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Template - State Aid to Public Libraries News Release

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Library Commission Announces State Aid Award for ____________Public Library (fill in library name)

____________Public Library Director ___________ and Board President_______ (fill in library director & board president names) announced that the ____________Public Library (fill in library name) is one of Nebraska libraries recently awarded State Aid funds by the Nebraska Library Commission. The _______________ Public Library was awarded $________ for fiscal year _____ (fill in). Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner recently announced the distribution of state aid to public libraries across Nebraska. This funding enables the Library Commission to continue to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries, using state aid funds appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, to help public libraries grow and develop.

The Nebraska Library Commission annually provides direct state aid payments to eligible public libraries. This money augments local support for library services and has been used by local public libraries to boost their print and non-print materials, increase access to electronic information resources, and develop programming for young people, among other things. The allocation amounts for state aid to public libraries is subject to change, and is dependent upon state budget appropriations. State Aid Award letters were mailed to all eligible libraries, indicating the amount of the state aid payment for this year. Award amounts are based on other public funding sources and population.

The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the ____________Public Library (fill in library name) as it moves forward toward the realization of this vision for the future: "Affordable, reliable, progressive, and equitable library service for all Nebraskans regardless of their economic status and geographic location. " As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page. Point your World Wide Web browsers to <>, search on news release. More information about the state aid formula for grant awards, see

For more information, contact Sam Shaw.