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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 22, 1999

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ellen Van Waart
402-471-4004, 800-307-2665

Nebraska Library Commission Supports Video License for Nebraska Libraries

Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner announced the funding of a statewide Motion Picture Licensing agreement for all 275 public libraries in Nebraska. Nebraska public libraries are now licensed to show videotapes of motion pictures in local library facilities, at no charge to the libraries.

"We are pleased to help make these resources available through Nebraska libraries for citizens of all ages," Wagner said. "Libraries use these videos for summer reading programs, children's story hour, adult programming and book discussion groups, educational or cultural events, and special population activities such as those designed for senior citizens."

Videos shown under the Motion Picture Licensing agreement are shown only in the library facility, with no publicizing or advertising of specific titles. No fee is charged to watch videos and the library will not compete with a local movie theater.

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