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March 19, 2024

Christa Porter

$60,000 in Library Improvement Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Library Improvement Grants for 2024 totaling $60,000 to twenty-seven Nebraska public libraries and institutions.

These competitive grants were funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These Library Improvement Grants help to facilitate growth and development of library programs and services by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

In order to be funded, projects had to meet one or more of the following LSTA Purposes listed in the Commission’s long-range plan:

  • Facilitate access to resources . . . for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry;
  • Encourage resource sharing among . . . libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public;
  • Promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills;
  • Ensure the preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters;
  • Promote library services that provide users with access to information through national, state, local, regional, and international collaborations and networks.

Local libraries also had to provide at least a 25% match in order to receive the funds.

The libraries receiving grants are:

  • Lied Battle Creek Public Library
  • Bayard Public Library
  • Broken Bow Public Library
  • Central City Public Library
  • Clearwater Public Library
  • Elgin Public Library
  • Elmwood Public Library
  • Fullerton Public Library
  • Genoa Public Library
  • Grand Island Public Library
  • Hastings Memorial Library, Grant
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • Mead Public Library
  • North Bend Public Library
  • Osmond Public Library
  • Plainview Public Library
  • Sargent Township Library
  • Shelton Public Library
  • Maxine White-Sutherland Public Library
  • Lied Tekamah Public Library
  • Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library
  • Valley Public Library
  • Valparaiso Public Library
  • Lied Lincoln Township Library, Wausa
  • Maltman Memorial Public Library, Wood River
  • Yutan Public Library

The projects and services planned include: computers, bookcases, tables, chairs, CD audio books, Teen and Children’s area improvements, a Glowforge 3D laser printer, migration to a new Biblionix cataloging system, newspaper microfilm digitization, outdoor furniture, bike racks, library cards and barcode scanners, a WiFi capable copy machine, games, puzzles, Legos, book trucks, Cubelets Robot Blocks, STEM makerspace equipment, and an AWE Early Learning Literacy Workstation.

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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For more information, contact Tessa Timperley.