Nebraska School Librarians Day

School Librarians Day Fall 2017
Northeast Community College – Norfolk
Lifelong Learning Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Morning: Sally Snyder – Nebraska Library Commission
Afternoon: Beth Kabes – ESU Coordinating Council Blended/Distance Education Director

FREE to NSLA Members (Check Membership Status Here)
Price of Membership for Non-Members ($30 individual | $15 student | $10 retired)
Lunch Included

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 10 at

Pay online or make checks payable to Nebraska School Librarians Association and mail to:
Kim Gangwish, NSLA Executive Secretary
4905 Chennault St., Papillion, NE 68133

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2017 Yalsa Teens’ Top Ten

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The official Yalsa 2017 Teens’ Top titles have been announced! The list below is as follows:


  1. Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492630142.
  2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781442472426.
  3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Penguin Random House. 9780553496680.
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781442468351
  5. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492622468.
  6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 9781250044655.
  7. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. Scholastic. 9780545850971.
  8. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 9781481432542.
  9. Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 9781250115270.
  10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. Flatiron Books YA. 9781250078407.

To read more, check out the Teens’ Top Ten page or the ALA page.

Golden Sower Nominees Added to Libib

The Three Rivers Library System is adding a few new book kit titles to borrow for the new school year. We currently added two Golden Sower Nominated titles:

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord




Code of Honor by Alan Gratz





Search the tag list for the Golden Sower tag on as more titles are added!

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.

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