Library Addition Progressing in Red Cloud

Auld Public Library in Red Cloud is nearing the completion of the addition that has been years in the making. Once completed, the library will have an elevator, an accessible restroom on both floors, a community meeting room, and a kitchen, in addition to more space for materials.

Red Cloud ConstructionThis picture shows the north side of the library which will have a beautiful entrance on the ground level. Patrons will be able to use either the stairs or the elevator to access the basement meeting room and the main floor of the library. The architect and builders have worked hard to use materials that match the original structure of the library. The bricks and windows are a really close match.

Library Director, Terri Eberly, plans to open the new addition in November. Watch the RVLS website for the exact date.

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Celebrating Shel


Poet Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930. You will find creative resources for library or classroom activities at his website: Check out the printable lessons and activities, poetry event kits, and drawing booklets.


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New Journal Article Request Service

Sign up today for the new RVLS Digital Article Request service. This service will allow you to request relevant articles from your favorite professional journals via email. Here is how it works:

  • Table of Contents of each new edition of a professional journal is scanned and sent by email to participants.
  • Participants select articles they would like to read.
  • Articles are scanned and emailed to the members that have requested them.

No more waiting for professional periodicals to arrive in the mail! No more postage to mail the journals to the next library in line! This new service will allow you to read the articles you want when you want them.

If you are already signed up for the traditional journal routing service, you will soon receive an email with the Table of Contents attached. Email your article requests to Please allow up to five business days for your article to arrive in your email box.

If you do not currently receive routed professional journals, select the titles from the list at and email Kay at

Book Page and Booklist will continue to be routed by mail.

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October Display Ideas

October is the month our minds turn toward all things scary. A “scary” display idea from Pinterest is to find a dark corner of the library and plug in a small light. Then set up some of your scariest books with a poster that says “Books That Will Make You Buy a Nightlight.” Here are 10 more October display ideas:

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)
During this month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Go to for activities and program ideas.

Fall begins on September 23, but it is usually October before the leaves start falling from the trees. Prepare a display with a rake, some leaf cutouts and some old book jackets. Use the title “Rake in a Good Read.” This could be on a bulletin board or you could actually bring in a rake and lean it against the circulation desk.

Are you ready for some football? Use the short shelving in the children’s area to prepare a display that includes the green field, yard markers, end zones, and goal posts. Then display books about football teams and football players on “the field.”

Here is a display for those really scary books. Use heavy-duty cardboard cut in the shape of blue jeans. Cover the cardboard with an old pair of jeans and fasten it to your display table. Gather your scariest titles and make a sign that says “These Books Will Scare Your Pants Off.”

“Peanuts” Debuts (October 2, 1950)
This comic strip by Charles Schulz featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Charlie’s dog, Snoopy. The last new “Peanuts” strip was published February 13, 2000. Feature all your Charlie Brown books and dvds. You might even find a stuffed Snoopy to place on a red cardboard dog house.

Anne Rice’s Birthday (October 4, 1941)
Anne Rice, best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles and other novels about the occult, was born on this day in New Orleans. It seems particularly fitting that the author of these famous books was born in October. Prepare a scary display of Rice’s books and a bookmark that lists them all. Be sure to include vampire fangs somewhere in the display—you could even purchase them from the Oriental Trading Company. The title of the display could be: “Warning: These Books Have Bite.”

Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014)
The theme this year is Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library. This annual event spotlights all the great resources and activities libraries provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond. Go to the official website for planning ideas and products that support the theme:

Digital Citizenship Week (October 19-25)
Today’s digital world is redefining “citizenship.” All of us—from digital natives to later adopters—need to learn how to be good citizens, to be safe, responsible and respectful participants in this new world. Digital citizenship requires a whole-community approach among parents, kids, librarians, educators, and the broader community. Common Sense Education provides free materials covering a range of topics including Internet Safety, Cyberbullying, Digital Footprints, Copyright, and more.

Michael Crichton’s Birthday (October 23, 1942)
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and then returned to Harvard for medical school. During his final year of medical school, he published The Andromeda Strain and decided to write full time instead of practicing medicine. Many of his best-selling novels became films. Crichton won the Edgar Award twice, in 1968 and 1980. Gather the books, audiobooks, and dvds that are credited to Crichton for a great mystery display.

Halloween (October 31)
Have your preschoolers make some friendly ghosts using this craft idea from Country Living. Then hang them from your bulletin board with the caption “Reading is a Scream.”

Find even more display ideas on my Pinterest page!

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

PirateTalk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19. You will find a Pirate Crossword Puzzle and a Library Treasure Hunt on the Library Sparks webpage. Click on “Web Resources” on the top of the page. Go clear to the bottom of that page and click on the link to archived materials. The top line is for 2014. Click on “August/September” and then look at the right-hand side of the next page. Click on “Freebies, Doodads, and Helpful Hints” for the printable sheets.

Shiver me timbers…I hope you have a great day!


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Reception Honors Kathy Schultz

Kathy SKathy Schultz, Children’s Librarian for Hastings Public Library in Hastings, Nebraska, will retire next week on Tuesday September 2, 2104. Kathy has spent the last 26 years providing top quality children’s programming including story times for various ages and Summer Reading activities. Kathy has also been active in Nebraska’s Golden Sower program for many years.

Thank you, Kathy, for your work with Hasting’s children and for your efforts to improve library service for children around the state. Enjoy your retirement.

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Youth Grants for Excellence – 2014

The Nebraska Library Commission has made funding available specifically for innovative projects for children and young adults in accredited public libraries and state-run institutional libraries in Nebraska. The program is designed to encourage creative thinking, risk-taking and new approaches to address problems and needs of children and young adults in your community. Grant awards enable youth librarians to begin needed programs and try projects which they have been unable to undertake. The grants also offer an opportunity to expand youth service capabilities in new and different directions. It is also expected that the funding will provide a foundation for ongoing rather than one-time services, which can be continued with community support or through a reallocation of library funds.

The application deadline is October 1, 2014.

See all the details on the Nebraska Library Commission’s website. An informative program that was recorded on August 20, 2014, can be viewed at:

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Years of Service in North Platte

A LOT of wisdom can be found at the North Platte Public Library!

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, they celebrated four employees who have 30 years of service working at the North Platte Public Library. Of the eighteen employees who currently work at the library, six have 30 or more years of service, four have more than 15 years of service, and two have more than 10 years. The North Platte community is so fortunate to have such wonderful, long-term employees helping library patrons.


North Platte EmployeesBack Row: Levaun Bever, Mitzi Mueller, Sharon Lohoefener

Front Row: Dianne Jensen, Cheryl Roblyer

Not Pictured: Brenda Anderson

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Banned Books Week 2014

banned books weekBanned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014.

Have you seen Invisible Man, The Face on the Milk Carton, or Where’s Waldo? These books have been targeted for removal from bookshelves across the country. Celebrate the freedom to read in your school or library during Banned Books Week. Prepare a display to educate and inspire patrons to find and read a banned book.

Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Posters, bookmarks, buttons, and t-shirts are available from the ALA store. Order by September 4 to receive your supplies in time.

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Record-Breaking Month

Circ Desk

Hildreth Public Library had a record-breaking 1,352 visits during the month of July! The previous record was just under 900 patrons in a month. When you consider that this is a town of less than 400 and that the library is open 26 hours per week, that is a LOT of traffic!

Congratulations to the Hildreth Library Board and to Librarian Vicki Casper.

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