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Fall 2011


Public Library

Library Director Bev Russell | 1809 Third Avenue Scottsbluff, NE 69361 P: 308.630.6251 | F: 308.630.6251

Library Board

The Library Board is appointed by the city to serve as a liaison between the library and its citizens. The board advises the library director and the city council in matters related to the library and its services and promotes the library and its programs. Members may serve two consecutive 5-year terms.

To contact the Library Board:


Teresa Clark, President Carol Holyoke Marg Dredla

Foundation Board

The Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to accept gifts for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.

To contact the Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation


David Duey, President Peggy Olsen, Vice-President Deb Post Terri Martin Chris Webb Bobbi Thompson Linda Redfern Will Packard Kristin Wiebe


Read Around the World . . . •

179 adults participated in the spring/summer adult reading program

Readers enjoyed Frequent Flyer Fridays and being served in first class (by the fireplace) by the librarian stewardesses.

A lucky Grand Prize winner enjoyed a night’s stay at Hanlon House Bed and Breakfast and a piece of luggage.

Mystery author Margaret Coel spoke for a culminating luncheon for book club participants.

ONGOING BOOK CLUBS • Literary Book Club meets 1st Tues of the month •

Brown Bag Book Club meets 3rd Wed of the month

Over 20 different book club packets are available for check out for your very own book club. Each packet contains 8 copies, author info, and guide questions to discuss - and can be checked out for a 6 week period.


COMMUNITY’S LIVING ROOM Teresa Clark, President Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Board

“Alone we can do so little—together we can do so much.” ‑Helen Keller With good reason, the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library has been called the Community’s Living Room, as over 400 people come through its doors each day. It’s heartwarming to hear the stories of those who enjoyed this library as children and in turn are introducing their children to the wonderful world of books and learning at an early age. As we mark a new chapter in the library’s story, the opportunities are endless for future generations to make their own memories. A project of this magnitude doesn’t just happen—it takes a leader who is passionate about its success. Scottsbluff is truly fortunate to have such a person in Library Director Bev Russell. With enthusiasm and determination, Bev motivated others over the past seven years and helped make the expansion/renovation project a reality. Special thanks also goes out to library staff members past and present—no matter how much chaos was happening during the reno-

vation process, patrons could count on being greeted with a big smile any time they walked through the front doors. I’m not sure any of us realize what a treasure we have in Bev and her staff—bricks and mortar are important, but these people are the heart and soul of Scottsbluff’s library. Many of you have given of yourselves to make this project a reality. With each donation comes the affirmation that reading and discovery are important, whether you’re three or 83. To everyone who believed in this project enough to make it happen—from the largest donors to children who literally emptied their piggy banks and gave every penny they had—thank you. As we look forward to making the library and surrounding grounds even more inviting, your continued support of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library is both welcomed and appreciated for future generations.


Inside and Out Kristin Wiebe Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation

In the last year, we have worked with

The Community Learning Garden

Landscape Architect Amy Seiler to

will feature:

design a Community Learning Garden

a sloped amphitheater with stage

south of the building in Constitution

central path connecting recre-

Park that complements our new facility. Annie Folck, the city storm water specialist, deserves praise for all the work she has put into applying for numerous grants for work to be completed. We also thank Spencer Lake, a local Eagle Scout candidate, who put his troop to work making the rain garden/bioswale come together with the help of area master gardeners.

ational areas to gardens •

rain garden/bioswale area on the east side of library

The Community Learning Garden is the foundation’s focus this year. We feel it will enhance our library and serve as a gathering place for our community in so many ways.

Grants Making This Possible • Greener Nebraska Towns grant will provide trees for the park • NRD Community Forestry grant will fund $5,000 this year and another $5,000

next year •

The Peoples Grant is still in the works and is being made possible through the help of Master Gardener Connie McDonnough


Help Us Grow This park/garden space will take shape in 2012, but we need your help to fill in the gaps. We have help with grants, but the grants will only cover plant material and some labor. The LSPL foundation has made the Community Learning Garden our focus for the next year. We ask you to consider our project for your year end giving. The Foundation is a 501c3 and all gifts are tax deductible. All gifts over $500 given through the end of 2011 will be noted on the donor wall in the library, and those under $500 are recorded in the “donor book.” Your generosity is not taken for granted. We know that you have many places to give, and we appreciate your consideration of the library’s efforts. Thank you to our many faithful patrons!

DIRECTOR’S NOTE Bev Russell, Director Lied Scottsbluff Public Library ary building.

The past year was a significant one for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library. We broke ground for an expanded and remodeled library on February 23, 2010, and dedicated the completed building on June 21, 2011. We’ve come a long way baby! None of this would have been possible with the encouragement and support of the citizens of Scottsbluff. This was a public/private partnership from the beginning. The City of Scottsbluff donated $2 million, and $2.2 million was raised through grants and private donations.

nected to the circulation computers and self-check machines or as they exit through the security gates. This new system will speed up circulation. Once the items are tagged, a stack may be checked in or out at one time. Furthermore, on those rare occasions when a book, video, or audio book somehow grows legs and wanders from the library without being checked out, the security gates will notify librarians with a red light and fairly gentle beep.

RFID will greatly enhance the inThe building is done. We celebrated ventory process for the library. With its completion in June with a com- the use of a special hand-held demunity open house. So now what is vice, librarians can scan one whole shelf of materials at a time. The happening at the library? handheld reader will list items that RFID and Self-Check at are missing or shelved incorrectly.

the Library

In September library staff began installing RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Every book, video and audio book is being “tagged.” RFID tags are placed inside each piece of the library’s collection. These tags are computer chips, which are programmed with the items identification. The tags then are “read” by special pads con-

Please stop by and ask a librarian to teach you how to use our self-check machines.

We broke ground for an expanded and remodeled library on February 23, 2010, and dedicated the completed building on June 21, 2011. We’ve come a long way baby!


At The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Childrens’ Summer Reading Program

Pre-School Storytime

Children’s Librarian Deb Carlson reports that this year’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories, began with 1003 children registering the first day and culminated in a record enrollment of 1,765 children. A total of 45,105 books were read this year, beating last summer’s numbers by more than 10,000 books. Attendance ranged from 300 to 700 at the various events.

This event runs from September through May and is held every Thursday from 10-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Children age three

Teen Summer Reading Program Young Adult Librarian Nancy Escamilla also had a great turnout for the teen summer reading program with 147 registrants reading 1,490 books. Attendance at the teen summer programs drew well over 400 students. Escamilla said, “The new teen room at the library was planned by our local teens and they were excited to see their dreams come true.”

to six are introduced to books and storytelling and learn to participate in group activities. Parents are encouraged to help their children select and check out library books. Each week a specific topic is presented through various means. No pre-registration is necessary, and there is no fee to attend. Storytime brochures list the weekly topics and added information are available at the library. November’s themes will be Mother Goose on the Loose, Skunks, and Gobble, Gobble. For more information, contact the library at 630.6250.


Keep Busy

The local Friends of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library was founded in 2002 and has been an advocate of the library from its beginnings. Friends’ members are a support group that focuses attention on the library, provides assistance with projects, promotes the facility and staff, hosts library events, and encourages gifts to the library. Its members serve as on-site volunteers, deliver books to homebound patrons, bring in programs, and sponsor an annual used book sale. During the course of the library expansion and remodel members helped to pack books for storage, move books into the new addition, and then reverse the process when the remodel was complete.

Best Books Wall—Coming Soon! The signs are in place and the shelves are waiting. Donations are being accepted to purchase and showcase the 100 book titles every child should read. The hope is to have three copies of each of the books, so that one will always be available for checkout. The book list, chosen by Deb Carlson and Nancy Escamilla, will include titles that help children develop early literacy skills, build self-esteem and develop a love of books and the library. Individual book cost is estimated at $15. Donations or sponsorships for this project will be recognized with a book plate on the inside cover of each book. Want to do something special for someone? Contributing to this project would be an excellent gift or memorial.

Friends’ members served as hosts and tour guides for the reopening of the library and were on hand to help with the summer reading program registration and wrap up party. Currently, members are volunteering time each week to mark books for the new RFID (radio frequency identification) program. The group launched a monthly coffee/book discussion event in September and celebrated National Friends of the Library Week with its annual used book sale on Oct. 21 and 22. A Friends’ newsletter is published three times a year and copies are available at the library. We’d like you to join us! Anyone wanting to become a member may pick up an application at the library circulation

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