TRaiLS Board of Directors Seeks Nominations

To-Do List by sheikh_tuhinAre you looking for a way to engage in libraryland but not sure how to get started? The Three Rivers Library System board of directors is an excellent way to become involved. As a board member you have the opportunity to guide system services and events, meet fellow librarians, and see the libraries of northeast and eastern Nebraska. The TRaiLS Nominating Committee would appreciate recommendations for candidates for the Three Rivers Library System Board of Directors 2017 election. You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing the following form

The TRaiLS board will accept nominations from April 10 through May 3. Voting will take place in June with new board members attending their first meeting in August.

Board responsibilities:

  • Oversee the governance of TRaiLS
  • Evaluate executive performance
  • Set long range vision and goals

Board meetings: Though in-person attendance of board meetings is ideal, occasional virtual attendance is an option. Meetings are held quarterly with the annual meeting in August.

Future Board meeting dates are – May 5, 2017; August 4, 2017 (Annual Meeting); November 3, 2017; February 2, 2018

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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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

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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


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