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Director’s Note Fall Recap


Volume 23 • Issue 4 • Winter 2016


New Year, New Business Staff Spotlight



KidSpot & TeenSpace Volunteer Spotlight


Friends of OPL OPL Foundation

Holiday Happenings The holidays can leave you feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Don’t forget to take some time to slow down and enjoy the best the season has to offer. Omaha Public Library (OPL) can help with fun, free, pre-planned programs and activities for all ages to enjoy, including music, crafts, open houses, and even visits with Santa! Registration may be required for some events. Visit for more information and complete schedule of programs.

Recommended Reads The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Vasilisa lives at the edge of the Russian wilderness with her beloved family. When tragedy changes everything, she is forced to call upon her hidden gifts to protect them all from the dangers that surround them. The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel This book is intended to help increase the reader’s lifespan and health-span (the number of years that they remain healthy and active), including information on how sleep, exercise, and diet profoundly affect our telomeres.

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu This inspiring memoir urges women to embrace imperfection, expect less of themselves and more from others, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create a rich and rewarding life. The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill Pierrot and Rose are abandoned as babies in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. As they grow up, their unique

talents emerge, and together, they make plans to take the world by storm with an extraordinary circus show. Separation, sin, and survival threaten their childhood dreams. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders From a seed of historical truth following the death of President Lincoln’s son Willie, Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm. Request your own customized book list at and select Custom Reading List under the Catalog tab.

Director’s Note Winter will soon be upon us, and according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac (which is reputed to be 80 percent accurate in its predictions), we are in for a very cold winter! For many people, that’s not exactly something to look forward to, but it does provide an opportunity to stay indoors and catch up on your media. Cold-weather months are the perfect time to visit your local library branch and stock up on great things to read, listen to, and watch. Yet, you can’t stay inside all the time, so OPL has many fun activities planned in the months ahead, and there’s something for everyone. In December, visit Bess Johnson Elkhorn and Millard branches to search for the Elf on a Shelf! Learn how to create your own holiday cards, candles, ornaments, or a gingerbread house. Visit Santa, or join us at Saddlebrook Branch for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Extravaganza! If, by chance, you’ve managed to avoid getting an ugly holiday sweater thus far, Willa Cather Branch will offer a craft program to help you make one for yourself. Several OPL locations will have live holiday music programs and Noon Year’s Eve parties. There’s so much to do, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy it. As we kick off 2017, let OPL help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you hope to learn a new language, lose weight, or start your own business, OPL has something for you. If you’re single and are looking to boost your love life in 2017, don’t forget about OPL’s annual Speed Dating event in February. Another couple who met at this event got married last summer. That could be you! Visit OPL’s event calendar at for details on all of these programs and more. On behalf of all of us at OPL, we wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Laura Marlane Executive Director


Fall Recap Omaha Reads Omaha Public Library celebrated its 12th annual Omaha Reads campaign with Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. The New York Times bestseller about a blind, French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II provided for a variety of discussion topics. Programs were offered to explore some themes addressed in the book including presentations by Brian York, Curator of Exhibits and Collections for Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum; Karen Bachmann, instructor at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology; and Joyce H. Winfield, author of Forever Heroes: A Collection of World War II Stories from Nebraska Veterans. All The Light We Cannot See was checked out more than 520 times during the month of September.

Omaha Reads book was checked out more than 520 times.

Brian York presents for Omaha Reads.

Culinary Conference More than 135 people attended the sixth annual Read It & Eat Culinary Conference at W. Dale Clark Main Library on November 5. This year’s conference celebrated comfort foods and featured Chewish cookbook author Sandra Goldberg Wendel, as well as Omaha WorldHerald food writer Sarah Baker Hansen. Colin and Jessica Duggan from Kitchen Table and Chad Lebo from Cure Cooking conducted food demos, and participants enjoyed a panel discussion with Cody Jorgensen, Accelerando Coffee House; Patricia “Big Mama” Barron, Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering; Mark Pluhacek, Marks Food, Wine & Spirit; and Nick Petrow, Petrow’s Restaurant. Food samples were served throughout the event.

Food demonstration by Chad Lebo, Cure Cooking

Food demonstration with Jessica & Colin Duggan, Kitchen Table

Special thanks to the conference presenters, Edible Omaha and the Omaha Public Library Foundation for their support.

W. Clarke Swanson Branch Celebrates 50 Years Friends, neighbors and supporters of Omaha Public Library gathered at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on November 5 to celebrate 50 years of service to the community at that location. Those in attendance heard from the Swanson Branch Manager Casey Kralik, OPL Director Laura Marlane, and City Councilman Franklin Thompson. Chris Rupert from Leo A. Daly architects talked about the history of the building’s design and what makes it unique. Participants enjoyed refreshments, photos with the green screen, and opportunities to share their memories of Swanson Branch, as well as their hopes for its future.

Having fun with the green screen at Swanson Branch

Swanson Branch featured in book commemorating 100 years of work by Leo A. Daly.

New Year, New Business If you’ve considered going into business for yourself but need help getting started, attend the New Year, New Business series presented by OPL and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Registration is required. View the events online at or call the hosting branch for more information.

Start-Up Business Basics

NE Department of Labor Resources

Tues | Jan 10 | Noon | Benson Branch

Tues | Feb 21 | Noon | Willa Cather Branch

Small Business Resources

Federal Contracting Basics

Tues | Jan 17 | Noon | Washington Branch

Tues | Feb 28 | Noon | Washington Branch

Online CareerBuilding Tool LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™

Business Plan Basics Tues | Jan 24 | Noon | Swanson Branch

Networking & Elevator Pitches Tues | Jan 31 | Noon | Elkhorn Branch

Social Media Basics Tues | Feb 7 | Noon | Benson Branch

Financing Your Business Tues | Feb 14 | Noon | Elkhorn Branch

Staff Spotlight: Retirements Deb Barelos What started as a six-week provisional position with the City of Omaha turned into a career spanning more than 25 years for OPL Circulation Manager Debra Barelos. Multiple promotions allowed Barelos experiences in several different city departments, giving her a unique perspective on how the city operates. Hired to oversee circulation at W. Dale Clark Library in 1994, Barelos felt like she found a good fit for her business and customer service skills. She was promoted again to manage circulation for the entire OPL system, and has been doing an amazing job at it ever since. Barelos announced that she will retire from OPL on January 26, 2017. She feels like this is a good time to go because she sees a lot of talent at OPL and thinks the system will be in good hands. Barelos has helped create and streamline processes for circulation of materials at OPL. She has seen four computer system changes, helped to introduce more efficient payment collection procedures for fines and fees, and helped to resolve countless

customer service queries over the years. Barelos is most proud of the times where she was able to help people find ways use the library when there were challenges such as residency barriers or outstanding fines. “Often, those are the people who need the library the most,” Barelos said. In retirement, Barelos has plenty to keep her busy. Just days after retiring, she will be traveling to Uruguay (a place that’s very dear to her) with her husband. She would like to work on some home projects, as well as spending time with her children and grandchild. Perhaps the most enviable of her intentions is to wake up each morning and discuss the day’s plans with her husband over a cup of coffee and the newspaper while watching the sun rise over their beautiful lawn and gardens. Enjoy it, Deb – you’ve earned it!

Finding a job is a complicated process that involves many steps. Job & Career Accelerator is a comprehensive resource with everything you need to find, apply for, and get hired into the ideal position. It delivers awardwinning content, skills and interest assessments to match individuals with careers, cutting-edge job search tools, and extensive guidance to help people overcome the challenging task of getting a job. With Job & Career Accelerator, you can easily create professional and effective resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, improve your work skills, and prepare for occupation-related exams. It also helps you plan, tailor, and track your progress for multiple job searches while providing expert advice and tips at every step of the way. Job & Career help including: • • • • • • • • • •

Job and internship search Resume and letter builders Occupational matcher Skills and interest assessments College finder Occupation explorer Interview guidance Workplace skills Computer skills Secure personalized dashboard

Visit the Resource Center at and select Jobs & Careers, then LearningExpress Library to get started.

Claude White Congratulations to Claude White, who retired from OPL on September 19. White served eight years with the City of Omaha, most recently as a clerk at Millard Branch.



Costume Character Bad Kitty

Enjoy stories & activities with children’s book characters. Don’t forget your camera!

Fri | Jan 20 | 10 am | Saddlebrook Sat | Jan 21 | 10 am | Benson Mon | Jan 23 | 10:30 am | Abrahams Tues | Jan 24 | 10 am | Washington Wed | Jan 25 | 10:30 am | Sorensen Thurs | Jan 26 | 10:30 am | South Omaha Sat | Jan 28 | 10:30 am | Swanson Schedules subject to change; visit for updates.

Early Literacy Calendar Pick up a complimentary calendar at your local branch today.

Holiday Gift Guide The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas A man who lives alone by the seashore spends his days delivering messages found in ocean bottles. He secretly wishes that someday a message would be sent to him. 5 Minute Christmas Stories by Disney Press Children will enjoy listening to stories about their favorite Disney characters, and the stories are perfect for bedtime, as each story can be read in five minutes. American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide by Erin Falligant, Laurie Calkhoven & Carrie Anton Fans learn about their favorite characters and the historical eras they represent. Buddy and Earl Go Exploring by Maureen Fergus Earl, a pet hedgehog, convinces Buddy, the family dog, to go on a mostly imaginary nighttime adventure resulting in unintentional mischief and hijinks. Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli Explore the things that make city life exciting – things that go, things to see, and things to eat.


TeenSpace Teen Poetry Bash

Prizes 1st place: $50 2nd place: $25 3rd place: $10

Cash for Your Words

Sat | Dec 3 | 1:30 pm | Main Library Doors open at 1 pm. Registration required. Celebrate your creativity at the 16th annual Teen Poetry Bash. Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to perform original works of poetry in slam-poetry style or dramatically read aloud. Topscoring contestants in the first round will advance to the second round. Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) coaches from Nebraska Writers’ Collective will serve as the judges and emcees of this event. Teens are encouraged to prepare for the event, and brush up on their poetry and performance skills during monthly workshops at library locations throughout the city. LTAB coaches and visiting performance artists lead these workshops. For more information or to register, visit Special thanks to the Friends of Omaha Public Library for helping to make this event possible.

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George On Christmas Eve, four animal friends—Bird, Deer, Rabbit, and Squirrel—are waiting for Santa. As his sleigh passes by, a small present falls out with a tag that says “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” The animals set out to deliver the present and learn a valuable lesson along the way. We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich This hilarious picture book is about a boy and his extremely cool imaginary friend, Brock. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Kyle Keeley, who loves games, is one of 12 students who win a contest to stay overnight in the library. This book provides action and adventure as the winners are locked in the library. Will they be able to escape? I Am Tidy by Jen Porter From picking up their toys to helping with the laundry, teach children what being tidy looks like, and how great it can make them feel! My Wonderful Nursery Rhyme Collection by Silver Dolphin Books This is a wonderful collection of favorite nursery rhymes to be shared with children of all ages.

Volunteer Spotlight Grades 8-12

2nd Saturdays | 1:30-3:30 pm Bring your creativity and your interest in slam poetry to these workshops. Jan 14 | Abrahams Branch Feb 11 | Washington Branch Mar 11 | Swanson Branch Apr 8 | Millard Branch Registration required

Magel Selders Some people take a break from working when they retire, but not Magel Selders. This former OPL employee turned volunteer has always chosen to spend her life surrounded by books. Selders worked as a page and a clerk at OPL for eight years, and then began volunteering at Millard Branch processing book and media donations. Her efforts have earned her “volunteer of the year” honors, and her sincere love for the people in her community has endeared her to library staff and patrons alike. “Our branch relies on Magel to process the sometimes overwhelming number of book and media donations we receive at this branch,” said library specialist Cynthia Vana. “Magel is generous way beyond the call of duty. Aside from her dedication, the way she keeps our work space in good order, and her warm and friendly personality, she frequently wows and delights us with a delicious, freshout-the-oven plate of her homemade baked goodies.” When she’s not volunteering, Selders likes to relax with a good mystery novel, and now it appears she will have a bit more time to enjoy this hobby, as Selders decided that October 2016 was her last month volunteering. We thank her for her service and wish her a very relaxing secondretirement.

Ava Steele

Virginia Frank Writing Contest Young writers in grades 5-8 are invited to submit their original works of fiction to the Friends of Omaha Public Library for the 2017 Virginia Frank Writing Contest. Contest participants are asked to select a character from a book they enjoyed and feature that character in their essay. Entries will be accepted through March 3, 2017. Winners will be notified in the spring and honored at a celebration at W. Dale Clark Main Library on April 23, 2017.

The top three winners from each grade will receive cash prizes: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third. The school libraries of the winning students will be recognized with matching cash prizes.

The contest is named in memory of longtime University of Nebraska Omaha English professor and Friends volunteer Virginia Frank.

For contest requirements, visit

Few 13-year-olds are as driven as Ava Steele. Last year, she took the ACT and earned a composite score of 33 on the college entrance exam, while acing the science section! The accomplishment prompted the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to offer her a full ride scholarship to further her pursuit of a career in architecture. Besides being incredibly intelligent, Steele is also invested in her community. While visiting the W. Clarke Swanson Branch, she saw information about volunteering during the Summer Reading Program and immediately signed up to help. Steele said that she enjoys helping to shelve books and DVDs. “When I’m shelving, I find books that look interesting and I check them out, so I go home with an armload of books. I’ve read a lot of books that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to,” she said. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, Ava, and thank you for your contributions to OPL! If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at OPL, visit your neighborhood branch. More information and an application can be found at 5

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Saturday | January 14 | 1-3 pm

Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly will be the featured guest speaker, and will discuss his book, Uniquely Omaha.

Short Story $25





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The night began with a cocktail and appetizer reception, followed by a screening of the movie and a passionate and spirited panel discussion. Enthusiastic readers and self-proclaimed film critics constructively discussed whether the book is superior to the film (or vice versa). Attendees were encouraged to first read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas prior to watching the film at Aksarben Cinema.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Screened for 1877 Society Fundraiser by Wendy Townley The 1877 Society, the young professionals group created in 2014 by the Omaha Public Library Foundation, hosted its second annual fundraiser, “Animus: Film vs. Book,” October 20 at Aksarben Cinema. About 60 attendees gathered for a lively film and book comparison. Up for debate was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson versus the 1998 film of the same name, which stars Johnny Depp. 6

Panelists included Karen Pietsch of OPL, speaking in support of the book; and Ryan Syrek, a film critic with The Reader, speaking in support of the film. Moderating the panel and audience discussion was Cameron Logsdon, a local slam poet and standup comedian, who also teaches for the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Communication. Omaha writer Kevin Simonson joined the discussion, as well. Simonson has written extensively about Thompson and interviewed him several times before his death in 2005. “What (director) Terry Gilliam did was less a direct adaptation and more a satire of the ‘buddy road trip’ film genre,” Syrek said at the event. “The film also served as less of an enthusiastic endorsement of Thompson’s ideas about drug culture and more of a critique of them. It was as if Gilliam was saying, more than two decades later, that what Thompson thought was brilliant and transgressive was actually pretty dumb and worthless.”

Financial Gifts Received

October 20, 2015 – October 20, 2016

Dan & Kari Kinsella RBC Wealth Management Giger Foundation Heritage Services William R. Patrick Foundation Jessie Clark Schirding Estate Streck, Inc.



Anonymous Anonymous Mary Joy Anderson The Sherwood Foundation Mogens & Cindy Bay Baxter Auto Group $20,000+ Jai Bikcchandani Anonymous Stephen & Anne Bruckner Richard Brooke Foundation Cline Williams Wright Johnson Cox Communications & Oldfather The Hawks Foundation Julie & Scott Cobb Lozier Foundation John & Terri Diesing Omaha Community Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation Carol Ebdon Evonik Weitz Family Foundation Fraser Stryker PC LLO $10,000+ Friedland Family Foundation McGowan Family Foundation Lance & Julie Fritz Maggie & Michael McMeekin Carol Gendler The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation Peggy & John Heck Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Kate & Neil Holstein Sokolof Foundation in memory of Harold & Clara Hoover Richard Rosinsky Sandra Jenkins $5,000+ Richard & Helen Kelley Clifton B. & Anne Stuart Batchelder Jack & Stephanie Koraleski Foundation Gary & Lucie Long Bluestem Prairie Foundation Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Foundation A. George & Sandra Lozier Joan Gibson & Don Wurster Deborah Macdonald Leola Heuck Trust Mark McMillan Holland Foundation Greg & Lori McMillan Humanities Nebraska Rochelle & Jim Mullen Jim Kineen Murray & Sharee Newman Steve Martin & Amy Haddad NelNet, Inc. Mike & Dana Meyer Peggy Payne Pacific Life Foundation Lewis & Winifred Pinch Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation Mary Anne & Bruce Ramge Tenaska, Inc. Ann Rinne Dave & Anne Rismiller $2,000+ Silvia Roffman Anonymous Kathy & Chad Roum Aflac Paul & Annette Smith Baer Foundation Stephen & Karen Swartz Benson Plant Rescue Van Timberlake Burlington Capital Foundation Union Pacific Corp. Deloitte & Touche LLP United Way of the Midlands Sandy & Kate Dodge Valmont Industries, Inc. First National Bank Sarah Watson Devin Fox, M.D. Webster Family Foundation Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Meredith & Drew Weitz Community Foundation Wells Fargo Bank James & Dawn Hammel Virginia Schmid Trust


Syrek added, “When it comes to showing the effects of drug use, the book requires readers to draw upon their own experiences or lack thereof, but a movie can use so many different elements to show what the experience of ‘tripping’ feels like.” Pietsch was prepared to counter Syrek’s arguments. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and a good movie adaptation can be a compliment, a heartfelt homage to the artist that came before,” she said. “Some adaptations are works of art in their own right – we think of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ or the Coen brothers’ ‘True Grit’ – while others are more by the book. ‘Fear and Loathing’ is a by-thebook version and it fails to capture much of the rambunctious spirit, raunchiness, and deadpan humor even though much of the script is quotes from the book.”

Philip & Nancy Wolf


Anonymous Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman ACCESSbank Trent Allen Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Jean & Mohammad Amoura-Odeh Lise Anderson Lynn & Thomas Ashby Michael & Michelle Berlin Anne Branigan Marjorie & Larry Brennan Richard & Carol Britten Sandor & Rhonda Chomos Lou & Ellie Clure Maurice & Cora Conner Stewart & Lisa Dale Nancy Darst Joseph Drugmand Emspace Group Mike & Wanda Gottschalk John & Janis Haggstrom Traci Hancock John & Jean Hartwell Edward Hotz & Trish Nipp Kyle & Lisa Hutchings Dave & Vicki Krecek Dan & Tina Lonergan Peggy Mason John & Meg McNeal Jim & Bobbie Montequin Harriet Otis Physicians Mutual Insurance Company Foundation Sandra Price John & Kathleen Ransom Nancy Rips Greg & Sue Rusie Sandra Squires Christine & Tony Swerczek Stanley & Dorothy Truhlsen UPS Foundation Bruce & Susan Vosburg Linda & Michael Wendel Molly Wickert Eileen M. Wirth


Anonymous Doug & Cathy Aden AmazonSmile Foundation Aon Verda Bialac George & Kathleen Bigelow Robert & Jill Cochran Leilani & Ron Coe

Kennard & Marcia Davies Tony & Claudia Deeb Eclectic Book Club Thomas & Nancy Gallagher Jo Giles Lynn & Cindy Gray David Harding & Sarah Newman Terry & Linda Haubold Jamie Hsu Jim & Mary Jansen Theresa Jehlik Howard & Gloria Kaslow Katie & Justin Kemerling Linda Lavely Maha Music Festival Roland & Jean Mariucci Stephanie McClellan John & Merrilee Miller Ilka Oberst Stacey Otterson Peanut Butter Johnny’s Norma & Cliff Pountney Rotary-Suburban Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Mary Ann & Gilbert Sherman Shirley Siebler Mike & Marilyn Sitorius Gloria Sorensen Pete & Mary Lou Stehr Elizabeth Summers Jim & Maureen Waldron

Honorariums & Memorials Received

Audrey Hansen Gordon Hansen Marjorie Hoier Agatha & John Horvatich Betty & Mylan Lamprecht Joy Kasun Shirley Matyja William & Rose Meyer Marian Paasch Clinton & Kimberly Parsons Kristi & Paxton Reinsch Lloyd Rohwer Jeff & Ryanne Rowell Diane Stanley John & Jo Ann Sullivan Kendel Stahl-Tommelein Mr. & Mrs. Max Turner Gary, Diane & Rose West Francis & John Walter Laura & David White Lori Jane Wildhagen Mr. & Mrs. Terry Witt

In Honor of April Earl Frank V. Lawson, Jr.

In Honor of Martha Grenzeback Frank V. Lawson, Jr.

In Memory of Judith Healey Barbara Marchese Mary Ann & Gilbert Sherman

In Memory of Richard Holland Nancy Rips

July 21 – October 20, 2016

In Memory of Ken LaFon

In Honor of Maurice & Cora Conner

In Memory of Dorothy “Dede” Leigh

In Honor of Simon de la Guerra

In Memory of Alice Maloy

Richard & Carolyn Sieling

Kristin Anthony

In Memory of Helen Doll Dwayne & Nancy Armbrust Barbara Belter & Family Elaine Beil Margaret Bull Caring for People of Omaha, Inc. Marilyn & Michael Conner Harlan & Nancy Custard Teresa & George De Graaf Darlene Doll Donald Doll Gladys, Lyle & Johnny Doll Jodyne & Patrick Duffy Sharron Gilson

Pietsch added, “Terry Gilliam’s big oversight when he decided to create a copycat adaptation was that he chose to focus on style over substance. He spent a lot of money creating beautiful-looking and incredibly realistic drug sequences and forgot to give the movie a beating heart. It presents no new ideas or perspectives, and therefore I can’t consider it a work of art as I can with Thompson’s book.”

Cynthia Vana

Mid Month Book Club Barbara Elliott

In Memory of Jan Mauer Sarah Watson

In Memory of Patricia McClenny Dianne Desjardins Ila Horn & Frank Frerich Noreen Johnson Gail Spevak

In Memory of James C. Smith Mary Haven

In Memory of Kathryn Von Seggern Mary Jo Havlicek Sarah Watson

Cameron Logsdon & Kevin Simonson

Following comments from the audience and closing arguments from Syrek and Pietsch, a vote was taken. Team Book won (for the second consecutive year), although some attendees voted in favor of the film. Event proceeds were donated to OPL to benefit adult literacy, programs and services. Visit for more information on the 1877 Society and the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

Sandra Lyden & Wendy Townley



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215 S. 15th St. / 402.444.4800 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 - 6 PM

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6015 Binney St. / 402.444.4846 ______________________________________ _______ TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 8 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED


2100 Reading Plz. / 402.289.4367 ______________________________________ _______ MO, TU, WE & TH . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 8 PM FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM - 6 PM SU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED


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


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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


4808 Cass St. / 402.444.5274 ______________________________________ TU & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM WE, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED

Wells Fargo Family Festival


Sun | Dec 4 | Noon-5 pm


Meet and get your photo taken with Mouse from Laura Numeroff’s beloved storybook If You Give A Mouse a Cookie and OPL’s mascot, Scamper.

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 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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Main Library

Family members of all ages can decorate cookies, drink hot cocoa, hear live holiday music, get a temporary tattoo, color, sing songs and listen to fun stories. Take home your very own children’s book for FREE while supplies last.


1905 S. 44th St. / 402.444.4851 ______________________________________ _______ TU & TH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 8 PM WE, FR & SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 AM - 6 PM SU & MO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLOSED

Speed Dating

24-hour renewal of materials: 402.444.4100 Hours subject to change. or

Fri | Feb 10 | 7 pm *Age 25-45ish Sun | Feb 12 | 2 pm *Age 46+

Jane Austen Tea

Main Library

Sat | Dec 10 | 2-4 pm

Three marriages, two children, and another baby on the way! These happy events all happened because of chance meetings at OPL’s annual speed dating event. If you’re single and aged 25 or better, this could be the beginning of your love story.

Main Library

Bring your favorite teacup and join us for light English fare. Dr. Barbara Trout, author of “Reflections of the Regency Period: Dressing with Accessories” will lead a discussion about women’s styles, fabrics and colors of the Regency Period. The Bookworm will have books and holiday gift items available for purchase.

Christian & Marisa Goepel ©Sara Marie Photography

Trish & Kenny Champoux

OPL’s speed dating event is a fun and easy way for Omaha area singles to meet several potential dates in one evening. There are four dating age ranges to choose from, and participants select their age range at registration, which will open on January 2, 2017. Refreshments will be served. A cash bar will be available. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online at, or contact Amy Mather at or 402.444.3399.

OPL Winter Connect  

Omaha Public Library Winter Newsletter, Poetry Bash, Family Festival, Santa Visits, Jane Austen Tea, Holiday Events and more

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