$21,000 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries

$21,000 in Internship Grants Awarded to Nebraska Public Libraries
April 27th, 2024 | Media Release

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded Nebraska Library Internship Grants totaling $21,000 to eighteen 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

•        Help plan and conduct makerspace classes, STEAM activities, story time, computer classes, and Pioneer Days events

•        Assist with library outreach at the Farmer’s Market

•        Partner with local historian to work in the Heritage Room

•        Field trips to visit other public libraries

•        Partnerships with the Community Club, Library Foundation, 4-H, FFA, and County Extension

•        Basic library duties: circulation, shelving, weeding, attending library board and city/village council meetings, processing acquisitions

The following 18 Nebraska public libraries were awarded 2024 internship grant funding:

Atkinson Public Library

Axtell Public Library

Rock County Public Library, Bassett

Bayard Public Library

Garfield County Library, Burwell

Central City Public Library

Ceresco Community Library

Clearwater Public Library

Grand Island Public Library

Howells Public Library

Lincoln City Libraries –

Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library, Charles H. Gere Branch Library, Bennett Martin Public Library, Youth Services Outreach, Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library, Northeast Service Unit – Victor E. Anderson & Bethany Branch Libraries

Nancy Fawcett Memorial Library, Lodgepole

Orchard Public Library

Osmond Public Library

Palisade Public Library

Papillion Public Library

Stromsburg Public Library

Valley Public Library

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.


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