The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $115,466 in grants for Excellence in Youth service. Of the grants awarded to seventy-eight Nebraska libraries, several addressed the need for educational programs, furniture for children’s and teen spaces, book kits, and materials like LEGO®, STEAM, and other activities to encourage creativity in young people.
In the KCNI/KBBN coverage area, Broken Bow Public Library ($2,892 for STEAM and AWE tablet), Loup City Public Library ($823 for Indtorducing Manga!), and the Sargent Township Library ($714 for Children’s reference book collection) were included as grant recipients from the Nebraska Library Commission
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.
- Coding clubs
- STEAM programming and materials
- Book club activities
- Creative writing projects
- Afterschool programing
- Summer Reading programs
- Music and movement class
- New furniture for children’s and teen spaces
- Makerspace items for children/youth
- Builders’ Club with Lego
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Youth Grants for Excellence are made available by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding provided from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress, as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Nebraska Library Commission has received a one-time award of $2,422,166. A portion of this funding was allocated for the Youth Grants for Excellence.
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.”