walk-up Play-Doh station. Display some of the fun Play-Doh facts from this website.

National Miniature Golf Day (September 21)
Turn your library into a mini golf course for the day.

Stephen King’s Birthday (September 21, 1947)
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. Place a sign in the stacks with King’s books to commemorate this occasion.

Banned Books Week (September 23-29)
Kick off Banned Books Week with a display of commonly challenged and banned books. Engage your patrons with a Banned Book Club or discussion this week. Read a commonly banned or challenged book and discuss it. Here is a link to ALA’s list of frequently challenged books: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/YAbooks.

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CPLS Annual Week of Weeding

CPLS Annual Week of Weeding
August 5 – 11, 2018

It is time to clean up after the Summer Reading Program activities and to get ready for school to start.

I want to encourage everyone to participate by agreeing to weed a section of your library that you have been avoiding. You know what it is—that corner, that shelf, that genre of books that you have put off weeding for a while. Now’s the time! ALL libraries in CPLS are eligible to participate!

How to Participate:

1. Send me an email at denise.cpls@gmail.com to let me know that you want to participate.
2. If you need extra encouragement or help deciding what to weed, I will be glad to give advice and to lend a helping hand. Call or email to set up an appointment.
3. After you finish your weeding project, let me know how it went by filling in the form below.

Those who submit their forms to the CPLS Office by August 17th will be entered into a drawing for one of TWO Kindle Fire Tablets. The winning libraries will be selected in a random drawing on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Week of Weeding Participation Form


Section Weeded __________________________________________________

How many books were weeded? (approximately) ____________________________

Best (or worst) thing that was weeded out? ________________________________


I’d love to see some “before and after” photos of your project. You can email digital pictures or submit printed photos with this participation form. (Pictures are not required and will not affect your library’s chance to win a Kindle Fire.)

Return the form via email or mail to:

Central Plains Library System, 2727 West 2nd Street #233, Hastings, NE 68901

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School Librarians in the Digital Age

Central Plains Library System and the Nebraska School Librarians Association are sponsoring “School Librarians in the Digital Age” on July 31, from 9:00 to 12:00. The workshop will cover three current topics. The location will be the Lexington Public Library, 907 N. Washington, Lexington, NE 68850. To register, go to https://goo.gl/forms/kTz0Qon3qOitT5v62

9:00 am Crystal Hurt Fake News: Teaching Media Literacy
“Fake news” is in the news, making determining fact from fiction harder than ever! Participants in this session will learn how they can empower students to be critical readers of digital content using “Four Moves and a Habit” from Mike Caulfield’s online OER textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers. Participants will walk away with a digital literacy lesson they can use with students the very next day as well as digital tools, games, and sites to help turn students into fact checkers.

10 am Judy Henning Strategies for Identifying Fake News
With the proliferation of fake (or, at least, dubious) news, students need to know the strategies necessary to be a good consumer of information. This involves fine-tuning their critical thinking skills and using prior knowledge when determining the validity of research information. This presentation will give school librarians ideas and information they can incorporate in their information literacy curriculum.

11 am Keegan Korf Maintaining Student Privacy: 5 Things Teachers and Librarians Can Do
Do you know how the apps you’re using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense’s new privacy evaluations and the implications for your school. Discuss the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share practices at your school and learn from others.

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FREE Book Repair Workshop

The Central Plains Library System is sponsoring a FREE Book Repair Workshop featuring Kary Barth at the North Platte Public Library on Thursday, August 23, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Do not miss this chance to learn the techniques you need to keep your collection circulating!

To register, click on this link.

Kary Barth, regional sales manager for Kapco Library Products, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and has worked with libraries since 1990. Formerly, the national library sales manager for Kapco, Kary authored a basic book repair guide that was previously available from Kapco and has presented book protection/repair workshops in various venues throughout the US.

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will be addressing specific, common repairs: re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages.

Each participant is asked to bring: one or two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques: a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers; a stapled book or magazine; one hardbound book that needs repair and a “naked” hardbound book; i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover..

Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials.

There is a drawing at every workshop for a DELUXE PAPERBACK PROTECTION KIT Retail Value $113.00.

Maximum of 25 participants.

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