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ALA Announces 200 U.S. Libraries to Receive American Rescue Plan Humanities Funding
Two of Central Plains Library System’s Libraries were awarded grants through this national program. They are the ONLY two public libraries in Nebraska to receive this funding. Congratulations go to Joy at the Ravenna Public Library and to Amy at the Hastings Public Library!! The University of Nebraska – Omaha was selected, as well.
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CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded $2 million in humanities funding to libraries nationwide, part of a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the libraries will use funds to anchor themselves as strong humanities institutions and vibrant centers of learning, conversation and connection.
Two hundred libraries each will receive a $10,000 grant through ALA’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity.
“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”
The libraries, selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process, include public libraries, academic/college libraries, K-12 libraries, and tribal, special and prison libraries. The recipients represent 45 states and Puerto Rico and serve communities ranging in size from 642 residents in Weir, Kansas to the city of Los Angeles. Libraries were chosen with an emphasis on reaching historically underserved and/or rural communities.
The American Rescue Plan opportunity will help libraries create or preserve jobs; support or maintain general operations; create or sustain humanities programs; and implement new humanities activities or sustain existing activities.
“Strong public libraries are at the heart of healthy communities,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe. “The National Endowment for the Humanities is grateful to the American Library Association for their exemplary work in helping distribute NEH American Rescue Plan funding to assist our nation’s libraries in recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic, and strengthen their role as local centers of humanities learning, research, and public programs.”
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Plain Speaking Newsletter Feb/March 2022 Edition
Summer Reading Supplies
If you love all the dies we have that coordinate with our Summer Reading theme and want to incorporate them in your displays, crafts, and programs, be sure to get your order in by MAY 13, 2022. Remember, CPLS will supply the die cuts for you in either colored paper, card stock, or craft foam.
One of the featured projects is the Craft Stick Angel Fish. The System will send you all the necessary supplies to include this craft during your Summer Reading Program. Just let us know how many you want.
Central Community College
Library and Information Services classes are starting soon at Central Community College.
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New Book Club Set
The Central Plains Library System has a new Book Club Set. We purchased 10 copies of Jodi Picoult’s latest title, Wish You Were Here. It is ready to borrow. Please call or email the System office to get this set reserved for your Book Club.
Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galapagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.
But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.
Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.
In the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.
Cover picture and synopsis from Jodi Picoult · Wish You Were Here (2021)
One Book for Nebraska Teens 2022
Wouldn’t it be great if teens all over Nebraska were talking about books? The Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems have a program where teens can all read and discuss the same book. The 2022 title for teens is Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach. Click here for activities and puzzles related to this book.
We have a book set for this title including an audiobook. To borrow a book set, contact the CPLS System Office or Commission Reference Services at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 or by e-mail. For more information contact Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services. This is a thought-provoking book to read anytime and librarians may borrow the book set whenever the sets are available and will fit into the library’s or school’s schedule.
2022 One Book for Nebraska Kids
Wouldn’t it be great if kids all over Nebraska were talking about books? The Nebraska Library Commission and the Regional Library Systems have a program where kids can all read and discuss the same book. The 2022 title for kids is The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader. Click here for activities and puzzles related to this book.
We have a book set for this title. To borrow a book set, contact the CPLS System Office or Commission Reference Services at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 or by e-mail. For more information contact Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services. This is a thought-provoking book to read anytime and librarians may borrow the book set whenever the sets are available and will fit into the library’s or school’s schedule.
Plain Speaking August/September 2021
Looking to Hire a Children’s Librarian
The North Platte Public Library is hiring! We’re looking for our next Children’s Librarian who believes in delivering super customer services, even to our smallest readers! We want to engage with children in ways that encourage them to explore the world around them and connect with them in ways that shape their lives.
We are seeking someone who loves all kids and is filled with “out of the box” thinking ideas on programs that will engage, support and nurture our youngest readers. With the collaboration of the Library Director, this individual will be responsible for implementing and creating programs, outreach, book advisory and other library duties for our children’s department. If you love kids and are a detail-oriented self-starter who enjoys working in a supportive and patron-focused environment, we encourage you to join our team. The mission of our library is to ensure access to the accumulated knowledge of the world. This enables individuals to pursue personal enrichment and take informed action.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described will be considered. Starting annual salary range : $44,011-$52,776: placement on the salary schedule is based upon education and experience. Will be expected to work one night per week and one Saturday per month.
Applications and resume must be received by 5:00PM, August 20, 2021. Fill out City Application online at: https://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/employment/library-job-application/. Send resumes to: email@example.com
City Employment Application (PDF Fillable)
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