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A LETTER FROM THE OPL BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2018 BOARD Carol Wang President Jesse Sullivan Vice President Adrian Suarez-Delgado Secretary/Treasurer Cecelia Creighton Caitlin Davis Michele Frost Mike Kennedy Keegan Korf Keith Lutz

To build something strong, something that will stand the test of time, a solid foundation is key. Equally important is revisiting that base as a continual reminder of what is at its very core. For Omaha Public Library (OPL), building a community of lifelong readers has always been and will continue to be one of the organization’s primary goals. Over time, libraries have evolved and will adapt as needed into the future. Today’s libraries have embraced technology to remove barriers to information access and to help connect people with needed services that are increasingly only A dad and his two children took a break to enjoy a book at available online. Libraries span Saddlebrook Branch on April 15, 2018. generations to introduce users to technologies that help them to communicate in new ways, develop skills for personal or professional growth, and challenge them to learn more. Still, when many people think of libraries, their immediate association isn’t necessarily with technology or the creative and innovative array of educational and entertaining programs for all ages. They most frequently think of books and reading. In 2018, OPL focused on how to provide patrons with better experiences when it comes to the materials offered at the library. Whether through simplifying the borrowing process, offering special collections, or helping a patron find their next great read, OPL’s Trustees and staff have their community in mind. After all, OPL exists to serve the needs and interests of those who support it at all stages of life, and invites you to learn how the library builds upon its strong foundation of literacy. The breadth and depth of programs, materials and expertise will make you proud! All of this is made possible through support from you—the residents of Douglas County—and private donations gifted through the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends of Omaha Public Library. Thank you.



























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ABOUT US MISSION OPL strengthens our communities by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services.

VISION Omaha is a vital and vibrant city, with OPL as an essential catalyst, collaborator and connector.

CORE VALUES Service excellence, integrity, innovation, community engagement, equal & inclusive access, staff talent

A staff member assisted a family checking out books at Saddlebrook Branch on April 15, 2018.

Administration Laura Marlane – Executive Director Rachel Steiner – Assistant Director Elizabeth A. Johnson – Senior Manager of Operations

Branch Managers

Sarah VanRaden – Senior Manager of Branch Services

A.V. Sorensen Branch – Autumn Hill

Lori Arends – Business Office Manager

Benson Branch – Karen Pietsch

Ben Brick – Collection Processing Manager

Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch – Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh

Jody duRand – Partnership & Community Engagement Manager

Charles B. Washington Branch – Micki Dietrich

Emily Getzschman – Marketing Manager

Florence Branch – Lois Imig

Jason Goossen – IT Services Manager

Millard Branch – Evonne Edgington

Julie Humphrey – Youth & Family Services Manager

Milton R. Abrahams Branch – Jennnifer Jazynka

Theresa Jehlik – Strategy & Business Intelligence Manager

Saddlebrook Branch – Amy Wenzl

Jessica Johnson – Borrower Services Manager

South Omaha Library – Marvel Maring

Amy Mather – Adult Services Manager

W. Clarke Swanson Branch – Casey Kralik

Linda Miles – Facilities Manager

W. Dale Clark Main Library – Matt Couch

Deirdre Routt – Collection Development Manager

Willa Cather Branch – Lori Nelson






A young boy read his book at Millard Branch on June 11, 2018.

REVENUE City of Omaha (General Fund & Keno) Douglas County

$14,030,732 $1,195,000

Omaha Public Library Foundation




State aid, lender compensation, eBook grant

$157, 274

Friends of Omaha Public Library

$116,242 $16,300,013









Other operating expenses


Outreach & programs


Summer Reading Program


Staff support


$98,388 $15,550,472





*Facilities administration and maintenance labor are accounted for under personnel.

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AUTHOR VISITS OPL hosted two award-winning authors of works for youth for book talks, signings and more.

Author Kate Klise led participants through story-writing exercises and signed books at Millard Branch on December 3, 2018.

Author Alan Gratz posed with a fan after signing his book at Milton R. Abrahams Branch on March 29, 2018.

ALAN GRATZ New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz visited Milton R. Abrahams Branch in March 2018. Gratz spoke about his work, answered questions, and signed copies of his books after the presentation. Gratz is the author of a number of books for young readers, including “Refugee,” “Ban This Book,” “Code of Honor,” “The League of Seven” series, and “The Brooklyn Nine.” His works have been recognized repeatedly by the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association as top picks in multiple categories. Additionally, Gratz won the 2015 Nebraska Golden Sower Award for his novel, “Prisoner B-3087,” and was a Golden Sower nominee in 2018 for “Projekt 1065.”


KATE KLISE Author of the “43 Old Cemetery Road” series Kate Klise visited Millard Branch in December 2018. Klise spoke about her books, answered questions, and led young participants in an interactive writing activity. She also signed books for those in attendance. Klise is the author of a number of books for young readers, including “Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List,” and the “Regarding” and “Three-Ring Rascals” series. She was the recipient of the 2001-2002 Golden Sower Award for “Regarding the Fountain.”

PARTNERSHIP PASS PROGRAM In 2017, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium partnered

Number of passes distributed in 2018


with OPL to offer free zoo tickets to library patrons. The partnership continued in 2018 and motivated two additional area organizations to follow suit.


The second partner to join the pass program was Fontenelle Forest in May 2018. Passes offering free admission each day of the week were made available at all 12 OPL locations. The passes are returned to the library after use to ensure that they may be checked out all year. “One of the things that’s really amazing to me is how much of a resource both the libraries and Fontenelle Forest are for the community,” said Fontenelle Forest Executive Director Merica Whitehall. “How vast the engagement, activities and learning opportunities of the organizations are!”


Omaha Children’s Museum joined the program in September 2018, providing 100 single-use tickets at all library branches at different times throughout the year. Omaha Children’s Museum Executive Director Lindy Hoyer expressed her excitement around the new collaboration. “This partnership is going to have a big impact on families in our community. More families than ever before will have access to our daily programs and exhibits.” OPL continues to pursue opportunities that provide access to Omaha-area attractions and activities. “Partnering with these outstanding destinations not only adds tremendous value to your library card, but it also helps families who need it the most to enjoy some of the best of what our community has to offer,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. The Beerman family took advantage of OPL’s day pass to Fontenelle Forest and had a great time, even in the rain!

“I can’t believe I’ve never been to this gem of a place. We will be back! Thank you OPL for letting us check out Fontenelle Forest on this most beautiful winter day.” Facebook post by Laura Thomas The Thomas family enjoyed Fontenelle Forest using the pass they checked out from OPL.

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OPL staff received the Omaha Education Association’s School Bell Award, given to recipients who work to raise achievement and close learning gaps for all students in Omaha.

“OPL is honored to receive the

OPL was selected to receive the Omaha

School Bell Award and looks

Education Association’s School Bell Award

forward to continued partnerships

at their 55th Annual Laurels Night Banquet

with schools and educators

on May 6, 2018, for its work with the Omaha

throughout Douglas County to

Public Schools (OPS) Libraries during its

help improve our community and

annual Summer Reading Program (SRP).

the lives of young people,” said

The School Bell Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to education. OPL was recognized for its efforts toward combatting the achievement gap and summer learning loss that occur when children do not stay engaged in active learning while out of school over the summer. OPS Libraries and OPL have partnered for many years to promote literacy, writing, reading and more in an engaging, fun environment at several elementary sites during the summer. OPS students engage in both OPS and OPL summer activities, and summer school students also register for SRP to earn prizes for reading.

An OPL staff member led an Out and About Storytime at Chalco Hills on July 2, 2018.


OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane.

WELL-READ COLLECTIVE “The Well-Read Collective aims to take traditional library services, such as connecting readers with new and exciting books, out into the community,” said OPL Readers and Writers Librarian Erin Duerr. “The Collective acts as the ‘street team’ to remind people why their public library is the best source for readers advisory, literature and books.”

Erin Duerr

With seemingly endless options available, finding books that people connect with and want to read can be challenging. This is one reason why OPL developed and launched the Well-Read Collective during summer 2018. The Well-Read Collective is a team of OPL staff members who love books and want to talk about what they—and you—are reading. They are available to help readers find their next favorite read, explore new genres, and discover new and forthcoming titles. People can follow their favorite Well-Read Collective team members online and see them at community events. Many readers were thrilled to connect with the team throughout the summer months at the Turner Park Night Market, and were even more excited to receive their own personalized book recommendation lists on the spot, via typewriter. “I think it’s awesome that they are making this list,” said Turner Park Night Market attendee Sarah Frederickson. “I challenged myself to read 36 books this year, so I am always looking for something new to read!” Well-Read Collective members work at neighborhood branches and welcome invitations to speak at your next book club or book-related community event.

Well-Read Collective members researched reading recommendations for Night Market attendee Sarah Frederickson.

Visit omahalibrary.org/well-read-collective to get connected and see what they’ve been reading.

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A young boy flipped through his book at Out & About Storytime at Hardy Coffee in Benson on June 15, 2018.

Kids participated in a Drums of the World program at Willa Cather Branch on June 12, 2018.

Omaha and Douglas County residents of all ages celebrated the 2018 Summer Reading Program (SRP) theme “Libraries Rock!” and challenged themselves to 10 hours of reading for the opportunity to earn prizes.

An instuctor played the piano alongside a storytime attendee at the Omaha Conservatory of Music on June 21, 2018.

Overall, 34,154 people participated in OPL’s annual SRP, logging 320,425 hours of reading. SRP’s presenting sponsor, the Richard Brooke Foundation, and many other organizations helped make SRP educational, affordable and entertaining. Participants enjoyed a variety of programs at OPL’s 12 branches and “Out & About” at different locations across the Omaha metro. The “Libraries Rock!” theme provided opportunities to make musical memories. Patrons enjoyed live musical performances on Music Mondays. Several locations featured movie sing-alongs with favorites such as “Frozen,” “Mary Poppins” and “Moana,” and some branches offered ukulele lessons and time to make DIY instruments to take home. Programs attracted 33,767 attendees. “It’s always fun to see Omaha families make libraries a part of their summer routines,” said OPL Youth & Family Services Manager Julie Humphrey. “Connecting reading with fun is what SRP is all about, and helping people to learn something new just happens as a result!”

Left: A young family played with ukuleles at Benson Branch on June 18, 2018.


Opposite page: Wizard rock band Harry and the Potters performed in W. Dale Clark Main Library’s Michael Phipps Gallery on August 6, 2018, bringing a whole new meaning to the 2018 Summer Reading Program theme “Libraries Rock!”



In 2018, OPL installed and programmed RFID tags in most circulating items in its system—approximately 660,000 physical items. OPL facilities were equipped with new security gates, checkout stations and selfcheck machines. All of these upgrades save time for patrons and library staff.

In summer 2018, OPL implemented two changes that allow many materials to remain in the hands of patrons longer, with fewer fines, while allowing for popular hold-list items to be returned more quickly.

RFID tags combine radio frequency and microchip technology that can be programmed with information about the materials in which they’re placed. The library’s circulation system reads that information when items are checked out or returned. Now, a stack of books that used to be checked out individually can be placed on an RFID reader and checked out in seconds. Self-checkout stations work much more efficiently, shaving about 30 seconds from every circulation transaction. Though that may not sound like a lot, 30 seconds adds up when there are more than 3 million items checked out from OPL each year.

TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE By the end of July 2018, all OPL locations had moved from cable modems for internet service to fiber, putting the library in the position to improve internet speeds and paving the way for greater improvements to technology and access for every OPL patron. Faster internet speeds serve as a foundation for future additional technology upgrades, such as: • • • • •

Discontinuing an analog phone system and reducing phone service costs Faster and more stable access to the library’s management system Increased Wi-Fi coverage Ability to implement cloud printing Potential software upgrades

Eligible materials that do not have any hold requests from other patrons and have not already been renewed the maximum of four times automatically renew when the patron’s courtesy notice is triggered. Courtesy notices still list all items checked out and the status of each. The billing timeline was decreased to help encourage patrons to return their materials in a timely manner and get popular and desired materials into the hands of the next borrower. To make it easier for patrons to remember to return their materials, overdue notices are sent closer together, and OPL patrons can get their items back to the library without facing an overdue fine.

READ OFF YOUR FINES The OPL Board of Trustees voted to provide patrons under age 15 with an opportunity to clear applicable fines and fees from their library account by reading, beginning in April 2018. Youth may read at the library, home or school, and log their hours. Parents may count time spent reading to their child. Each hour spent reading earns credit for $5 in fines and fees. The minimum reading time for a waiver is 15 minutes, for a credit of $1.25. A maximum of $10 in fines and fees may be waived monthly. Read Off Your Fines waivers do not include collection agency fees, Interlibrary Loan fees, Bestseller Express fees, Metro Community College fees, research fees or future overdue fines. In 2018, fines and fees were waived 455 times with this program.

Opposite page: A mother and son worked together to use a new self-check machine at W. Clarke Swanson Branch.

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SENSE SCREENING STORYTIMES During fall 2018, each OPL branch hosted two special storytimes highlighting the senses—one about vision and another about hearing and language. Following these storytimes, interested parents were able to have their children screened for early signs of hearing impairment, language delay, or possible vision impairment by trained screeners from Boys Town Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning; and Lions Club International. Screeners connected parents Families attended Sense Screening Storytime at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on September 7, 2018. with resources to help improve their child’s quality of life and prevent or reduce learning delays often associated with impairment. The ability to understand and use language is important for future social, academic and career success. A language screening is a quick step to make sure that a child’s language development is on track. Early identification is key to successful outcomes. “As a Boys Town Hospital employee, my goal is to provide needed hearing and language services in our community. Since initiating this screening program, our goal has been to reach out to families and offer information about their child’s hearing, language strengths and potential needs—skills that are particularly important for academic, social and vocational success,” said Nancy B. Ohlmann, diagnostic and participant recruitment manager. “We also provide parents with follow-up information and appropriate next steps, including discussions regarding educational, clinical and research opportunities at Boys Town.”

A screener completed a hearing test on a young patron at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on September 7, 2018.


A dad and daughter worked with a Lions Club International screener at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch on September 10, 2018.

MAKING AN IMPACT Michelle Craig is home from work two days a week with her two youngest children, Noah (age 4) and Adeline (16 months). On those days, they participate in different area activities, a favorite being storytime at W. Clarke Swanson Branch. Unbeknownst to Michelle, the storytime they attended on September 7, 2018, included special guests from Boys Town Pediatrics, as part of its partnership with OPL, to screen for early signs of hearing impairment or language delay in OPL’s youngest patrons. Michelle hadn’t planned to get her children screened that day, but encouragement from library staff and no waiting prompted her to change her mind. After watching another child go through the screening exercise, she knew what to expect. When it was Noah’s turn, she noticed he wasn’t as responsive to the prompts given through his headphones. The screener confirmed that Noah did appear to be experiencing some hearing loss, and explained that it could, at times, be attributed to a cold or allergies. To ensure that the results of the test were not a fluke, Michelle had Noah screened again at two different storytimes, with the same results. With three failed attempts, it was time to visit the doctor. A full hearing exam found moderate hearing loss in Noah, and his hearing loss was even worse when retested one month later. “The eustachian tubes in his ears weren’t relieving any pressure,” said Michelle. “It was like being in an airplane when your ears won’t pop to adjust to the altitude. He was hearing like this all the time.” Faced with the decision about whether or not to opt for surgery, and realizing that Noah was at a pivotal age for learning and development, Michelle and her husband decided there was no time to lose. Noah’s surgery for ear tubes to help relieve the pressure was scheduled for January 15, 2019. The procedure went smoothly and his hearing was perfect at his follow-up appointment! Noah’s parents will check back often to ensure his hearing remains at a high level and focus on his speech. They realized that some of his word enunciations were

Noah Craig responded to prompts during a hearing test at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on September 7, 2018.

not quite right, and while this is normal for a 4 year old, they believed that it could be directly related to Noah’s hearing deficit. Noah will have no trouble finding the words needed to practice his speech. He loves books, just like the rest of his family, and often has many books on hold or checked out at any given time. “The library is such a great resource for so many things -family storytimes, out and about activities, toys, movies, games, passes to local museums/attractions and books,” Michelle said. “Storytimes are a perfect fit to integrate sense screenings because they are typically for the 5 and younger kids... Kids who are still learning language and have difficulty clearly expressing themselves, so it can be difficult to even know there is a problem.” OPL is grateful to be a part of this story and to make an impact with offerings to this community through public and private support, as well as valuable community partnerships with Boys Town Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning; and Lions Club International.

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OMAHA READS “THE HATE U GIVE” BY ANGIE THOMAS Each year, OPL encourages the community to nominate, vote for, read and discuss one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire dialogue among Douglas County residents. The selection is celebrated with book talks and other programming.

The Omaha Reads After Hours and Conversation about “The Hate U Give” was held at The Venue at Highlander on October 18, 2018.

“The Hate U Give” is the fictional story of 16-year-old Starr Carter and how her life changes after being the only witness to her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. This award-winning novel addresses a variety of themes including racism, community, family, justice, friendship and identity. “Because of the wide variety of topics it addresses and its relevance to issues facing young people today, this book provides a springboard for important conversations,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “The community selected this book, letting us know that it’s something they’d like to discuss.” OPL worked with a variety of community partners to provide opportunities for people to gather and talk openly about the book’s challenging themes in

Opposite page: Attendees at the Omaha Reads After Hours and Conversation participated in activities to address difficult topics from the book. The event was held at The Venue at Highlander on October 18, 2018.

The final event of Omaha Reads 2018 was “Stories of Identity,” curated by Beacon Story Labs. Six storytellers shared their personal stories of identity before a full house in the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery at The Union for Contemporary Art.

respectful environments throughout the city. More than 370 people attended these events. “The Hate U Give” was checked out approximately 900 times during Omaha Reads, making it the most popular title in the history of the campaign. Omaha Reads partners included Paul B. Allen IV, Beacon Story Lab, College of Saint Mary, Dundee Book Co., Girls Inc., Raquel Henderson, Inclusive Communities, Leo Louis II, Tulani Grundy Meadows, Jade Rogers, Ashlei Spivey, The Highlander and 75 North, The Union for Contemporary Art, and Felicia Webster.

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BE A FRIEND Friends of Omaha Public 2018 BOARD Jeanne Spence President Matt Hill Secretary Michael O’Hara Treasurer Carol Ebdon, Ph.D. Joe Goecke Polly Goecke Karen Hosier Mary Gallagher Jansen, MD Teggy Maxwell Euem Osmera Caroline Sedlacek Mary Ann Sturek

Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to raising money for the library, providing volunteers, and promoting the library to the greater community. Volunteers with a love for the library Patrons browsed books for sale at the Friends book sale. raise funds with book sales at W. Clarke Swanson Branch every Thursday and on the first Saturday of each month. They also raise funds through internet book sales, memberships, and donations to benefit OPL, its patrons, and the larger Omaha community. Learn more about becoming a Friend at friendsomahalibrary.org.


Former board member Angie Wells talked with Friends Board President Jeanne Spence at the annual meeting.




Friends Board Member Michael O’Hara posed with author Alex Kava at the Friends annual meeting on January 3, 2018.

HOW FRIENDS HELP Adopt-a-Branch: Each year, the Friends of Omaha Public Library provide discretionary funds to each OPL branch for special needs not purchased through city or county funding. Branch managers and staff identify needs and work with library administration and the Adopt-aBranch chairperson from the Friends to ensure the best use of the funds. Purchases in 2018 included furniture reupholstery, a mobile computer cart, shelving, storage cabinets, staff room microwave and coffee maker, a first aid replacement kit, and much more. Scholarships & Staff Development: The Bess Brodkey Friends board members gathered for their annual meeting at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Education Fund is provided by the Friends of Omaha Center on January 3, 2018. Public Library to support professional education and staff development for all staff members of the Omaha Public Library system. Brodkey contributed energetically to Friends’ book sales for many years and the fund aims to honor her by helping to pay for continuing education for library staff. Summer Reading Program: The Friends contributed $7,000 to OPL’s 2018 Summer Reading Program, including funds for branch kick-off parties and supplies for programs to keep youth educated and entertained throughout the summer. The Friends also served as an in-kind sponsor, donating vouchers for free books at the Friends of OPL book sales to the summer readers who completed their reading goals. Membership Passes: In 2018, the Friends of OPL made it possible to add two additional area organizations to the OPL partnership pass program. The Friends contributed funds to purchase memberships to Fontenelle Forest and entry tickets to Omaha Children’s Museum that were made available for OPL patrons to check out.


The 2018 Virginia Frank contest winners were honored with a celebratory reception at W. Dale Clark Main Library.

The Friends of Omaha Public Library honored 12 young people in a ceremony on April 29, 2018, for their excellence in writing. Youth in grades 5-8 were awarded with certificates of achievement and cash prizes as part of the annual Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest. Students were asked to write an original fiction story featuring a character from a book they had read on their own. The Friends received more than 160 contest entries.

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SUPPORT OPL The mission of the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) is to raise funds and advocate for OPL.

2018 BOARD Anne Branigan President Kathy Roum Vice President


Arun Agarwal Secretary Mark McMillan Treasurer Rochelle A. Mullen Advisor


Julie Cobb Jo Giles Traci Hancock

Direct library contributions $465,929 Development $54,835 Administration & office expenses $188,633 Total $709,397 As of print time, OPLF’s 2018 audit was still in progress. These totals were submitted by OPLF staff. For more information, call 402.444.4589.

James P. Kineen Tina Lonergan Ex Officio Members Carol Wang OPL Board of Trustees President Laura Marlane OPL Executive Director Foundation Staff

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER For the fifth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser. “Between the Lines with Amy Thielen” took place on September 26, 2018, at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus. Clayton Chapman, chef and owner of The Grey Plume, served as honorary event chair. Event proceeds support OPL programs and services. Thielen discussed her passion for cooking and the thrilling pursuit of her culinary identity. Her Midwestern roots resonated with many in attendance. The fundraiser also featured the presentation of the Omaha Public Library Foundation’s Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award to James P. Kineen, a longtime Foundation board member.

Wendy Townley Executive Director


Sandra Lyden Grants & Donor Relations Manager



Opposite page: Author Amy Thielen signed books at OPLF’s annual fundraiser on September 26, 2018.

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FINANCIAL GIFTS JANUARY 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2018 Memorial and honorarium donors are recognized in OPL’s quarterly Connect newsletter throughout the year. Thank you, donors! Your support of the Omaha Public Library Foundation makes a difference. $50,0000 Dixon Family Foundation Holland Foundation Claire M. Hubbard Foundation McGowan Family Foundation The Sherwood Foundation

Gilbert C. Swanson Foundation Wally & Barbara Weitz Tenaska, Inc.

$20,000+ Anonymous Richard Brooke Foundation Omaha Community Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation Sokolof Foundation in Memory of Richard Rosinsky Weitz Family Foundation $15,000+ Hawks Foundation Lozier Foundation Amy L. Scott Family Foundation

A family used the computers at the W. Clarke Swanson Branch following storytime on September 7, 2018.

$10,000+ Benson Plant Rescue The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation John & Ruth Sage Webster Family Foundation

A mother and her son read at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on July 11, 2018.

$5,000+ Clifton B. & Anne Stuart Batchelder Foundation Bluestem Prairie Foundation Cox Dundee-Memorial Park Association Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation Dwain Horn Memorial Fund Dan & Kari Kinsella Michael & Susan Lebens Allan & Ann Mactier Charitable Foundation Mutual of Omaha Companies Omaha Steaks International Silvia Roffman Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation The Todd & Betiana Simon Foundation The Soener Foundation Elizabeth Summers


$2,000+ Aflac Baer Foundation Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Deloitte & Touche LLP Devin Fox, M.D. James & Dawn Hammel Edward Hotz & Trish Nipp Humanities Nebraska Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Richard & Helen Kelley Jim Kineen Dan & Tina Lonergan Steve Martin & Amy Haddad Maggie & Michael McMeekin Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation Morrissey Engineering Rochelle Mullen RBC Wealth Management Dave & Anne Rismiller Jill Slosburg-Ackerman Paul & Annette Smith $1,000+ Anonymous Arun Agarwal Mary Joy Anderson Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Mogens & Cindy Bay BCDM Architects Berger & O’Toole, CPAs Michael & Michelle Berlin Anne & Brian Branigan Stephen & Anne Bruckner BVH Architecture Julie & Scott Cobb Nancy Darst

Library patrons hung out in the Teen Space at South Omaha Library on April 11, 2018.

John & Terri Diesing DLR Group Dollar General Literacy Foundation Carol Ebdon First National Bank Fraser Stryker PC LLO Friedland Family Foundation Lance & Julie Fritz Carol Gendler Peggy & John Heck The Heider Family Foundation Kate & Neil Holstein Harold & Clara Hoover Sandra Jenkins Noreen Johnson Dave & Vicki Krecek Leo A Daly Karen & Jim Linder Gary & Lucie Long Deborah Macdonald Greg & Lori McMillan Mark & Dianne McMillan Mike & Dana Meyer Jim & Bobbie Montequin Phyllis & Bob Newman Sharee & Murray Newman Fund Olsson Associates Lewis & Winifred Pinch RDG Planning & Design Kathy & Chad Roum Nola & David Schettler Security National Bank Streck, Inc. Jon & Alka Swanson UNO/UNMC Valmont Industries, Inc. Carol Wang & Jim Phillips Sarah Watson Dennis & Patricia Wiederholt Philip & Nancy Wolf $500+ Anonymous (2) Doug & Cathy Aden Jean Amoura Martha Antonson George & Kathleen Bigelow Richard & Carol Britten

Kids enjoyed playing with toys at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch on June 4, 2018.

Dick & Carole Burrows Sandor & Rhonda Chomos Maurice & Cora Conner Stewart & Lisa Dale DMSi Joseph Drugmand Linda & Charles Duckworth Eclectic Book Club Steve & Cathy Gilbert Jo Giles Traci Hancock Harry & Gail Koch Roland & Jean Mariucci Laura Marlane & Paul Richards Gail McFayden John & Merrilee Miller Shirley & Daniel Neary Sheri Oakes Frank Partsch Susan Petersen Sandra Price John & Kathleen Ransom Ann Rinne Greg & Sue Rusie Sylvia Schreiner Susan Stalnaker Stanley & Dorothy Truhlsen United Way of the Midlands Bruce & Susan Vosburg Molly Wickert Eileen M. Wirth $250+ Anonymous AmazonSmile Foundation Lynn & Thomas Ashby Brooke Ayoub Marcia Bechtel Benevity Community Impact Fund David Bowman Jeffrey Boyum Marjorie & Larry Brennan Bobbie Carlson James & Anne Carroll Lou & Ellie Clure Leilani & Ron Coe Mark & Teri D’Agostino Harl & Kay Dalstrom Holly Dunning Thomas & Nancy Gallagher Lynn & Cindy Gray David Haas & Joan Lusienski David Harding & Sarah Newman ilumin Carolyn Ireland Theresa Jehlik Barbara & Adam Karpf Katie & Justin Kemerling Emily Kemp Erwin & Elaine Klabunde Devi Kotaru Marc & Joan Kraft

Two girls played with puppets at Saddlebrook Branch on June 28, 2018.

Marty Magee Marilyn Marsh Stephanie McClellan Sharon L. McGrath John & Meg McNeal Diana Nevins Ken Pohlman Norma & Cliff Pountney Mary Anne & Bruce Ramge Rotary Club of Omaha--North Rotary-Suburban Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Shirley Siebler Gloria Sorensen Jeanne & Robb Spence Matthew & Vera Stefan Pete & Mary Lou Stehr Drs. Jon & Ann Taylor Jonell Tempero Mark Thalken & Katie Wadas-Thalken Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government Judy Vann Jim & Maureen Waldron Gary Wasdin

This mom and daughter enjoyed games at the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta at South Omaha Library on September 22, 2018.

$100+ Anonymous (7) Clyde & Mary Anna Anderson Sharon Appleby Dean Arkfeld & Peggy Reinecke Danielle Arroyo Terry & Kris Atkins Bonnie Austin

Scott & Kathy Hoyt Jamie Hsu Jack & Linda Huggins Julie Jardine Lacey Jay Marlene Jennum Jennifer & Chris Jerram Fawnda Johnson George & Margaret Johnson Michelle Johnston Merritt & Merritt Keiser Kathryn Kennedy James Kineen Keegan Korf Jane Kugler & Doug Vonderfecht Richard J. Kutilek Meganne Lamprecht Joseph & Molly Lang Linda Lavely Cara Lazure Patricia Lontor Deb Love Gary & Susan Mann

Teens kicked off summer on June 1, 2018, by attending an Escape Room Lock-In at Charles B. Washington Branch.

Margaret Shearer Richard & Carolyn Sieling Martin & Bonnie Simon Teddi Slattery Deborah Smith-Howell Barbara Soderlin Mark Sorensen Sandra Squires Nina Strickler Charlene Tarsney Vance Taylor Austin & Dorothy Thompson Kevin Thompson Chris Thompson Gosch Wallace Thoreson Carl and Cindy Troia Nichole & Kevin Turgeon The Vana Family Patricia Vik Justin Wacker Laura Walmsley Mary Wampler Meredith & Drew Weitz Judy & Gale Wickersham David Wiesman Lynn Williams Woodward Family Emily Young Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein

Zac Baer Claire & Tracy Baker Terri & Allen Batschelet Mary Baumstark Bob & Shary Berger Karen Berry Verda Bialac Jennifer & Adrian Black Lynn & Dave Blagg Katie & Kurt Bollish William & Mary Bonneau Gary & Elizabeth Bowen Kathleen Bradley Crystal & Brian Brislen Ann Burdette After attending the Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest awards ceremony on April 29, 2018, a dad and his young Cecil Bykerk daughter looked through some of the books that participants Jeanette Capps were able to take home, courtesy of the Friends of Omaha Michelle Chartrand Public Library. Susan & Bob Chenoweth Tulani & Othello Meadows Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Janet Meisinger Lisa Choquette Dr. & Mrs. Paul Meissner Joyce Christensen Daniel & Patty Melanson Robert and Jill Cochran Carol & Ronald Messineo Georgianna Conn Ann Moshman Annette Conser Ilka Oberst Laura Cudzilo Beth & James Pakiz Drew & Elisa Davies Michelle Pernicek Brian Day Carl & Mary Peters Tony & Claudia Deeb Kristina Peters Mary Donovan Jane Petersen Judith Douglas Chuck & Char Peterson Cheryl Duryea McPherson Marcie Peterson Cathy Eberle John Pollack Carl & Hannelore Ekstrom Denise & Hobson Powell Tom & Janet Ferlic Robert & Patricia Ranney Mary Beth Flanagan Karen Holdeman instructed English-as-a-Second-Language Neal & Deb Ratzlaff Lauren Floersch learners in a volunteer-led course hosted by the Literacy Amanda Reid Mary Ann & Daren Folchert Center of the Midlands at Millard Branch on January 23, 2018. Dick & Mary Lynn Reiser Tom and Ruth Frank Gail & Curt Reiter Mikki Frost Sai Renukunta Jeanne Giordiano-Smith Don Rigler Nancy Grant Lisa Ritter Rachelle Greenfield Douglas Roberts Cheryl Griffin & Chuck Lenosky Stephen Robinson Bob & Rosemary Gross Todd Robinson Mike & Kathy Gross Romance Authors of the Heartland Sarah Haddad Debra Romberger C. Bruce Hamilton Max & Karen Rudolph Roger & Jackie Harned Gaye Lynn Schaffart Terry & Linda Haubold Julie Schroeder Denise Hill

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