Spring 2001Page 15
News of Nebraska Libraries and People
Cherie Longmuir is the new Book Circulation Coordinator for the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. She coordinates the distribution of talking books to customers across Nebraska. Cherie has experience as a teacher and library media specialist in Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, and Oregon. Jennifer Wrampe is the new Staff Assistant working in the Nebraska Library Commission's Government Information Services/Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse.
A new bookmobile will arrive in Bassett at the Rock County Public Library. The funding package includes $18,800 in Nebraska USDA Rural Development grant funds, $19,676 from the Rock County Public Library, and $2,000 in other local donations.
Johnny Carson, the retired host of "The Tonight Show," recently notified the Norfolk Library Foundation that he would donate $500,000 to their endowment fund. Carson noted, "I can think of few projects more important to the community than having a first class library, especially if it encourages young people to read."
Nearly 350 people of all ages formed a three-block-long human chain to move 15,000 volumes into the new $700,000 Stromsburg Public Library.
Seventy-five people attended the opening for the new coffee bar at Omaha Public Library's W. Dale Clark Library. Mayor Hal Daub cut the ribbon and sipped the first cup of coffee at the Books 'N Beans coffee bar.
A number of Nebraska libraries have issued news releases advertising electronic books and readers.
Lincoln City Libraries and Kearney Public Library and Information Center featured the netLibraryTM consortium sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission. The Holdrege Public Library System highlighted the eBook Reader that the library circulates.
The Rushville Public Library recently updated consumer medical information with funding help from the Rapid City Regional Hospital Health Science Library of Medicine and the Bush Foundation. The library also bookmarked a variety of medical Web sites for their customers.
Groundbreaking for the new Springfield Memorial Library was held recently. The new 5,000 square foot library will be located on Main Street next to the Springfield Elementary School.
The Tilden Public Library will host the Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature's Image exhibit. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and the American Library Association, the interactive exhibit examines the transformation of the plains into cropland and grazing pasture.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha Library now offers Electronic Reserves for all courses. Students can now access Reserve Reading Materials from any networked computer at any time, enabling unlimited simultaneous access.
Stanton Public Library has a new computer lab, with four new computers funded through the Library Commission LSTA grant project. The lab has high-speed DSL access to the Internet, courtesy of Stanton Telecom, Inc.
The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) store is coming soon to a location near you. Short- and long-sleeved T-shirts, denim baseball hats, and travel mugs will be sold at upcoming NLA Spring meetings and Regional Library System Annual Meetings.
The Legacy of the Wall is a free-standing exhibit produced by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and offered on loan to Nebraska libraries from the Nebraska Humanities Council. The exhibit illuminates a variety of aspects of the Vietnam War and the Memorial. For more information, contact Angie Kruml, Nebraska Humanities Council, 402-474-2131, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several libraries are initiating spring fund drives. St. Edward Library is working ro raise $500,000 for the construction of a 5,600 square foot facility. The Public Library Foundation in Wakefield is raising $812,000 for a 7,100 square foot building.
New Library directors include: Bruning Public Library, Lori Krehnke; Brunswick Public Library, Joan Masat; Central City Public Library, Judy Marco; Ceresco Public Library, Wylene Twombly; Farnam Public Library, Phyllis Reynolds; Harvard Public Library, Lisa Leichleiter; Humboldt Public Library, Jorene Herr; Leigh Public Library, Susan Finkral; Lyman Public Library, Janet Beebe; Nelson Public Library, Mary Statz; Spencer Township Library, Paulette Blair; South Sioux City Public Library, Becky Hansen, Acting Director; Springfield Public Library, Charlene Harding; Snyder Public Library, Betty Niewohner; Tekamah Public Library, Mary King; Village of Verdon, Byron Estes; and Wilcox Public Library, Kim Penny.