Teen Programming Ideas

Are you having trouble peaking the interest of your teens and tweens?  Does it seem like an impossible task to get them involved and excited about the programs? 

At times, it may seem impossible to understand the teen brain. During our workshop in May entitled “Teen Nights (aka After Hours)” Janene Hill from Jensen Memorial Library shared her expertise and ideas for a variety of engaging Teen Night Events, including examples of successful events, interaction stations with example activities, and group brainstorming.

Since we have had so many who were unable to attend but really want to know how to get teens more involved, Janene has graciously shared her folder with us that is FULL of wonderful ideas and examples.  We had so much fun during this workshop and your teens are sure to have a blast!  As a bonus, many of these ideas cost little to nothing to implement.

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Author Visiting Nebraska the Week of September 30, 2019

Would you like to schedule an author visit for your school? Author Peg Sundberg will be in Nebraska the week of September 30, 2019. No fee is charged to the school. See all the details in the School Information Packet. Contact Peg at cowgirlpeg2@gmail.com or
1-(830)343-9701. Visit Peg’s website at http://www.cowgirlpeg.com.

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Week of Weeding Results

All of the libraries in the Central Plains Library System really stepped up to the plate and did a lot of digging and weeding through their collections! GREAT JOB!! You should be proud of what was accomplished during this time. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Total items weeded: 16,551 (AMAZING!!)
171 VHS Tapes
23 Cassette Tapes
844 magazines
1 old equipment

It’s a process and it is different for each and every one of the libraries in our system. Here are some comments we received from participants in this project:

One of our para professionals went to school here when she was younger and found quite a few books that she had checked out. The sign out card still had her name on it from years ago. Her kids go here now, so I think it was funny how both could have checked out the same books.

I weeded some old picture books with graphics from the ‘70s. The cartoon pictures in these books give me the creeps! I’m not sure how kids thought they were entertaining….

The most interesting find was a really, really disgusting molded book. It hadn’t been checked out in 5 years but apparently was returned wet. I ended up deleting the 2 books on either side of it as well. So gross!

The worst was a book we had since 2012 and it was never checked out. I was amazed at how many prize winning books we had that were never checked out here.

We found horrible books on puberty talks that we’ve updated because people were still using them despite the fact that they depicted puberty as scary, monstrous or inaccurately cartoonish.

Since we had so much success….why don’t we give away a couple prizes! We drew for the two Kindle Fires. And the winners are…..

Butler Memorial Library (Cambridge) — Maria Downer
Litchfield Public Schools – Jeralynn Moser

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Annual Meeting 2019

CPLS warmly invites you to join us for our Annual Meeting. This year we have chosen a unique location in the beautiful Sandhills and have put together a program sure to fill your curiosity for not only the area but the history behind it!

Friday, July 12, 2019 at Noon

Valentine Public Library
324 North Main Street
Valentine, NE 69201

The fun will begin at Noon on Friday, July 12th, 2019 starting with Lunch, followed by comments from Rod Wagner (NLC Director), and a brief annual meeting to discuss necessary business. Then we are privileged to have a speaker from Humanities Nebraska deliver an intriguing program on “The Audacious, NE Saga – Descendants of DeWitty.”

A catered lunch is included in the registration fee of $15 which is payable at the door or by sending it to the CPLS office before the event. Attendees will earn 2.5 CEU hours for attending.

For more information, please see this flyer.  To get registered for this intriguing event, please click here.

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May Display Ideas

May will be here before you know it. Mother’s Day, graduations, and Memorial Day. We are on the slippery slide that takes us into Summer! A lot of your display area will be featuring astronauts and outer space, but here are ten more ideas for programming and displays.

National Bike Month
Bring a small bike into the library and place it on a table. Gather books about bikes, fiction and nonfiction and display them on the table around the bike. Use this guide to hold a bike rodeo where the children of your community can practice and develop skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes.

Star Wars Day (May 4)
May the Fourth Be With You! And beware tomorrow – Revenge of the 5th! Prepare a display of all your Star Wars books and DVDs. Make origami Star Wars characters using the help of Tom Angleberger’s popular Origami Yoda series.

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-11)
Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration in recognition of teachers and the contributions they make to education and society. It is held in the first full week of May of every year and provides an opportunity for students, their parents, and school principals to show their appreciation for the hard work teachers do and the long hours many of them put in. Prepare a display of books that feature school and teachers. Remind you patrons to show their appreciation for the teachers in your community.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Established (May 8, 1877)
The first ever Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held 142 years ago. Prepare a display of your nonfiction dog books—children’s or adult’s. Invite a local breeder to give a presentation on show dogs and their characteristics.

Christopher Paul Curtis’s Birthday (May 10, 1953)
Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan. He is an American writer of children’s books. He is known for the Newbery Medal-winning Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. The latter was adapted for a TV movie of the same name, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2013. Place a small poster acknowledging his birthday on the shelves near his books.

National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15)
Fill a mason jar with different kinds of chocolate chips and place it on the circulation desk near the checkout station. Challenge all who borrow material today to estimate how many are inside. Offer a package of chocolate chip cookies for the closest guess.

National Pick Strawberries Day (May 20)
Visit a local strawberry patch or pick up a pint of fresh strawberries. Encourage patrons to try out a new recipe to celebrate the beginning of strawberry season. Find books in your collection that have the word “strawberry” in the title and display them on a red tablecloth with printouts of the recipes for patrons to take home.

Margaret Wise Brown’s Birthday (May 23, 1910)
What child hasn’t been lulled to sleep by the gentle rhymes of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon? Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated in the simple pleasures of the world around them, and created some of the most enduring and beloved children s books of all time. Develop a display in the children’s room with the book and items from the Goodnight Moon story.

Memorial Day (May 27, 2019)
Honor those who died in the service of our nation. Display books about the monuments erected to commemorate those in the armed forces lost in combat. Give your patrons small flags to decorate their yards.

World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
Pull together a list of tobacco cessation resources to hand out or feature on your social media.

BONUS Library Trivia – The New York Public Library was dedicated on May 23, 1911.

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First Impressions Matter – A Customer Service Workshop

Do you feel like a robot just going through the motions? Do you want to improve customer relationships in your library? What will help your facility put its best foot forward in the community? How can you personally improve
customer relationships?

Please join us for this very exciting workshop developed by Fort Hays State University Management Development Center. These topics and more will be explored during the workshop. Attendees will leave knowing how to enhance customer relationships, display active listening, and know how to communicate professionally whether in written or spoken form.

For more information and details regarding this event, please see this flyer.  To get registered for this exciting workshop, please click here.

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Teen Nights (aka After Hours)

Are you having trouble peaking the interest of your teens and tweens? Does it seem like an impossible task to get them involved and
excited about the programs?
You have come to the right place!

Janene Hill from Jensen Memorial Library is going to share her expertise to teach us ideas for a variety of Teen Night Events, including examples of successful events, interaction stations with example activities, and group brainstorming.

For more information and details, please see this flyer.  To get registered for this exciting workshop, please click here.

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Golden Sower Readers Meeting

Librarians pick the best books….

If you love reading the latest picture books, want to have a share in selecting the next round of Golden Sower Nominees, or just want to have an influence over the books for the next generation of readers join us for a Golden Sower Reading Day! It is sure to be a fun-filled session!

For more information, please see the attached flyer and to get registered click here.


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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Giveaways

We had so much fun during our “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead February” that we want to keep the momentum going!  From now through April 1st you can enter to win one of several prizes that we are giving away.  If you were not able to attend any of the workshops in February or you were there but did not win any of the prizes, you are eligible to enter your library in for a chance to win!  One entry per library please!

For more details, click here and to get registered, click here.

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April Display Ideas

Finally, we are having some days with sunshine! Maybe spring has not abandoned us. I didn’t know if I was going to make it through this spell of crazy weather, but the sunshine is making me hopeful. Find a number of books with covers that are a sunny yellow. Get some artificial daffodils (try the Dollar Tree), pin them to the board, and prepare a display with the words “Spring Into a Good Book.” You will smile every time someone checks out a yellow book. Here are ten more display and program ideas for April.

National Humor Month
National Humor Month was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It’s no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years. Display your joke and riddle books and the funny picture books on this list. This website is loaded with resources and projects related to humor. Laugh it up!

National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Display poetry books from all areas of your collection along with your free National Poetry Month poster. Click here for 30 ways to celebrate.

School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey. Click on this link http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm for free web graphics and printable posters for your display.

Maya Angelou’s Birthday (April 4, 1928)
Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Create a display of her work and those inspired by her.

National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019)
The theme for this year is Libraries = Strong Communities. Melinda Gates is the 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Go to this website for social media graphics for your Facebook or Twitter account.

National Unicorn Day (April 9)
National Unicorn Day is observed annually on April 9. Unicorns have been a popular mythical creature since the Ancient Greek times, when people believed they lived in exotic India. While they were originally considered to be fierce, powerful animals, they are now often seen as a symbol of love, purity, enchantment and magic. Unicorns appear in many movies and cartoons as magical creatures. They are depicted as a horse-like creature with a single pointed horn in the middle of their foreheads. Unicorns are loved by both children and adults. Coordinate an all-unicorn program of crafts and fun.

Sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 1912)
The Titanic sank on this day in 1912 in the icy Atlantic. Display your books and watch the movie…again.

Yankee Stadium Opened (April 18, 1923)
Celebrate baseball with a special display today. Gather your books—fiction and nonfiction—and add some gloves, bats, and balls to attract attention. Prepare a bookmark with a list of baseball books using this website for the final touch.

First Female IndyCar Winner (April 20, 2008)
On this day in 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female IndyCar winner when she won the Indy Japan 300 in Montegi, Japan. Feature books on race car driving today.

National Audubon Day (April 26)
April 26th is designated as National Audubon Day. This day is set aside to honor the birth of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851). Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. Display your books about birds with some decorative bird houses.

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