Category Archives: Continuing Education/Library Training

Spring Meetings 2018!

Spring Meetings 2018

Sponsored by
Public Library and Trustee Section (PLTS);
School, Children’s and Young People’s Section (SCYP);
Paraprofessional Section;
and the Regional Library Systems

April 16 – Seward Memorial Library
April 17 – Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library
April 24 – Lexington Public Library
April 25 – Alliance Public Library

Registration is $40 per person (includes lunch)

9:00–9:30 Registration & Refreshments
9:30–10:00 Updates from PLTS, NLA, NLC, & the Regional Library Systems
10:00–12:00 David Drozd
12:00–1:00 Catered Lunch
1:00–3:00 Dr. Sheryl Feinstein

L​earn more about this Spring Meeting at the NLA Website! ​

2017 Fall Library Workshop

Join the Three Rivers Library System for the 2017 Fall Library Workshop on September 20th!  A total of 6 CE credit hours are available. Check out the attached PDF to register or go to


The registration fee is $10 and lunch is provided. Checks should be addressed to the Three Rivers Library System and mailed to 11929 Elm Street, Suite 18, Omaha NE 68144.

Cancellations will be charged the $10 registration fee unless the System Office is notified at least one week prior to the event.

As always, you can see our Event Registration page for all upcoming workshops.

We hope to see you there!

23rd Annual Joint Youth Services Retreat Information


The 23rd Annual Youth Services Retreat will be held at Camp Carol Joy Holling September 7th and 8th. Take a break and spend time learning and networking in a great atmosphere! Eleven CE are available for attendance both days. Click here to register. The schedule for the retreat and pricing are as follows: 

Thursday, September 7
7:30-8:30 Breakfast for those who arrived on site Wednesday evening
8:30 – 9:00 Registration for those arriving Thursday morning
9:00 – 9:50 Author Talk with Andrea Warren

How do you write nonfiction history that will engage young readers and also find its place in classrooms and libraries? Andrea Warren will share her planning and writing process and some of the pitfalls she’s encountered while creating eight award-winning nonfiction books for readers ages ten and up. Her titles include Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story, Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, and Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps.
10:00-10:50 Great Books for Tweens and Teens with Sally Snyder
There’s always some new treasure to be discovered during Sally’s showcase of books!
11:00-11:50 Why Diverse Literature Matters for Youth Services with Erica Rose
Discussion will focus on the need for robust representation of cultures, religions, and lifestyles in our book collections. A key part of this topic includes a conversation regarding the effects of exposing young readers to diverse literature and why this is important.
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Crowdsharing: “Booktalk” Your favorite websites and resources

In this session, retreat participants will be the presenters. Each person will have a few minutes to present favorite websites, resources, program and craft ideas. If you go on too long…
2:45 – 3:45 Great Books for Children with Amy Wenzl
This session will focus on recommended books for grades K-6 published in 2017 as well as a few lesser known gems from recent years.
4:00 – 6:00 Technology and Textiles Meet at Your Library with Megan Boggs and Joseph Chapman
This session explores activities and programs libraries can sponsor and promote to help young patrons learn basic principles of engineering design, such as electricity and circuitry that they can then apply to create LED encrusted bracelets and other items.
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 10:00 Time to exchange ideas, hang out, play games

Friday, September 8
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30–9:00 Registration for those arriving on Friday
9:00 – 9:50 Using YA Literature to Inspire Teen Girls’ Interests in STEM with Melissa Cast

If Hunger Games can inspire young women to take up the bow and arrow, then surely other young adult (YA) titles can inspire enthusiasm for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This program will discuss the role of YA fiction in teen development and specific YA titles to encourage STEM interests with teen girls.
10:00 – 10:50 Betwixt and Between with Morgan Reeves
Want ideas for programs for Tweens? Pay special attention during this workshop, as ideas as diverse as Book to Movie Club, Cupcake Wars, Literary Legos, and LittleBits Circuit Inventions are presented.
11:00-11:50 Answer Time
Pick the collective brain! This is a chance to ask questions of the group. Questions can be about anything relating to your library job in the area of youth services. Remember, there is no stupid question!
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch 
1:30 – 2:30 Creating a Culture of Play with Debora B. Wisneski, Professor of Early Childhood Education, UNO
A community that values and supports play across the lifespan is a community that also enhances the well-being of its citizens and creates the climate for innovation, learning, and civic engagement. Learn about one partnership to promote play.
2:30 – 3:00 Giveaways, Evaluations
We must leave the premises by 3:00 pm.

• Thursday only, includes lunch ($55)
• Friday only, includes lunch ($50)
• Both days with overnight, double occupancy, includes all meals ($130)
• Both days with overnight, single occupancy, includes all meals ($160)
• Both days with lunch ($105)
• Stay overnight Wednesday evening, September 6, includes breakfast (Additional $80). Arrive between 6 pm and 8 pm to pick up keys.

Please note that Thursday, September 7th sign-in starts at 8:30 and sessions run 9:00 – 6:00. On Friday, September 8th sign-in begins at 8:30 and sessions run 9:00 – 2:30.

Please complete registration by August 18th. Checks should be addressed to Southeast Library System, 5730 R St, Ste C-1, Lincoln, NE 68505.

Also, because Camp Carol Joy Holling is now trying to be much more accommodating to its guests, there is no longer a dietary needs policy. Please contact Chef Orestes Cooper directly at with any needs.

TRaiLS Library Strength Training Day

It’s that time of year again for the TRaiLS Library Strength Training Day!

Tone your Skills on June 2nd 2017!

Registration is $10 per person and lunch is provided. Checks should be addressed to the Three Rivers Library System and mailed to 11929 Elm Street, Suite 18, Omaha NE 68144.

Space is limited so be sure to register by May 26th at

Cancellations will be charged the $10 registration fee unless the System Office is notified at least one week prior to the event.

Don’t miss out on a great day of learning and networking with fellow librarians! Click on the pictures below to check out the schedule and session descriptions.

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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

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.

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


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.