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Connect Volume 20 • Issue 4 • Winter 2013-2014 News from Omaha Public Library • OPL Foundation • Friends of OPL Page 2 Page Director’s Note Fall Recap 3 Page New Year, New You Recommended Reads Michael Phipps Gallery W. Dale Clark 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. Dec — The works of Marilyn Beig Mixed media artist Marilyn Beig will present a sampling of her work. Beig is active with the Associated Artists of Omaha, Duchesne Academy, and various public art projects. Jan — Black History Exhibit The Great Plains Black History Museum will present an exhibit of Baseball and Negro Leagues in Omaha. Feb — Trans-Mississippi Exposition Travel back in time and visit the 1898 TransMississippi World’s Fair in Omaha. This exhibit will feature memorabilia from OPL’s collection, as well as contributions from The Durham Museum and private collectors. Opening reception & book signing Fri | Feb 7 | 6 pm Local author Timothy Schaffert will sign copies of his latest novel The Swan Gondola, set amid the 1898 World’s Fair. 4-5 Page Holiday Gift Guide KidSpot & TeenSpace 6-7 Friends of OPL OPL Foundation Winter Reading Club January — February Brrr! It’s that time of year when nothing sounds better than staying cozy and curling up with a good book and a warm beverage. Why not earn rewards while you’re at it by participating in the Winter Reading Club? All ages are encouraged to participate. This is not your typical club. There are no meetings, membership dues, or long lists of rules. All you need to do is read and/or attend OPL programs to earn online badges in January and February. Five badges will earn you a prize and automatically enter you into a drawing for more prizes. Winners of the drawing will be announced in the first week of March. Need book suggestions? Review staff picks from the OPL catalog, request a customized reading list, or read staff book reviews at Here’s how to participate: • • • Author Fair Discover, meet and greet local authors, and buy their books! Writers are welcome to participate and may register at The event will also feature a panel of local experts who will discuss various aspects of publishing. Register at any OPL location or online at Sat | Feb 22 | 1-4 pm W. Dale Clark Main Library Read or listen to materials, attend programs and more to earn badges. Track your progress online. Receive a prize when you’ve earned five badges and be automatically entered into a drawing to win additional prizes. WRC is sponsored by the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends of Omaha Public Library.

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