The Central Plains Library System will be hosting their FIRST EVER Virtual Annual Meeting via Zoom! We might not be able to get together in person, but that will not stop us from celebrating all that has been accomplished this past year, despite a pandemic, as well as look forward to what the future holds!
FRIDAY, JULY 10th, 2020 11am CPLS Board Meeting Begins 12:30 – 1pm Lunch 1:00-1:30pm CPLS Annual Meeting 1:30pm Virtual Tours **Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball **Loup River Distilling
To register for this event, please click here. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent the week of the meeting. We look forward to “seeing” all of you there!
The Additional Questions feature allows you to gather more data from your readers. You can ask up to five questions for your readers to answer anytime they’re participating with a Reading Group. The questions are: 1. What is your date of birth? 2. What is your library card number? 3. What school do you attend, or will attend next year? 4. Which grade level did you last complete? 5. What is your complete address and phone number?
Some tips to help make Additional Questions work for you: 1. Readers who are already participating in a reading group will be prompted to answer the questions the next time they make a reading entry. 2. You can edit which questions are asked anytime. 3. The information you gather from readers stays with their reader record, regardless of the reading group(s) a reader participates with. 4. The data you collected is available in the CSV reporting function. 5. You can ask any blend of the 5 questions above, or none of them. 6. Questions are handled at the Reading Group level only.
In addition to the new Additional Questions function, we have released the following:
1. An enhanced experience for readers who use a desktop computer to participate in reading programs. 2. Bug fixes and enhanced CSV reporting functions.
We are preparing a host of other refinements and bug fixes that will be applied to the system within the next two weeks. It’s exciting to see the system improve and address the needs of our users.
As always, please call or email anytime with questions and comments. We love to hear from you!
NLA Statement Condemning Racism and Violence against Black People and People of Color
The Nebraska Library Association condemns racist and violent acts against Black people and all People of Color (POC). Racist oppression has been with us since before this nation was founded and has been highlighted again by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and James Scurlock — and these are only the most recent, high-profile cases. On behalf of the NLA Diversity Committee and of the NLA as a whole, we cannot be silent at this time.
It is not enough for us as individuals and as a profession to be passively non-racist: we must be actively antiracist, as librarians, as members of our communities, and as human beings. Libraries often promote neutrality as a professional value, and there is good intention in this: we seek balanced and open access to knowledge and information for anyone who uses our services.
However, librarianship does not have a neutral history in matters of justice, from Melvil Dewey to the segregated libraries of Jim Crow, we have seen the ways that passivity and overt oppression have played out in our profession’s history and present day. Though in many ways we have made progress, we still have much work left to do. Now is the time to be unwavering and persistent in our solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and POC colleagues, patrons, and community members. Librarians cannot hide behind the shield of neutrality on matters of human rights.
Shawna Lindner Youth Services Librarian – Kearney Public Library
With many libraries and schools closed across the state, and the CPLS Golden Sower Reading Day in Kearney canceled, access to books may be a little more difficult for you this year.
An option for the
Picture Books is to go online and view the books on YouTube videos. Many of our
nominees are read online, giving you access to the words and illustrations.
They are quite simple to find! Search in the video section of Google,
typing in the title of the book and author. Or, just go directly to YouTube!
Here is an example of I am Not a Fish! By Peter
Contact Shawna Lindner
at SLindner@kearneygov.orgto sign up to be a reader and be
given access to the final copy of
Picture Book reading list for 2021-2022.
Keep in mind, Picture Book selections should be
appropriate for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students (ages 5 – 9). Please
read and select titles as if you are seeing them through a child’s eye, select
what they will enjoy, not based on what will fit curriculum.
An option for the
Chapter Books list is to read the books as eBooks through OverDrive. Many
schools and public libraries offer this service for free to their patrons.
Please know we understand you may not be able to read all of the titles. Read
as many as you can and adjust your voting accordingly. If you read 20 books and
only 5 stand out, submit 5 votes instead of 10. Our voting is percentage
based, so it will all balance out.
Contact Shawna Lindner
at SLindner@kearneygov.orgto sign up to be a reader and be given access to the
final copy of the Chapter Book reading list for 2021-2022. Keep in mind,
Chapter Book selections should be appropriate for 3rd through 5th grade
students (ages 9 – 12). Please read and select titles as if you are seeing
them through a child’s eye, select what they will enjoy, not based on what will
An electronic ballot will be sent to you via email. You are able to vote for up to ten titles. Please plan to submit your votes no later than midnight on Monday, July 20, 2020. With summer schedules unknown at this time, I wanted to share a deadline date to aim for. It is possible this date may be adjusted to a later date.
Due to COVID 19, the date and location of the selection/discussion meeting will be announced at a later time. Thank you for understanding.
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Kids, now more than ever, are
learning newer and better ways to interact in a digital age now that it is
mixed with safer-at-home orders. How
will you keep up with them so you don’t lose that connection that many of you
have worked hard to create over the years?
Keep up with them! Learn how with
these 16 top ways you can connect with your youth, even in such
While we can’t meet in person at the moment, there are endless
possibilities to get together virtually, from virtual Smash Bros. Tournament
with Nintendo Switch to chess matches, poetry to duct tape crafts, knitting to
digital meditation, even cupcake experiments to body percussion classes, you
are bound to find something that suits your interests in our various virtual
3) Find a Project That You Can Do Together via
Have you ever made a short film of your own? Don’t think you have the skills to teach it
to teens? This article offers a great
basic overview of what stop motion animation is, the benefits of it, and many
options to help kids create their own movie in no time!
9) Host a
Virtual Book Tournament
Host your very own Virtual Book Tournament using tips listed here. Erin walks you through how to decide on the
book choices, how to set up the brackets, and how to make voting easy. Try a twist by hosting your tournament using
a specific theme.
“So You Want to Be An Adult” Courses
Meaningful life skills
programming for teens is not a new concept, by any means. A few great
libraries have also adopted the idea of teaching teens things that don’t quite
make the school curriculum. Changing a tire, applying for a job, even
cooking a healthy meal, are all topics that can be daunting for a young person
who has never had the opportunity to try them out.
Stuck at home? Need something
fun and creative to do with the kids?
Try one of these photo project ideas for kids and teens who love taking
is a terrific outlet to lessen anxiety, process difficult emotions, and find a
bit of joy each and every day.
Do you want to tie reading with technology? Need a fun way to engage teens this summer
when you can’t meet together? Have teens
make their own book trailer based on their favorite book! This will not only get your teens involved
but will open the door for so many discussions like the author’s purpose, story
elements, what makes a great cliff hanger, etc.
Invite local guest speakers, either all on one day or weekly, to talk
about what they do, how much education they had to get, what kind of wage range
that job typically has, and why they love doing what they do. A few speaking careers could be fireman,
police officer, nurse, doctor, mayor, small business owner, hair dresser, etc.
do you get (or keep) teens involved in programming right now? This article
offers several ideas to try during this challenging time. With social media and the internet more
widespread than ever, now is the perfect time to try virtual programming such
as joining in the Flip the Switch challenge.
What is that? Do your research into what teens are finding fun!
Great Teen Programming Ideas for When Libraries are