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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 27, 2001

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kit Keller
402-471-3216
800-307-2665

Library Commission Distributes State Aid to Nebraska Public Libraries

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. On December 15, State Aid award letters were mailed to all eligible libraries, indicating the amount of the state aid payment for 2002. Award amounts are based on other public funding sources and population.

Census figures for 2000 are used for determination of service populations. Awards were determined, based on decisions made during the Fall 2001 special session of the Nebraska Legislature that resulted in reductions in state agency budgets. The Library Commission's Operations and Aid Program budgets were reduced by 4% in the current fiscal year (FY 2002) and 5% in FY 2003.

The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the public libraries listed below as they move 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.

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"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 browser to /, search on Library Commission News Releases.

Nebraska Libraries Awarded State Aid on December 15, 2001:

 

LIBRARY NAME Town 2000 Local
Service
Population
Total
State Aid
Payment
State Aid
Payment
per capita
         
Ainsworth Public Library Ainsworth 1,862 $ 1,119 $0.601
Albion Public Library Albion 1,797 $ 1,040 $0.578
Alliance Public Library Alliance 8,959 $ 1,837 $0.205
Hoesch Memorial Library Alma 1,214 $ 932 $0.768
Arapahoe Public Library Arapahoe 1,028 $ 904 $0.880
Ashland Public Library Ashland 2,262 $ 1,102 $0.487
Atkinson Public Library Atkinson 1,244 $ 1,011 $0.813
Auburn Public Library Auburn 3,350 $ 1,253 $0.374
Alice M. Farr Library Aurora 4,225 $ 1,384 $0.328
H.R. Jordan Memorial Library Bancroft 520 $ 828 $1.592
Bartley Public Library Bartley 355 $ 803 $2.263
Rock County Public Library Bassett 1,756 $ 1,013 $0.577
Battle Creek Public Library Battle Creek 1,158 $ 954 $0.824
Bayard Public Library Bayard 1,247 $ 937 $0.751
Beatrice Public Library Beatrice 12,496 $ 2,760 $0.220
Beaver City Public Library Beaver City 641 $ 846 $1.320
Karlen Memorial Library Beemer 773 $ 887 $1.147
Bellevue Public Library Bellevue 44,382 $ 9,098 $0.205
Bennington Public Library Bennington 937 $ 990 $1.056
Blair Public Library Blair 7,512 $ 1,540 $0.205
Bloomfield Public Library Bloomfield 1,126 $ 944 $0.838
Bridgeport Public Library Bridgeport 1,594 $ 989 $0.621
Broken Bow Public Library Broken Bow 3,491 $ 1,274 $0.365
Brunswick Public Library Brunswick 179 $ 800 $4.467
Butler Memorial Library Cambridge 1,041 $ 906 $0.870
Ceresco Community Library Ceresco 920 $ 901 $0.979
Chadron Public Library Chadron 5,634 $ 1,155 $0.205
Chappell Memorial Library Chappell 983 $ 897 $0.913
Clarkson Public Library Clarkson 685 $ 930 $1.358
Clay Center Public Library Clay Center 861 $ 879 $1.021
Columbus Public Library Columbus 20,971 $ 5,676 $0.271
Wilson Public Library Cozad 4,163 $ 1,374 $0.330
Crawford Public Library Crawford 1,107 $ 916 $0.828
Creighton Public Library Creighton 1,270 $ 966 $0.760
Crete Public Library Crete 6,028 $ 1,236 $0.205
Klyte Burt Memorial Library Curtis 832 $ 885 $1.063
Dakota City Public Library Dakota City 1,821 $ 1,023 $0.562
Hruska Memorial Library David City 2,597 $ 1,140 $0.439
Bob & Wauneta Burkley Library DeWitt 572 $ 836 $1.461
John Rogers Memorial Library Dodge 700 $ 855 $1.221
Elgin Public Library Elgin 735 $ 875 $1.191
Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library Elkhorn 6,062 $ 1,714 $0.283
Elmwood Public Library Elmwood 668 $ 850 $1.273
Elwood Public Library Elwood 761 $ 919 $1.208
Emerson Public Library Emerson 817 $ 873 $1.068
Fairbury Public Library Fairbury 4,262 $ 1,389 $0.326
Fairmont Public Library Fairmont 691 $ 856 $1.238
Lydia Bruun Woods Memorial Library Falls City 4,671 $ 1,451 $0.311
Franklin Public Library Franklin 1,026 $ 904 $0.881
Keene Memorial Library Fremont 25,174 $ 5,161 $0.205
Fullerton Public Library Fullerton 1,378 $ 977 $0.709
Geneva Public Library Geneva 2,226 $ 1,090 $0.490
Genoa Public Library Genoa 981 $ 917 $0.935
Gering Public Library Gering 7,751 $ 1,589 $0.205
Gibbon Public Library Gibbon 1,759 $ 1,014 $0.576
Gothenburg Public Library Gothenburg 3,619 $ 1,293 $0.357
Grand Island Public Library Grand Island 42,940 $ 9,438 $0.220
Greenwood Public Library Greenwood 544 $ 832 $1.529
Gretna Public Library Gretna 2,355 $ 1,103 $0.468
Hartington Public Library Hartington 1,640 $ 996 $0.607
Hastings Public Library Hastings 24,064 $ 5,945 $0.247
Hemingford Public Library Hemingford 993 $ 899 $0.905
Hildreth Public Library Hildreth 370 $ 806 $2.177
Holdrege Public Library System Holdrege 5,636 $ 2,406 $0.427
Hooper Public Library Hooper 827 $ 874 $1.057
Howells Public Library Howells 632 $ 870 $1.376
Bruun Memorial Library Humboldt 941 $ 891 $0.947
Humphrey Public Library Humphrey 786 $ 918 $1.168
Grant County Library Hyannis 747 $ 862 $1.154
Imperial Public Library Imperial 1,982 $ 1,067 $0.538
Kearney Public Library & Information Center Kearney 27,431 $ 7,037 $0.257
Kimball Public Library Kimball 2,559 $ 1,164 $0.455
Laurel Community Learning Center Laurel 986 $ 898 $0.911
LaVista Public Library LaVista 11,699 $ 2,398 $0.205
Leigh Public Library Leigh 442 $ 841 $1.903
Lexington Public Library Lexington 10,011 $ 2,052 $0.205
Lincoln City Libraries Lincoln 250,291 $ 50,527 $0.224
Nancy Fawcett Memorial Library Lodgepole 348 $ 802 $2.305
Louisville Public Library Louisville 1,046 $ 907 $0.867
Lyons Public Library Lyons 963 $ 904 $0.939
Madison Public Library Madison 2,367 $ 1,165 $0.492
Mead Public Library Mead 564 $ 847 $1.502
Meadow Grove Public Library Meadow Grove 311 $ 827 $2.658
Webermeier Memorial Library Milford 2,070 $ 1,061 $0.512
Jensen Memorial Library Minden 2,964 $ 1,245 $0.420
Mitchell Public Library Mitchell 1,831 $ 1,025 $0.560
Morrill Public Library Morrill 957 $ 894 $0.934
Hooker County Library Mullen 783 $ 867 $1.108
Morton-James Public Library Nebraska City 7,228 $ 1,482 $0.205
Neligh Public Library Neligh 1,651 $ 1,016 $0.616
Newman Grove Public Library Newman Grove 797 $ 900 $1.129
Niobrara Public Library Niobrara 379 $ 832 $2.195
Norfolk Public Library Norfolk 23,516 $ 4,821 $0.205
North Platte Public Library North Platte 23,878 $ 5,132 $0.215
Oakdale Public Library Oakdale 345 $ 816 $2.365
Oakland Public Library Oakland 1,367 $ 965 $0.706
Goodall City Library Ogallala 4,930 $ 1,610 $0.326
Omaha Public Libraries Omaha 463,585 $ 92,417 $0.237
O'Neill Public Library O'Neill 3,733 $ 1,310 $0.351
Orchard Public Library Orchard 391 $ 823 $2.104
Ord Township Library Ord 2,269 $ 1,260 $0.555
Cordelia B Preston Memorial Library Orleans 425 $ 814 $1.915
Osceola Public Library Osceola 921 $ 898 $0.975
Oshkosh Public Library Oshkosh 887 $ 883 $0.996
Osmond Public Library Osmond 796 $ 894 $1.124
Oxford Public Library Oxford 876 $ 881 $1.006
Sump Memorial Library Papillion 16,363 $ 3,354 $0.205
Carnegie Public Library Pawnee City 1,033 $ 905 $0.876
House Memorial Library Pender 1,148 $ 922 $0.803
Pierce Public Library Pierce 1,774 $ 1,041 $0.587
Pilger Public Library Pilger 378 $ 829 $2.194
Plainview Carnegie Library Plainview 1,353 $ 973 $0.719
Plattsmouth Public Library Plattsmouth 6,887 $ 1,412 $0.205
Polk Public Library Polk 322 $ 808 $2.510
Ponca Public Library Ponca 1,062 $ 909 $0.856
Ralston Public Library Ralston 6,314 $ 1,562 $0.247
Randolph Public Library Randolph 955 $ 893 $0.935
Ravenna Public Library Ravenna 1,341 $ 951 $0.709
Auld Public Library Red Cloud 1,131 $ 920 $0.813
Schuyler Public Library Schuyler 5,371 $ 1,176 $0.219
Scottsbluff Public Library Scottsbluff 14,732 $ 3,020 $0.205
Scribner Public Library Scribner 971 $ 896 $0.922
Seward Public Library Seward 6,319 $ 1,295 $0.205
Shelby Public Library Shelby 690 $ 854 $1.237
Shelton Township Library Shelton 1,140 $ 921 $0.808
Virgil Biegert Public Library Shickley 376 $ 806 $2.145
Sidney Public Library Sidney 6,282 $ 2,188 $0.348
South Sioux City Public Library South Sioux City 11,925 $ 2,445 $0.205
Springfield Public Library Springfield 1,450 $ 968 $0.667
St. Edward Public Library St. Edward 796 $ 889 $1.117
Stanton Public Library Stanton 1,627 $ 1,017 $0.625
Stromsburg Public Library Stromsburg 1,232 $ 945 $0.767
Superior Carnegie Public Library Superior 2,055 $ 1,058 $0.515
Sutton Memorial Library Sutton 1,447 $ 967 $0.668
Syracuse Public Library Syracuse 1,762 $ 1,014 $0.576
Tecumseh Public Library Tecumseh 1,716 $ 1,007 $0.587
Tekamah Public Library Tekamah 1,892 $ 1,044 $0.552
Tilden Public Library Tilden 1,078 $ 956 $0.887
Ulysses Township Library Ulysses 276 $ 791 $2.867
Valentine Public Library Valentine 2,820 $ 1,723 $0.611
Valley Public Library Valley 1,788 $ 1,084 $0.606
Valparaiso Public Library Valparaiso 562 $ 849 $1.511
Verdigre Public Library Verdigre 519 $ 853 $1.643
Wahoo Public Library Wahoo 3,942 $ 1,354 $0.343
Graves Public Library Wakefield 1,411 $ 962 $0.682
Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public Library Waterloo 459 $ 853 $1.858
Lincoln Township Library Wausa 636 $ 845 $1.329
Wayne Public Library Wayne 5,583 $ 1,145 $0.205
Weeping Water Public Library Weeping Water 1,103 $ 915 $0.830
John A. Stahl Library West Point 3,660 $ 1,334 $0.364
Struckman-Baatz Memorial Library Western 287 $ 793 $2.763
Dvoracek Memorial Library Wilber 1,761 $ 1,014 $0.576
Wilsonville Public Library Wilsonville 118 $ 768 $6.506
Wisner Public Library Wisner 1,270 $ 976 $0.768
Wymore Public Library Wymore 1,656 $ 1,028 $0.621
Kilgore Memorial Library York 8,081 $ 1,982 $0.245
Yutan Public Library Yutan 1,216 $ 945 $0.777

 


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