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9 additional Nebraska libraries to host makerspaces

February 5, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An initiative that turns rural Nebraska libraries into makerspaces for creative and entrepreneurial projects has been expanded to nine additional communities.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Library Commission announced Tuesday that the libraries have been selected to host “Nebraska’s Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities.”

The newly selected libraries are in Kimball, Beatrice, Hastings, Chadron, Blue Hill, Grant, Plainview, Verdigre and Laurel.

They join 18 other libraries that were chosen in 2017.

Ricketts says the partnership will help communities use technology and education for residents to create, learn and invent.

The Nebraska Library Commission was awarded a National Leadership Grant of $530,732 for the partnership.