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Rain Barrels

March 06, 2009 by Karrie

Hey guys, check it out! Gere's Teen Advisory Board has been hard at work creating one of the Rain Barrels to be displayed all over Lincoln through the month of March. They will then be auctioned off on April 18th to support the scholarship fund which will allow kids to attend Adventure and Extreme Nature Camp at Pioneers Park Nature Center.

Take a look at the website,, and take a look for the displays at Anderson, Bennet Martin, Gere, South, Eiseley and Walt, as well as around town at various local businesses.

And think about having a rain barrel in your yard! Spring is coming - the time to go green is at hand!

-- Sarah

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Closing Library Branches -- Your Opinion

March 02, 2009 by Karrie

There has been lots of talk lately, on the news and in the paper about closing two branches of the Lincoln City Libraries: South Branch and Bethany Branch.  In tough economic times everyone has to make some tough decisions.  I'd like to know what you think.  Here is what was written in the Lincoln Journal Star:

The Library Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to propose closing the Bethany and South branch libraries  when members met to finalize their budget proposal on Tuesday.

Under the proposed budget, the board also recommends cutting the equivalent of 13.75 full-time employees. Those positions would come from libraries where hours were cut. A seniority system would determine who would lose their jobs.

The board was asked to submit a proposal that cut current spending by 9 percent, which means a decrease of about $781,022, including lost revenues, said Pat Leach, director of Lincoln City Libraries.

Board member Marlene Cupp, who voted against the proposal, said it bothered her that two areas of the city could be without libraries.

“But I’m more bothered that it diminishes the opportunities for children to use the library,” Cupp said.

On Monday afternoon, a group of Sheridan Elementary fourth-graders protested the possible closing of the South Branch outside the library at 27th and South streets.

“I would say the tragedy would be if we proposed closing libraries and nobody cared,” Leach said. “Apathy would be horrible.”

If funds become available, Leach said, the board will ask that the two branches remain open.

The library board’s budget also included proposals to:

* Decrease expenditures on as many items as possible — from supplies to contracted services like snow removal or maintenance, Leach said.

* Close Bennett Martin Public Library one day a week.

* Schedule four fewer hours a week at the Anderson, Walt and Eiseley branches.

If money becomes available, the board’s first priority would be to restore the Bethany and South libraries to 24 hours a week (six four-hour days or three eight-hour days, for instance), Leach said. The second priority is to keep Bennett Martin open seven days a week; next is restoring the hours cut at Anderson, Walt and Eiseley; and finally, restoring full service hours at Bethany and South.

This is by no means a done deal, Leach said. The mayor still has to approve a budget, which the City Council will vote on in August.

“A lot could change between now and August,” she said.

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Step Team Program at Bennett Martin Library

February 20, 2009 by Karrie

What do you know about step teams? Have you been a member or know a member of a step team? Have you ever tried doing step yourself? If you are interested in step, come to the Bennett Martin Public Library on Saturday, March 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., when the North Star High School step team will give a demo of step, tell about their group's history and give some basic step lessons.


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Did you see it?

January 22, 2009 by Karrie
WOW! What a week! Do you realize that we are living through a time that will have its own chapter in the history books? I can’t imagine how exciting it would have been to be in D.C. on Tuesday and see the inauguration in person. My friend Emily was there with a group from SouthWest (and millions of others) and she said it was awesome! Did you watch any of the inaugural balls on TV? The “Neighborhood Ball” was crazy enough to be a New Year’s Eve party! - and it looks like President Obama can dance! Let us hear what you think about all the inaugural festivities.  

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American Idol Returns

January 15, 2009 by Karrie
American Idol started back up this week.  Although I absolutely love the show, I don't care for these opening weeks where all we see is auditions.  I did make myself watch a little last night though, and saw that there were (at least) two people from Nebraska audtioning.  Both of them were bad, and didn't make it to Hollywood.  What do you guys think about the new judge, Kara?  She seems good.  Do you think she'll be a good addition to the show, or not?  And do you like watching the auditions.  Do you think that it's mean that they put all the bad people on there just so we can make fun of them?  I heard that ratings were down this year from last year.  Are you still watching?  Do you know anyone who auditioned?

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January 12, 2009 by Karrie

We heard on the local news that some students from Lincoln will be attending some Inaugural events. If you are in that group we would like to hear from you! Give us all the details!

If you are not going to the Presidential Inauguration, tell us what you are thinking about this history-making event. If you could go, which aspects of this event would be of most interest to you?


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Best Gifts

December 28, 2008 by Karrie
Now I know that the holidays are supposed to be about giving and doing good and stuff.  And I won't argue about that.  But just for today, I want to know, what was the best gift you got??

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Winter Break

December 12, 2008 by Karrie

Hey, Everybody! 

What are you going to do on your winter break?  If we get some snow there’s sledding or snowboarding.  How about taking your pet to visit Santa - maybe even get a photo taken!  Skate Zone should be busy.  Movies, anyone?  Don’t forget the cookie decorating party at Anderson Branch on the 18th.  Of course you can always curl up with a good book - and maybe some hot chocolate, mmmm!  What DO teens do in Lincoln when they’re on vacation?  Let everyone know your good ideas!


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Cookie Decorating Program

December 04, 2008 by Karrie

Is there anyone out there that's not too busy with school and the upcoming holidays and spending time with family and friends that might need something fun to do at your local library?  At the Anderson Brach, on Thursday, December 18th at 6:30pm, we are having a cookie decorating program.  All teens are welcome to come and decorate sugar cookies.  We'll have all the supplies you'll need; all you have to bring is some creativitiy.  You'll leave with an edible masterpiece.  But space is limited, so you have to sign up.   Call the Anderson library at 441-8540 or stop in and see us.  If you don't sign up ahead of time we won't have enough cookies for you. 

But all this talk of cookies leads me to a question... what is your favorite kind of holiday treat?  I really love Peanut Butter Balls..  You can't go wrong with Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  And do you have any special Holiday cookie making memories?  I always get together with my mom and some friends and make lots of cookies in December.  Anyone else like to bake?  We usually watch the movie It's a Wonderful Life while we are cooking.  I want to know your holiday traditions!

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A New First Family

November 25, 2008 by Karrie

The public has not been able to do any First Kid-watching for quite some time.

Are you excited to see kids at the White House again? Do you think it would be exciting to live in the White House, or do you feel bad for the kids since they didn't choose to be in the spot light?

And how 'bout the potential First Dog? What kind do you think they should get?


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Who's going to see Twilight

November 20, 2008 by Karrie

Who is going to see Twilight???? Are you going to the midnight screening? (I'm going Saturday!)

Once you've seen it - we'd love to see your thoughts/reviews here - was it worth the hype?

And most crucially...are you Team Jacob? or Team Edward?

-- Sarah

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National Gaming Day

November 14, 2008 by Karrie

Tomorrow (Saturday the November 15th) at three of the city libraries in Lincoln, we are helping the American Library Association set a world record.  The goal is to get the most people across America playing the same game on the same day.  Some libraries are doing electonic gaming (video games) and others are playing board games.  Call your closest library if you want more infomation!  Come be part of history!

Eiseley Library (441-4250) is holding their event from 10:30-12:30

Anderson Library (441-8540) is holding their event from 2:00-4:00

Walt Library (441-4460) is hold their event from 2:00-4:00

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New Blog Attitude

November 13, 2008 by Karrie

I have been really irresponsible with this blog lately.  First a week passes without updating, and then a month, and now look.  It's been way too long!  So I am turning over a new leaf.  And this time around I am going to have some help from my friends, my fellow teen librarians: Mary, Susan, Sarah and Kay are going to help me keep this blog fresh.  So make sure to check back weekly for updates.  And don't forget to make comments.  That's the only way we know you're reading!

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Summer Movies

July 17, 2008 by Karrie

Have you seen any good movies this summer?  Any bad ones?  What are your favorites?

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Summer's Here

June 03, 2008 by Karrie
So summer is officially here now.  School is out, the weather will be warming up, and summer reading has now started.  What are you going to do with your summer?  Any big vacations planned?  How many days a week will you spend at the pool?  What will you be reading?  Lot's of cool stuff going on here this summer... rock concerts, chess, anime, gaming, soda taste-off, friendship bracelets, photography, etc... Has anyone been to a cool event at your local library?  Or elsewhere in town? Tell us about it!

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Fun Teen Programs Coming Up

April 23, 2008 by Karrie

Hey, in case you don't read the webpage about fun teen programs coming up I want to point out a few.

If you're interested in making Goth Sock Puppets (Gock Socks) or any Sock Puppets for that matter, you'll want to get to Eiseley Library on April 30th from 4:00-5:30pm. You have to bring your own sock, but you don't have to pre-register. Sounds like fun to me!

If you're a fan of American Idol, then you'll want to head over to Anderson library for Karaoke Night.  On May 1st from 7:00-8:00pm, we'll have the Karaoke machine ready to go. Come to sing, or just to support your friends! Again, you don't need to pre-register, but you can stop by the library to find out what songs are available. See you there!

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Wanna be a Volunteer this Summer?

April 17, 2008 by Karrie

Hey middle-schoolers:

If you are going into grades 6-8 next fall, and you're interested in helping out at the library during the summer, then the library needs you.

We're looking for Summer Reading Volunteers.  You know: the teens who help hand out the stickers to the little kids.  The ones who listen to them tell jokes, and help sign everyone up for the program in the first place.  Sometimes there are other tasks the librarians have you do, but it's all about helping with the Summer Reading Program.

To sign up you'll want to go to the branch at which you want to volunteer to sign up for a time slot.  You'll have to fill out an application (and get your parents to sign it).  You will also need to attend a training session, but they'll explain all that when you sign up. 

Ask if you have any questions, and if you've been a volunteer in the past and want to say what a cool experience it was: post it here!!

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Summer Internships

March 28, 2008 by Karrie

Hey Teens!  If you are 16 and above you might be interested in this great opportunity.  Lincoln City Libraries is in need of seven Summer Interns.  You would work about 120 hours this summer; and you would even get paid for it!!!

Check out all these cool things you could be involved in:

Participate as a member of the library staff team

Provide general customer service in the library

Provide circulation services, such as checking in and checking out materials

Assist at children’s and teen programming events

Provide computer assistance for customers

Prepare displays or bulletin boards

Assist with special projects

Assist with programming at assigned city outreach sites (Outreach Department)

Present preschool storytime (Anderson Library)

Assist with library electronic resources (Gere Library)

Work with teen advisory board (Eiseley Library)

Assist on the Bookmobile (Eiseley Library)

There's more information at this link:  If you have any questions feel free to post them.  Otherwise, you can call the branch at which you are interested in working and ask to talk to the Supervisor.  If this sounds like something you'd love to do, apply online at:

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Spring Break

March 27, 2008 by Karrie
So now that your Spring Break is almost over... what did you do?  Did anyone go out of town?  Take a nice vacation to Florida?  Visit relatives?  Hang out at home?  Clean your room?  Catch up on any good reading?  I wanna know!

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New Stephanie Meyer Book

March 06, 2008 by Karrie

I know most of you have read the Twilight Saga ("Twilight", "New Moon", "Eclipse") from Stephanie Meyer.  If you haven't, I would suggest that you start reading now.  Even I enjoyed it, and I'm not really into vampires all that much.  I think that the series was originally going to be a triology (only three books).  But, Stephanie has decided to add more books to the saga.  SO the fourth book: "Breaking Dawn" will be coming out on August 2nd.  I can't even put a picture of the cover on here -- it's a secret and won't be released until this summer!  Get to the library catalog right away to get your name on the hold list.  And use the comments section of this blog to tell others how great the Twilight Saga is!


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