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: https://www.roalddahl.com/home/grown-ups.

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 https://www.stephenking.com/ 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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Job Opening in Holdrege

A Library Assistant position is available at the Holdrege Area Public Library. 24 hours a week, includes some evenings and some Saturdays. Must be friendly and enjoy interaction with the public. Applications are available at the library’s front desk and will be accepted until August 9, 2019.

Call 308.995.6556 with questions.

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Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

September is
Healthy Aging Month!

Join us for a workshop that will discuss “Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information.” Christian Minter, MSLIS, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center will discuss ways to help older ones in areas of nutrition, exercise, mental health, memory, sleep, etc. The workshop will include a list of available resources (online and print) for librarians to use to help patrons get the information they need.

The two locations we will be holding this workshop are:

September 16th             Auld Public Library (Red Cloud)          1pm – 4:30pm
September 18th             Gothenburg Public Library                    1pm – 4:30pm

To register for one of these workshop locations, please click here.

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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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