Omaha Magazine - September 2021 - The 2021 Giving Issue

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MISSION STATEMENT

WISH LIST

The Omaha Public Library Foundation raises money and advocates for Omaha Public Library. The Omaha Public Library Foundation reads between the lines, supporting Omaha Public Library by increasing community access to lifelong learning and literacy. This year marks its 36th year serving Omaha Public Library.

An unrestricted financial donation to the Omaha Public Library Foundation is the most effective way to show your support of Omaha Public Library. The Omaha Public Library Foundation accepts cash donations, bequests, memorials, stock transfers, and planned gifts.

UPCOMING EVENTS Omaha Reads, Omaha Public Library’s annual one city/one book initiative Sept. 1-30, 2021 Between the Lines with Yaa Gyasi, author of “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing” Oct. 5, 2021 Temple Israel 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive Virtual tickets also available

BACKGROUND

BRAG LINES

PAY IT FORWARD

Private funding through the

Despite Omaha Public Library’s

Throughout 2020, the Omaha

Omaha Public Library Foundation six-month closure in 2020, digital

Public Library Foundation and

has supported Omaha Public

resources remained available,

the community were inspired by

Library since 1985. Gifts of all

with circulation of digital books

the doggedness of OPL staff in

sizes make it possible to enhance

increasing dramatically. The spike

their service to patrons. When the

the library’s programs, services,

in demand prompted the OPL

furlough meant operating with a

and community access. Private

Foundation to launch a four-fold

skeleton crew, even administrative

support through the Omaha

increase in private dollars to

staff assisted with curbside service.

Public Library Foundation

fund collections.

includes individual donations, corporate and foundation grants, event sponsorships and more. The Omaha Public Library Foundation is managed by a staff of two, plus a board of directors and an advisory council consisting of former staff and volunteers.

Summer 2020 saw an increased

Digital materials are valuable for

interest in books on racial equity

general recreation and research,

and anti-racism. Attuned to

as well as remote learning. By

current events and community

year-end, OPLF raised nearly

response, OPL staff created book

$175,000 toward the $200,000

lists, recorded a podcast, and

goal, increasing the digital materi-

culled resources to help patrons

als collection by nearly 10%.

find that information.

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION 215 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68102 foundation@omahalibrary.org

402.444.4589 omahalibraryfoundation.org

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