Library Development Grant
Nebraska Library Commission’s Federal LSTA Library Improvement Grant made it possible for Valparaiso Public Library to Join the Pioneer Consortium of Nebraska libraries in October, 2011. Click on the link to the Catalog and you will immediately see some of what this meant to us, because our catalog is now the Pioneer Koha catalog. Both staff and patrons benefit greatly from this change. For details, you can read a variety of blog entries — or read our final report to the NLC about the grant. Just click this link: NLC Grant Report

Summer Intern Grant
The Nebraska Library Commission made it possible for the library to hire Sara Martin as a Summer Intern in 2014. Sara went through intensive training on topics which covered all areas of library operation. She also developed and lead the Preschool section of the 2014 Summer Reading Program — and then stayed on as a staff member through the summer of 2015, during which she developed and ran the entire 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Grants for Materials
We are grateful to have received grants which expanded our collection of materials for children and for adults. In 2010, these grants came from the LIBRI Foundation and from the ALA/NEA Bookshelf Grant, A More Perfect Union.

The LIBRI Foundation’s 2009 and 2013 Grants for Children’s Books
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. We applied for  Libri Foundation grant in 2009 and 2013 and were delighted to receive both.

The grant matched, 2 to 1, a $350 donation from the Valparaiso Woman’s Club,  and  private donors added more for books on science and math. That let us select even more books from Libri’s excellent list.

When the books arrived, we celebrated LIBRI Week with Open House and set up special displays. The books are for preschool through grade 12 readers. They are fiction and nonfiction and cover a wide range of subjects and genres. All have received favorable reviews from multiple reliable sources and many also have received prizes for their excellence. Almost all of the books are recent publications, as well.

NEA/ALA 2010 Bookshelf Grant
The NEA/ALA work together to provide Bookshelf grants of books and other media on specific topics. In the spring of 2010, we received 19 books and an award-winning film, Ken Burn’s The Civil War, from the NEA/ALA’s  Bookshelf grant, A More Perfect Union. The books went on display at the front of the library soon after we received them and remained there through spring. During the fall semester, Val Library hosted several school classes to see the books, and the Director read from several of the books to classes at the school.

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