December Display Ideas

It seems like I just posted the November Display Ideas…Oh, that’s right, I did! I am trying to get back on track with posting during the first week of the month.

December—I think of the holidays, but there are a lot of different displays you can use for this month. You could set up a Mitten Tree. Assemble an artificial tree in your library and challenge patrons to donate mittens to hang on the tree that will later be donated to community shelters, providing much needed resources to those in need. Here are 10 more display and program ideas.

National Tie Month
While “business casual” has made ties less common, this is still the month to celebrate the necktie with an exhibit (just ask your patrons for an assortment of ties) or a hands-on program on necktie knots. This website has a wide assortment of ways to wear a tie.

Ann Patchett’s Birthday (December 2, 1963)
Commemorate novelist Ann Patchett 55th birthday by placing a small poster near her books on the shelf. Go to her official website for book club information and more.

Repeal Day (December 5, 1933)
The 21st Amendment ended Prohibition on this day in 1933. Create a display of yummy cocktail recipe books and liquor-themed novels and films. This website will help you find books for your display.

King Edward VIII Abdicated the Throne (December 10, 1936)
On this day in 1936, King Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication to pass succession to his brother, King George VI. Build a “royal scandals” display featuring fiction and history titles.

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (December 16)
Don’t miss the chance to celebrate sweet treats! Offer a fun survey about favorite flavors to see how chocolate lovers stack up to the fruit fanatics. And you’ll have to have something that is chocolate-covered to give out at the circulation desk. (Chocolate-covered cherries are my personal favorite.)

Eve Bunting’s Birthday (December 19, 1928)
Anne Evelyn Bunting, also known as Eve Bunting, is a Northern Ireland-born American writer of more than 250 books. Her work covers a broad array of subjects and includes fiction and non-fiction books. Her novels are primarily aimed at children and young adults, but she has also written the text for picture books. Prepare a display of her titles in your children’s area to celebrate this prolific author.

Crossword Puzzle Day (December 21)
The first crossword puzzle was published on this day in 1913. Set out a stack of free puzzles as a passive program, or host a meetup for enthusiasts.

Cut Out Snowflakes Day (December 27)
You’re never too old for a good snowflake session, and it’s the perfect day for a make-and-take craft table, made simple with copy paper, scissors and trash cans (and the vacuum, later). This website has twelve free printable snowflake templates.

National Card Playing Day (December 28)
Got a deck of cards? Print out the instructions for one of these 15 Simple Card Games for Kids. Display books about cards games and set out decks of cards to get the action started.

Tiger Woods’ Birthday (December 30, 1975)
Tiger Woods was born on this day in 1975. Feature your golf resources — don’t forget the fiction titles and feature films. This website has a list of the best golf movies and other interesting things about golf and golfers.

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Wii (We) Have Two Winners!

We held a random drawing and are now ready to give away two complete Nintendo Wii Gaming Systems.

The winners are:

Julie Middendorf – Scotia Public Library and Heritage Center


Trysta Asche – Arcadia Public School Library

The gaming systems will be delivered as soon as possible. Thank you to the 25+ CPLS members that registered. Congratulations to our winners!

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November Display Ideas

Today is a beautiful fall day and harvest is in full-swing. It is time to think about the holidays that are fast-approaching and the displays you want to prepare in advance of that busy time. November and Thanksgiving are all about being thankful for what we have been given. In the spirit of sharing gratitude, put out Post-its and pens near a fall-themed bulletin board asking “What’s your favorite thing about our community?” Here are 10 more display and program ideas plus one bonus bit of library trivia.

Child Safety and Protection Month
It is everyone’s job to help keep children safe. Teachers and parents can request free McGruff Safe Kids ID Kits using this website:

National Family Literacy Month
The National Center for Families Learning has prepared a guide to 30 Days of Families Learning Together. This guide provides a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. See this guide at (Also available in Spanish)

Discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb (November 4, 1922)
King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered on this day in 1922. Build a display of archeology resources, Egyptian travel guides and Middle Eastern history.

Veterans Day (November 11)
Prepare a display of books about military history. It will honor those who have served and those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

National Pickle Day (November 14)
On National Pickle Day, host a brined-food tasting program with sweet, sour, spicy and strange flavors of pickled vegetables. Offer tasting scorecards to encourage discussion, and judge favorites. Display your books about pickling and preservation.

James Bond’s Birthday (November 16)
This is one of the dates celebrated as James Bond’s birthday (the other is November 11). Celebrate Ian Fleming’s most enduring character with a display of super spy flicks and books.

World Hello Day (November 21)
Learn how to say “Hello” in 100 languages with pronunciation guides and map locators.

Black Friday (November 23)
Create a display of “Black Friday Deals” featuring book bundles, new books and tried-and-true favorites for patrons to check out on this special deal day!

Red Planet Day (November 28)
The planet Mars is referred to as the “Red Planet” because it appears red in color. Red Planet Day honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system. On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor. Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing. You can also recognize this day by reading up about Mars, and viewing pictures of it. Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964. The 228-day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965.

Rita Mae Brown’s Birthday (November 28, 1944)
Author Rita Mae Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter. Draw attention to her murder-mysteries by placing a small poster on the shelf near them.

Library Trivia – The first Library of Congress building opened to the public on November 1, 1897.

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“Make”ing Learning Fun Workshop

Do you want to take your makerspace up a notch but just don’t know how?  Does the thought of using new technology overwhelm you and you just don’t even know where to start? Join us for a fun-filled day of learning!  Explore options that you can implement into your makerspace with little to minimal cost to your library!

Please see attached flyer for more information regarding this workshop!

Due to limited space, this workshop is only available to the first 25 people who register!


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Wii Gaming System Giveaway

We know tomorrow is the first day of Autumn, but is it too early to start talking about winter?  Nebraska is predicted to have a long, cold winter.  But we don’t want the winter blues to get you down!  That’s why the System has developed a winter plan for you to beat those winter blues! We are giving away two COMPLETE Wii Gaming Systems so your library can keep the kids entertained during the predicted long winter ahead!

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

To enter to win one of these amazing gaming systems, please register here.


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Missouri Open House

Have you been thinking of a career in the library field? Do you want to go back to school for your MLS? Here is your opportunity to find out more about what is available! The CPLS office will be hosting an open house to discuss the MLS program out of the University of Missouri. We invite you to join us for this opportunity!

Please see the attached flyer for all the details.

To register for the Open House, please use the following link:

Questions or concerns? Can’t make those dates? Contact the program liaison Laura England-Biggs at or 402-290-3969.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Librarian Job Openings in Central Nebraska

Kearney Public Library

Circulation Librarian

Job Description Summary
Under limited supervision, supervises circulation services and staff; works with other library supervisors to manage organization of library collection and coordinate shelf reading; interacts with patrons and provides service in regard to patron accounts; coordinates circulation projects. Work varies; individual judgment is required within generally prescribed standards and procedures.
Job Responsibilities
Organizes and operates the circulation desk for the library. Assigns job tasks to library clerks and pages and verifies accuracy of assignments; provides reports of circulation activity; performs routine circulation desk duties as necessary; trains circulation staff in circulation policies and practices including related documentation procedures; provides training for customer service; drafts circulation related manuals and writes other manuals for special projects as directed; participates in interviews and hiring processes to fill vacant circulation positions; provides orientation and training to new hires; assists in performance appraisals of supervised staff; responds to patron questions, comments and complaints regarding overdue notices, late fees, and claims returned. Develops and administers the circulation staff schedule. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education & Requirements
Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, 2 years’ experience in a professional library position, and working knowledge of the principles of supervision and personnel practices. Possession of a valid Nebraska driver’s license.

For complete details, go to:

Hastings Public Library


These are full-time, salaried positions.
Hours include day and some evening and weekend hours.
It may also include special events, meetings, seminars, etc.
Hastings Public Library is seeking two innovative and enthusiastic Librarians to interact with people of all ages. At Hastings Public Library, we believe interaction is the key to successful community outreach and that people of all ages learn through play.
In this position, we will look to the successful candidates to find learning opportunities that create magical, transformative experiences for babies, children, teens and adults. The successful candidates should demonstrate creativity, organizational skills, leadership, flexibility, and the ability to work well with others. As an integral part of the Library’s management team, the Librarians are expected to communicate openly and honestly and to be team players, working in cooperation with all department divisions as well as assisting and developing staff in the performance of their duties
Master of Library Science or related field
Minimum of two years of increasingly responsible experience. (Some public library experience is preferred.)
Nebraska Public Librarian Certification must be obtained and maintained.
Spanish speaking candidates are welcome.

For complete details, go to


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Week of Weeding is a Big Success!

The CPLS Annual Week of Weeding is done for another year. It was successful for all that participated. We had one college library, four school libraries, and eleven public libraries for a total of 16 participating institutions. Together they weeded more than 2,500 items!

Nonfiction was the most popular area to weed this year and one library didn’t stop at books—they got rid of some old audio/video material. In addition, they threw out some overhead projectors, a VHS rewinder, and some video cameras as big as your head! That is a good reminder to remember to weed equipment as well as our collections.

One of the hardest things to throw away was a book that had only circulated 3 times…but its copyright was 1997. One of the easiest things to throw out was World Book Encyclopedia from 1988.

Here are a few quotations:

I’ve been putting off weeding our adult fiction…It’s amazing to have it all done! So much space cleared out for new books.

It was interesting to see what had been “hot” at one time and now the interest is gone.

A much-needed task.

Many old beat-up titles from various series were begging for me to let them go!

Start thinking about your next weeding project. There are probably some old beat-up titles at your library that are just “begging” for you to “let them go!”

A random drawing was held on Monday, August 20, from all the participants. The winners of the Kindle Fire Tablets are:

Andy Ohlson from Axtell Community School
Maria Downer from Butler Memorial Library in Cambridge


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Beginning of the Year Bulletin Board

Start the year off right with a bulletin board that will last until you are ready for Halloween. The title could say “Fall in Love with Reading.” This idea came from the Accucut website. Click on this link for more easy-to-do bulletin boards. Reserve one of the Traveling Die Cutting Sets and/or Alphabets by calling or emailing the System Office.

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September Display Ideas

Summer will end before we know it. September 22 is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Celebrate with a table of fall-themed coloring pages for grown-ups. Here are 10 more display and program ideas for September.

Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September Disney Pixar’s superhero family, the Incredibles, will team up with the ALA to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

National Suicide Prevention Month
Does your local school district do anything in the way of a campaign? Find out how you can support their efforts, or check out resources and printables for your own.

National Grandparents Day (September 9)
Honor these special family members with a display in the children’s area of books about grandparents. Set up a card-making station to remind your young patrons about this event.

National Video Games Day (September 12)
Host a video game tournament by borrowing one of the two Wii gaming systems from CPLS. Display coding books and encourage video game making using a website like Sploder. Teens can test-play their peers’ games.

International Dot Day (September 15)
Put out a call for artwork created by youth for an art show at the library. International Dot Day is a holiday in which people of all ages are encouraged to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world. On this day, people are encouraged to embrace their talents – regardless of whether it’s writing, painting, drawing or some other creative medium and share their Dot Day inspiration with others.

Agatha Christie’s Birthday (September 15, 1890)
Prolific mystery writer Agatha Christie was born on this day in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well-off middle class family. Feature a display of her books and the films they inspired.

National Play-Doh Day (September 16)
Encourage some throwback play with a walk-up Play-Doh station. Display some of the fun Play-Doh facts from this website.

National Miniature Golf Day (September 21)
Turn your library into a mini golf course for the day.

Stephen King’s Birthday (September 21, 1947)
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. Place a sign in the stacks with King’s books to commemorate this occasion.

Banned Books Week (September 23-29)
Kick off Banned Books Week with a display of commonly challenged and banned books. Engage your patrons with a Banned Book Club or discussion this week. Read a commonly banned or challenged book and discuss it. Here is a link to ALA’s list of frequently challenged books:

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