Five Eligible 2014 Summer Reading Program Participants Entered In Scholarship Drawing

Trendon, Traiton, and Taileigh Starr, and Jessica and Remington Roth, participants of Gordon City Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read”, were entered in the “NEST Read to Win $529!” drawing as part of a joint program put on by Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans (NEST), First National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and the Nebraska Library Commission.

Fifteen summer readers, five in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts, will be randomly drawn from those who complete a summer reading program. Each winner will receive $529 in a NEST college savings account. The library of each winner will receive a $250 donation. Winners will be announced during college savings month in September.

“NEST is proud to support the educational efforts of Nebraska’s children as well as the great work of the libraries statewide,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of NEST at First National Bank of Omaha. “With the libraries encouraging leisure reading during the summer, children can daydream and think of places they want to go and what they want to be. We hope this scholarship program encourages children and families to get involved in summer reading and complete the program with a little extra incentive for a possible scholarship.”

For more information and official scholarship rules, visit the NEST College Savings Plans at, the State Treasurer’s Office at or the Nebraska Library Commission at

[NLC Press Release]


Calling all Mad Scientists!



Participants in the Gordon City Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program will explore science elements as we present “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Children will explore simple science experiments, growing crystals, robot fun, fantasy characters, imagination, and reading adventure through stories, snacks, games, crafts, and prizes! Summer Reading Program dates are June 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 1:00-2:00 P.M. The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to young people entering Kindergarten and up. All programs are free of charge. Call the Gordon City Library at (308) 282-1198 for more information or to pre-register for “Fizz, Boom, Read!”


In memory of Maya Angelou, 1928-2014.

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson

Maya Angelou Website