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The Neligh Public Library was one of 21 libraries in the state to be awarded a librarian internship grant.
Paola Parra, currently a sophomore at Neligh-Oakdale High School, was hired as a student intern through the grant funding, according to Neligh Librarian Jennifer Norton. Parra will begin working there on June 9.
The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association recently awarded 21st Century Librarian internship grants totaling $32,000 to 21 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.
Student interns will learn about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day library operations and implement special projects. Interns will lead youth summer reading program activities, conduct training sessions to teach senior citizens to use technology, facilitate book discussion activities, help develop and update library Website and Facebook pages, create young adult library programs and spaces, work on publicity materials for library programs, sort and preserve archival materials, and assist in a host of other worthwhile activities.
Funding for the project is provided through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered through the Nebraska Library Commission. Such funding helps the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association continue to support the missions and goals of libraries across Nebraska and statewide efforts to recruit the next generation of Nebraska’s librarians.
Nebraska libraries receiving internship grant funding were: Atkinson Public Library, Rock County Public Library, Cozad Public Library, Emerson Public Library, Grand Island Public Library, Hastings Memorial Library in Grant, Howells Public Library, Kimball Public Library, La Vista Public Library, Lincoln City Libraries, McCook Public Library, Neligh Public Library, Norfolk Public Library, North Bend Public Library, Omaha Public Library, Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, Ponca Carnegie Library, Schuyler Public Library, Shelby Public Library, Valparaiso Public Library and Verdigre Public Library.