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

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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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September Display Ideas

It is hard to believe September is upon us (or it will be in less than 30 days). Most everybody is ready to move into autumn and leave summer behind. Prepare an Autumn Fiction display by gathering novels with fall or autumn in the title. Also, look for covers with autumn leaves or scenes. Here are 10 more ideas for displays in September.

Alzheimer Awareness Month
Display fiction and nonfiction about Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and choosing a nursing home. Don’t forget biographies and memoirs of people who had it.

Back to School
Everyone with children will be thinking about school this month. Display school stories for children, books about adjusting to college, home schooling, and adult education. An alternate title could be School Days.

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 the display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library.

National Coupon Month
This month celebrates the nearly $4.6 billion savings American consumers receive each year by redeeming coupons for their favorite brands. In fact, every hour spent couponing is worth an estimated $100 and the average savings per coupon is $1.44. Go to for coupon savings tips throughout the month. Plan a program about using coupons.

“Too Hot to Cook”
Prepare a group of light cookbooks, including salads, sandwiches, and frozen desserts. Display them with a large sun cutout and an umbrella shading the books.

United Nations: International Literacy Day (September 8)
This day highlights the importance of literacy and raises awareness of and concern for world-wide literacy issues. About 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children do not attend school and many more attend irregularly. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on this day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world. Use this information to kick-start a literacy program in your community. Raise awareness by placing a sign on your circulation desk on September 8.

Husker Harvest Days (September 9-11, 2014)
This Grand Island event is the largest irrigated working agricultural show on a permanent site in the United States. 80 acres of exhibits, 700 acres of field demonstrations and more. Estimated attendance of 50,000. Display your farming books with information about this show. Go to for details.

Robert McCloskey’s Birthday (September 14, 1914)
Children’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey was born on this day in Hamilton, Ohio. His books include Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and Homer Price. Display a sign in the children’s area near McCloskey’s books.

H.G. Wells’ Birthday (September 21, 1866)
H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, was born on this day in Bromley, England. His classic novel, The Time Machine, was published in 1895. Wells went on to publish The Invisible Man in 1897 and The War of the Worlds in 1898. Display these novels at the circulation desk along with a sign. It is sure to convince someone to go back and re-read one of these often-assigned books.

Planet Neptune Discovered (September 23, 1846)
Neptune, the eighth planet from the sun, was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle at the Berlin Observatory. The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of Earth, was named for the Roman god of the sea. It has eight known moons and a ring system containing three bright and two dim rings. It completes an orbit of the sun once every 165 years. Display your space and planet books in the children’s area to mark this occasion.

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RVLS Grants Available

The Republican Valley Library System is offering approximately 40 grants this fall. All types of libraries in RVLS are eligible to apply. Grants awarded will be up to $400.00. These grants are intended to promote Continuing Education for library staff and/or programming in all types of libraries. Only Continuing Education and Programming projects will be considered.

Possible Projects:

  • Purchasing Golden Sower Books.
  • Purchasing books, audiobooks, or DVDs to support a proposed program.
  • Purchasing an area rug, bean bag chairs, board games, Legos, Folkmanis puppets, or other programming materials.
  • Purchasing Summer Reading material and incentives from the Collaborative Summer Reading Catalog (Upstart).
  • Purchasing a television or monitor to be used for a digital sign in the library.
  • Sending one person to the Annual NLA/NSLA Conference in South Sioux City on October 9-10, 2014. (Award = $400)


  1. No grant project will receive more than $400.00.
  2. Projects including computer equipment, software programs, tablets and eReading devices are not eligible for this grant.
  3. Applications must include price verification of items to be purchased.
  4. Each RVLS institution is limited to one grant.
  5. All applications must be mailed to the RVLS Office.
  6. To be eligible, the application must be postmarked from September 1 – September 30, 2014.
  7. Grant recipients will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible applications received.
  8. Drawing will be held on Monday, October 6.
  9. Winners will be notified by email.

The Grant Application is available here.

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Jodi Picoult Fans…

Are you looking for a new but similar author?? Give Rosamund Lupton a try.

AfterwardsWhen fire engulfs the local school, Grace’s teenage daughter is caught inside, and Grace races into the blaze after her. Grace’s sister-in-law, police detective Sarah McBride, is determined to find the arsonist, despite considerable resistance–and suspicious behavior–all around.

Afterwards is Lupton’s second novel, after her highly acclaimed book Sister.

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Science Lessons and Games for Kids


OLogy is the American Museum of Natural History’s website of online science lessons and games for kids. OLogy has sections covering fourteen topics in science including climate change, astronomy, brain science, genetics, and zoology. Within each section you will find a half dozen or more short lessons and games. Many of the lessons include video and text interviews with scientists in the field.

Click here: for ideas about things to make and activities to do. This website goes wonderfully with this year’s Summer Reading theme.

Thank you to the blog “Free Technology For Teachers” for information about this terrific website!

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Books to Read

…when I have time.

I don’t know about you, but every summer I think I am going to have all kinds of time to enjoy reading. While school is out, it is my intention to pick up and enjoy Young Adult books to keep up with what is happening in that part of the publishing world.

Here it is mid-July and I have not read a single YA novel. Here are a couple that are on my list:

Dead endDead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1250010230

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder.

Synopsis from See for complete information.


recoveryRecovery Road, by Blake Nelson
(Scholastic, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0545107297

Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows to help with a drinking and rage problem she has. It’s a pretty intense place, but there is the weekly movie night in town–where Madeline meets Stewart, who’s at another rehab place nearby. They fall for each other during a really crazy time in their lives. Madeline gets out and tries to get back on her feet, waiting for Stewart to join her. When he does, though, it’s not the ideal recovery world Madeline dreamed of. Both of them still have serious problems. And Stewart’s are only getting worse….

Synopsis from See for complete information.

In my head, summer is not over until Labor Day. That means I have nearly 2 months left. Maybe I’ll get a chance to enjoy a book or two…

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