Rebooting Your Router…Again?

This article tells you why turning off your router generally fixes whatever problem you are having…and why you should wait 10 seconds before turning it back on.

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Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Basic Training




December 7   10:00 – 11:30 am

This “basic training” session will provide brief background information on the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries group (history, funding, policy, procedure), as well as a tour of the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries digital collection website ( Attendees will learn how to search and browse the website for content and borrow and place holds on titles. We’ll also review the most popular methods of reading and listening to eBooks and audiobooks, including browser- and app-based options.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


The CPLS System Office will be closed November 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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December Display Ideas

Our first snow came early this year! Here is a fitting bulletin board idea. Put a blue background on your bulletin board and then add a layer of white for snow. Place a large snowman in the center. The title is “Reading is Snow Much Fun!” Have patrons add snowflakes (they can make their own or use some that you have pre-made) with the titles of new books they read during December. Here are ten more program and display ideas:

National Cookie Day (December 4)
This is a great time to find all of your picture books about cookies for a display in the children’s area. Cookie cookbooks are always popular during the holidays. You could host a cookie exchange or give away cookies at the circulation desk. You might fill a clear jar with mini cookies and have patrons guess how many are in the jar. The closest guess gets the jar and the cookies!

Mitten Tree Day (December 6)
Establish a mitten tree at your library to help warm the hands of those in need in your community. Read Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten. Print some of the activity sheets from this website and use them for passive programming.

Willa Cather’s Birthday (December 7, 1873)
Pull out all the Willa Cather books you have. You could also display a Nebraska map with Red Cloud marked.  Put an annotated list of Cather’s books on the display for interested patrons to pick up.

Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 1941)
Highlight your nonfiction collection of World War II history books and DVDs.

Poinsettia Day (December 12)
 A day to enjoy poinsettias and to honor Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American diplomat who introduced into the US the Central American plant that is named for him. Decorate with some poinsettias and put a plant stake with this information in one of the pots.

Monkey Day (December 14)
Share a video about the leisurely life of spider monkeys, as well as other primate videos, on the National Geographic website. Display both fiction and nonfiction books about monkeys along with a stuffed toy.

National Ugly Sweater Day (December 15)
Provide thrift-store sweaters or sweatshirts, glue, buttons, tinsel, felt, and other supplies for your teen group to make their own ugly holiday creations. Stage a style show to crown the winner.

Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (December 16)
Ask your patrons to write down the most bizarre food they have ever eaten covered in chocolate. Then show them the list from this website. You could even have some of the treats on hand for sampling, such as regular and white chocolate covered Cheetos and chocolate covered bacon.

A Christmas Carol Published (December 17, 1843)
This holiday classic by Charles Dickens was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week. Display every version of this story (books—both children and adult, DVDs, audio) plus other Dickens titles.

Winter Solstice (December 21)
On this first official day of winter, find books, dvds, and cds, that remind you of the season. Display them with a fuzzy blanket. Light a cinnamon candle to complete the cozy feeling.

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Recycled Book Turkey Tutorial

Link to the PDF with the Turkey Head.

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How to Rescue a Water-Damaged Book

The Syracuse University Libraries released this video in which they share a few of the tricks they use to repair library books that have been returned in less than pristine condition—including blotting with paper towels or air-drying to using a freezer or a dehumidifier.”

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CPLS Winners of the NEST 529 Drawing

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, First National Bank of Omaha, and the Nebraska Library Commission presented 15 Nebraska children and teenagers each with a $529 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings account today in the fourth annual Read to Win Drawing at the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda. Each winner’s respective library branch was awarded $250.

Out of 13,000 entries, five children were selected at random from each of Nebraska’s three U.S. Congressional Districts.

The 2017 CPLS winners, their hometowns, and the libraries where they participated in summer reading are as follows:

Ayden K., Grand Island, Grand Island Public Library
Boaz R., Grand Island, Grand Island Public Library
John T., O’Neill, O’Neill Public Library
Caine G., Bartlett, O’Neill Public Library
Emery P., Ravenna, Ravenna Public Library

Congratulations to these winners and their libraries!

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Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Click here to see an annotated list of the winners.


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November Display Ideas

Brrrrr! It certainly FEELS like November today. Now is the time to get dried cornstalks to tie together. Add gourds, pumpkins, and a cornucopia for a beautiful autumn display outside the library’s front door. Here are 10 more display and decorating ideas for November.

Aviation History Month
Celebrating the anniversary of aeronautical experiments in November 1782. These experiments led to the invention of the hot-air balloon, man’s first flight and the entire science of aviation and flight. Ask your patrons for model airplanes to display along with books about the pioneers of aviation.

King Tut Tomb Discovery (November 4, 1922)
In 1922, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times occurred at Luxor, Egypt. It was the tomb of Egypt’s child-king, Tutankhamen, who became pharaoh at the age of nine and died, probably in the year 1352 BC, when he was 19. Prepare a display of books and DVDs about ancient Egypt and the treasure found in King Tut’s Tomb.

German Scientist Discovers X-Rays (November 8, 1895)
On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen became the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Make an X-ray craft to celebrate this achievement.

Sesame Street TV Premiere (November 10, 1969)
An important, successful, long-running children’s show, Sesame Street educates children while they have fun. It takes place along a city street, featuring a diverse cast of humans and puppets. Which Sesame Street character best describes you? Find out with this fun quiz. Display books and DVDs that feature the characters from this popular program.

Veterans Day (November 11)
Formerly called Armistice Day and proclaimed each year since 1926. This holiday celebrates that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month fighting ceased in World War I. Display books about military history to commemorate this day.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Birthday (November 11, 1922)
Kurt Vonnegut was a novelist and playwright, born at Indianapolis, Indiana. 1969’s Slaughterhouse-Five, part of which was based on his WWII experience as a German prisoner of war, is frequently cited as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. Place a sign in the stacks near his titles.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Birthday (November 15, 1887)
This American artist was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. Place a small poster on the shelves near art books containing O’Keeffe’s paintings.

Button Day (November 16)
Use buttons of all sizes, shapes, and colors in one of these cool button crafts from Today’s Parent magazine. Display a jar of buttons and give a small prize to the patron who guesses the number closest to the number of buttons in the jar.

National Game and Puzzle Week (November 19-25)
Held during the week of Thanksgiving each year, National Game and Puzzle Week encourages family and friends to spend time together. The American Library Association’s youth division, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created a list with several reproducible games and puzzles that you can distribute.

P.D. Eastman’s Birthday (November 25, 1909)
Philip Dey “Phil” Eastman was an American screenwriter, children’s author and illustrator. Make a small display with a poster and Eastman’s two most famous books, Go, Dog, Go! and Are You My Mother?

Library Trivia: President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for his Presidential Library at Hyde Park, New York, on November 19, 1939. This was the first Presidential Library.

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National Friends of Libraries Week, October 15-21

National Friends of Libraries Week is October 15 – 21, 2017. You can find promotional and marketing materials at See the following 30-second Public Service Announcement. It is also available in a 15-second version.

To imbed the PSA’s directly on your website, visit YouTube and click on either the 15-second or 30-second PSA. Under the actual video you will see a text box labeled “Share.” A link will come up that you can use to imbed the video on your Friends group or library website. Add one to your website today.

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