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January 27, 2022

Christa Porter

$34,040 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $34,040 to thirty 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

·        Bi-lingual Story Time

·        STEAM programing and crafts

·        Makerspace – maintain equipment, assist patrons, programming

·        Partnerships with schools and daycare centers, UNL Extension, Merrick County Extension Agency, Merrick County Child Development Center, Central City Senior Center, Madison County Historical Society Museum.

·        Updating library’s Community Needs Response Plan for the 2022 state Public Library Accreditation process

·        Enhance social media presence

·        Reviewing and re-classifying junior and young adult books, creating new space for Young Adult books.

·        Newspaper digitization project

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

The following 30 Nebraska public libraries were awarded 2022 internship grant funding

  • Arlington Public Library

  • Atkinson Public Library

  • Axtell Public Library

  • Bancroft Public Library

  • Rock County Public Library, Bassett

  • Bayard Public library

  • Bennington Public Library

  • Central City Public Library

  • Clarkson Public Library

  • Columbus Public Library

  • Crete Public Library

  • Franklin Public Library

  • Hastings Memorial Library, Grant

  • Kimball Public Library

  • 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

  • Loup City Library

  • Madison Public Library

  • Jensen Memorial Library, Minden

  • Norfolk Public Library

  • Cordelia B Preston Memorial Library, Orleans

  • Palisade Public Library

  • Papillion Public Library

  • Plainview Public Library

  • Rising City Community Library

  • Shelby Community Library

  • Shelton Public Library

  • South Sioux City Public Library

  • Stromsburg Public Library

  • Lied Lincoln Township Library

  • Kilgore Memorial Library, York

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.