Recording Made Available for “Marketing Your Library With Canva”

For those who wanted to attend the Zoom workshop on May 14 but were not able to be present, here is the link to the recording. The group sessions and break have been edited out, so the overall length of the recording is about 1 1/2 hours. 

Here are the links to everything that was covered in the workshop:
 If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amanda at, or Tessa at
We heard great things from workshop participants! Thanks to Amanda and Tessa for their excellent work, and for agreeing to present this material!

“Imagine Your Story” at Syracuse Public Library

We are holding our second Summer Reading Workshop at Syracuse Public Library on March 13 from 10 am to 3:15 pm. The workshop will be free and will be worth 4 CE.

Presentations will include: 1. Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Oh My!  Hear About New Titles 2. Imagination Stations: Tween Programming for Summer Reading 2020 3. Activities to Fire Up Imagination in Children 4. Summer Crafts Sampler and 5. Outreach and School Partnerships.

You can register at until March 11.


Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Register at!

Building and Maintaining Your Library Website with WordPress

On Friday, September 13, we will be hosting two WordPress Workshops at Seward Memorial Library from 9am-12pm and 1-4 pm. Our instructor is Amanda Sweet from the Nebraska Library Commission.

This workshop will be a mixture of instruction and hands-on practice. For those who do not already have WordPress accounts, dummy accounts will be provided. Both beginners and those looking for a refresher are welcome. Right now the afternoon session is already full, but there are spots left in the morning session. Register at

SELS 2 in 1 Workshop

Seward Memorial Library, February 22, 9:45-3:00

Reader’s Advisory, 10-12

How do you best go about recommending books to library patrons? Becky will go over the Reader’s Advisory interview, talk about advance preparation, and cover “elements of appeal.” Activities and scenarios  will be part of this interactive workshop, including a discussion of resources that are free and easily available to help with the process of Reader’s Advisory.

Free Lunch for those attending both workshops, 12-1

Weeding, 1-3

Do you find it hard to make time for weeding? Becky will make it clear just how important weeding is, and the workshop will include a skit and some great discussion questions to keep you from nodding off in the afternoon.

Presenter: Becky Heil (Iowa State Library)

On the registration form you can choose both workshops, or you can select one of the two. Going to both means you also get free lunch!

Register at for this free workshop!

This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.


Nonprofit Workshop for Libraries

Members of Friends of Library organizations, Library Foundations, and Library Boards, as well as Library Directors, Library Staff, and those looking to set up a library nonprofit are invited to join us on November 9th for this special workshop at Seward Memorial Library.

10:00-10:20 Registration

10:25 Introductions

10:30-12:00 Nonprofit Basics for Libraries with Max Rodenburg
Having a certified non-profit organization to support your library can help in many ways. Topics for this session include why you should pursue 501(c)3 status, what that entails, and what you have to do to continue that status….

12:05 – 12:55 Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 1:50 Libraries, Raffles, and More… with Brian Rockey
Brian will explain in this workshop how library nonprofits should handle charitable gaming events which they use for fundraising purposes.

2:00 – 2:45 Sales Tax, Other Issues, and Questions
Did you know that in certain situations, a Friends of the Library organization or Library Foundation must collect sales tax? These types of situations will be examined, and there will be time to ask questions.

Please register for this free workshop at

This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.