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This year the nation recognizes the centennial of the First World War. The sacrifices of men and women on the home front, as well as the violence and hatred that swept across America during World War I (WWI) are addressed in Omaha Public Library’s 2014 Omaha Reads selection, The Meaning of Names (2014) by Karen Gettert Shoemaker. Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to join together in reading one book as part of the Omaha Reads campaign. Omaha Reads promotes literacy and provides the City with a common theme to discuss. One book is selected through a public vote and celebrated through book talks, an author visit, and related programs. The Meaning of Names follows the fictional story of Gerda Vogel and her family in 1918. Even the quiet calm of Nebraska farm country cannot shelter the American family of German descent from prejudice, violence, and a plague unlike the world has ever seen. Shoemaker is a writer, teacher and business owner living in Lincoln, Neb. Her work has appeared in the London Independent, Prairie Schooner, and more. She is currently a mentor with the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. Learn more about the author at karenshoemaker.com.
Author Visit Wed | Sept 3 | 6:30-8 pm German-American Society | 3717 S. 120th St. | South Hall The author will discuss her book, with copies available for purchase and signing to follow a Q&A session. This free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Funding from the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends of OPL helped make this program possible.
Aug 18-Sept 30 | Millard Branch OPL received WWI posters from the Government Printing Office as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program. The posters were issued by the government to bolster support for the war by encouraging American citizens to plant victory gardens,
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Omaha Reads events:
The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker
WWI Posters Exhibit
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economize resources and support U.S. service members fighting overseas. The posters can be viewed during regular library hours.
Finding Your Germanic Ancestral Village Sun | Sept 14 | 2 pm Main Library Whether your Germanic ancestors were recent immigrants, or came to the colonies, learn about various sources and techniques to help discover your ancestral village of origin. Registration required
Nebraska’s GermanAmericans during World War I Mon | Sept 29 | 6:30 pm Abrahams Branch Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier will discuss the dramatic experiences of GermanAmericans in Nebraska during WWI. Dr. Johanningsmeier is Professor and Jefferis Chair of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Book discussions Tues | Sept 16 | 6:30 pm Millard Branch Wed | Sept 24 | 6 pm Swanson Branch Registration required
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I’m not sure where summer went! It seems like just yesterday that we were putting the finishing touches on the 2014 Summer Reading Program. All of those efforts paid off when more than 21,300 kids, teens and adults read and enjoyed great programs and events in all 12 Omaha Public Library (OPL) locations. Thanks to everyone for making it such a success! Of course, the end of summer also means the beginning of school. Although New Year’s is traditionally the time for fresh starts, many of us experience new beginnings in the fall when young ones start school with a new class and teacher, sometimes even in a new school. Fresh high school grads head off to college and a whole new world of adventure. As for the rest of us, we know that learning never really ends. There is always more to discover. Whether working on a school project, getting help with an assignment, brushing up on technology skills for a new job, or just exploring new ideas, OPL is a great resource to help you on your journey. The library is excited to offer a suite of online learning resources, each one designed to meet an individual’s specific learning needs. Tutor.com connects users with a live, interactive tutor (who speaks English or Spanish) to help students work their way through a variety of school topics. Mango Languages teaches conversational vocabulary in more than 60 world languages. LearningExpress offers online practice exams for various academic/professional tests, including SAT, ACT, GED and GRE. Hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment are available through Gale Courses. New to OPL this year is Lynda.com. While this resource can only be used inside the library, it’s designed to help anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Most of these online tools can be used at home, work, or in the library. Explore OPL’s Resource Center wherever you access the Internet, whenever it is convenient for you!
Gary Wasdin, Executive Director
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Recommended Reads by Judy Shannon & Teresa Shane, Readers Advisory Specialists
A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman A failed journalist in Brooklyn, New York, seeks restitution for Russian Jewish Holocaust survivors and finds that things are not always as they seem. The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein In her review of 175 years of education history, Goldstein finds that history tends to repeat itself, and calls upon the best practices of three million public school teachers to map efforts for transforming American education. Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal by Jenny Rosenstrach Pizza, pasta, burgers… repeat. If you’re stuck in a dinnermaking rut, reboot with this plan for an epicurean adventure. Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy Serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, Cow Tom hopes to buy his own freedom. His indomitable spirit is carried on through his granddaughter Rose. The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson This examination of what makes humans uniquely different from all other species explores science and philosophy to help define existence. Get a customized book list with recommended reads just for you! Request your list at omahalibrary.org by selecting Custom Reading List under the Catalog tab.
Michael Phipps Gallery Main Library | 215 S. 15th St. | 1st Floor Available free of charge to local artists and art groups for exhibitions throughout the year. Exhibits are displayed for approximately one month and are scheduled 12 months in advance.
September 3-30 — Dorothy Tuma in Retrospect Dorothy Tuma is best known for her black and white architectural photographs. Her current work includes expressions of photos replicated in fabric. Learn more about the artist at dorothytuma.com.
Fences, Heavy Summer Rains
October — Wanda Ewing Remembered, 1970-2013 Wanda Ewing was a self-described Midwestern girl. Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Ewing received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and two master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. She returned to teach at the Wanda Ewing’s 2010 gallery exhibition University of Nebraska at Omaha, and was a respected and lively presence in the local art scene and beyond.
In her own words: “I’m Wanda Ewing—printmaker, painter, collage and multimedia artist and latch hook maven. I’ve been making provocative art with a political edge in my Midwestern hometown since 1999. And to do that, you have to be tenacious as hell.” The Michael Phipps Gallery presents this exhibition in cooperation with Ewing’s family and friends.
Nov. 6 – Dec. 31 – A Survey of Omaha Artists Opening reception Sat | Nov 8 | 4-6 pm A broad survey of Omaha artists will feature artwork from different genres, generations and areas of the city. This exhibition offers a Michael Phipps Gallery rare opportunity to rethink the context in which contemporary Omaha art is understood through moments of connection, variety and overlap.
Great Books for Great Kids Tues | Sept 16 | All Omaha Runza locations Mark your calendar for Runza’s annual “Great Books for Great Kids” fundraiser! Runza® will donate 15% of sales all day to help purchase books for kids.
Last year Runza donated $5,000 to OPL to purchase a variety of children’s books.
Thank You, Wendy Anderson When a part-time job opened at the Elkhorn Public Library in 1985, Wendy Anderson thought it would be a good opportunity to make some extra money. As a local preschool teacher, she had already been volunteering at library storytimes. Within three years, Anderson was promoted to library director and has been leading Elkhorn’s library ever since. The library itself moved to a new, larger location in 1996, which Anderson considers one of her greatest accomplishments. She knew that the Elkhorn Public Library was outgrowing its location at City Hall and appealed to the Nebraska Library Commission for grant funds dedicated to a new building. The Commission agreed and when word got out that they were looking for a new location, Bess Johnson’s family decided to donate the land in Johnson’s honor – as she was an avid library supporter.
When Elkhorn was annexed by Omaha in 2007, Anderson stayed on as manager of the Elkhorn Branch as it became part of the Omaha Public Library system. Anderson announced that she will retire on Nov. 7, 2014, and says she will most miss the people she works with and helps. “I learn something every day,” said Anderson. “I love information and learning, and it’s wonderful to be able to help so many people so easily.” She treasures the opportunity she’s had to make an impact on people’s lives, and seeing kids that she once had at her storytimes returning to the library as parents and bringing their own children. As an active member of the Elkhorn community, Anderson hasn’t decided what she will do yet in retirement. Her interests include traveling, volunteering with her
church and the historical society, gardening, taking classes, and being a grandma to her four grandchildren. “Wendy’s service to Elkhorn extends well beyond her role with the library,” said OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin. “We will miss her at OPL, but know she will continue to serve others in new ways – it’s just part of who she is.”
KidSpot Back to School
It’s that time of year again. Warm summer days are winding down, the cicadas are singing in the trees, and kids are back to work in school. It’s time to get back into a routine… Don’t forget to make your library a part of it! OPL offers many resources to help individuals of all ages and levels of education to learn and study. Teachers and families can check out story boxes covering a variety of concept themes that contain books, hands-on learning tools, and activities for preschool-aged children. Science kits on topics ranging from astronomy to weather are available, as well as Storybook Buddies bags, which contain two books and a stuffed character for children to learn about and read. Browse available kits at bit.ly/OPLkits. There are also several online resources available through omahalibrary.org to assist students with their studies. For example, Tutor.com is a free service to OPL cardholders and offers a live online tutor to help in multiple subject areas. Users simply log in with a library card, enter basic information about the type of help needed, and are then connected to a trained tutor. This interactive resource provides additional links to worksheets for study tools, and even has practice tests for ACT and SAT, and other exams. Don’t forget about OPL’s print resources, including books on getting ready for school, good study habits, and nearly any other topic you can imagine. Make the grade this year with help from OPL!
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Sept 19 10:30 am . . . . . . . . South Omaha Sept 20 10 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson Sept 22 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams Sept 23 10:30 am . . . . . . . . W. Dale Clark Sept 23 7 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard Sept 24 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen Sept 25 10 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkhorn Sept 26 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather Sept 27 10 am . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook
Dora the Explorer
Sept 29 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams
Oct 17 10:30 AM . . . . . . . . South Omaha Oct 18 10 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson Oct 20 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams Oct 21 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard Oct 22 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen Oct 23 10 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkhorn Oct 24 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather Oct 25 10 am . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook
Nov 14 10 am . . . . . . . . . Washington Nov 15 10 am . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook Nov 17 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams Nov 18 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard Nov 19 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen Nov 19 6:30 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . Florence Nov 20 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson Nov 21 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather Nov 22 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Swanson
Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Fizz, Boom, READ! Science was the name of the game for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. More than 31,250 kids, teens and adults attended more than 1,005 programs and events throughout the city, taking the opportunity to learn about Nebraska’s wildlife, explore Motto McLean Ice Arena, make their own gooey slime, learn the science of ice cream, and so much more! Though it sounds like fun and games, reading and learning are the focus of Summer Reading Program. This year, OPL introduced an interactive approach to attaining goals by encouraging discovery through program attendance, sharing experiences and opinions about books, testing knowledge through online quizzes, and recommending favorite books with other
participants. For each activity completed or event attended, participants redeemed an online code to claim virtual badges. More than 40 badge codes were available for each participating age group, ranging from badges for rating a book to participating in an after hours lock-in. Overall, 21,363 participants logged an amazing 164,928 hours of reading during the summer, and collected more than 79,417 badges. Thank you to presenting sponsor Cox Communications, and the many other organizations and individuals that made Summer Reading Program a success.
PRIME TIME FAMILY READING® PRIME TIME FAMILY READING® is a six-week shared reading experience designed to help families discover great stories and books together. Children ages 6-10 and their families are invited to participate in PRIME TIME FAMILY READING® programs this fall. Attendees will share a communal meal followed by storysharing, interactive reading with a group leader, and fun comprehension activities. Activities will be available for younger siblings during the PRIME TIME program. With prior notice, free transportation will be available to and from the library. There is no charge for any PRIME TIME activities. Families are encouraged to register by contacting the hosting branch or visiting omahalibrary.org.
Join us for teen events that explore creativity and share the fun of reading! This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality,” and local young adult authors will share how they did just that on their journey to becoming a published author.
Young Adult Authors Panel Golden Sower nominee John Kalkowski, Lydia Kang, Tonya Kuper and Chris Raabe will participate in a discussion and Q&A session about their novels, and sign copies of their books.
Wed | Oct 15 | 7 pm | Abrahams Branch Visit omahalibrary.org for full schedule of Teen Read Week events.
Nebraska Writers Collective
Willa Cather Branch (Native American) Tuesdays | Sept 30-Nov 4 | 5:30-7 pm
Washington Branch Saturdays | Oct 4-Nov 8 | 9 am-12:30 pm
South Omaha Library will celebrate its tenth year of successful bilingual Spanish/English PRIME TIME programming. Mondays | Oct 6-Nov 10 | 5:30-7:30 pm PRIME TIME is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska with funding from the State of Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Funders include Lincoln Financial Foundation and Carol Gendler. Humanities Nebraska is a private, statewide, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Books will be available for purchase & signing.
James Larson Local author James Larson will share a reading, participate in a Q&A session, and sign copies of his first novel for middlegrade students. “A” is for The Alchemist is a humorous action tale about two children, a pet cat, and a homeless dog fighting an evil scientist who is out to rule the world.
Former undercover narcotics cop Mark Langan will share from his book, Busting Bad Guys: My True Crime Stories of Bookies, Drug Dealers, and Ladies of the Night. Registration requested at omahalibrary.org Tues | Oct 7 | 6:30 pm | Benson Branch or by contacting the hosting Mon | Oct 27 | 7 pm | Abrahams Branch location. Mon | Nov 3 | 7 pm | Millard Branch Mon | Sept 22 | 6:30 pm | Abrahams Branch Lemony Snicket Tues | Sept 23 | 6:30 pm | Millard Branch Popular youth author Lemony Snicket will be Mon | Sept 29 | 7 pm | South Omaha Library speaking and signing copies of his books. He Tues | Sept 30 | 6:30 pm | Florence Branch will read from and answer questions about
1:30-3:30 pm Sept 13 | Main Library Oct 11 | Millard Branch Nov 8 | Washington Branch Save the Date! Sat | Dec 13
Teen Poetry Bash
his new series, All the Wrong Questions. The third book in the series, Shouldn’t You be in School?, will be released late September.
Wed | Oct 8 | 6:30 pm | Millard Branch
Joseph Bruchac Award-winning author of more than 120 books and acclaimed storyteller Joseph Bruchac has created works that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. His Keepers series continues to receive critical acclaim and is used in classrooms throughout the country. Sat | Oct 11 | 2 pm | Willa Cather Branch
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Follow your bliss. Omaha bornand-raised Cathy Blanchard has applied this philosophy to volunteering.
Libraries cannot be built or maintained by today’s tax dollars alone. To ensure the continued excellence and growth of OPL, become a Friend today!
Almost two years ago, Blanchard began assisting once a week at W. Dale Clark Main Library filling Cathy Blanchard book club bag orders. “Cathy is a valuable volunteer because most of all, she is reliable. I can always count on her to be here no matter what the weather is outside or what she has going on in her life,” said OPL book club coordinator April Earl. “She keeps up with the pace and has developed her own system where she can fill the orders faster, neater and more efficiently.”
Please complete the form below and mail it to: FRIENDS of Omaha Public Library, PO Box 6032, Omaha, NE 68106 2014
Blanchard is also a member of the Fourth Thursday Book Club at Abrahams Branch. “I love my job. I do, because I see on the shelf all the books that are available and I think, ‘I hope our group reads this one.’” “I’ve discovered so many books [here],” she continued. Working at Goodwill affords her the opportunity to build her personal collection. “I’ve got enough books to entertain me for the rest of my lifetime. There’s no reason anybody ever should be bored with this many books in the world and with [the] many libraries we’ve got in town.” Blanchard carries a stack of OPL bookmarks in her purse. “When I’m in conversation with someone on the bus or in line at the store, I’ll hand them a bookmark just as advertisement. ‘Give your library a call in your neighborhood and see when their book club meets.’” If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Jody duRand at 402.554.3385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Bike Over the past few years, OPL has emphasized a commitment to not only inviting the community into its libraries, but also to meeting people where they are with needed library services. Thanks to funding from the Omaha Public Library Foundation, the library will be seen around town on wheels with its brand new Book Bike. The Book Bike offers a variation on traditional bookmobile services, delivering books and so much more. The custom-built bicycle and book trailer will be stocked with books to borrow and give away at special neighborhood events such as street fairs, parades, festivals, parks and outdoor concerts. The cyclist will also have iPads to sign people up for library cards and to demonstrate how to download eBooks. The bike will be equipped with mobile Wi-Fi, allowing those nearby to connect with a free, secure signal. “The Book Bike helps to create a visible presence for OPL at Omaha’s many great outdoor events and remind people that libraries extend far beyond the physical walls of their buildings. We will bring the library to you,” said OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin.
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Two New Groups Celebrate, Support OPL and OPLF The Omaha Public Library Foundation has assembled two new groups of library supporters: those with long-standing ties to OPL and those who are new to discovering all that OPL has to offer. Consisting of former OPLF board members, former staff and former members of the OPL Board of Trustees, the OPLF Advisory Council offers guidance and support to the library foundation. Members serve as goodwill ambassadors in the Omaha community to support and expand the mission of OPL and OPLF. Advisory council members are Barbara Bock-Mavis, Terri Diesing, Kathleen C. Dodge, Wanda Gottschalk, Robyn G. Hubbard, Richard W. Kelley, David Krecek, Mary Lopez, Michael C. Meyer, Merrilee Miller, Norma Riley, Anne Rismiller, Bruce D. Vosburg, Eileen Wirth and Nancy Wolf. Nine Omaha young professionals have joined the steering committee of a new, yetto-be-named group. Focused on adults in their twenties and thirties, the group shares a similar focus to that of the advisory council. Steering committee members are Erin Bagwell, Drew Davies, Shonna Dorsey, Tulani Grundy Meadows, Katie Kemerling, Jessica McKay, Autumn Pruitt, Kenley D. Sturdivant-Wilson and Jonathan Tvrdik. Membership is open to young professionals in the Omaha area. Dues are a $100 annual donation to OPLF. Member benefits include invitations to exclusive library events, tours of OPL’s private collections, a reduced ticket price to A Novel Affaire, and more. For details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402.444.4589.
Preserve a Historic Resource: the Omaha World-Herald Digital Archives by Wendy Townley, OPLF development director
Remember the old days, when searching a newspaper archive meant hours in front of microfilm? Those bright lights…dizzying text and photos whizzing by. Technology has made life faster and easier, and that includes historic research at OPL. The Omaha Public Library Foundation is working to raise $700,000 to purchase the Omaha World-Herald digital archives. The archives, dating from 1885 to 1983, are a comprehensive digital record of Omaha’s beloved newspaper. Library patrons can access the digital archives for free through the Omaha Public Library website. The library’s free trial of this service, which began in May 2012, ends December 31.
Julie & Scott Cobb Deloitte Jack & Terri Diesing Received July 25, 2013 – July 25, 2014 Carol Ebdon Fraser Stryker PC LLO $100,000+ Friedland Family Foundation Peter Kiewit Foundation Dawn & James Hammel $50,000+ John & Jean Hartwell Anonymous Peg & John Heck Gilbert M. & Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation Kate & Neil Holstein The Sherwood Foundation Helen & Richard Kelley Richard Holland Kari & Dan Kinsella William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation Jack & Stephanie Koraleski $25,000+ A. George & Sandra Lozier Cox Communications Steve Martin & Amy Haddad Lozier Foundation Maggie & Michael McMeekin Ethel Flannigan (Bequest) Mike & Dana Meyer Omaha Community Foundation Jim & Bobbie Montequin Martha & D. David Slosburg Murray & Sharee Newman $15,000+ Omaha Steaks International Sokolof Foundation in memory of Richard Rosinsky Performance Auto Group Prof. Winifred & Dr. Lewis Pinch (Director Level) $10,000+ Sandy Price Deryl & Ramona Hamann Mary Anne & Bruce Ramge McGowan Family Foundation Ann Rinne The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation Dave & Anne Rismiller Parker Family Foundation Barbara & Ronald Schaefer Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Linda & Michael Simmonds Eve & Fred Simon Bruce & Stacy Simon Ann & Kenneth Stinson Paul & Annette Smith Tenaska, Inc. Stephen & Karen Swartz Weitz Family Foundation Christine & Tony Swerczek (Conservator) $5,000+ Stanley & Dorothy Truhlsen Bluestem Prairie Foundation Sarah Watson Kathleen & N.P. “Sandy” Dodge Mark & Julie Wilson Hawks Foundation Philip & Nancy Wolf Mary A. Holland (Page Turner) $500+ Humanities Nebraska Anonymous (2) Harriet Otis Jane Alseth Runza Lise Anderson Todd & Betiana Simon Lynn & Thomas Ashby (Advocate) $2,000+ Cerian Bearl Anonymous (2) Sandor & Rhonda Chomos America First Foundation H.L. Clure Mary Joy Anderson Maurice & Cora Conner Bellevue Offutt Homeschool Group Nancy Darst First National Bank Joseph Drugmand Joan Gibson & Don Wurster Lance & Julie Fritz Heritage Services Devin Fox Jim Kineen Scott & Cindy Heider Rochelle & Jim Mullen Harold & Clara Hoover Mutual of Omaha Companies Leona & Bill Kernen National Everything Wholesale Lyle Kinley & Gwen Teeple RBC Wealth Management Milton & Marsha Kleinberg The Soener Foundation Dave & Vicki Krecek Union Pacific Giveplus Program Kutak Rock (Sustainer) $1,000+ Gary & Lucie Long Arun Agarwal Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Mogens & Cindy Bay Renee McArthur Berger & O’Toole CPAs (Bob & Shary Berger) Michael & Deborah McLarney Barbara Bock-Mavis John & Merrilee Miller John & Lynne Boyer George Morrissey Stephen & Anne Bruckner Northern Natural Gas
Digital archives transform difficult-to-use microfilm holdings into stateof-the-art online newspaper resources of immeasurable significance. The archives deliver a complete, accurate digital facsimile of every page. The result is a comprehensive electronic resource that is not only keyword-searchable, but also contains every original image: every photograph, illustration, cartoon and display advertising. Make your tax-deductible donation today to OPLF to help purchase the digital archives. Call 402.444.4589 to make your gift by phone, or to be mailed a donation envelope. Online gifts can be made by clicking the Donate button at omahalibraryfoundation.org. To designate your gift, please contact OPLF by phone or email email@example.com.
Ruth & John Sage Toby & Molly Schropp Mike & Marilyn Sitorius Gloria Sorensen Gary Wasdin Katie Weitz Wally & Barbara Weitz Eileen M. Wirth
Anonymous Doug & Cathy Aden Trent Allen Aon Foundation Kim Bainbridge BCDM Architects Elizabeth Becker BNSF Foundation Richard & Carol Britten Robert & Jill Cochran Mark & Teri D’Agostino Stewart & Lisa Dale Kennard & Marcia Davies Robyn Devore Thomas & Nancy Gallagher Lynn & Cindy Gray Roberta Gunning Sarah Haddad John & Janis Haggstrom David Harding & Sarah Newman Terry & Linda Haubold Bill Honke & Molly Maguire Stephen Hug & Tom Elser Sandi Jenkins Jack & Geraldine King Roland & Jean Mariucci Sharon McGrath Diana Nevins Norma & Cliff Pountney John & Kathleen Ransom Todd Robinson Rotary -North Rotary-Northwest Rotary-Suburban Rick & Carol Russell Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Shirley Siebler Susan Stalnaker Donald & Ruby Tiller Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government Jim & Maureen Waldron Judy & Gale Wickersham
Honorariums & Memorials Received April 25 – July 25, 2014 In Honor of Book & Study Club Ann Clark
In Honor of Amanda Brewer Rotary-Northwest
In Honor of Sara Boyd Rotary-Northwest
In Honor of Mary Beth Brukner Kutak Rock
In Memory of Elizabeth Burchard Omaha Women’s Chamber of Commerce
In Memory of Mary Henney Family of Mary Henney Richard & Cathleen Colgan Kay Lynn Kalkowski Jim & Debbie Mueller
In Honor of Joy Johnson Rotary-Northwest
In Memory of Carol Kelley
Omaha Women’s Chamber of Commerce
In Honor of John Lund Rotary-Northwest
In Memory of Florence Maxwell Diane Lux
In Memory of Susan McArthur Renee McArthur
In Honor of Bart McCleay Rotary-Northwest
In Honor of Sharron McLeod West Maple Dental Specialists
In Honor of John T. Price Rotary-Northwest
In Honor of Shane Osborn Rotary-Northwest
In Memory of Patricia Raczynski Tom & Margaret Hoarty
In Memory of Carl Ray Reerink
Employees of Baldwin Hackett & Meeks, Inc. Lynne & Jack Baldwin Rebecca Means
In Honor of Jim Reiff Rotary-Northwest
In Honor of Nancy Rips Michael Mahaffey
In Honor of Carma Scheafer Rotary-Northwest
In Memory of Margaret Shalberg Miriam Sward Jackie Shalberg
In Honor of Eileen Wirth Rotary-Northwest
In Memory of Mary K. “Kathy” (Rickabough) Ziska Mary Ann Bastian Kelley Coleman Denise Cruz Frine dela Fuente Lianne Frame Kevin Gillogly Robert Hachmann Lori Hays Elleen Hyeaman Deanna Langellier Sue Norton Lori Simpson Mike Tanner Michael Voll
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Jan Brett Book Tour Sat | Dec 6 | 10 am
Omaha Police Union Hall
13445 Cryer Ave.
Book talk and an illustration demonstration with The New York Times bestselling author/illustrator.
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4808 Cass St. / 402.444.5274 ______________________________________ TU & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM WE, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED
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2808 Q St. / 402.444.4850 (call for hours during MCC quarter breaks) ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . 7:30 AM - 9 PM FR, SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED
W. CLARKE SWANSON BRANCH
9101 W. Dodge Rd. / 402.444.4852 ______________________________________ _________ TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 AM - 8 PM FR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 AM - 6 PM SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED
CHARLES B. WASHINGTON BRANCH
2868 Ames Ave. / 402.444.4849 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU & WE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 8 PM TH, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED
WILLA CATHER BRANCH
1905 S. 44th St. / 402.444.4851 ______________________________________ _______ TU & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM WE, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED
Hours subject to change.
WARPED: Historical In/Accuracy W. Dale Clark Main Library Opening night party Fri | Sept 12 | 6:30-9:30 pm Author panel, discussions & readings Sat | Sept 13 | Noon-5 pm The 10th annual (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest will feature authors who will discuss the process of adapting facts (either historical or personal) for their fictional works. For more information, visit omahalitfest.com.
Culinary Conference Baked Delights Sat | Nov 1 | 11 am-3 pm W. Dale Clark Main Library
Learn about Omaha’s baking community from owners of popular local bakeries. Participants can expect a panel discussion, cooking demos from local chefs and food enthusiasts, foodie discussions, and a cookbook exchange.
Carrie McKenzie, chef & author of “Savour Cuisine”
6th Annual Genealogy Lock-In
Hispanic Heritage Family Festival
Fri | Sept 26 | 6:30-9 pm
Sat | Sept 27 | 1-4 pm
W. Dale Clark Main Library Join us after hours to find genealogical treasures online and in the collection. Professional genealogist Robbi Ryan will present Now, Where Did I File that Document? Tips and Hints for Organizing Your Genealogy Research. Registration required at omahalibrary.org or 402.444.4826.
South Omaha Library
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with food, performances, a bounce house, face-painting, piñatas, and a jalapeño-eating contest! Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.