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Connect Volume 21 • Issue 2 • Summer 2014

News from Omaha Public Library • OPL Foundation • Friends of OPL Page

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Director’s Note Snapshot Day

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Phipps Gallery OPL at UNO’s CEC

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KidSpot Friends of OPL

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Author Recap OPL Foundation

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Summer Reading Program May 30-July 31

Fizz, Boom, Read! Omaha Public Library invites you to join the annual Summer Reading Program May 30-July 31. Summer Reading Program is a great way to keep reading skills active and earn prizes just for reading! Prizes available beginning June 1, while supplies last.

Kids’ & Teens’ Program Get a prize pack by reading or listening for 10 hours AND collecting 10 virtual badges from a variety of activities.

Adults’ Program

Collect any 10 virtual badges and be entered in a drawing for gift certificates and memberships to area entertainment venues.

Thank you to presenting sponsor Cox Communications; premier sponsor Sokolof Foundation in honor of Richard Rosinsky; and additional support provided by the America First Foundation and The Soener Foundation. Many thanks to our in-kind sponsors for providing additional incentives for reading this summer: City of Omaha Parks and Recreation, Fat Brain Toys, Film Streams, Friends of Omaha Public Library, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Storm Chasers, Papio Fun Park, River City Rodeo, Skate Daze, Sonic Drive-In, That Pottery Place, The Amazing Pizza Machine, The Bookworm, The Durham Museum, and The Rose.

The Golden Sower Award (GSA) nominee list is developed by selection committees of

• Coupon sheet • Collapsible water bottle • Book • Storm Chasers vouchers (for 8/3 or 8/4)

All 12 OPL locations will have FREE activities and programs all summer long to keep you engaged, entertained and motivated to reach your reading goals. Pick up a program booklet at your local branch, or visit at omahalibrary.org to register and view a full schedule of programs and events.

2014-2015 Golden Sower Nominees

Kids’ & Teens’ Prize Pack

volunteer readers representing classroom teachers, media specialists, and librarians in Nebraska. Each list is created from nominated titles submitted by participating libraries and schools from across the state. Local library or school officials are responsible for selecting books they feel are appropriate for the needs and interests of their patrons or students. Voting eligibility requires readers to have read or heard a minimum of four of the

• Drawing entry for gift certificates to area entertainment venues including Defy Gravity, CoCo Key Water Resort and movie theaters.

current nominees from the category in which they will be voting: Primary, Intermediate, or Young Adult. See full list of nominees on page 4.

Director’s Note Looking Ahead... There were days this past winter when it seemed like summer would never come, but it has finally arrived! In fact, by the time you read this I will have likely complained about the heat and/or humidity at least a dozen times. Having grown up in Florida, you’d think I’d barely notice it, but talking about the weather was a way of life for many Floridians. Most conversations went something like this: “Wow, is it hot today!” “Sure is, but not as hot as it was yesterday.” “From what I hear, it’s gonna be even hotter tomorrow.” One thing that never garnered any complaints was the Summer Reading Club. The tradition of registering for the library’s annual summer reading program was something I looked forward to each year. I’d visit our closest public library branch and fill out the reading cards. Participants had to be able to print their own name to join, so it was a big deal when I finally did it on my own. I liked having reading goals, and always wanted to make sure to fill all of the lines on my card so the librarian would have to paper clip the second page. I saw that as a sign that I was doing something right. In addition to being a voracious reader, I loved science and my librarian was great at finding books for me with scientific themes. Strangely, I have a vivid memory of a little toy submarine that came in the Cap’n Crunch box. When you put baking powder in it and put it in the bathtub, it sped through the water. I WANTED THAT SUBMARINE DESPERATELY. Unfortunately, as the youngest of four kids, I seldom got cereal box prizes. I must have complained about it in front of the librarian and, lo and behold, I was presented with a book of science experiments for kids, which included instructions for building a submarine out of a carrot! This year’s Summer Reading Program theme revolves around science and there will be something fun for everyone. In addition to great books to read, there will be free, fun programs for all ages, from puppet and magic shows to gardening and quilting, as well as the science of food, robotics, and even ice cream! In all, there are more than 1,000 free programs, classes and special events happening in your OPL branches in June and July. Rest assured that there is more than enough to keep you and your family busy! Sign up online at omahalibrary.org or stop by your closest branch and we will help you to get started. There are great incentives and prizes to encourage you to meet your reading goals, and save you from hearing anyone complain about being bored... but no guarantees that you won’t hear complaints about the weather!

Gary Wasdin, Executive Director

Snapshot Day

a project of the Nebraska Library Association

On April 15, OPL participated in Nebraska Snapshot Day. The day provided an opportunity to look at all that OPL accomplishes in a single day. OPL staff at all 12 locations collected usage statistics, photos and stories to share with you and libraries across the state.

At-a-Glance:

9,362 Library visitors borrowed 8,178 items and logged 2,688

computer sessions. There were

5,502 unique visits to the OPL website. Customers downloaded

202 songs from Freegal. 356 people attended 26 Library programs, downloaded 542 eBooks, and had 64 e-Government help questions answered by our staff. Staff met

38 job-search or

employment-assistance requests, and

42 students received

homework help.

Top reasons for coming to the library: • Check out an item • Use the Internet/Wi-Fi • Do research • Attend a program We asked: What does the library mean to you? • I own a childcare center. I check out books on various themes.It

is an inexpensive way for me to have lots of different sources for information. • I come to my library to keep my sanity in a crazy world! • Recently I qualified for the Dean’s List at the local community college. OPL was an integral part of my success. • The library is a great resource for our family! We get books, music, DVDs and audio books for pleasure and school projects. • Libraries are an extremely important institution as a resource, a facilitator of information and knowledge, and a building or physical space designed for the use of the community. • A place for peace and quiet, jobs online, stay out of people’s way, read books, educate myself. • I love the library. I am most comfortable in a room full of books. • It offers programs for kids, teens and adults that are awesome, wonderful books to read, and also a safe place for the kids to enjoy. • The library is our #1 source for homeschool! We use great books for all of our subjects and grades (pre-K-high school). • It is a source to find out where to turn when I am at a loss for answers. The library is a godsend at times.

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.

June 6-8 — Young Artist Exhibition Area junior high and high school student art work will be on exhibit during the 19th annual Young Artist Exhibition presented by the Summer Arts Festival in the Michael Phipps Gallery and on the 4th floor. For more information visit summerarts.org.

June 13-28 — Masterpieces: a Fact-Filled Coloring Book Opening reception Fri | June 13 | 4:30-6:30 pm Curtis Cates and Emily Burnell Petrou present a collection of newly imagined pages from professional artists of various disciplines and creative nonprofessionals who were recruited to reinterpret the book’s 60 pages, each depicting a famous work of art. The project began after Cates found the discarded book in his apartment building on the Lower East Side of New York City and got to wondering how a bunch of creative grown-ups would color inside and outside the lines.

July — Laura Carlson: Social Studies Opening reception Sat | July 12 | 4-6 pm Workshop Presentation Mon | July 28 | 7-8 pm Social Studies asks critical questions about our social environments and how these conditions affect our sense of self. Carlson will lead a discussion-based workshop that incorporates collective drawings and experiences on July 14, 21 and 28. All ages are welcome. Email lauracarlsonis@gmail.com for more information.

August — Charlene Potter Opening Reception Thur | Aug 7 | 5:30-7:30 pm Potter is an environmental artist that creates art including natural designs, uplifting messages, and beautiful colors. Her passion is porcelain clay and nature is her inspiration. Through the beauty of art she demonstrates the importance of our natural environment. Most recently, she has created a series of “Water Flowers.” The series is meant to communicate the importance of water quality in Nebraska and all over the world. More information can be found at rosewoodenvironmentalart.com.

OPL at UNO’s CEC The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) celebrated the grand opening of its new Community Engagement Center (CEC) on April 17. OPL is among more than 20 community groups which will share space and work toward the mission of contributing positively and measurably to the Omaha community’s quality of life by creating, supporting and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships, engaged scholarship, and academic and student programming that develop tomorrow’s leaders and agents of change. “This opportunity is a great fit for OPL,” said Executive Director Gary Wasdin. “OPL’s mission to strengthen our communities by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services can be better achieved by working collaboratively with other organizations. OPL staff working in the CEC will think and work strategically with a diverse group of people who share the common goal of making Omaha a great place to live, work and learn.” In 2012, OPL was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) toward its project “Creating a Collaborative Culture through Community Engagement.” The project is using the funds to produce a toolkit of useful resources and a replicable model to guide public libraries toward leadership roles in local civic engagement efforts. UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research has been working with OPL to produce an assessment tool. This new opportunity to work with UNO and its partners in the CEC will help bring the project to the next level of success. “Public libraries have always been an integral part of the communities they serve. With the IMLS grant and OPL’s place in the CEC, we will be in a better position to serve Omaha and Douglas County residents, acting as a community nexus that encourages civic engagement and conversation,” said Wasdin. OPL employees Adrian Gómez Meza , Jody duRand and Maggie Rasmussen work with community partnerships and projects at the CEC.

2014-2015 Golden Sower Nominees For more information visit goldensower.org.

Grades K-3

Intermediate Nominees

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming

A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt Lost and Found by Bill Harley

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly

The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan

Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz Ungifted by Gordan Korman The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall Cinder by Marissa Meyer Starters by Lissa Price A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Variant by Robison Wells

Costume Characters Enjoy stories and activities and don’t forget your camera!

Elephant & Piggie

Poky Little Puppy

June 13 10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams June 14 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook June 16 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . South Omaha June 17 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . Main Library June 17 7:00 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard June 18 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen June 19 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson June 20 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather June 21 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swanson

July 11 July 12 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19

10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook 10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkhorn 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather 10:30 am. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkhorn

Schedules subject to change, visit omahalibrary.org for updates. 4

Young Adult

KidSpot Amanda Panda Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23

10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . Abrahams 10:30 am. . . . . . . . . . . Main Library 10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook 10:30 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen 10:30 am. . . . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swanson

Be a FRIEND! 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! Please complete the form below and mail it to: FRIENDS of Omaha Public Library, PO Box 6032, Omaha, NE 68106

Virginia Frank Writing Contest The Friends of Omaha Public Library honored 12 young writers for bringing imagination to life through essays. Participants were asked to write a story that included a library or librarian, and the top three writers from each grade were awarded cash prizes, with matching gifts to their school libraries. Read the winning essays at omahalibrary.org/teenspace. Fifth grade winners 1st – Elizabeth Grams

Seventh grade winners 1st – Will Rischling

Columbian Elementary School

Questions? Email us at omahalibraryfriends@gmail.com

Lewis and Clark Middle School

2nd – Vienne Kemper

Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School

3rd – Leilani Beaudoin

2nd – Amirtha Arun Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School

3rd – Daniel Wood

Book Sales

Columbian Elementary School

Westside Middle School

W. Clarke Swanson Branch | 9101 W. Dodge Rd.

Sixth grade winners 1st – Grace Elizabeth Mattox

Eighth grade winners 1st – Kassidy Hart

Weekly Sales Thursdays | 10 am - 3 pm

Mattox Family Homeschool

Morton Middle School

2nd – Elena Palomino

2nd – Jordan Palomino

Palomino Family Homeschool

Palomino Family Homeschool

3rd – Alexa Carlson

Alfonza W. Davis Middle School

3rd – Madeline McPeck

Monthly Sales 1st Saturday | 10 am - 3 pm

Morton Middle School

Outstanding Volunteer Kay Bashus Some people have roots in the community so deep and invaluable that it’s hard to do them or their contributions justice. Kay Bashus is one of those people. Bashus, a Friend of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) for two decades, is a longtime library lover, volunteer and supporter. She has played in integral role in shaping OPL. “I can’t remember a time in my life, no matter where I lived, when I didn’t have a library card,” Bashus recalled. “Does that make me a library groupie?” She moved to Omaha after college and fell in love with the old Main Library downtown. “Even after marriage and five children, we regularly trouped down to Main, and sometimes the new Willa Cather branch for our books, and used the Bookmobile when it came to our Dundee neighborhood in the summer.” Kay Bashus

Bashus seized an opportunity when a Dundee grocery store closed in 1973. She teamed with Kitty Prinz and rallied the neighborhood in support of a library/community center in its spot. They established R.E.A.D. (Recreation Education Association of Dundee), with Fran Schroen at the helm. Facing budgetary restraints, “we were rescued

by the generosity of former Mayor A.V. Sorensen who donated land at 48th and Cass Streets. The rest is history,” Bashus concluded. The A.V. Sorensen library-community center opened its doors to much fanfare in 1976; it’s still going strong today. Bashus has been busy with library since the early ‘90s. She joined a library advocacy group, became a FOPL member and eventually served on the Friends board as treasurer and president. Since then she has donated her time and expertise to Friends book sales and various OPL programs and initiatives. Community Outreach Manager Linda Trout said Bashus is nothing short of a community leader, a mover and shaker. “Kay Bashus is one of the most dedicated library supporters and volunteers I know. For many years she has been a strong advocate of OPL and its staff, often seeing needs where others don’t. OPL is much richer with devoted supporters like Kay.” Bashus contends she couldn’t have achieved all of this alone. “Over all these years I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Friends and library staff, as well as people from all walks of life who have invested their time and considerable talents to promote and help OPL. If one thing is true, no job is accomplished alone, but only with the help of other people. In and out the years they are the lifeblood of all our efforts.” If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Jody duRand at 402.554.3385 or jdurand@omahalibrary.org. 5

Margaret Atwood Visit

Literacy, Libraries Celebrated April 12 proved to be a memorable evening for the Omaha Public Library Foundation and OPL. A Novel Affaire, a new library foundation fundraiser, welcomed award-winning author Margaret Atwood and more than 200 guests to Milton R. Abrahams Branch. Library supporters, Atwood fans, and local leaders – including Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha City Councilwoman Aimee Melton – celebrated OPL and its impact in our community.

More than 300 guests came to the Scott Conference Center on April 13 to welcome iconic author Margaret Atwood to Omaha. Atwood presented selections from her most recent book, MaddAddam. Much to the surprise and pleasure of the audience, Atwood invited her friend Orville Stoeber to join her on stage for a performance of hymns that he composed for God’s Gardeners, a religious group represented in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. Full audience participation was requested! Following the presentation, Atwood answered questions from the audience and signed copies of her books. “Margaret Atwood is wonderful – so cool to see her in person – now I will go back to her books and read/reread in light of the things she has talked about,” said Danielle Simpson, who attended the event. “However will I top this?” OPL is grateful for the support of the Omaha Public Library Foundation who helped make this event possible.

“More than 309,000 people are proud to be members of the OPL. Membership is growing, and we are very proud of that,” Mayor Stothert said. “Under the leadership of Executive Director Gary Wasdin and his team, our libraries offer what our customers want: books, audio, movies and technology.” Mayor Stothert added, “Omaha is known for its generous spirit, in both philanthropy and volunteerism. We rely on public/private partnerships to provide and expand services that will make our great city extraordinary.” Local artists and businesses donated a number of items for the evening’s raffle. Prizes included works by Diane Hayes, Erick Post, Shari Post, Rodney Rahl, Jill Rizzo, and the late Wanda Ewing (donated by Ewing’s family). A Novel Affaire raised approximately $35,000. Event sponsors included Tenaska, Mutual of Omaha, Heritage Services, Deloitte, First National Bank, Fraser Stryker, Holland Foundation, Jim and Rochelle Mullen, National Everything Wholesale, and Performance Auto Group.

Townley Joins Omaha Public Library Foundation Local writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser Wendy Townley is the Wendy Townley Omaha Public Library Foundation’s newest staff member. Townley joined the library foundation as development director March 3 after working as a campaign manager for the Steier Group, an Omaha-based development firm.

Mayor Jean Stothert, right, with City Councilwoman Aimee Melton.

OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin and Margaret Atwood.

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From left: Jack & Terri Diesing, Steve & Anne Bruckner.

Colleen Aagesen, left, with Gloria Sorensen.

She previously worked for the University of Nebraska Omaha as assistant director of media relations. While at UNO, Townley earned a master’s degree in communications and began teaching part-time for the School of Communication. “My love of the written word and the joy I experience helping organizations tell their stories and reach their goals make this opportunity with the Omaha Public Library Foundation a perfect fit,” Townley said. “As an Omaha native who spent countless childhood summers at Willa Cather Branch and South Omaha Library, it is truly an honor to fundraise and advocate for OPL, its branches, patrons and staff. And what could be better than going to the library each and every day?”

Say ‘Yes’ to OPL this summer by Wendy Townley

As you page through the latest issue of our Connect newsletter, learning more about the vibrant, bustling communities created by OPL, consider how your neighborhood branch has touched your life. What book, program, film, or library staff member proved most memorable? What opportunity opened your eyes to something new? What did you learn? And, how did the experience make you feel? Seven days a week, OPL members find inspiration in a variety of places. Our branches are a great gathering space, of course, but even more library visits are made virtually via omahalibrary.org. When patrons need answers, OPL routinely delivers. As you consider the countless ways OPL enriches our city and changes lives, I also ask you to imagine a future where library growth and expansion simply stops. Since 1985, the foundation has worked tirelessly to raise funds for OPL. The staff and board of directors are library advocates who continually seek private support from individuals, companies and foundations.

Financial Gifts $100,000+

Peter Kiewit Foundation

$50,000+

Anonymous Richard D. Holland The Sherwood Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation

$25,000+

Cox Communications Ethel Flannigan (Bequest) Lozier Foundation Martha & D. David Slosburg

$15,000+

Sokolof Foundation in memory of Richard Rosinsky

(Director Level) $10,000+

The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation Ramona & Deryl Hamann McGowan Family Foundation Parker Family Foundation Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Eve & Fred Simon Ann & Ken Stinson Tenaska, Inc. Weitz Family Foundation

(Conservator) $5,000+

Bluestem Prairie Foundation Kathleen & N.P. “Sandy” Dodge Hawks Foundation Gilbert M. & Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation Mary A. Holland William & Harriet Otis Nebraska Humanities Council Runza Betiana & Todd Simon

(Advocate) $2,000+

Anonymous America First Foundation Bellevue Offutt Homeschool Group First National Bank of Omaha Heritage Services Joan Gibson & Don Wurster James P. Kineen Rochelle & Jim Mullen Mutual of Omaha Companies National Everything Wholesale RBC Wealth Management The Soener Foundation Beth & Kelvin Whited

(Sustainer) $1,000+

Anonymous Arun Agarwal Mary Joy Anderson Cindy & Mogens Bay Berger & O’Toole CPAs (Bob & Shary Berger)

Barbara J. Bock-Mavis John K. & Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation Anne & Stephen Bruckner Julie & Scott Cobb Deloitte Terri & John Diesing Fraser Stryker Friedland Family Foundation Dawn & James Hammel Jean & John Hartwell Peg & John Heck Catharine & Neil Holstein Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Helen & Richard Kelley Kari & Dan Kinsella Stephanie & John “Jack” Koraleski A. George & Sandy Lozier Steven Martin & Amy Haddad Maggie & Mike McMeekin Mike & Dana Meyer Sharee & Murray Newman Omaha Steaks International Performance Auto Group Winifred & Lewis Pinch Sandra Price Ann Rinne Barb & Ron Schaefer Linda & Michael Simmonds Bruce & Stacy Simon Annette & Paul Smith Stephen & Karen Swartz Christine & Tony Swerczek Dorothy & Stanley Truhlsen Sarah Watson Julie & Mark Wilson Nancy & Philip Wolf

(Page Turner) $500+

Anonymous (2) Jane Alseth Lise Anderson Lynn & Thomas Ashby Carol & Richard Britten Rhonda & Sandor Chomos Henry & Ellie Clure Cora & Maurice Conner Nancy Darst Carol Ebdon Devin Fox Julie & Lance Fritz Scott & Cindy Heider Leona & Bill Kernen Lyle Kinley & Gwen Teeple Marsha & Milton Kleinberg Vicki & David Krecek Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Renee McArthur Deborah & Michael McLarney Mid Month Book Club Bobbie & James Montequin George Morrissey

Omaha and Douglas County residents deserve a great library system teeming with offerings and activity. Meeting such expectations, however, is costly. Tax dollars alone are simply not enough. Private contributions are vital to provide materials and services that meet the needs of library patrons today and in the future. With your generous support – accomplished easily by returning the special envelope included with this newsletter – Omaha can continually strive toward a public library system it both needs and deserves. Reflect upon the library’s impact in your life, and make your taxdeductible gift today. Join the hundreds of supporters who have already said “yes” to OPL and its positive impact in the lives of our neighbors, family members and friends.

Northern Natural Gas Mary Anne & Bruce Ramge Dave & Anne Rismiller Ruth & John Sage Molly & Tobin Schropp Mike & Marilyn Sitorius Gloria Sorensen Mark Terhune Donald & Ruby Tiller Judith Vann Katie Weitz Wally & Barbara Weitz

(Collector) $250+

Anonymous Doug & Cathy Aden Trent Allen AON Foundation Kim Bainbridge BCDM Architects Cerian Bearl Elizabeth Becker Robert & Jill Cochran Lisa & Stewart Dale Kennard & Marcia Davies Teri & Mark D’Agostino Robyn Devore Joseph Drugmand Wanda & Mike Gottschalk Lynn & Cindy Gray Roberta Gunning Sarah Haddad Janis & Dr. John Haggstrom David Harding & Sarah Newman Terry & Linda Haubold Bill Honke & Molly Maguire Clara & Harold Hoover Sandi Jenkins Geraldine & Jack King Gary & Lucie Long Sharon McGrath John & Merrillee Miller Diana Nevins Norma & Cliff Pountney Kathleen & John Ransom Rotary of Omaha - North Club Rotary of Omaha - Northwest Club Rick & Carol Russell Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Shirley Siebler Susan Stalnaker Jim & Maureen Waldron Gary Wasdin Judy & Gale Wickersham Eileen Wirth Thank you to these companies that match employee contributions: American Express BNSF Foundation eBay Inc. First Data Union Pacific Corporation

Honorariums & Memorials January 18 - April 24, 2014

In Memory of Seymour Bailis Keith & Judy Josephson

In Honor of Barb Chilton Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Jacob Houser Gloria Sorensen

In Memory of Roberta Long Evonne Edgington A. George & Sandy Lozier Paul & Kay Saari

In Memory of Susan McArthur

Heidi & Robert Aylward Candace & Michael Connery Andrew & Deborah Cornwall Karen & James Haines Barbara & Paul Hart Terry & Vareane Heese Martin & Nancy Hornig Jeffrey & Patricia Johnson Mary & David Kentsmith David & Marla Kildow Michelle & James Kirkpatrick Albert Krska Michelle Lukowski Barry & Gail Maher Thomas & Andrea Maupin Renee McArthur Metropolitan Reading Council Douglas Miller & Delores McArthur-Miller Terry Osborn Robert & Lois Ourada Peter Sarpy Social Committee James & Kristine Rogers Sheryl Schiessler William & Susan Smith Timothy & Lanette Starbuck Susan Startzer Carol Szalewski Joann Thielen Larry Tjaden Louis & Janet Vacek Richard & Mary Yadon

In Honor of Marguerite Miller Gloria Sorensen

In Memory of Barbara Rees Jerry & Barbara Wolpa

In Memory of Gerri Rice Jerry & Barbara Wolpa

In Memory of Jessie Clark Schirding Jana & Tom Cappelin Marcia Clark Donna Wendorff

In Honor of Gloria Sorensen Beth Nachman

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HOURS & LOCATIONS

Nonprofit Org U.S. Postage

215 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68102

W. DALE CLARK MAIN LIBRARY

215 S. 15th St. / 402.444.4800 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . 7:30 AM - 8 PM * FR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 AM - 6 PM * SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 - 6 PM * 7:30 AM - 10 AM Limited services, first floor only

PAID Omaha, NE Permit No. 1818

MILTON R. ABRAHAMS BRANCH

5111 N. 90th St. / 402.444.6284 ______________________________________ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 9 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 - 6 PM

BENSON BRANCH

6015 Binney St. / 402.444.4846 ______________________________________ _______ TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 8 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

BESS JOHNSON ELKHORN BRANCH

2100 Reading Plz. / 402.289.4367 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 8 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

FLORENCE BRANCH

2920 Bondesson St. / 402.444.5299 ______________________________________ _______ TU & WE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM TH, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

MILLARD BRANCH

13214 Westwood Ln. / 402.444.4848 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 9 PM FR, SA, & SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM

SADDLEBROOK BRANCH

June Family Fair

Barbecue Rubs & Flavored Salts

14850 Laurel Ave. / 402.884.7473 ______________________________________ _______ TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 AM - 8 PM FR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 AM - 5 PM SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 AM - 4 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

A.V. SORENSEN BRANCH

4808 Cass St. / 402.444.5274 ______________________________________ TU & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM WE, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

SOUTH OMAHA LIBRARY

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.

Sat | June 28 | 1:30-4:30 pm Charles B. Washington Branch Activities celebrating the FREE Emancipation Proclamation See the Raising of the Juneteenth Flag and presentation of the Lantern Award. Enjoy bounce houses, a climbing wall, balloon artists, face painters, clowns, music, light Zumba exercise, and the Old Skool Drill Team to entertain. Popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and light refreshments will be provided.

Turn off the oven and fire up the grill this summer! Learn to create your own BBQ rubs and flavored salts.

Mon | June 9 | 4:30 pm | South Omaha Library Sat | June 14 | 11 am | Washington Branch Sat | June 28 | 2:30 pm | Florence Branch Sat | July 19 | 1 pm | Saddlebrook Branch

Recommended Reads by Judy Anghelescu & Teresa Shane, Readers Advisory Specialists

Jack of Spies by David Downing A Scottish car salesman moonlighting as a spy for His Majesty’s Navy in 1913 takes readers on an epic adventure on the eve of World War I. The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson Three interconnected stories of romance, suspense and a World War II mystery are set on a Mediterranean island off the coast of France. War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott Upon the 100th anniversary of WWI, historian William Philpott reexamines the causes and lingering effects of the first truly modern war.

Brazilian Barbecue & Beyond by David Ponte, Jamie Barber, Lizzy Barber and David Rood From fruit-infused breakfasts to classic barbecue and decadent desserts, this modern Brazilian cookbook puts new-style twists on traditional favorites. That Night by Chevy Stevens Toni Murphy, wrongly convicted on murder, is home on parole. Between seeking the real killer and realizing that those nasty girls from high school are still nasty, staying out of trouble is challenging. Get a customized book list with recommended reads just for you! Request your list by visiting omahalibrary.org and selecting Custom Reading List under the Catalog tab.


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