OPL Connect Newsletter Volume 29 • Issue 3 • Fall 2022

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Volume 29 • Issue 3 • Fall 2022

2022 Omaha Reads Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to vote for and read one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire discussion among Omaha and Douglas County residents. The selection is celebrated with book talks and other related programming. Join us in reading this year’s Omaha Reads selection, “The Perfume Thief,” by Timothy Schaffert. “The Perfume Thief” is a stylish, sexy pageturner set in Paris on the eve of World War II, where Clementine, a queer American ex-pat and notorious thief, is drawn out of retirement and into one last scam when the Nazis invade. Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of 20th-century Paris and a

Omaha Reads Book Discussions

Join us for a discussion of “The Perfume Thief.” Thurs | Sept 8 | 6 pm Wilson & Washburn | 1407 Harney St. Virtual | Tues | Sept 20 | Noon Link is available at omahalibrary.org. Sat | Sept 24 | 10 am Millard Branch | 13214 Westwood Ln.

passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate. “This year, our community has selected a rich and entertaining work of historical fiction,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “We look forward to presenting programs to help readers explore some of the prominent themes featured in this book.” Get involved with Omaha Reads by checking out the book, participating in a program, and discussing the book with friends, family and neighbors. All programs are free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and register at omahalibrary.org/omaha-reads.

Author Visit

Join us for a conversation with author Timothy Schaffert followed by a Q & A session with the audience. Copies of “The Perfume Thief” will be available for purchase and signing. Sun | Sept 11 | 3 pm Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel’s Schimmel Ballroom | 302 S. 36th St.

Banned Books Week September 18–24

Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those that may be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Visit ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned to learn more.

Timothy Schaffert grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska and now lives in Omaha. He is the author of “The Swan Gondola” as well as four previous criticallyacclaimed novels, which have been among Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selections, Indie Next Picks, and New York Times Editor’s Choices. Schaffert teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Learn more about the author and his most recent novel at theperfumethief.com. Visit omahalibrary.org to reserve your copy of “The Perfume Thief,” and for information about additional programs and resources.

Omaha’s Underground Queer Culture: A Panel Discussion

Join OPL, The Max and UNO Libraries’ Queer Omaha Archives for a discussion and exhibition on the queer culture and history of Omaha, followed by a cabaret show. Author Timothy Schaffert will join in conversation with The Max’s Stosh Moran and other Omaha LGBTQIA+ influencers. This event is for ages 21+. Sat | Oct 1 | 6 pm | The Max | 1417 Jackson St.

Shaun David Hutchinson Virtual Author Visit

Sat | Sept 24 | 2 pm Registration required at omahalibrary.org. OPL will host young adult author Shaun David Hutchinson, whose books have frequently been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools, during this annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Director’s Note Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I think it brings out the New Englander in me. I love the crisp, cool air as the evenings draw in, and the world just feels cozier. Of course, it’s also a great time to curl up with something wonderful to read. Though, to be honest, any time of year is a great time to read! OPL has some amazing apps that make access to the library’s collection fast, easy and available 24/7! Access OPL’s online catalog through the MyOPL app. Read reviews from other patrons; place holds on the titles you want and pick them up where it’s most convenient for you; or create a bookshelf of the titles you want to read in the future. The Libby app is the gateway to all available eBooks and downloadable audiobook titles. Browse all titles or just the items that are currently available to check out. Narrow your search by genre to help you find your next favorite read. New to the Libby app: Magazines! Search dozens of titles available for all ages, everything from Minecraft World Magazine and Raspberry Pi for Kids to The Economist and Taste of Home. Download them to your device and enjoy. If you’re back in school this fall, your library card connects you with all the resources you need to succeed, from live homework help with professional educators through Tutor.com, to learning a new language with Mango Languages. Students preparing for the next level of their education can use LearningExpress to practice for the ACT, SAT, or GRE exams. Whatever you need, OPL is here for you!

Summer Reading Program The 2022 Summer Reading Program (SRP) celebrated the theme “Oceans of Possibilities,” and offered fun stories and fantastic programs featuring the waterrelated theme all summer long! All ages were invited to participate by reading or listening to a book for 10 hours or completing other reading-related activities between June 1 and July 31. Kids and teens received a book just for signing up, and were able to receive additional rewards at OPL branch locations once they completed their goals.

Two young A.V. Sorensen Branch patrons pose with their mini coral reef creations on June 30, 2022.

For the first time in two years, free, educational and entertaining programs took place in person at the branches. OPL presented live storytimes at locations “Out & About,” and offered opportunities to meet interesting animals, make creative crafts, solve escape room puzzles, join book clubs, and so much more. Online programming was also available for individuals who preferred to participate from home. Overall, 14,984 people participated in SRP, and more than 50 percent completed their goals. The Omaha Storm Chasers sponsored attendance for kids and teens who completed their goals during two baseball games in August. Thank you to SRP presenting sponsor, the Richard Brooke Foundation, and many other generous sponsors who help make the program possible.

OPL Welcomes New Member to Board of Trustees Bryan Wilson joined OPL’s board of trustees to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022. Wilson is a board member and cofounder of Midwest Technology Partners. Dr. Keith Lutz, retired superintendent of Millard Public Schools, completed his term on the board.

Bryan Wilson

During their June 16, 2022, board meeting, the OPL board of trustees reelected board officers. Officers hold their position for one year beginning on July 1, 2022. President: Mike Kennedy, attorney at Kennedy Law Vice President: Keegan Korf, senior account executive at Emspace + Lovgren Secretary/Treasurer: Jen Rae Wang, vice president of patient experience and brand management at City + Ventures Additional OPL board members include:

Laura Marlane Executive Director

John R. Barrett, vice president of government affairs at Great Plains Communications Cameron Gales, social economic inclusion lead for Jacobs Engineering Tulani Grundy Meadows, political science/human relations faculty member at Metropolitan Community College Rochelle Mullen, partner with Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather


OPL is governed by a nine-member board of trustees, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve a three-year term. In accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act, OPL board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5 pm at different library locations. Schedules, agendas and minutes from these meetings can be found at omahalibrary.org/board-of-trustees.

Facilities Updates

New Fall Titles

Updates provided were current at the time this publication went to print. Due to the accelerated pace of these projects, the status may have changed from what is reported here. The most current information is available at omahalibrary.org/facilities-projects.

Enjoy these titles being added to OPL’s collection September – November 2022.

Downtown Branch & Library Administrative Branch

Small Game by Blair Braverman

Construction is underway at the new Downtown Branch to be located at 1401 Jones Street. Construction services for this location are provided by Ronco Construction Company. During the initial phases of construction, library staff have worked alongside the City of Omaha, HDR, Margaret Sullivan Studio, and Noddle Companies to design the space. The initial designs strive to pay tribute to the building’s origins as a creamery, its place in the historic Old Market, and the desire of the community to focus on books and reading. The space is anticipated to open to the public on March 1, 2023.

This gripping debut novel is about a survival reality show gone wrong that leaves a group of strangers stranded in the northern wilds.

Because W. Dale Clark Main Library is scheduled for demolition in October 2022, an interim space has been acquired at 1410 Howard Street to provide continuous downtown service for library patrons. The interim branch will offer the same services OPL’s downtown patrons have come to expect and deserve, however, programming and meeting space will not be available at this location. Administrative staff are scheduled to move to the Library Administrative Branch at 3020 S. 84th Street in September.

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

Central Library The schematic design for a potential new central library at 72nd & Dodge streets was presented during a community share out event at The Highlander on June 6. At the event, community members were invited to learn about the concept of the new space and get a sneak peak at artist renderings envisioning the space. Speakers at the event included Mayor Jean Stothert, OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane, Heritage Omaha President Rachel Jacobson, architects from Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture and HDR, Margaret Sullivan from Margaret Sullivan Studio, and others who have worked on contributing to the design for the new space. At the conclusion of the event, participants were asked to share feedback. At their June 16 board meeting, the OPL board of trustees voted to approve a resolution to establish an 10-member advisory committee charged with making regular reports and recommendations to the library board during construction of the new central library. The full scope of the advisory committee’s role is available at omahalibrary.org/board-of-trustees under the June 16 board meeting minutes. Omaha City Council passed an ordinance on July 26, 2022, approving an agreement between the City of Omaha and Community Information Trust to design and construct a new central library. The City commits $20 million toward the project in this ordinance and its intent to incorporate Do Space into the design.

October is Family History Month Since 2001, October has been nationally recognized as Family History Month. This is a time to increase awareness around and encourage people to explore their family history and learn more about their ancestors. There are resources available to help researchers at all levels, many of which are easily accessible with your library card. Get started by visiting omahalibrary.org/genealogy-local-history. Find online research tools, recommended reading, and even local community resources that may be helpful in constructing your family tree. Due to the closure of W. Dale Clark Main Library, genealogy and local history resources are being relocated to the Library Administrative Branch at 3020 S. 84th Street. This new space will open to the public on October 3. Researchers will have access to the Nebraska reference collection (closed stacks), government documents dating back to the 1800s, and microfilms and microfiches, including local newspapers and other periodicals, local history records, and census records. Perhaps the greatest resource of all is OPL’s staff who can help to navigate the family research process and advise best practices for getting the answers you seek.

This series of short stories follows a Jamaican family striving for more in Miami, and introduces a generational storyteller. The Old Place by Bobby Finger This is a big-hearted and moving debut about a wry retired schoolteacher whose decade-old secret threatens to come to light and send shockwaves through her small Texas town. Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make— and Keep—Friends by Marisa G. Franco, PhD “Platonic” provides a clear and actionable blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others, and for becoming our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process. Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries by Greg Melville This book explores how, where, and why we bury our dead, and what it really means to memorialize. To request your own customized book list or book bundle, visit omahalibrary.org and select Find Your Next Read under the Services tab. 3



Access these and other free resources using your library card! Visit the Resource Center at omahalibrary.org. Full-text versions of popular magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and other resources available to browse by topic area or keyword search. Interactive tutorials, practice tests, eBooks, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more. Prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations matched to the K-8 readers’ interests and reading level. A full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Animated talking picture books, videos, puzzles and games, and language learning for kids. Free homework help from a live, online tutor 9 am-9 pm, plus thousands of worksheets, tutorials, study guides, practice tests, and more available 24/7.

Celebrate TeenTober with OPL! Every October, libraries nationwide celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services, and fuel passion and innovation for literacy skills in and outside the library. Visit any branch this October to participate in the month-long celebration! Check out each location’s Teen Space (ages 11-18) for fun program kits with TeenTober themes.

Literacy: A bookmark-design challenge! Winning designs will be printed and shared at library events.

Writing: Wreck this journal. Write, create, and share your ideas in a community journal.

Technology & Gaming: Break-in bags. Try to “break-in” to one of our bags by solving puzzles, riddles, and clues.

Art & Music: Mosaic sticker art. Complete a community art piece by adding stickers to a “color by number” poster.

For more ways to engage in TeenTober, check out OPL’s digital resources at omahalibrary.org/teens. Participate in a virtual escape room, learn more about the OPL zine collection, read an eBook or audiobook on the Libby app, or listen to music via Freegal!

Click Clack Duck Visits Storytime October 15-22 Experience stories, creative movement, music and more. Explore the early literacy skills of singing, playing, reading, talking and writing in each storytime. There will be opportunities to take photos. Oct 15 10:30 am. . . . . . Swanson Branch Oct 16 2 pm . . . . . . . . Abrahams Branch Oct 17 10:30 am. . . Saddlebrook Branch Oct 18 10 am . . . . . . . . Sorensen Branch Oct 19 6 pm . . . . . South Omaha Library en Español

Oct 20 10:30 am. . . Willa Cather Branch Oct 21 10:30 am. . . . . . . Elkhorn Branch Oct 22 10:30 am. . . . . . . Benson Branch

Partnership Spotlight: The RiverFront Having a front-row seat to the transformation that took place in the Gene Leahy Mall from the windows of W. Dale Clark Main Library, OPL staff began to dream of the fun ways they could work with library patrons and park visitors in the new space. The idea of working together was mutual, and a conversation with The RiverFront staff began in April 2021. “We are excited about the programming opportunities that a partnership with the Library can offer to our guests and help us with our mission of being an inclusive, culturally enriching space in the heart of downtown Omaha!” said Sue Violi, director of sponsorship and development for the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), in an email to OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. Further discussions revealed opportunities for Out & About storytimes, a storywalk, and an end of summer concert and party to celebrate the conclusion of the annual Summer Reading Program. Upcoming Out & About storytimes are scheduled in the Gene Leahy Mall on September 13 and October 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Mary Mollner Retires As a child, Mary Mollner’s family moved a lot. In each town her family lived, the one true constant for Mollner was the public library. She got to know each one inside and out, and though some of them offered limited hours, she visited when she could. When she thought about what she wanted to be when she grew up, Mollner considered becoming a librarian. However, when some of her family and friends said that librarianship might be “boring,” Mollner switched gears because she knew that she wanted to be in a position that allowed her to play. She pursued a degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha in recreation and leisure studies, and became a recreational therapist. In this role, Mollner often worked with students in alternative schools. She served as a pseudo-librarian in some of the schools and often took her students on field trips

“The RiverFront is a gathering place for our community to socialize, explore, and learn,” said Bill Pickett, director of events and programming for The RiverFront. “We appreciate the relationship with OPL and their contributions to our educational programming,” The RiverFront is a transformation of 72-acres in downtown Omaha, renovating and interconnecting three previously existing city parks: Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis & Clark Landing. The project spans from the Missouri River westward into the city’s urban core, extending to 13th Street. MECA is managing park construction, activation and maintenance. The RiverFront, which will be a highly-programmed green space, rich with native plantings and permanent amenities, is reopening in phases starting with Gene Leahy Mall, which opened on July 1, 2022. Lewis & Clark Landing and Heartland of America Park will be complete in 2023.

Patrons enjoy the end of summer party with Jim Gill at The RiverFront on July 31.

Families browse the free book table at the end of summer party at The RiverFront on July 31.

to the library. In 2005, Mollner pursued and traveling, that she’d like the freedom to her master’s degree in library science. In pursue. 2007, she accepted a position as a partAs Mollner reflected on her career at time library specialist at A.V. Sorensen OPL, she is most proud of being able to Branch. It wasn’t long before she moved make a difference in the lives of children – to W. Dale Clark Main Library and acquired something she will undoubtedly continue a full-time position working with youth. even after leaving OPL. Her impactful work Mollner worked at Main Library for 13 with children is one of the contributions that years and worked on a variety of rewarding her OPL colleagues appreciated most. and impactful projects, including the “Mary made the library a fun, safe place to development of programming with local visit for the young and young at heart,” said schools, increasing the level of participation W. Clarke Swanson Branch Manager Matt for downtown patrons in the annual Summer Couch. “She ran a lot of wild programs over Reading Program, and helping to create a the years, but her focus was always on the designated storytime space. attendees and on making them feel like they Mollner feels that most things in life matter.” come “full circle,” and so it would seem, as “I have loved working with Mary over the she ended her career at OPL in the same years! Her background in social work made place she started it. Mollner transferred her a great resource in dealing with the to Sorensen Branch in October 2021, and diverse population that uses the library. Kids retired on May 30, 2022. at Main Library would come in looking for Mollner had planned to retire at age 65, but her, and she developed a faithful group of at age 68, said she stayed longer because teens who would meet here for activities,” this was a second career for her and she said Genealogy & Local History Librarian was still having so much fun. Her life is now Martha Grenzeback. calling her in a different direction, as she has On behalf of all of those who have had the some family obligations that need more of pleasure of working with Mollner, we wish her time and attention, as well as personal her all the best for a wonderful retirement. passions, such as storytelling, riding her bike


Evonne Edgington Retires From the time she was 12 years old, Evonne Edgington knew she wanted to be a librarian. It struck her when she walked into a library in Aberdeen, South Dakota, that it would be the coolest job, even though she had no idea what a librarian actually did. She didn’t especially care, as long as she got to spend her time in that environment, among the books. After high school and some college classes, Edgington enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Her service took her to Washington, Illinois, South Carolina and England. She met her husband and started a family during this time. When her enlistment was ending, she extended it just long enough to get a final assignment in Omaha, Nebraska. When Edgington’s military career concluded, her mind returned to libraries. By this time, she had acquired bachelor’s degrees in history and education, and had worked in some school libraries. She was hired at OPL in July 2001 as a young adult librarian at Milton R. Abrahams Branch. After a few years, she decided to switch to adult services and worked at W. Dale Clark Main Library and W. Clarke Swanson Branch. In 2009, Edgington was promoted to manager at Florence Branch, and went on to serve in that position at Willa Cather and Millard branches. Edgington retired from OPL on August 7, 2022. At a time when OPL is experiencing many changes, she felt like this was a good time for her to end her library career. When asked what she is most proud of, Edgington mentioned the many people who she hired over the years who have advanced their careers at the library and made valuable contributions. Though she looks forward to travel, reading, and working on some house projects, Edgington will miss recommending books to the patrons who she has developed relationships with over the years. She will certainly be missed by patrons and staff. OPL Strategy and Business Intelligence Manager Theresa Jehlik shared what made Edgington special to the people she made connections with through her work. “No matter her role at OPL, Evonne’s love of reading and passion for sharing books with others always shines. As a librarian, she excelled at recommending good reads to suit any customer’s taste. As a manager, Evonne never lost her focus on the collection and readers while inspiring tremendous staff loyalty at every branch she managed,” said Jehlik. Edgington’s team made a special effort to let her know how much they appreciate her at a farewell party on August 5. 6

National Friends of Libraries Week October 16-22 OPL will celebrate the Friends of OPL as part of the National Friends of Libraries Week. Established in 1974, the Friends of OPL is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for OPL, providing volunteers, and promoting the library to the greater community. A team of more than 50 volunteers raises funds through book sales and memberships. Friends’ board members include Polly Goecke; Meghan Hope; Mary Gallagher Jansen, MD; Alice Lindsay; Sue Nardi; Barb Nielson; Margaret Pope; Jeanne Spence; Mary Ann Sturek; and Jess Winter. “OPL truly benefits from the efforts of its Friends group,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “The funds they raise support many of the library services and programs our patrons enjoy.” Please visit friendsomahalibrary.org to learn more about the Friends. National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit ala.org/united.

Volunteer Spotlight: Austin Bethers Volunteering at OPL combines Having ancestors Bethers’ passion for history and that immigrated research. As a patron, he saw ways to Nebraska from that the genealogy department could Sweden, Austin grow and wanted to provide support Bethers has always been interested in ancestry projects so that others in his family history and historical could have easier access to records. records. After moving to Omaha Some highlights from his volunteer in 2019, Bethers wanted to pursue work include discovering forgotten further research in his Nebraska moments in Nebraska history – from ancestry. Upon experiencing various cities and cemeteries that have no roadblocks accessing genealogy names, to the annexation of South resources, he learned about W. Dale Omaha and Benson. Clark Main Library and its extensive genealogy department. Bethers “It is daunting but gratifying work. Even spent some time learning more about if you can only provide a small slot this treasure trove of resources and of time with consistency, you make a decided to support the department as difference. Slowly chipping away at a volunteer. the projects adds up, and it provides a meaningful difference to those in As a volunteer indexer, Bethers works need of the service,” said Bethers. on records that overlap multiple counties and states. He indexes Bethers hopes more people become everything from names, gender, aware of the resources available to marital status, residence, occupation, them through OPL and motivates and cause of death in an effort to make them to help. “The hard part is it easier for researchers to find records getting started, but once you do, it is and help to narrow their search. hard to stop,” said Bethers.

Annual Fundraiser Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson will headline the 2022 Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) fundraiser. Between the Lines with Bryan Stevenson will be held Wednesday, September 28, on the Creighton University campus. Author Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. During the fundraiser, the 2022 Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award will be presented to Carol Wang. Wang previously served as president of the OPL board of trustees. She is executive director of the Metro Omaha Medical Society, and also serves on the OPLF advisory council. The Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award was created in 2017 to recognize longtime service from an OPLF volunteer. Previous honorees include Barbara Bock-Mavis (2017), Jim Kineen (2018),

Financial Gifts Received July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Silvia Roffman Jill Slosburg-Ackerman Paul & Annette Smith Tenaska, Inc. Eileen M. Wirth

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Eileen Wirth (2019), Freddie Gray (2020), and Dick Kelley (2021). Event proceeds from Between the Lines with Bryan Stevenson will support OPL programs and services. Previous Between the Lines authors include Margaret Atwood (2014), Wally Lamb (2015), Tobias Wolff (2016), Hope Jahren (2017), Amy Thielen (2018), Angie Thomas (2019), Elaine Weiss (2020), and Yaa Gyasi (2021). For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the OPLF at foundation@omahalibrary.org or 402.444.4589, or visit omahalibraryfoundation.org.

Dave & Vicki Krecek Karen & Jim Linder Gary & Lucie Long Marilyn Marsh Tulani & Othello Meadows David & Jessica Moline $2,000+ Morey & Quinn Wealth Partners Anonymous $100,000+ Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Rochelle Mullen Shirley & Daniel Neary Claire M. Hubbard Foundation Michael & Laura Alley Phyllis & Bob Newman The Sherwood Foundation Barbara Bock-Mavis Justine Petsch Marianne Bruner $50,000+ Lewis & Winifred Pinch Cox Business Holland Foundation Sandra Price John & Terri Diesing $30,000+ RBC Wealth Management Joseph Drugmand Richard Brooke Foundation Anne & David Rismiller The Heider Family Foundation Peter Kiewit Foundation Rotary-Suburban Harold & Clara Hoover William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation David & Nola Schettler Humanities Nebraska $20,000+ Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Jane & Robert Slezak Hawks Foundation Red & Jann Thomas Federation of Omaha Foundation Lozier Foundation Phil & Nancy Wolf Mike & Susan Lebens The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation $500+ Marty Magee Sokolof Foundation Doug & Cathy Aden Steve Martin & Amy Haddad Webster Family Foundation Anna Applegate Mike & Nancy McCarthy Weitz Family Foundation Lynn & Thomas Ashby Maggie & Michael McMeekin $15,000+ Zac Baer Meza Gardens & Design Anonymous Bobbie Carlson Nebraska Arts Council Baumstark Giving Account Sandor & Rhonda Chomos Sage Family Fund Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation Julie & Scott Cobb West O Fitness Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Community Services Fund of Nebraska Dennis & Patricia Wiederholt Maurice & Cora Conner Fund $10,000+ $1,000+ Nancy Darst Lee Bachand Anonymous Roy & Gloria Dinsdale Collective For Youth Jane Alseth DMSi Cox Mary Joy Anderson Eventbrite, Inc. Friendship Program Atredis Partners Lynn & Cindy Gray Dan & Tina Lonergan Bay Family Foundation Bill & Ann Hall Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation Blair Freeman Traci Hancock Gilbert C. Swanson Foundation Maria Brookhouser Stephanie Iwan Flamme Roger & Kate Weitz Stephen & Anne Bruckner Dawn Jensen J. Richard Burrows $5,000+ Noreen Johnson Leilani & Ron Coe Clifton B. & Anne Stuart Batchelder Howard & Gloria Kaslow First National Bank Foundation Dan & Kari Kinsella Friedland Family Foundation Bluestem Prairie Foundation Roland & Jean Mariucci Carol Gendler Heritage Services John & Merrilee Miller Jo Giles John & Elizabeth Lauritzen Foundation Morrissey Engineering Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Mike & Wanda Gottschalk Sharee & Murray Newman Fund Great Plains Communications Richard Kelley Susan Petersen GreenSlate Michael & Susan Lebens Pauline Quinn Deryl & Ramona Hamann Allan & Ann Mactier Charitable John & Kathleen Ransom Theresa Jehlik Foundation Ann Rinne Milton & Marsha Kleinberg Metro Omaha Medical Society Julie Schroeder Jack & Stephanie Koraleski Foundation Emily & Joshua States Jeff Kosse Mutual of Omaha Companies

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Anonymous (5) LuJean Allen AmazonSmile Foundation Amy Armbruster Jim & Gail Binderup Evelyn Bingel Jeffrey Boyum Richard & Carol Britten Thad & Sharon Call William Chaney Lisa & Gary Choquette Tim Davlin & Ann O’Connor Tony & Claudia Deeb Linda & Charles Duckworth Max & Elizabeth Engel Rebecca Evans Mary Ferer Mary Ann & Daren Folchert Thomas & Nancy Gallagher Richard & Melanie Gerbeling Lori Hedstrom Ronald & Linda Hospodka Merritt Keiser Emily Kemp Kiewit Erwin & Elaine Klabunde Marc & Joan Kraft Jane Kugler & Doug Vonderfecht Joseph & Molly Lang Tom Liefer Andrena MacLeod James & Patricia Manion Mark & Dianne McMillan Moshman Family Foundation Diana Nevins Mrs. Frank Partsch Danielle Rozmus Greg & Sue Rusie Joseph & Mary Scholl Shirley Siebler Deborah Smith-Howell Vance Taylor Jon Tritsch Bill & Joan Truhlsen Union Pacific Giveplus Program Anna Wastell Linda Wedberg-Kraft & Robert Kraft Ashley & Brad Wedeking

Honorariums & Memorials Received

April 1 — June 30, 2022 In Honor of McKinnon Carlson

Jon Flanagan

In Memory of James Richard (Dick) Burrows

Moore Colson CPAs & Advisors Roger Ough & Harriott Killebrew Kellye Rouw Cynthia Vana

In Memory of Sharon Drummond Lynette & John Broderick

In Memory of the Fourth Graders in Uvalde, TX Anonymous

In Memory of Ellen Freeman The Pollack Cousins

In Honor of Cato French Mary Rose Donahue

In Memory of Charles Hays Hilstrom-Hays Household

In Memory of Evelyn Kletke Anonymous Barbara Anderson Barbara Fanning Susan Fulton Gerald & Shirley Kletke Mary Magstadt Rosalyn Parde Sandra Terry

In Honor of Main Library-Third Floor/Omaha History Scott Hembree

In Honor of Wendy Townley Cheri Duryea McPherson St. Leo Church of Omaha

In Memory of Jane Wendland Anonymous Debra Barnett Craig Hilker Cynthia LeBaugh Geraldine Morrissey

In Honor of Eileen Wirth Eclectic Book Club


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Established in 1872, the first Omaha Public Library was recognized as the Omaha Library Association and was located on the second floor of the Simpson Carriage Factory at 14th & Dodge streets. The makeshift library flourished, but was forced to close after five years due to lack of funds. The closing was brought to the attention of the Omaha City Council, which, by virtue of a library ordinance, appointed a board of trustees, levied a tax, and accepted a gift of 4,500 books from the Omaha Library Association. OPL reemerged in 1877.

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The first permanent OPL branch was built between 1891 and 1892 at 1823 Harney Street. This location served as OPL’s Main Library until 1977, at which time the library moved to W. Dale Clark Library at 215 S. 15th Street. In this milestone anniversary year, OPL is once again on the precipice of great change. W. Dale Clark Main Library closed permanently

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15—October 15

on August 28, and downtown service moved to 1410 Howard Street as an interim location. Plans for a new central library at the intersection of 72nd and Dodge streets are being advanced and there is a commitment from the City of Omaha to build a library branch in the southwest part of Douglas County in the near future. “Much has changed in the way OPL has grown with the City, as well as the way people use libraries, over the past 150 years,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “The commitment to service and connecting OPL patrons with collections and resources that they want and need has been and will continue to be a constant.” OPL staff plan to celebrate the library’s 150year anniversary with a commemorative video to share some of the highlights of its history.


Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” beginning in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month-long celebration during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, OPL will offer recommended reading lists featuring materials that share experiences and cultural viewpoints of Hispanic Americans. Find these and more at omahalibrary.org.

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, OPL will offer recommended reading lists featuring materials that share experiences and cultural viewpoints of Native Americans. Find these and more at omahalibrary.org.