Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force Webinar

Online Webinar Discussion: Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force Preliminary Report

Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director, and Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director, will summarize the report of recent Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force discussions and will solicit questions and comments from Nebraska library staff and board members.
State and federal budget cuts over several years and flat funding in recent years prompted discussions among regional library system directors, system board members, and Nebraska Library Commission staff to address funding constraints and regional organization. Those discussions resulted in formation of the Regional Library Systems Configuration Task Force. The Task Force recommended options for reducing the number of regional systems from the current six to five or four regions. The March 14, 2014 report of this task force can be accessed at:

Participants in this Webinar discussion will be encouraged to provide input via live chat or microphone connection. For more information contact Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director,, 800-307-2665, or 402-471-3175.

This Webinar will be broadcast live on April 22, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln.

This webinar will be presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. It will be recorded and archived. Registration is not required to view the archived recording, but GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for the session closes on April 20, 2014. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.



Red Carpet Reads

Red Carpet Reads
April 8  at 7 p.m.
Kearney Public Library – South Platte Room
All ages welcome!

Kearney Public Library and Wilson Public Library (Cozad) are hosting Red Carpet Reads on Tuesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. Each year numerous awards are given for children’s and young adult literature. We are rolling out the red carpet for a star-studded evening of books, reviews and awards and hope you will join us as we share the winners. These exemplary books will be on display and may be checked out after the presentation. Snacks will also be served. If you would like to attend, please reserve a seat for the program by noon on Friday, April 4th.

Youth Desk: 308-233-3284
Email your reservation:


Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene

Meridian Library System has 10 copies of this book available for loan to book groups along with background information and bookmarks.  Contact us if you would like to borrow!


Murder at the Rocks by Jill Paterson

Laurence Hartford is murdered outside of the family jewelry business right after Nicholas Hartford, heir to the business, has an argument with him.  Viewed by the police as the most likely suspect, Nick sets out to find out who and why his uncle was killed.  There is no lack of viable suspects and all of the little details that come to light throughout the story play into the final solution.

I had been in a reading slump for a few days when I started this book and, to my delight, I fell right into the story.  The writing is eminently readable and the characters interesting. The solution to the murder makes sense based upon what we find out. What is different about this book is that the police (Alistair Fitzjohn and his detectives) are quite secondary to the story.  It’s really Nick’s story. Yes, the police find out information, but without Nick, vital information would not have come to light.



Imaginary Literary Friends

Here’s a great article on the power of characters in fiction: