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Connect Volume 21 • Issue 1 • Spring 2014

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

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Director’s Note Women’s History Month

National Library Week April 13-19 Lives change @ your library. During NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK and throughout April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in changing people’s lives. Today’s libraries can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world. Visit your library for computer resources for teens and adults, job search assistance, access to subscription databases and library-recommended websites, and homework help. You also can obtain information about how to become a U.S. citizen, bilingual resources, and neutral financial information to help you make important decisions. Libraries are an oasis if you are looking for adult education classes, or for a recommendation on the best books or eBooks to expand your horizons. Open the door to change, visit your library! A message from the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and Omaha Public Library

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Friends of OPL OPL Foundation

Margaret Atwood Author Visit

Sun | April 13 | 1 pm | Scott Conference Center | 6450 Pine St. A celebrated author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction, Margaret Atwood is best known for her novels. In a writing career that spans nearly five decades, some of Atwood’s standout works include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1993), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake (2003), and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009).

“OPL is pleased to offer Omaha area residents the opportunity to meet such a literary icon,” said OPL executive director Gary Wasdin. “Margaret Atwood’s works have served to entertain and educate readers, as well as inspire debate, discussion and critical thinking. We’re honored to introduce her to longtime fans, and hope to create new ones as well.” This event is being offered as a part of National Library Week and made possible by the Omaha Public Library Foundation. For more information, visit omahalibrary.org.

All are welcome to attend the author’s discussion of selected readings, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating; doors open at 12:30 pm. Atwood’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

Book Discussion

Create “Atwood” Mini-Book Earrings

Tues | Apr 15 | 6:30-8 pm | Millard Branch

Sat | Apr 19 | 10 am-12:30 pm | Millard Branch

Read Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and join Tom’s Third-Tuesday Book Club for a discussion. Register to pick up a book. Refreshments served.

Turn a teeny set of Atwood books into a pair of earrings. All materials supplied. Ages 14+. Space limited; registration required.

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Director’s Note

Women’s History Month

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In March, OPL recognizes Women’s History Month through a variety of events and programs. OPL will present a series of discussions with Creighton University professor and author Dr. Eileen Wirth about her book From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism.

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It takes many people working together to keep Omaha Public Library (OPL) strong and growing. Many of them are the staff that you see each day, serving the needs of our communities. They are there to help you find just the right book to read or movie to watch with your family over the weekend. They lead storytime programs for your toddlers and poetry slams for your teens. They can help you apply for a job or provide guidance on how to sign up for a new insurance plan. They choose the best materials for you to enjoy, organize them in our online catalog, and make sure they are on the shelf when you need them. Their efforts keep OPL running smoothly. Behind the scenes, there are many others that make all of this work possible. The library board of trustees is comprised of nine individuals from across Omaha who volunteer their time to govern our libraries. They ensure that policies are fair and that library service is available to everyone. The OPL Foundation staff and board of directors work tirelessly to raise private funds to support many of our programs and services, including the Summer Reading Program and Teen Job Fair. Friends of OPL volunteers manage a busy used book sale each week, generating thousands of dollars each year to help pay for new materials, storytimes and staff training programs. All of these efforts are critical to deliver the quality of service expected by Omaha and Douglas County residents. There is still much that needs improvement, but we know we are on the right path. Each year, OPL sees individuals increasing use of their libraries and everything they have to offer. Nearly 310,000 area residents are library members, and in 2013, they made nearly 2.4 million visits to our libraries! We are so pleased to know that you value your libraries. There will be many new and exciting things to discover in 2014. A Storybook Land celebration will make its debut in March at Benson Branch, and one of our favorite authors, Margaret Atwood, will visit Omaha on April 13. Details are available in this newsletter and at omahalibrary.org. Stop by to see what’s new at your neighborhood branch!

Gary Wasdin, Executive Director

Wirth will share the stories of Nebraska women who challenged traditional gender roles in journalism to break barriers. Willa Cather may be the only familiar name among them, but all are memorable; their stories afford a firsthand look into the history of journalism and social change.

Reception (in partnership with University of Nebraska at Omaha) Sun | Mar 9 | 2 pm | Main Library | 4th Floor Enjoy an afternoon of engaging speakers, great poetry, live music, and refreshments. Dr. Wirth, poets from Celebrate XVIII (a publication by and about local women), and adult winners from UNO’s Poetry Across the Generations contest will share their works.

Author Visit & Book Discussions Fri | Mar 7 | 1 pm | Florence Branch Sat | Mar 15 | 1 pm | Willa Cather Branch Sat | Mar 22 | 1 pm | Swanson Branch Tues | Mar 25 | 6:30 pm | Millard Branch

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For more information, visit omahalibrary.org.

Go Green Most people are ready for spring after Omaha’s cold winter! Celebrate the season with OPL’s annual green programming month.

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Have you checked out a Watt Detector? The money-saving device measures the amount of electricity used in various household appliances and helps you to determine which appliances use the most energy. Also, conserve our planet’s resources by learning to make your own ecofriendly cleaning products at a Green Cleaning workshop. Do you want to make some fancy scrubs to freshen your skin for spring? Attend a Green Body program. Visit omahalibrary.org for a list of all OPL eco-friendly programs and events. The Watt Detector Program is a partnership between Omaha Public Power District and OPL.

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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.

April — Nature’s Silhouette: Paper Cutting, Shadow Puppets & Animation by Angie Pickman Opening reception Sat | April 5 | 2 pm

March — Seeking Wilderness by Heather Johanson Opening reception Sun | March 9 | 3-5 pm

This exhibit will feature a series of paper cuttings inspired by nature, consisting mostly of two-dimensional wall art with a small selection of three-dimensional show puppets, traditional animation devices, and a short animation video. Learn more about the artist and see examples of her work at ruralpearl.com.

Seeking Wilderness uses photos, maps, documentation and artwork to illustrate the process of removing lawn and nurturing living things through research, specific plantings and chance, allowing for a micro wilderness in the artist’s ecologically degraded backyard in midtown Omaha.

May — Musical Instruments & Sculptures by Riccardo Marchio Opening reception & concert Sat | May 10 | 4-6 pm Riccardo Marchio is a musician and sculptor who handcrafts mandolins, violins, guitars and kalimbas. Each piece is completely unique and handbuilt in his South Omaha studio. This exhibit will feature instruments in traditional and nontraditional styles, as well as sounding sculptures. More about his work can be found at marchiomusic.com.

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OPL will participate in Nebraska Money Smart Week® to offer programs to help consumers better manage their personal finances. OPL and other area organizations will offer a variety of free workshops and events designed to stress the importance of financial literacy. All programming is free and will cover topics such as personal budgeting, first-time home buying and estate planning. A full schedule is available at omahalibrary.org. To learn more about Money Smart Nebraska, visit moneysmartnebraska.org.

Recommended Reads

by Judy Anghelescu & Teresa Shane, Readers Advisory Specialists

How Baseball Explains America by Hal Bodley Explore the American experience through its favorite pastime, baseball. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden Cultures collide in this sweeping saga of a Jesuit missionary and a young Iroquois girl who are taken prisoner by a Huron warrior in the Canadian wilderness. Sew Over It: Sew It, Wear It, Love It by Lisa Comfort Find new ways to stretch pennies and stand out from the crowd with fun and easy sewing projects.

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Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger Told through emails, letters, transcripts and articles, this novel uses a sharp and cynical, but charming voice, when a very young lawyer is chosen to represent the plaintiff in a high-powered, celebrity divorce. Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood by Josh Turner Country music star Josh Turner shares his thoughts and personal stories about living and working with integrity and instilling good values into his sons through his example. 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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Schedules subject to change, visit omahalibrary.org for updates.

Storybook Land

Sunday, March 30 | 1 - 4 Benson Branch | 6015 Binney St.

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Fun for the entire family! Spend the afternoon with some of your favorite storybook characters for a meet and greet, storytimes and photo opportunities. Children in attendance will receive a free book to keep!

2:00 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook 10:45 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Library 10:30 am. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkhorn 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather 11:00 am.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson

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2014 Youth Media Awards

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. John Newbery Medal Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo Randolph Caldecott Medal Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca Michael L. Printz Award Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick Coretta Scott King Book Award Author—P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia; llustrator—Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Daniel Beaty 4

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Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and written by Laban Carrick Hill Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Patricia and Fredrick McKissack Schneider Family Book Award Ages 0-10 A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; Ages 11-13 Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell Ages 13-18 Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Alex Awards Brewster by Mark Slouka The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin Help for the Haunted by John Searles Lexicon: A Novel by Max Barry Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas Relish by Lucy Knisley The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence 2/20/2014 2:16:43 PM


TeenSpace

Volunteer Share your time, creative ideas & enthusiasm for reading!

March 9–15 Get creative, try something new & learn to DIY! DIY with Raspberry Pis

Building Robots

Tues | March 11 | 4 pm | Swanson Branch Work with Raspberry Pis (do-it-yourself computers) to make cool techy stuff. Snacks provided.

Fri | March 14 | 1 pm | Sorensen Branch Help build and test different robots. Registration required.

Art Bots

School’s Out Gaming & Crafts

Tues | March 11 | 4 pm | Elkhorn Branch Create your own art bot that draws as it vibrates! Materials and snacks provided. Registration required.

Fri | March 14 | 1 pm | Main Library Enjoy an afternoon of games and creative activities. Snacks included!

Graphic Design Workshop

Sat | March 15 | 2 pm | Florence Branch Make a case for your phone or MP3 player. All materials will be provided. Registration required.

Thurs | March 13 | 4:30 pm | Saddlebrook Branch Learn the fundamentals of graphic design and use special design software to create a poster, redesign something you love, or design your personal logo. Registration required.

DIY Tech Case

Andrew Carnegie Medal Bink & Gollie: Two for One Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard, producers Margaret A. Edwards Award Markus Zusak May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award Brian Selznick Mildred L. Batchelder Award Mister Orange originally published in Dutch in 2011 written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson Odyssey Award Scowler produced by Listening Library, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne Pura Belpré Award Author—Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina Illustrator—Niño Wrestles the World illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales Robert F. Sibert Medal Parrots over Puerto Rico written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Help out during the annual Summer Reading Program! Volunteers must attend a training session at the beginning of the program to learn their responsibilities. Typical tasks may include registering people for the Summer Reading Program (SRP), preparing crafts and materials for children’s programs, assisting with setup and clean up for programs, photocopying, cutting paper, cleaning books, straightening shelves, and shelving books. Schedules are created on an individual basis and may be flexible around vacations and other commitments. Contact your local branch or visit omahalibrary.org to see a schedule for SRP volunteer training sessions.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills; Fat Angie by E. Charlton-Trujillo Theodor Seuss Geisel Award The Watermelon Seed written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli William C. Morris Award Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, visit ala.org/yma.

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Be a FRIEND!

Outstanding Volunteer

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!

Volunteering at the library is a natural fit for Samuel Ernst. “When I was little, my parents allowed me to stay up an extra half hour in the evening if I read,” Ernst shared. “I learned to love books and reading.” He was a Summer Reading Program participant before volunteering at the library at age 12. “I have volunteered every summer, going on eight years now,” he said. “My summers would not be the same without it.”

Please complete the form below and mail it to: FRIENDS of Omaha Public Library, PO Box 6032, Omaha, NE 68106 2014

Samuel Ernst

Ernst has been tasked with everything from program setup, take-down, and activity planning, to offering his feedback on the library’s many programs. He is also a key leader and one of the original members of the Millard Branch Teen Advisory Board. Questions? Email us at omahalibraryfriends@gmail.com

Book Sales

Swanson Branch | 9101 W. Dodge Rd. Weekly Sales Thursdays | 10 am - 3 pm Monthly Sales 1st Saturday | 10 am - 3 pm

Volunteering has rewarded Ernst handsomely. He said he has acquired valuable leadership, delegation and people skills. He’s also made many friends and had great experiences. “My memories of volunteering at the library are some of my favorites.” Though now a busy college student, Ernst still helps at Millard Branch whenever they need him. Over the years he has garnered high praise from the Millard Branch staff, including youth services librarian Paul Christopherson. “He has great character and he is very, very respectful of others, and a great listener. He is the best they come.” If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Jody duRand at jdurand@omahalibrary.org.

OPL Thanks Gloria Sorensen for 38 years of Service “One of the real frustrations I have is seeing a lot of things I would like to read, and not being able to find the time to do it.” Gloria Sorensen shared this frustration with the Sunday World-Herald Magazine of the Midlands in July 1989. More than 24 years later, Sorensen now has time to catch up on a reading list she describes as “a mile long.” At the end of 2013, Sorensen announced her retirement after 38 ½ years of service to Omaha Public Library and the City of Omaha. She most recently worked as manager of the Florence Branch. Sorensen grew up an avid reader, but her small town of Mapleton, Iowa did not have a public library. “Teachers would lend you books in school, but my first real exposure to libraries wasn’t until college.” She found the library at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont somewhat daunting and decided that there had to be a way to make people more comfortable using libraries. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for the City of Omaha finance department before acquiring her master’s degree in library science from the University of Oregon. She began her career at Omaha Public Library in July 1976. Starting as a reference librarian, she still recalls some of the first questions she received. “What is the per capita beer consumption for Omaha?” and “Why are the buttons on men’s and women’s clothing on opposite sides?” Her husband began calling her the trivia queen. 6

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Sorensen served many roles throughout her career, and enjoyed each and every position, place and opportunity to keep learning. Her original motivation for becoming a librarian is also what she will miss the most in her retirement. “I wanted to help people,” she said, and explained that she will miss seeing customers and building relationships with people and groups in the community. “I feel like people do know more about what the library has to offer because I was there.”

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Sorensen plans to stay involved with the library as an advocate for its programs and services, as well as attending programs whenever she likes. She also plans to travel, garden, read, spend time with family and remain involved with her local Kiwanis Club and church. “Gloria is truly connected with her community,” said OPL executive director Gary Wasdin. “Her dedication to developing relationships contributed to making OPL a great library system.” Thank you to more recent OPL retirees: Lynnette McCart (32½ years) and Pam Thomsen (16 years).

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Thank You for Your Continued Support As a reader of this newsletter, you know how deeply intertwined Omaha Public Library is with the community. You know that people come to the library to browse the stacks and check out a book or a DVD. You may also know that library computers are constantly in use, and that the library provides Internet access for folks who may not have it at home. Parents bring their children to storytimes to introduce them to a world of learning and imagination. There are also more than a few teenagers who visit the library to find a welcoming refuge from a chaotic life. Unemployed individuals in our area come to the library to learn resume writing skills and to seek assistance with applying for jobs online. Just recently, one person was able to participate in a job interview via webcam thanks to technology available at his local branch.

Financial Gifts $50,000+

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

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

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Ramona & Deryl Hamann Sokolof Foundation in honor of Richard Rosinsky

(Director Level) $10,000+

The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation Criss Foundation McGowan Family Foundation Parker Family Foundation Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Eve & Fred Simon Ann & Ken Stinson 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 Humanities Nebraska Meyer Foundation for Disabilities William & Harriet Otis Runza Betiana & Todd Simon Tenaska, Inc. Union Pacific Foundation

(Advocate) $2,000+

Anonymous America First Foundation Bellevue Offutt Homeschool Group First National Bank of Omaha Joan Gibson & Don Wurster James P. Kineen Peter Kiewit Foundation RBC Wealth Management The Soener Foundation Beth and Kelvin Whited

(Sustainer) $1,000+

Anonymous (2) Arun Agarwal Mary Joy Anderson Cindy & Mogens Bay Berger & O’Toole CPAs (Bob & Shary Berger) Benson Plant Rescue Barbara J. Bock-Mavis John K. & Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation Anne & Stephen Bruckner Julie & Scott Cobb Terri & John Diesing

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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 Susan & Michael Lebens Maggie & Mike McMeekin Rochelle & Jim Mullen National Everything Wholesale Sharee & Murray Newman Omaha Steaks Winifred & Lewis Pinch Sandra Price Ann Rinne Barb & Ron Schaefer Bruce & Stacy Simon Stephen & Karen Swartz Christine & Tony Swerczek Dorothy & Stanley Truhlsen Sarah Watson Julie & Mark Wilson Nancy & Philip Wolf

(Page Turner) $500+

Anonymous (3) Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Lise Anderson Lynn & Thomas Ashby Cerian Bearl Rhonda & Sandor Chomos Cora & Maurice Conner Nancy Darst Carol Ebdon Fraser Stryker Julie & Lance Fritz Scott & Cindy Heider Leona & Bill Kernen Lyle Kinley & Gwen Teeple Marsha & Milton Kleinberg Vicki & David Krecek Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Deborah & Michael McLarney Dana and Michael Meyer Mid Month Book Club Bobbie & James Montequin George Morrissey Mary Anne & Bruce Ramge Dave & Anne Rismiller Ruth & John Sage Molly & Tobin Schropp Mike & Marilyn Sitorius Annette & Paul Smith Mark Terhune Judith Vann Gary Wasdin

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For so many people, the library is a gathering place that symbolizes not only ideas, democracy and freedom, but also inclusion and belonging for all citizens. Consider joining the effort to continue making the programs and materials you enjoy reading about in this newsletter available to all in our community. Donations to the Omaha Public Library Foundation help fund the Summer Reading Program activities, enhancements to the children’s book collection, up-to-date technology resources, and a variety of programs at all 12 OPL branches. Please use the enclosed envelope to make a tax-deductible donation in support of Omaha Public Library and be a part of our mission to enhance the programs, technology and materials that help make so many people in our community feel they have a place to belong. Thank you! Jane Alseth BCDM Architects Elizabeth Becker Verda Bialac Carol & Richard Britten Robert & Jill Cochran Lisa & Stewart Dale Kennard & Marcia Davies Teri & Mark D’Agostino Robyn Devore Joseph Drugmand Eclectic Book Club Wanda & Mike Gottschalk Lynn & Cindy Gray Roberta Gunning Sarah Haddad Janis & Dr. John Haggstrom Terry & Linda Haubold Gary & Lucie Long Patricia & Charles Lontor Bill Honke & Molly Maguire Sharon McGrath Clara & Harold Hoover Sandi Jenkins Geraldine & Jack King Diana Nevins Peggy Payne Kathleen & John Ransom Rotary of Omaha - North Club Rotary of Omaha - Northwest Club Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Margaret Shearer Shirley Siebler Gloria Sorensen Susan Stalnaker Donald & Ruby Tiller Jim & Maureen Waldron 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

Memorial Gifts

Received October 25 – January 17, 2013 In Memory of Melanie A. Carlson Vaughn L. & Joanne Carlson

In Memory of Gary Drawbaugh Jill Solberg

In Memory of Peg Ferguson Mary T. Griffin Sarah Watson

In Memory of Ruth Frederiksen Barb How

In Memory of Reba Kuklin Cindy & Brooks Humphreys

In Memory of Susan McArthur

Women’s Fund of Omaha

In Memory of Mary Belle Soener The Soener Foundation

In Memory of Ted Newman Anonymous

In Memory of M.B. Norris Nancy & Thomas Gallagher

In Living Memory of Richard Lee Penney Darlene Boehnke

In Memory of John Picken Howard & Laura Needelman

In Memory of Kathy Quinn Mark McMillan

In Memory of Betty Reeves Mary T. Griffin Sarah Watson

In Memory of Richard Rosinsky Sokolof Foundation

Honorariums

In Honor of Judy Brick Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Lynnette McCart Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Phyllis Reeves Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Liz Rouse & Matt Darling Elizabeth O’Connor

In Honor of John Schmitt Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Marion & Harold Slosburg Jill Slosburg-Ackerman

In Honor of Pamela Thomsen Gloria Sorensen

In Honor of Kathryn Von Seggern Mary Jo Havlicek

In Honor of Sarah Watson Connie Ashford Karen Berry Janet Davenport Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh Gail Formanack Sherry & Charles Forrest Virginia D. Kavvadias Russell & Mary Ann Manners Mary Mendenhall Merrilee Moshier Miller Norma M. Pountney Nancy Rips Deirdre Routt & Kevin Graham Gloria Sorensen Don & Angie Wells

In Honor of Nancy Wolf Mary & Rodrigo Lopez

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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

SAVE THE DATE

Summer Reading Program Kick-off Parties

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

Sat | May 31 | 1-3 pm All OPL locations

FLORENCE BRANCH

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

except Main Library held on May 30 | 10:30 am-2 pm

MILLARD BRANCH

Register and take part in SRP events at each OPL location.

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

SADDLEBROOK BRANCH

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

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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.

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Seed Library

Common Soil strives to provide a space where local gardeners, farmers and library customers can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving.

Free enrollment with your library card at omahalibrary.org!

Upcoming Workshops West Omaha Garden Club (WOGC) & the Seed Library

Planning Your Garden

Mon | March 3 | 6:30 pm | Millard Branch

Sat | April 5 | 2 pm | Abrahams Branch Tues | April 22 | 6:30 pm | Sorensen Branch

Companion Planting

Putting Your Seedlings in the Ground

Wed | March 5 | 6:30 pm | Benson Branch Sat | May 3 | 2 pm | Washington Branch

Sat | April 5 | 2 pm | Elkhorn Branch Sat | April 26 | 2 pm | Benson Branch

Seed Saving 101

Why Grow Heirloom Vegetables?

Sat | March 8 | 2 pm | Benson Branch Wed | April 16 | 7 pm | South Omaha Library

Make Planters Out of Recyclables

Wed | May 14 | 6:30 pm | Benson Branch Registration may be required. Please visit omahalibrary.org for more program details.

Wed | March 19 | 6 pm | Benson Branch Spring_connect2014.indd 8

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