2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners Announced

The American Library Association has selected The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai as the winner of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon as the winner of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

The selections were announced January 27, 2019, at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards, sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Makkai’s novel explores the complexities of friendship, family, art, fear, and love in WWI-era and present-day Paris and 1980s Chicago while illuminating the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

In his memoir, writing professor Laymon recalls the traumas of his Mississippi youth: the depthless hunger that elevated his weight; his obsessive, corrective regime of diet and exercise; and his gambling, teaching, activism, and trust in the power of writing.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by ALA and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals and booksellers who work closely with adult readers.

More information on the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.

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February Display Ideas

I think of pink hearts and chocolate candy when February comes around. Prepare a display of books with red, pink, and white covers and then scatter these “pun-ny” hearts on the edges of the shelves. Here are ten more February display and program ideas.



American Heart Month
Educate your patrons about heart health with a display that includes resources for wellness, physical activity, and delicious healthy eating (i.e. cookbooks, exercise books and DVDs, etc.). This website includes printable handouts on many aspects of heart health.

Black History Month
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. The theme for Black History Month 2019 follows “Black Migrations” honoring African Americans in motion — as they moved from the farm to the cities, and from poverty to the national stage in business, politics, literature and the arts. Prepare a display of all types of library materials. This website provides 7 meaningful ways to celebrate Black History Month. Go to the ALA store for posters and bookmarks.

Library Lovers’ Month
Share some love for the library with a heart-filled bulletin board display featuring all of the things your patrons love about the library and reading.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birthday (February 7, 1867)
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books, published between 1932 and 1943, which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family. Display the series of books and DVDs of the television show based on the books.

John Grisham’s Birthday (February 8, 1955)
John Ray Grisham Jr. is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. Celebrate by creating a bookmark that lists his titles.

National Umbrella Day (February 10, 2019)
Display books with umbrellas on the cover along with some brightly colored umbrellas. The fun colors will perk everyone up…you could even risk bad luck by opening some of the umbrellas on display.

Presidents’ Day (February 18, 2019)
Celebrate all presidents past and present with a display of biographies and autobiographies.

Colt Revolver Patented (February 25, 1836)
A favorite of the Texas Rangers cavalry, Samuel Colt patented his revolver design on this day in 1836. Build a display of cowboy and western films and novels.

International Polar Bear Day (February 27, 2019)
This day says that you must reduce your carbon emissions and lower your thermostat level at least on February 27. On this day, many zoos will advertise and encourage visitors to show their support for polar bears. Display both children and adult books about polar bears and endangered species.

National Tooth Fairy Day (February 28, 2019)
Gather and display all your picture books that are based on the Tooth Fairy.

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CPLS Office Closed for New Year Celebration

The Central Plains Library System Office is closed for New Year’s Day on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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CPLS Office Closed for Holiday

The Central Plains Library System Office will be closed December 24-25. We will reopen on Wednesday, December 26.

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January Display Ideas

2019 will be here in 12 days. I cannot believe that December is nearly gone and I have not prepared the Display Ideas for next month! That tells you a lot about how my month has gone. Here at the System Office we are preparing for a year with the most workshops…ever! It is exciting, but a bit terrifying as well. But I digress. Here are ten display and program ideas for the quickly approaching month of January.

National Hobby Month
Have patrons share their favorite hobbies this month, giving them a chance to show off their unique skills and share their interests with others. This is a great time for a makerspace program. Display craft and hobby books to give your patrons options to consider.

National Soup Month
The folks at Genius Kitchen have served up 54 Satisfying Soup Recipes for Cold Weather that might be just the comfort you need this month in chilly weather. Print one or two recipes each day and hand them out to all your patrons on that day. By the end of the month, you’ll have them coming back for more! You could also display your cookbooks that feature soup and comfort foods nearly the circulation desk.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday (January 3, 1892)
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892. Set up a display of high fantasy books and films.

Tom Mix’s Birthday (January 6, 1880)
Cowboy film legend Tom Mix was born on this day. Highlight Westerns in print and film. Add a cowboy hat and boots to your display to draw attention to it.

Kid Inventors’ Day (January 17)
Have even more makerspace fun by watching these 11 Kid Inventors Break Down Their Greatest Inventions. Set out LEGOs and K’Nex toys to encourage creativity and see what your patrons invent.

A.A. Milne’s Birthday (January 18, 1882)
Alan Alexander Milne was a British author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. Display all of your Winnie-the-Pooh books and you might be able to find a stuffed character from the stories to dress up your children’s area. Here are 15 Words of Wisdom from Winnie-the-Pooh to help give your day new perspective.

Martin King Luther Jr. Day (January 21, 2019)
The National Education Association (NEA) has curated a list of K-5 classroom resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Print out the coloring pages and activities and put them next to a display of books about Martin King Luther Jr.

CIA Established (January 22, 1946)
President Harry S. Truman created the Central Intelligence Group on this date in 1946. Feature your spy novels and films today.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)
The United Nations designated this day on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Distribute a booklist of amazing materials that promote understanding.

Data Privacy Day (January 28)
Raise awareness and promote best practices by scattering tips around the library (near the computers) and post on your website and social media.

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Plain Speaking Newsletter

The December / January newsletter is ready to read!

Have you been working on your Annual Statistical Survey yet? If you have questions, we have answers! Come to Holdrege on December 18 to go through the survey page by page with Sam Shaw from the Nebraska Library Commission. See page 2 of the newsletter for the Registration Link.

Read all about Full STEAM Ahead in February on page 3. We are having 3 workshops to introduce the new equipment that you may borrow for your Library (including a 3D printer, Sphero Robots and more!). Pick your location and join in the fun!

Those are just two items in this 16-page newsletter. Read it to find out what is going on in the System.

Plain Speaking December / January 2019

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

Come learn all the fun ways to integrate S.T.E.A.M. into your library programs with this hands-on workshop! You will learn how to put the fun in learning with all the new items the CPLS office has added to their list of equipment. All the items will be available for loan starting March 2019.

The workshop will be held at three different locations. Select which location best suits your schedule. Each workshop will be held from 10am-2:30pm.

For more information, please click here.

Please register here for this exciting workshop.

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Summer Reading Workshops

Central Plains Library System will be hosting the annual Summer Reading Program in two great locations this year!  With the theme of “A Universe of Stories” we will explore all the summer reading book picks, participate in some out-of-this-world arts & crafts, and learn of event opportunities your library could participate in!

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Please register for either workshop:  https://goo.gl/forms/LucegM89JoVQgeYD3


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Holiday Closing

The Central Plains Library System office will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, November 26th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Folded Magazine Christmas Tree

Have you ever wondered how to make a folded magazine Christmas Tree?

“Library Hacks” columnist Katie Darty demonstrates how to fashion a crafty tree from a magazine and glue in this one-minute video.

This video is on School Library Journal TV at http://tv.slj.com/.

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