Library Assistant Position – Part Time

Maltman Memorial Library in Wood River is looking for a permanent part-time Library Assistant.  Must have technology skills and be willing to obtain a Nebraska Public Librarian Certificate through the Nebraska Library Commission. 

Pick up an application at the library and schedule an interview with Deb Fairbanks library director.  910 Main St. Wood River, (308) 583-2349. Open until filled.

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Book Repair on a Budget

Below is a link to the “Book Repair on a Budget” workshop that was held on Monday, April 19. During the workshop, I highlighted Kapco book repair products. Here is a link to their webpage. If you want to participate in the group order for book repair tools and supplies, please contact Kay in the System office by Friday, May 14, 2021. The supplies are already priced very competitively, but I will be contacting them to request a discount when I know the quantities we will be purchasing. Please expect to spend the website price and if I can get things for a little less that will be a bonus.

“Book Repair on a Budget” —


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Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls Interests in STEM

Do you find it difficult to include teens in your STEM or STEAM programs? Is it especially hard to find things that interest teenage girls? Join Dr. Melissa Cast-Brede as she shows you how to use YA Literature to inspire interest for all things STEM related in teens using literature!

Thursday, May 6, 2021
11am – 12pm
1 CE Credit

Registration Link:

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Book Repair on a Budget Workshop

Join Denise Harders from the CPLS office as she shows you the ins and outs of book repair without blowing the budget. In this workshop, she will teach you how to master broken hinges, worn spines and torn pages like a pro using Kapco Book Repair products.

 Monday, April 19th, 2021
1 CE credit for participants

The System will be hosting a group purchase of Kapco products that you will learn about during the workshop. This will enable libraries who need to stock up on book repair items to do so at a discount.


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Central Community College Summer and Fall Classes for LIS

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Summer Reading Program Recordings

Great News!

The recordings of our Summer Reading Program workshop sessions are now available. They are located on the new Summer 2021 page on our System website.

You will find the presentations and documents  from the workshops on that page, as well. 

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S.T.E.A.M.-ing Through 2021

February is over, but we received such a terrific response to our Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead program last month, we decided to keep the fun going. 

And now (drumroll please), we are going to email out an activity that is appropriate for elementary-age children on the 15th of each month throughout 2021! In addition, we will email out a teen activity on the last Friday of each month for the remainder of the year! Supplies will be available for these projects, too!

Call or email the System Office to let us know how many children you expect at your program.

Remember, you can request supplies for any of the 20 activities from February through the end of the year. All the projects can be found on our website.

Our elementary project for March is to do Bubble Prints.

Watch the linked video for complete details.


If you choose to do Bubble Prints, the System will provide Food Coloring, Paper Bowls, and Straws.

Be sure to watch for our Teen Activity, Binary Baubles, which will come out on March 26th (the last Friday of the month).

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April Display Ideas

It has been a while since I have posted a list of display ideas. I know preparing displays takes a lot of time and when our patrons were just pulling up to the curb, there was no reason to use the precious time we had to make displays that very few people came in to see. I believe things are moving more towards the “old normal” so, here are some upcoming celebrations you may want to feature in your display cases.

Celebrate Diversity Month
Celebrate Diversity Month started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. Help kids see how big the world is by choosing books about people whose lives are very different from theirs for a display in the children’s area.

National Humor Month
Nothing can bring people together like laughter. Not to mention that laughter is good for us mentally and physically: a good chuckle can help relieve stress, burn calories and even boost your immune system! Click on this link for 8 activities to celebrate National Humor Month. Gather all your joke books and make a hilarious display.

National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month celebrates poems and poets with annual events taking place nationwide in April. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, the goal is to increase the visibility of the poetic form, as well as to increase access to it. For programs and resources relating to poetry, click on this link. Go through the 811 sections of your library, both adults and children, to find books for your display.

School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning. Click on this link for resources provided by AASL.

National Library Week (April 4-10)
The theme for National Library Week, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Click on this link for free tools to publicize this celebration.

Draw a Bird Day (April 8, 2021)
Draw A Bird Day is a special movement, that was born in Great Britain during the 1940s. This movement spread to the other countries and it became very popular. Prepare a display of both drawing books and bird books. Hold a program, either virtually or in-person, where the participants are instructed how to draw a bird.

National Pet Day (April 11)
National Pet Day is April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion! It turns out that not only can pets steal our hearts, but they also contribute to overall cardiovascular health by lowering cortisol, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. Display books about common (and some not-so-common) pets, for example dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, horses, and maybe even llamas. Click on this link for all kinds of facts about pets. (Think bookmarks!)

National D.E.A.R. Day (April 12)
National D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated every year on April 12th. That’s the birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary, whose characters Ramona and older sister Beezus are now favorites of a new generation of readers. On this day, families are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. Click on this link for printable posters and bookmarks as well as other resources.

Superhero Day (April 28, 2021)
Prepare a display of books, graphic novels, audiobooks and DVDs about Superheroes. Leave drawing paper and colored pencils beside the materials and ask your patrons to invent their own superheroes. Encourage them to design costumes and make a list of what problem their powers could solve. Hang all the drawings on a nearby bulletin board.

Oatmeal Cookie Day (April 30, 2021)
Although no record seems to exist regarding the origins of Oatmeal Cookie Day, the Internet is filled with evidence that it is a genuine celebration of what is considered to be the healthiest cookie of all. Oatcakes have been relied on to deliver quick boosts of energy since the middle ages and though recipes are today far more elaborate and tastier, oatmeal cookies are still trusted to supply a healthy dose of fiber and iron. First cultivated thousands of years ago and eaten as a type of porridge, oatmeal is now dressed in the finest of fruits, nuts, candies and spices to reign supreme in cookie jars around the world. Display your cookbooks with cookie recipes and buy boxes of Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies (individually wrapped) to hand out to your patrons as they check out library material.

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Reader Zone Workshop

Build Readers Today
Summer Reading 2021

Now is a great time to begin planning for summer reading success!

The Nebraska Library Commission has contracted with Reader Zone to offer libraries throughout the state a web-based tool for managing reading programs. You are invited to join a Zoom call with Reader Zone founder, Jake Ball, on February 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM Central Time to become familiar with Reader Zone and see how it can enhance your efforts now and through summer reading. 

This is a live Zoom meeting where you will be able to ask questions as Jake shows you how to build Programs and use the features of Reader Zone.

Simply log onto Zoom and enter the Meeting ID listed below during the scheduled time and we will see you there!

No pre-registration is required.  Visit and enter the meeting ID:  473 615 3161
This Clinic is Scheduled for:
February 18, 2021

1:00 PM Central Time
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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead February

It’s here! 2-1-21 Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead February. We are focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math programming for all ages, Preschool – Young Adults.

In order to receive the activities in your Inbox, you need to belong to the CPLS email list. Join by going to Subscribe to a Nebraska Library Commission Mailing List.

Starting today, February 1, 2021, and every weekday this month, we will distribute one or more S.T.E.A.M. projects for use in a variety of ways. These projects can be used for in-person programs such as story times or crafternoons. Or, the supplies and instructions can be sent home in bags. Or, the activities can be used in a virtual “do-along-with-me” format.

Be on the lookout for this icon in the email announcing each project. It indicates that the System will provide some of the materials for your program at no cost to you. Let us know how many people you expect or the number of take-home bags you plan to distribute and we will get the supplies to you.

Watch the linked “Welcome” video for more details. The first project is also included. Let’s get going Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

Welcome Video

Go to the FSA February section of the website to see Day 2 and every other project as they become available.

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