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The Three Rivers Library System is committed to supporting our regional libraries in any way that we can. Although currently, our office is closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’re still here to help! As always, you can contact our director, Tammi Thiem through her email ( with any questions or concerns. Also, feel free to give us a call! Even though we’re working from home, we’re checking messages throughout the day so we’ll be in contact with you as soon as we can.

Currently, we’re still having our online TRaiLS Communications Meetings, since they’re a great way to share ideas as uncertainty shadows our futures. Also keep a look out for our virtual Annual Meeting, which will be held on 7 August 2020.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing and evolving, we don’t have a specific re-open date. But as soon as we do, we’ll be sure to let our member libraries know.

Customer Service Workshop!

Join us on March 9th!

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This half-day workshop will have an emphasis on acting through specific customer situations and dealing with trying patrons. We’ll have a discussion on existing and new patrons, as well continual learning, phone etiquette, appearance, and striving to pay attention on all that is happening at the library.

This workshop costs $25 per person and has 4 CE credits available. Only 15 people will be able to attend, so be sure to sign up if you don’t want to miss out! This workshop is from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on March 9th at the Metropolitan Community College in Fremont, Nebraska and lunch will not be served. Check out the attached flyer for more information!

Summer Reading + Teen STEM Workshop!

Join us February 12th, 2020!
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4-H STEM Reading Connections with Jackie Steffen

During this session, you will learn about the summer resources developed by Nebraska Extension that tie into this year’s summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” This hands-on workshop will allow you to interact with “myth” themed lessons and resources and also give you a sneak peek of how this program has expanded to involve childcare providers, parents, and 4-H clubs.

Afterschool Teen STEM with Julie Boyle

This session will use the Think, Make, Create Lab to learn the importance of STEM, family engagement, and active learning. This hands-on lesson on active learning and its importance for teens will be a fun resource for libraries this summer. ​


Free STEM in the Library Workshop

Join us on January 31st!
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This half-day workshop, facilitated by Dr. Saundra Wever Frerichs, Science Education Specialist with Nebraska 4-H, will take place on 31 January 2020. It will be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at La Vista Public Library at 9110 Giles Rd, La Vista, NE 68128. This is a free workshop and has 3 CE available. 

Through hands-on activities, discussions and videos, you will be prepared to provide STEM learning experiences that are active, relevant, engaging, and appropriate for children. You will learn how to support participants in developing a STEM identity. To be prepared for their future, children need to see themselves as someone who learns about, uses, and sometimes contributes to science — someone who has a personal identity as a science learner.

2019 STEM in the Library Workshop Flyer

This activity is supported in part with funding from the State of Nebraska and from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administrated by the Nebraska Library Commission. 

Summer Reading Program: Make & Take Projects

Join us on 22 November 2019 
for the Summer Reading Program: Make & Take Projects
Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop with Tammi Thiem, from Genoa Public Library  – This is a great mobile workshop where children can stuff their own selected animals. It can be fun as an individual activity, or it can be done with a group.
STEM & Fairy Tales with Jackie Steffen, from University of Nebraska County Extension –  Crossing STEM with the Summer Reading Program theme, Imagine Your Story: Fairy Tales / Mythology / Fantasy. 
Book Recommendations with Sally Snyder, Nebraska Library Commission – Back by popular demand, Sally will join us via video to tell us all about her favorite book choices that will work with the Summer Reading Program theme.
Lunch will be provided.
4 CE is available.
Registration fee is $25 per person, which will pay for lunch and art supplies.
This activity is supported in part with funding from the State of Nebraska and from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administrated by the Nebraska Library Commission. 

Upcoming Summer Reading!

Summer Reading Presentation Submissions!
Do you have crafting and creative talents? Would you like to share these with your youth services colleagues?
This fall will be starting up our 2020 Summer Reading Programs, which will feature a ‘make and take’ element. Do you have a great project that fits the theme of Imagine Your Story: Fairytales/ Mythology/ Fantasy?

Three Rivers Library System is in the process of planning two ‘make and take’ sessions for November. Are you interested in showing your arts and crafts talents?

*   Presenters will receive a supply budget to purchase material for the projects.
*   Each session has been allotted an hour for explaining the project, set up, creating with the group, answering questions, and clean up.
Librarians have always been on the forefront of knowledge and resource sharing, so we’re excited to show off our talented librarians for the upcoming Summer Reading Program! Submit your proposal at

Not interested in presenting, but want to join the fun?
Save the Dates!
15 November 2019 at Wakefield Public Library
22 November 2019 at Tilden Public Library

Keep an eye out for more information to come.
Questions? Suggestions? Contact Eric Jones at

WordPress Skills Workshop with Amanda Sweet!

WordPress Skills Workshop with Amanda Sweet
On 20 September 2019 
There are two WordPress Workshops happening at Central Community College in Columbus. These two sessions will delve into the updates and features on maintaining your WordPress site from the NLC. We’ll also have topics that are the most requested when you sign up.
The morning session is from 9:00 am – Noon
The afternoon session is from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3 CE is available per session.

Golden Sower Nominees 2018-2019 at TRaiLS!

The Three Rivers Library System has added new book kit titles to borrow!

Check out our Libib site at

We currently added two Golden Sower Nominated titles for 2018 – 2019:

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Follow three children in different decades, from different home countries, all in search of refuge. Facing dangers of all kinds, hope is the the thing that keeps them moving forward. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel is a Cuban girl living in 1994, and Mahmoud is a Syrian boy living in 2015. Even though these kids are separated by decades and continents, connections will be made to bring their worlds together. This action packed novel tackles survival, courage, and the quest for home.


Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase wakes up in a hospital with a case of amnesia. He doesn’t remember falling off the roof, hitting his head, or even what his name is! Chase has to start his life all over again. Going back to school opens up a whole new unknown world. Between a girl dumping frozen yogurt on his head and random kids treating him like a hero, Chase has to not only figure out who he is — but who he was! And who is he going to be?

Want to see a list of all the past and current Golden Sower Nominated titles we have to borrow? Check out our Golden Sower Nominee tag! 

Have questions? Trouble logging into Libib? Get in touch with Chelsea at 

2019 Annual Meeting!

Join us for our Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting will take place on 1 August 2019 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Wayne State College.  Sign up at if you’d like to attend in person.

The program includes two sessions:

  • The first is Allie Stevens’ presentation on The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Communities. Allie is the librarian and director of a museum in a southern Arkansas county. She has also presented on WebJunction and her presentation will be energizing and uplifting.
  • A second presentation will be a panel of librarians, county extension, and economic development staff. The panel will be discussing the library’s role in community economic development and how the library helps to enhance a community’s quality of life.

After the morning presentations, please stay for lunch.  While having lunch, we will have the Three Rivers Library System annual business meeting, the director’s report, board elections, review the budget, and conduct other needed business. There will be a $15 fee for lunch.

For those who will not be able to join us in person, the presentations and Annual Meeting will be available on Zoom, but there’s no need to sign up, the link will be available at the Three Rivers Library System website.  And we will send out the link on the ListServ on the day. If you’d like CE for watching it online, please email Chelsea at

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