Year in Review
The Nebraska Library Commission awarded the following grants for Excellence in Children's Library Services in FY 2000:
Central City Public Library - $500 written by Denise Pullen. A mentoring program with young adult-age students serving as mentors for younger at-risk children.
Columbus Public Library - $1,400 written by Glee Nelson. Collaboration with the school migrant family coordinator to bring summer reading to Spanish-speaking children with programs in English and Spanish.
Hruska Memorial Public Library (David City) - $1,000 written by Kay Schmid. Expand collection to make materials available to country school children not served by a public library.
Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library - $1,000 written by Pat Headley. Special programming and outreach visits for Spanish-speaking families in the area.
Grand Island Public Library - $2,000 written by Merry Van Seggern. Family Place training to promote and extend child advocacy.
Hastings Public Library - $1,700 written by Kathy Schultz. Outreach, including transportation, to enrich literacy skills of young children and their Spanish-speaking families.
Lexington Public Library - $1,000 Written by Ruth Seward. Spanish-language story hour for school-age children.
Lyons Public Library and West Point Public Library - $1,675 grants written by Mary Fritts and Mary Jo Mack. A cooperative project to provide materials and outreach activities to Spanish-speaking children and their families.
Madison County Library Association (Battle Creek, Madison, Meadow Grove, Newman Grove, and Tilden) - $2,000 written by Kathleen Ageton. Creation of resource packets for at-risk rural children, grades 4,6.
Morton-James Public Library (Nebraska City) - $625 written by Suzanne Bennett. Story time at the community Headstart Center.
Scottsbluff Public Library - $600 written by Trudy Frank. A book tape collection for reluctant young adult readers.
Wymore Public Library - $1,500 written by Jackie Nicholson. Summer school program for primary school-age children who struggle with reading; features adult volunteer mentors and computer activities.
Library Commissioners for FY 2000 were: Robert King, Holdrege, June 2000 to June 2003; Wally Seiler, Alliance, June 1998 to June 2001; Richard Jussel, Kearney, June 1998 to June 2001; Velma Sims, Fremont, March 1999 to October 2001; Kristen Rogge, Johnson, June 1999 to June 2002. Karen Warner, Norfolk, chaired the Commission, serving her first full term until June 2000 and reappointed in June 2000 to another three-year term.
Evelyn Kubert, hired 4/3/00, ILL/Back-up Reference
Pam Scott, hired 11/8/99, Senior Librarian
Joanne Crawford, left 12/3/99, Public Information Officer I
Judy Spencer, left 12/22/99, Library Reader's Advisor
Renee Klebe, left 3/3/00, Staff Assistant II (ILL/Back-up Reference)
Sue Biltoft, left 6/12/00, Administrative Assistant I
Bruce Oorlog, Mail Clerk
Sarah LaBrie, Library Reader's Advisor
Staff of the Year FY 2000