Youth Grants For Excellence Provided Through Nebraska Library Commission

LINCOLN – Several area libraries were awarded grant funding through Excellence in Youth service.

According to a release from the Nebraska Library Commission, a total of $115,466 were issued to 78 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.

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.

The Wayne Public Library received $650 expanding their collection to offer more variety and a larger collection of STEAM specific toys.

Area recipients include the Hartington Public Library with a $725 grant for seating in their upper elementary and young adult area; Leigh Public Library with a $333 grant to form and implement a Lego club for children ages 8 – 15; Lied Battle Creek Public Library with a $1,030 grant for a project titled ‘Get Puzzled at the Library’; Lied Lincoln Township Library in Wausa with a grant for $1,724 for ‘Teens and Telescopes’ and add more items to their makerspace/STEM offerings; Lied Pierce Public Library with a $1,000 grant for outdoor games and activities; Madison Public Library with a $1,500 grant for a makerspace; Plainview Public Library with a $980 grant for Lego boost kits and South Sioux City Public Library with a $3,949 grant for a Reading Buddies program and AWE station.

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.”

Grant funded was awarded to legally established public libraries, tribal libraries and institutional libraries in Nebraska, through a competitive grant process. The program is designed to encourage creative thinking, risk-taking and new approaches to address problems and needs of children and young adults in your community. The 2022 funding was 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).

Find the full list of grant recipients on the Nebraska Library Commission grants database.