Regional Library Systems Changing

Dear RVLS Members,

We are nearing the time when there will be major changes to the Nebraska Regional Library Systems. We are going from 6 Systems to 4 Regions. Eight counties in the Republican Valley Library System will be moving to join other regions.

Since RVLS is a non-profit corporation, there are some legal matters involved in this change. You will receive a letter from our office asking you to vote on these actions. Each Library in the System is a member and one vote is allotted per library. The RVLS Board met in Holdrege last Friday, November 7, and voted to approve the Plan of Merger and the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation (which includes a name change for the corporation to Central Plains Library System).

Please mark your Ballot (printed on blue paper) and return it in the included self-addressed envelope by the deadline of December 15, 2014.

If you have any questions about the merger, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Denise Harders
Republican Valley Library System
2727 West 2nd Street, #233
Hastings, NE 68901

402.462.1974 (Fax)
800.569.4961 (Nebraska Toll-Free)
402.705.1409 (Cell)

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November Display Ideas

Only ten days until October is over! Daylight Saving Time ends November 2 and Thanksgiving is on November 27. 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, program, and decorating ideas for November.

Thanksgiving Activities
Are you looking for Thanksgiving activities, recipes, games and projects for school-age kids? I just love Pinterest. Go to for more than 300 ideas.

Monopoly Board Game Released (November 5, 1935)
Parker Brothers released their first Monopoly Board Game. Over the years, there have been many versions of this popular pastime. Gather many different Monopoly games for a display—be sure to leave one out on the table for people to play. Schedule a teen Monopoly lock-in for a great “after hours” program.

Young Readers Day (November 11)
The second Tuesday of November is designated as Young Readers Day. It is a special day to recognize the joys and benefits of reading that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Celebrate by inviting adults and older students to read to younger ones. Make a display with read-aloud favorites.

Veterans Day (November 11)
Established in 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.

International Girls Day (November 14)
Media messages, cultural stereotypes and peers often tell girls that they have to look, act and be a certain way. With the slogan, “She Can Do Anything,” International Girls Day is a day to celebrate girls – all kinds of girls with all kinds of interests and abilities. It’s an opportunity to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential. Set up a table with various books that appeal to girls. Go to for more ideas.

America Recycles Day (November 15)
America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year organizers promote recycling awareness, commitment and action. Go to for event ideas and materials. Display nonfiction books about recycling and trash in your children’s area.

National Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22)
Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.  Follow this link and click on Teaching Resources for activities and lessons. Prepare a display of books about other countries and the different ecosystems found around the world.

National Game and Puzzle Week (November 23-29)
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) website includes several reproducible games and puzzles that you can distribute.

Marc Brown’s Birthday (November 25, 1946)
Everybody loves Arthur! The creator of this series, Marc Brown, was born and grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. Arrange a display of Arthur books and activity sheets from You will have to keep refilling this display with books, because they will fly off the shelf!

Ed Young’s Birthday (November 28, 1931)
Ed Young has writing and illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Award Winner in 1989, Lon Po Po. Go to for a complete list of his titles. Display Young’s books with a poster about him in the children’s area.

Bonus Passive Program Idea: Monday, November 17 is Homemade Bread Day. Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. If you have a bread machine, why not bring it to the library and bake bread for your patrons to sample. Don’t forget the butter and jelly. (Let me know if you are going to do this—I will be glad to donate some homemade apple butter or white grape jam.)

Library Trivia: On November 14, 1732, the first salaried librarian in the United States, Louis Timothee, was hired. He worked for Benjamin Franklin at the Library Company of Philadelphia every Wednesday from two to three o’clock and every Saturday from ten to four. He was paid three pounds sterling every trimester.

Find even more ideas on my Pinterest page!

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RVLS Grant Winners

Congratulations to all the RVLS Grant Winners! The complete list is arranged alphabetically by town name. I am so excited about all the great programming and continuing education these grants will provide. Feel free to send pictures of the items you purchase, the programs you do, and the activities you participate in with the money from the Grants.

Town Library Project
Alma Hoesch Memorial Library To buy Legos, Lego accessories and books to encourage elementary age children to come to the library.
Arapahoe Arapahoe Public Library To buy furniture for their ‘teen space’ and to improve their kid friendly area with a train track
Axtell Axtell Community School To add comfy and creative lounge furniture to the school library
Axtell Axtell Public Library Bean bags, DVD player and play rug for story/music/art time for pre-school children
Beaver City Beaver City Public Library To purchase educational computer programs, chairs and cage bingo for the after school programming at the library
Benkelman Dundy County Library To purchase a reading rug for the children/young patrons area.
Blue Hill Blue Hill Public Library Continuing Education
Blue Hill Blue Hill Community School Kindle Unlimited Classroom and Amazon Fire TV to stream content to their classroom projectors
Cambridge Butler Memorial Library To purchase supplies for Summer Reading Program (2015)
Clay Center Clay Center Public Library To improve their Children’s area, with a rug, books, puzzles, and to buy supplies for their Summer Reading Program
Culbertson Culbertson Public Library To start a collection of bulletin board supplies to be used for promoting books pertaining to different themes, genres, holidays etc.
Curtis Klyte Burt Memorial Library To be used to join Overdrive.
Elwood Elwood Public Library Book sets to enhance the children’s section and to support their pre-school story hour
Fairfield Fairfield Public Library To purchase a rug and dorm chair for teens to use.
Franklin Franklin Public Library To bring in a speaker/entertainer for the Library’s 100 yrs. of service celebration, slated for Feb. 2015.
Grant Hastings Memorial Library To buy furnishings for youth area, such as area rug, bean bags, and storage shelf for games and puzzles.
Hastings Hastings High School To buy Legos to begin a Makerspace
Hastings Hastings Elementary Schools To develop an inviting place for students to read and learn, ie rugs, furniture and other items.
Hastings Perkins Library, Hastings College To fund a hands-on workshop for students with a guest speaker addressing how a search, with todays technology, can easily uncover a student’s personal life. In addition, the speaker will also give a campus-wide talk and it will be open to the community.
Hastings Hastings Public Library To purchase electronic items for Teen Tech Week – 1 Little Bits, Base Kit and 1 Deluxe kit and 1 Cloud Starter Kit)
Hayes Center Hayes Center Public Library To buy books and DVD’s to replace VHS movies for children and large print books for older citizens
Hildreth Hildreth Public Library To buy additional chairs for their new larger library
Holdrege Holdrege Area Public Library Continuing Education
Imperial Lied Imperial Public Library To purchase items to start a Lego after school program for children.
McCook McCook City Library To purchase a kid friendly display board to promote children’s programs
McCook Mid-Plains Community College Continuing Education
Minden Jensen Memorial Library To purchase items to enhance story time and outreach programs (carpet squares, puppets, flannel boards, music CDs and portable CE/MP3 player
Nelson Nelson Public Library Lego sets and books to promote their new Lego Club.
North Platte North Platte Public Library Programming -to bring back an author, performer and story teller.  This person was well liked on a previous visit.
North Platte Madison Middle School Library To buy 2015-2016 Golden Sower Intermediate and Young Adult level books for 250+ students.
Orleans C.B. Preston Memorial Library To purchase 2 vinyl banners, that promote the library, to be used in community parades. Also desire to buy board games, a Wii, and a beanbag for the library and help cover expenses for the Summer Reading Program.
Superior Superior Public Library To purchase puzzles, magnifying glass, prisms, wooden beads,  peg board etc. to create an activity center for children’s area.
Sutherland Maxine White Sutherland Public Library To purchase carpet and cushions for Story Time and Summer Reading
Wilcox Wilcox-Hildreth School To purchase an updated floor Globe for the elementary/high school media center.
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Special RVLS Hours

The RVLS Office will be open limited hours Wednesday and Thursday, October 8 & 9. Please call in the morning to reach Kay on those days. The Office will be closed on Friday, October 10 and Monday, October 13.

I will be at the NLA/NSLA Conference in South Sioux City the rest of the week, and the Office is closed on Monday due to it being Columbus Day.

Please feel free to leave messages or send email and we will get back to you as soon as possible starting on Tuesday, October 14.


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Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, on Banning Books

Dav Pilkey explains how you can express concern about a book without undermining the freedom to read of those around you by making a simple change. Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014) celebrates your freedom to read. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit and

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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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