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Grand Island Named One of the Nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance
| Children's Services | Teen Services | Bookmobile Services
And We Helped!
America's Promise Alliance, the nation's largest alliance dedicated to children and youth, in partnership with Capital One, announced today [on January 24] that Grand Island was named a winner of its 2008 "100 Best Communities for Young People" (100 Best) competition.  

So begins the news release found on the City of Grand Island website at  www.grand-island.com/departments/City_Administrator/Public_Information/InTheNews/pressrelease100best_1_24_08.pdf


It is so exciting at this time to be one of several City of Grand Island departments with a rich array of youth programs, serving youth from infancy through the teen years, and equally exciting to be collaborating with so many agencies in this community that serves our youth.  Especially since what all of us do helps our youth with the basics and beyond of reading, learning, and other firm foundations in their lives.   

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Children and teens converge on our art gallery to enjoy reading during our summer program









Last fiscal year attendance at 186 children's programs inside our library totaled 5,861, and attendance at 33 in-library teen programs totaled 602.

We also conduct programs outside the library at daycares and schools and we participate in other agencies' events.  These are not all youth related, but many are.  In these 162 programs and  events we served 32,101.

Last year's summer reading program had the best results ever with over 2000 children and teens reading about 71,500 books - way to go!


More examples of our library's commitment to this community's youth can be found using the links on top of this page, but suffice it to say that we hold to our mission as this diverse community's center for a lifetime of learning and literacy and have committed ourselves to continual improvement as Nebraska's only "Family Place" library.  By this we mean a primary resource in this community for parents, caregivers and youth to come to and to receive vital interactive services, information and support in raising their children. 

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Picture courtesy Grand Island Independent, Scott Kingsley photographer.  Check out these Independent links:  January 30, 2008 video,

 January 31, 2008 story, February 2, 2008 editorial


The Grand Island Independent said it best on February 2 in their Saturday Salute as they described the children who could 'bearly' contain themselves at our recent Bear Fair in the newly enlarged and renovated library:

While it is just one of many events on the library calendar, it is a classic example of why the facility is so important to the community. It is a place to learn, have fun and appreciate the assorted cultures that can be absorbed through reading.

And so these youth pages are devoted to:
  • The youth-related services at our library and collaborations with community agencies that are also devoted to ordinary and extraordinary services for youth and parents

  • And so many parents and grandparents of this community who care about our youths' future and youth who care about our community's future

All together we make Grand Island one of the top 100 best communities for young people - what a wonderful feeling that we all helped!

Mission Statement: The Grand Island Public Library is this diverse community's center for a lifetime of learning and literacy.

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