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May 8, 2024

Sally Snyder

Nebraska Library Commission Awards Grants for Youth Library Service

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $30,000 in grants for Excellence in Youth service. Of the grants awarded to thirty-nine Nebraska libraries, several addressed the need for educational programs, Summer Reading programing, and materials like LEGO®, STEAM, and other activities to encourage creativity in young people. The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates all the libraries who received grants as they develop new and innovative programs to ensure excellence in library service for Nebraska young people. You can find the full list of grant recipients on the Nebraska Library Commission grants database.

Proposals include:

  • Adventure Backpacks
  • STEAM programing and materials
  • Book Club activities
  • Tween Makerspace Camp
  • Music and movement class
  • Creative Coding for Kids
  • Makerspace items for children/youth
  • Builders' Club with Lego
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The following 39 Nebraska public libraries were awarded 2024 Youth Grants for Excellence funding:

    Bancroft Public Library
    Bayard Public Library
    Beatrice Public Library
    Bellevue Public Library
    Broken Bow Public Library
    Central City Public Library
    Clearwater Public Library
    Columbus Public Library
    Hruska Public Library, David City
    Elmwood Public Library
    Falls City Library and Arts Center
    Fullerton Public Library
    Genoa Public Library
    Grand Island Public Library
    Hastings Memorial Library, Grant
    Lincoln City Libraries
    Louisville Public Library
    Madison Public Library
    Mead Public Library
    Jensen Memorial Library, Minden
    Norfolk Public Library
    North Bend Public Library
    CB Preston Memorial Library, Orleans
    Osmond Public Library
    Papillion Public Library
    Plainview Public Library
    Ravenna Public Library
    St. Edward Public Library
    Sargent Township Library
    Shelton Public Library
    Maxine White-Sutherland Public Library
    Lied Tekamah Public Library
    Valley Public Library
    Valparaiso Public Library
    Verdigre Public Library
    Lied Lincoln Township Library, Wausa
    Maltman Memorial Library, Wood River
    Kilgore Memorial Library, York
    Yutan Public Library

Youth Grants for Excellence are made available by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the State of Nebraska. 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 Website,

For more information, contact Tessa Timperley.