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January 30, 2023

Christa Porter

$20,000 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $20,000 to twenty Nebraska public libraries. These internship grants will support public library interns who will contribute to the scope and value of the diverse programs and activities in Nebraska’s public libraries.

“The internships are a great opportunity for students to get involved in library work. Beyond earning money and gaining valuable work experience, the student is exposed to the broad range of library services and programming. Internships provide an opportunity for the student to view the library as a viable and satisfying career choice. In addition, interns bring a fresh perspective and their own unique talents to the library,” said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.

Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow staff, assist with day-to-day library operations, and implement special projects. Some of the activities that students will participate in include:

           Summer Reading Programs for youth, teens, and adults

           Public relations: websites, social and print media, designing and posting flyers, and other forms of marketing

           Basic library duties: circulation, shelving, weeding, processing acquisitions

           Assist with Early Literacy Programs

           Create and organize new Teen Space

           Assist with the genrification process in the library

           Partnerships with schools and daycare centers

           Creating new Teen Programming

           Assist with ‘Under the Microscope’ Youth program

The following 20 Nebraska public libraries were awarded 2023 internship grant funding:

    Axtell Public Library

    Bennington Public Library

    Bridgeport Public Library

    Crete Public Library

    Fullerton Public Library

    Gibbon Public Library

    Hastings Memorial Library, Grant

    Lincoln City Libraries, Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library

    Lincoln City Libraries, Charles H. Gere Branch Library

    Lincoln City Libraries, Bennett Martin Public Library

    Lincoln City Libraries, Youth Services Outreach

    Lincoln City Libraries, Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library

    Lincoln City Libraries, Northeast Service Unit - Victor E. Anderson & Bethany Branch Libraries

    Madison Public Library

    Newman Grove Public Library

    Cordelia B Preston Memorial Library, Orleans

    Ponca Carnegie Library

    Shelby Community Library

    Shelton Public Library

    South Sioux City Public Library

    Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library

    Valparaiso Public Library

    Verdigre Public Library

    Lied Lincoln Township Library, Wausa

    Maltman Memorial Public Library, Wood River

Funding for the project is supported and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Systems.

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.”

Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems consist of four non-profit corporations governed by boards representative of libraries and citizens in the region. The four systems were established to provide access to improved library services through the cooperation of all types of libraries and media centers within the counties included in each System area.


The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,


For more information, contactt Tessa Terryy.