Happenings at the Library

2020 Census

Kassie Antonucci - Thursday, March 12, 2020

In 2020, you will have a rare and important opportunity to ensure Nevada receives its fair share of federal funding for the next ten years. Starting in mid-March through April 1, you will be able to respond to the 2020 Census. It’s critical that we all participate and ensure everyone in Nevada is counted.

The 2020 Census is confidential, easy, and fast – your personal information is protected by law, and it takes only about ten minutes to complete the Census questionnaire. You can respond in three different ways: via phone, online at www.census.nv.gov, via mail, or at your local public library.

Data collected from Census results helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is spent each year on state-level services across the country. Of that, Nevada is able to receive approximately $20,000 over ten years – for each Nevadan who is counted. A high census return rate enables Nevada to be more competitive for federal funding that goes toward local communities.

Federal funding allocated based on Census data helps pay for health care, affordable housing, senior services, and other programs. The funding also supports education, pay for road construction and maintenance, and supplements public safety such as fire and police. As a result, our communities are healthier, safer, better educated and better as a result of a complete count.

We may have different reasons why the census is important, but one thing is certain – Nevada matters. Be counted.

Provided by the 2020 Nevada Statewide Census Complete Count Committee

Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System - 2020 Census Partnership

WHEREAS the U.S. Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to conduct a count of the population and provides a historic opportunity to help shape the foundation of our society and play an active role in American democracy;

WHEREAS the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System is committed to ensuring every resident is counted;

WHEREAS federal and state funding is allocated to communities, and decisions are made on matters of national and local importance based, in part, on census data and housing;

WHEREAS census data helps determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is necessary for an accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and city councils and voting districts;

WHEREAS information from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey are vital tools for economic development and increased employment;

WHEREAS the information collected by the census is confidential and protected by law;

WHEREAS a united voice from business, government, community-based and faith-based organizations, educators, media and others will enable the 2020 Census message to reach more of our citizens;

As a 2020 Census Partner, we will:

1. Support the goals and ideals for the 2020 Census and will disseminate 2020 Census information within our communities.

2. Encourage those within our communities to place an emphasis on the 2020 Census and participate in events and initiatives that will raise the overall awareness of the 2020 Census and increase participation.

3. Support census takers as they help our County complete an accurate count.

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Elko County Library Board of Trustees do hereby proclaim that the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System is committed to partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help ensure a full and accurate count in 2020.

PASSED and ADOPTED the 21st day of January 2020

2017 Joint NLA/MPLA Conference

- Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I was recently able to attend the joint conference for the Nevada Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association in Stateline, Nevada and let me just say, there was a lot going on.

First, however, I would like to send a big Thank You to the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records for providing scholarship monies so that I and two staff were able to attend this important event.

For myself, the conference kicked off with a joint meeting between library directors and the State Council on Libraries and Literacy. It was great to see what libraries are offering across Nevada and a chance for others to hear the struggles our areas are facing. We also met with Dr. Pavel Solin, developer of NCLabs. This is a really amazing software designed to teach coding languages in a fun and engaging way. The Elko County Library has been using it in programs the last several years, but what was great about attending this presentation was seeing the advancements and use of 3D Printing together to create a working drone. It has definitely provided insight into what we can offer at future programs.

The day continued with wonderful workshops and chances to discuss issues impacting Nevadans today. The second day of the conference was full of resourceful sessions and it was hard to decide which one would be the most beneficial. Fortunately, I had two others with me and we were able to get a good coverage of what was being offered. The day kicked off with keynote speaker Dale Dougherty, C.E.O. of Make Magazine. Maker spaces are pretty big in the library world right now and it was wonderful getting some ideas on how to make it work in any size library on a budget. I even had a chance to speak with Deanne Dekle, an outreach consultant with the New Mexico State Library, on a “moving” maker space that rotates locations yearly. This would be a wonderful community project.

Throughout the day I attended workshops on methods to help staff innovate, conflict management, and a neat idea to turn the library into a puzzle/scavenger hunt. We ended on a very exciting note - the Nevada State Library is looking to expand virtual reality into libraries throughout the state. This is an amazing technology with endless applications; I will definitely be keeping my eye on this project and endeavor to provide it to Northeastern Nevada in the future.

Ultimately, there were a lot of ideas shared and we returned home bursting with excitement. Our hope is that we can bring some part of what we learned to fruition within our own communities and share the amazing resource that is our libraries.

Here's to a bright future!

Kassie Antonucci, Library Director


Powerpoint Presenation - by Holly Whittle, Youth Services Librarian

Photo Essay - by Annette Robinson, Circulation Supervisor