New TRaiLS Office Hours

As always we’re making changes at the TRaiLS Office to better help our system members. Our newest change concerns our office hours and beginning March 6th 2017, the office will be open Monday through Friday from 10:30am – 5:00pm.

Naturally, you can always give our office a call and leave a message at 402.330.7884 or email Chelsea at and Anneka at

25th Anniversary Children’s Literacy Grant Awards

Congratulations to Bellevue Public Library who is a recipient of the TEI Landmark Audio Grant!


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TEI Landmark Audio, an Indianapolis-based provider of products and services to libraries and schools, announced the winners of their 25th Anniversary Children’s Literacy Grant Awards. Hundreds of public and school libraries from across the country applied to receive one of the twenty-five $1,000 grants to fund literacy programs in their libraries.

Bellevue Public Library will be using the funding for the library’s Storytelling Club. The Storytelling Club provides participants with 21st century skills, such as personal expression, creativity, public speaking, and adaptability, while learning the art of storytelling from two storytellers, Dorothy Bockerman and Molly Strong, from Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling (OOPS). This program is open to current 1st through 12th grade students. Storytelling Club meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm from January 10th – March 14th.

Black Elk Speaks Book Kits Available

The One Book One Nebraska 2017 book kit is finally here! The TRaiLS Office currently has 15 copies of Black Elk Speaks to lend out.

Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk, as well as his people, during the nineteenth century. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable. –back cover description

To see if the book kit is available please visit our Libib page to place a hold. If you’d like to request the kit in advance, feel free to let Chelsea know when she emails you so she can get a schedule together.

Remember, first time borrowers will have to email Chelsea at to get their Libib account set up. As always, if there are any questions, please get in touch!

2017 Summer Reading Webinar Recording Available

Recording of the TRaiLS 2017 Summer Reading Webinar.

Presenters: Jackie Steffen, NE Extension Educator; Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission; Sandra Wallick, Lincoln City Libraries

Contact the TRaiLS director at for handouts.
We continued recording through breaks so you will want to forward through those spots.

After viewing the webinar please submit an evaluation at

America’s Star Libraries

Every year Library Journal groups eligible libraries by total operating expenditures and compares them to peer libraries. Their rating is based on five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, public internet terminal use, and electronic circulation. For more information, check out their article in Library Journal.

This year, seven libraries in the TRaiLS service area received a star rating in the 2016 LJ Index of Public Library Service. 

five_pointed_starSpringfield Public Library received 3 stars.

five_pointed_starJohn A Stahl Memorial Library in West Point received 3 stars.

five_pointed_starGardner Public Library in Wakefield received 4 stars. 

five_pointed_starCreighton Public Library received 4 stars. 

five_pointed_starWeeping Water Public Library received 4 stars.

five_pointed_starNeligh Public Library received 5 stars.

Hartington Public Library five_pointed_starreceived 5 stars.



Pioneer Consortium meetings scheduled

Register for one of four Pioneer Consortium area meetings (Seward, Cozad, Alliance, and Norfolk) between October 31 and November 3.  Current members will meet in the morning, and everyone should attend in the afternoon to learn more about Pioneer’s plans for a Spring 2017 migration to PTFS Liblime’s Bibliovation.  Click here to register for a meeting in your area. 

Visit the Pioneer website at for more information about Consortium membership and the KOHA open-source ILS and union catalog.

Scholarships Available!

TRaiLS is offering 20 $250 scholarships to assist attendance of the NLA/NSLA Annual Conference in Omaha, NE scheduled for October 19-21. The deadline to apply is September 21st.

We are also offering one $500 scholarship to assist attendance of the ARSL Annual Conference in Fargo, ND scheduled for October 27-29. The deadline to apply is September 29th.

The Scholarship Opportunities page of our website is experiencing some technical issues. We hope to have it working again soon.

Click the link below to download the scholarship application. Applications can be emailed to or mailed to the office 11929 Elm St. suite 18 Omaha, NE 68144

Scholarship application 2015-16

Applicants must work for a library (any type), be a library student or public library trustee within the TRaiLS service area to be eligible. 

DiSPEL Meetings Scheduled

DiSPEL pictureDiSPEL stands for Directors Sharing Practice, Experience, and Learning. It is intended for public library directors to gather together for networking and professional development.

The following meetings are scheduled for the remainder of 2016:

August 19 at the Tekamah Public Library

September 9 at the Madison Public Library

September 30 Creighton Public Library

October 7 Gretna Public Library

November 10 Hartington Public Library

Please join us at one or all of the meetings! 2.5 continuing education hours available. All meetings are from 9:00-11:30am. Stick around after the meetings to grab lunch if you can. Register at


TRaiLS Annual Board Meeting!

mThe TRaiLS Annual Meeting  will be held on August 5th at the Neligh Public Library.  Pat Wagner will be joining us via webinar to present a one-hour session of Bully-Proofing Your Library. Lunch will be provided after the NLC Report followed by the TRaiLS Board Meeting. This event has 2 CE credit hours available.

There’s no cost to register! Online registration is at: 

The full program schedule is as follows:

9:30am – Registration

10:00am  – Bully-Proofing Your Library Webinar with Pat Wagner

11:30am – NLC Report

1:00pm – TRaiLS Board Meeting

The 22nd Annual Joint Youth Services Retreat: Aug. 25-26


As always, this year’s youth services retreat will be a great chance to relax, participate in sessions directed towards youth services, enjoy wonderful food, network, share ideas, and play. As in past years, the retreat will be held at Carol Joy Holling Camp and Retreat Center near Ashland. New this year is an option to stay overnight not only Thursday evening, but also to arrive the evening of Wednesday, August 24, and stay overnight. This might make it easier for those traveling from a distance.

You can easily register at by the end of the day on August 8th. If for some reason you can’t make the retreat, you can still hear the two feature presenters at the CPLS Youth Services Day on August 19 or at the TRAILS Fall Library Workshop on September 21.

Following is the full program:

Wednesday, August 24th, Optional Early Arrival beginning at 6 pm. Includes breakfast the next morning.

Thursday, August 25th, 22nd Annual Youth Services Retreat, Day One

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 – 11:00 Libraries Serving Youth: Growing the Brain! With Sheryl Feinstein,Dean of Education, UNK                                                                                                                  Feinstein
This special interactive presentation will focus on the transforming brain of our babies, children, and teens in relation to libraries. The fascinating changes that are popping, generating, and igniting in our youths’ brains shed light on how to best understand, support, and mentor these mystifying creatures.

11:10 – 12:00 Book Clubs for Youth with Anneka Ramirez, TRLS
Book clubs are a great tool for instilling literacy skills and maintaining a love for reading. This session will discuss using book clubs for youth as part of your library programming.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Crowdsharing: “Booktalk” Your favorite websites and resources
In this session, retreat participants may share favorite websites, resources, program and craft ideas. If you go on too long…

2:45 – 3:45 Out of Box Programming Ideas for Teens with Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed
Interested in encouraging young people to tap into their creativity using the resources of the library? In this presentation, we will discuss how writing groups and writing partners—using the generative writing process—can inspire potential slam poets, songwriters—all writers—to dream more and unleash the imagination.

4:00 – 6:00 Best Games for Programming with Spielbound volunteers
Board Games can be used in library programming for all ages to educate, engage, and create community. Volunteers from Spielbound will demo games and guide us as we learn to play games that are new to us.

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 Time to exchange ideas, hang out, play games

Friday, August 26th, 22nd Annual Youth Services Retreat, Day Two

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30–9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:50 Tween Read-a-Louds with Denise Harders, CPLS
Story time should not be reserved for preschool or kindergarten children. Listening to stories should be a frequent and enjoyable experience for all readers. Hear about the benefits of reading to older children, learn how to introduce a book you are about to read aloud, and take home a long list of suitable books to read. (And the great thing is, you probably already have the books in your library!)

10:00 – 10:50 The Future of Virtual Reality for Youth Services with Craig Lefteroff
Virtual and augmented reality devices have been hyped for decades, but the technology is finally starting to reach its full potential. In this presentation, we’ll talk about the differences between VR and AR, discuss the plethora of VR devices, and explore how to utilize them in a library setting.

11:00-11:50 Green Screen Magic with Sara Lee, Judy Marco, and Jamie Wright
You don’t have to have a Hollywood budget to have fun with green screen effects. Join staff members from Central City Public Library, to see how they have used green screen effects at events for all ages, to create some amazing looking photos and videos.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 Behind the Scenes with Bruce Arant,arant Author and Illustrator
Children’s book author/illustrator, Bruce Arant, provides an entertaining glimpse of the twists and turns he has encountered along the path of traditional publishing. His book, Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep!, has garnered notable attention including: two 2014 Nebraska Book Awards, nominee for the 2015-2016 Golden Sower Award; selected to represent the state of Nebraska at the 2015 National Book Festival; placement on the Nebraska 150 Book List.

2:30 – 3:00 Book Sales and Signings, Evaluations and Giveaways

We must leave the premises at 3:00 pm.

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