The Omaha Public Library is the winner of the 2002 Grolier National Library Week Grant for the Find your story @ your libraryTM program. The $4,000 grant is awarded by the Grolier Publishing Company and ALA for the best proposal for a National Library Week (April 14-20) public awareness campaign. The library will partner with Nebraska StoryArts to produce a storytelling program demonstrating the power of finding and telling one's own story.
Kylee Nielsen, age 16, of Kenard is the grand prize winner of the Drive to Read @ your library TM essay contest sponsored by Morningstar Foods Inc and ALA. Wendy Anderson, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library Director, inspired Nielsen to submit her winning entry on a meaningful or inspiring book for teenagers.
The La Vista Public Library was selected as one of the winners of OCLC's (Onlne Computer Library Center, Inc.) ILL Web Interface Contest. The library will
receive a $1,000 credit on their OCLC services bill.
Go Figure!, a national traveling exhibit organized by Minnesota Children's Museum and ALA tours the U.S. and stops at the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, June 24 through July 20. The exhibit introduces early math concepts such as sorting and measuring through kid-sized environments inspired by familiar children's books.
The University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the 2001 recipient of the Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services for its Research Wizard, a database-driven, Web application for creating customized research guides.
Torn Notebook: The Creative Process, the fifteenth annual Sheldon Statewide exhibit, opened in January at the Holdrege Public Library System. The exhibit documents the development of a public sculpture and features Holdrege High School student hosts, who have been trained to introduce others to the exhibit.
Public libraries in Stromsburg and Wymore were recognized for their outstanding efforts and contributions to their communities during the 2001 Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP) banquet. For more information about the 2002 NCIP competition see the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Web site at crd.neded.org. The NCIP Entry Form and Government Resolution must be submitted by May 1.
USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grants were recently awarded to: Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, $135,000 for the construction of a new college/public library (the Lilly Foundation will also provide $635,000); Rock County Public Library in Bassett, $18,800 to purchase bookmobile; Ulysses Township Library, $2,400 for library improvements; and Village of Oconto, $103,000 to construct a multi-use facility serving as library, community center, senior center, and Village office. For more information see www.rurdev.usda.gov.
Lincoln City Libraries is one of fifteen libraries across the nation selected to host the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time reading discussion and storytelling series based on illustrated children's books, sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and ALA.
New Library Directors include: Battle Creek Public Library, Kathy Bretschneider; Bruning Public Library, Donna Schweer; Crawford Public Library, Ellen Renken; Davenport Public Library, Sharon Littrel; Fairfield Public Library, Gail Kimminau; Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Geneva, Joanne Jackson; Genoa Public Library, Sharon Jones; Giltner Public Library, Bonnie Rudy; Sioux County Library, Harrison, Vicky Dunn; Hayes Center Public Library, Debbie Cox; La Vista Public Library, Rose Schinker; Lewellen Public Library, Leone Wolfe; Diagnostic and Evaluation Center, Lincoln, Mindy Rush; Lyman Public Library, Bonnie Youngquist; Minatare Public Library, Lillian Covalt; Norfolk Veterans Home, Kate Hofman; Pierce Public Library, Dawnn Tucker; Ponca Public Library, Beth Foulks; Randolph Public Library, Joan Steffen; Ravenna Public Library, Trudi Cadenbach; Concordia University Link Library, Seward, Jeremy Meyer; Ulysses Township Library, Cindy Kadavy; Dvorecek Memorial Library, Wilbur, Susie Homolka and Nancy Vacek, Co-Directors; and Wilcox Public Library, Erna Heckens.
Recipients of the Nebraska Library Commission Master of Library Science Scholarships are Andrea Dinkelman and Denise Matulka, both of Lincoln, both attending the University of Illinois; Susan Franklin, Hastings, attending the University of Missouri; and Marty Magee, Omaha, attending the University of Missouri. Each will receive $1,000 to support their pursuit of graduate level library education.