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 http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/folweek/materials. 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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2018-2019 Golden Sower Nominees

2018-2019  Golden Sower Nominees

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Central Nebraska Digital Cooperative


What digital products are available to my library through the Co-op:        The two products that the Co-op requires purchasing in order to join are Zinio Digital magazines and Recorded Books’ OneClickDigital downloadable audiobook titles. 

Who belongs to the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op?            Currently there are a number of libraries in this group including: Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Holdrege, North Platte, Columbus, Ralston, Papillion, Bellevue, York.

Is my library eligible to belong to the Co-op?           The Co-op is charged for content/subscriptions and platform fees. We are priced for the  platform based on circulation statistics for all member libraries combined. We can accept any accredited public library into the group (except for Lincoln and Omaha; who are too big).

How much does it cost to join and what are the ongoing expenses?            The co-op is charged in October for services. The pricing structure is based on a formula which takes into account your library’s LSA, Operating Budget, and Total circulations to create a percentage of the total. If your percent obligation is under $500, you’ll be charged $500 for [each] year.

What are the best features of belonging to the Co-op? (patron access from library webpage, simultaneous users, keep the magazines, etc.)            The great thing about the products that we subscribe to currently is the simultaneous   access to magazines and audiobooks. An entire classroom of students can check out the same issue of National Geographic magazine. 


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Great Websites for Kids



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September Display Ideas

Eclipse Day is finally here! With so many activities in August, I was delayed in working on the September Display Ideas. Here are 10 display and programming ideas for next month (which will be here in just 10 days—yikes!).

Library Card Sign-Up Month
This is a month when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. This observance was launched in 1987. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child has a library card and uses it. Fill a display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library.

International Literacy Day (September 8)
For more than 50 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has worked to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect. UNESCO believes that literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all. Create a display of books written by authors from other countries.

National Video Game Day (September 12)
National Video Game Day is a holiday that has come about due to the ever increasing popularity of videos games from the 20th through the 21st centuries. It’s an unofficial holiday which is celebrated on September 12th. This day is a great day to show just how much of a fan you are of video games. Set up a game system in your library and invite patrons (of all ages) to give it a try! (The System Office has a Wii and several games you can borrow.)

Husker Harvest Days (September 12-14, 2017)
Celebrating its 40th year, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show comes together once again in Grand Island, Nebraska. The show features the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. Field demonstrations and crop technology exhibits are geared to Nebraska and western Corn Belt agriculture. View the newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies. Watch and even participate in live demonstrations of these as well as new models of pickups and ATVs. Livestock handling demonstrations round out the learning opportunities. Display your farming books with information about this show. Go to http://huskerharvestdays.com for details.

Roald Dahl’s Birthday (September 13, 1916)
Visit https://www.roalddahl.com/home for games, activities, and more based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and more. Place a poster in the stacks or prepare a small display of Dahl’s books in the Children’s area.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. For more information, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/.

Mini Golf Day (September 21, 2017)
Hold a mini golf event in the library! Find ideas for setting up your course on this Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mini%20golf%20in%20library&rs=typed&term_meme[]=mini%20golf%20in%20library%7Ctyped.

First Day of Autumn (September 22, 2017)
Create this fun fall bulletin board (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/58/cf/87/58cf875ee0253000bcb4db6f0c951c74.jpg) along with a display of autumn-themed books.

Hobbit Day (September 22)
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books, both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Display Tolkien’s works in print, audio, and video formats along with a sign about Hobbit Day.

Banned Books Week (September 24-30)
Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. Go to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ for more information. Display books that have been challenged or banned and encourage your patrons to read (or re-read) the titles. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

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Bullying Information








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Orleans Library Celebrates 100 Years

C. B. Preston Memorial Library will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community on Sunday September 10. The Cordelia Bennett Preston library was dedicated at Orleans, Nebraska on September 11, 1917, and was a gift from James McClean Preston to the Orleans Township in memory of his deceased wife.

The afternoon activities will start at 2:00 when antique appraiser, Bob Jones, will be critiquing antiques. (Mini Antique Road Show)  Those attending are welcome to bring antiques to learn the appraised value.  Also part of the program will be a special stamp cancellation.  Picture postcards of the library will be given out and the Orleans Postmaster will be on hand to sell postage stamps and cancel the stamp with a onetime cancellation which is unique to the library.  Even if you are not a collector of postal memorabilia you will want this special cancellation for the future.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the afternoon and everyone is invited.

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Get ready for September celebrations

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