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.

July/ August Newsletter

The TRaiLS Office is proud to announce that Volume 3 Issue 4 of the newsletter is now available to read. In this issue we talk about Harry Potter turning 20, hear all about ALA 2017, and remind everyone that the TRaiLS Annual Meeting is coming up in August, so check out that information. We hope to see you there!

As always, if you want to submit to the newsletter, we’d love to hear from you, just e-mail your submission to Chelsea at 


As you may know, the TRaiLS Office has STEAM Kits available for our system members to check out for their library.  One of the kits we have are the Keva Brain Builder and Keva Brain Builder Junior. To check them out, go to our lending library.

At the office we spent a little time to make a video of the Brain Builders in action. To make the video, we used our cell phone cameras and the video editor in YouTube, which was a lot of fun and proof that anyone could put one together.

Check it out below!

$27,000 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

Nebraskans will once again reap the benefits of the energy and creativity of Nebraska young people as they serve as interns in their local public libraries. The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $27,000 to twenty-one Nebraska public libraries. These internship grants will support public library interns, who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries.

“The internships are a great opportunity for students to get involved in library work. Beyond earning money and gaining valuable work experience, the student is exposed to the broad range of library services and programming. Internships provide an opportunity for the student to view the library as a viable and satisfying career choice. In addition, interns bring a fresh perspective and their own unique talents to the library,” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.

Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow staff, assist with day-to-day library operations, and implement special projects. Some of the activities that students will participate in include:

  • plan and implement programs such as summer reading programs for all ages, storytime sessions, book discussions, and teen/tween activities;
  • assist with events such as annual book sales, NE150 celebrations, and contests;
  • organize Makerspaces and Maker Clubs, as well as other STEAM learning activities;
  • create book displays, bulletin boards, and craft activities;
  • assist with outreach events outside the library;
  • update the library’s website and social media sites (Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, etc.);
  • assist with circulation activities, book selection, and collection management;
  • teach technology classes and assist library customers with electronic devices and research;
  • create flyers, newsletters, newspaper articles, and other promotional materials; and
  • assist with verbal and written Spanish⁄English communication.

The following TRaiLS Nebraska public libraries were awarded internship grant funding:

Columbus Public Library

LaVista Public Library

Neligh Public Library

Norfolk Public Library

Omaha Public Library (4 branches)

Plainview Public Library

Schuyler Public Library

Verdigre Public Library

Wayne Public Library

Funding for the project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Systems.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.

Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems consist of four non-profit corporations governed by boards representative of libraries and citizens in the region. The four systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about IMLS, see

The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,

JoAnn McManus,

Golden Sower Award Winners

Check out the Golden Sower Award Winners below.

See the Nominees for the 2017-2018.

Meet some of the 2017-2018 Nominees at the 23rd Annual Norfolk Literature Festival. 

The Nebraska Golden Sower Award
Nebraska’s Children’s Choice Literary Award

We are proud to announce the 2017 Golden Sower Winners! 

Winner:   Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Christian Robinson

 Honor:    Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. by G. Brian Karas

  Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illus. by Dan Santat

Winner:   The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 Honor:     El Deafo by Cece Bell

                  Loot by Jude Watson

Winner:   Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard         

Honor:     Famous Last Words by Katie Alender        

                Torn Away by Jennifer Brown


Thank you to all of the 68,769 students who read the Golden Sower Award nominees this year and voted for their favorite book.  And also a big THANK YOU to all of the teachers, media specialists and librarians who promoted the books in their schools and libraries.  You help make the program a success!


Kathy Schultz

Chair, Golden Sower Award Committee

Serving the libraries of the Platte, Elkhorn and Missouri River valleys