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March 3, 2020

Sally Snyder

Nebraska Library Commission Awards Grants for Youth Library Service

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $18,500 in grants for Excellence in Youth service. Of the grants awarded to twenty-two Nebraska libraries, several addressed the need for materials like LEGO®, STEAM, and other activities to encourage creativity in young people. The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the public libraries listed below as they develop new and innovative programs to ensure excellence in library service for Nebraska young people.

The recipients are:

    • Atkinson Public Library, Preschool learning materials, books, and activities
    • Battle Creek Public Library, LEGO® kits and STEAM kits
    • Bayard Public Library, ten group activities and programing, and Makerspace equipment
    • Bellevue Public Library, iPads for youth patrons for hands-on learning opportunities including Spanish, Photography, and Music Composition
    • Blue Hill Public Library, Teen Nights at the Library
    • Burwell, Garfield County Library, Teen Space renovations and Teen Advisory Board creation
    • Central City Public Library, Summer Reading Program presenters
    • Columbus Public Library, Coding Clubs and Teen Game Nights
    • David City, Hruska Memorial Public Library, Imagination Play Area supporting STEM learning for young children
    • Franklin Public Library, LEGO® Club, Teen programing, and Summer Reading Program
    • Genoa Public Library, Youth materials, and programming for afterschool and summertime
    • Hastings Public Library, STEAM focused activities, Mega-Brain Kidz Club, and Summer Reading Program presenters
    • Kimball Public Library, Expanding STEAM at the Library, Makerspace technology, and supplemental equipment
    • Madison Public Library, 1000 Books before Kindergarten
    • Mead Public Library, Summer Reading Program
    • Minden, Jensen Memorial Library, expanding diversity at story time using multilingual materials
    • Neligh Public Library, Teens After Hours program
    • Ord Township Library, afterschool activities for youth
    • Plattsmouth Public Library, Golden Sower Awards programs
    • Lied Randolph Public Library, STEM activities, Youth programs, Learning toys & stations
    • Superior Public Library, themed Reading kits (backpacks) for young children
    • Wausa, Lied Lincoln Township Library, STEAM kits for youths

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 Terry.