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Connect Volume 20 • Issue 1 • Spring 2013

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

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Director’s Note Go Green

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Michael Phipps Gallery Business Resources

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KidSpot & TeenSpace Volunteer

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Friends of OPL OPL Foundation

Seed Library Omaha Public Library (OPL) is excited to introduce the Common Soil Seed Library just in time for spring planting. A seed library is exactly what its name implies – a place where gardeners of all experience levels can check out seeds to grow. Resulting seeds are then shared with the library for others to enjoy. Common Soil, along with a variety of programs, workshops and resources to help get you started, will be based at Benson Branch. 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. “It’s important to welcome the practice of seed sharing with our community for the many benefits that come with it,” said Rachel Steiner, Benson Branch manager. “We hope that the seed library will help create a culture of sharing and abundance.” For more information about Common Soil, call 402.444.4846 or visit omahalibrary.org.

Upcoming Workshops Seed Saving 101

Seed Germination 101

Sat | March 9 | 2 pm Sat | April 13 | 2 pm

Sat | March 23 | 2 pm

Learn the cultural importance and history of seed saving, along with basic genetics and concepts.

Learn how to germinate and grow seeds inside your home for springtime garden planting.

Planning your Garden for Seed Saving Tues | April 23 | 6:30 pm Draw and conceptualize your garden. Learn how to use borders and distance for maximal growth opportunities.

Early Season Seed Saving Wed | May 15 | 6:30 pm Learn how to save seeds resulting from cool crops like lettuce, arugula and springtime radish, which will bolt in the summer heat.

Director’s Note Planting Seeds...

Items Borrowed | 3,038,460

As I write this, it’s still winter with biting cold temperatures and snow on the ground. I’m not a big fan of winter, but it does lead up to one of my favorite moments of the year. There is always one morning, usually in March or April, when I walk outside and suddenly everything is green. Grass, leaves and flowers pop up everywhere and it almost seems as if it happened overnight!

Website Visits | 1,504,120

Library Visits | 2,344,425

Of course, it didn’t happen in just one night. Months, even years of preparation lead up to that one moment when everything just magically appears. Someone at some time planted a seed for people to later enjoy the beauty that it would bring. That same kind of thing happens in the library. Everything seems quiet, as if nothing is going on, and suddenly new things appear instantly! Library staff work hard to plant and cultivate seeds of our own, planning for exciting things to bring to Omaha and Douglas County. For example, OPL is in the early stages of a large two year community engagement project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This grant will help to reposition Omaha Public Library as a true community nexus - uniting residents to help our city and county reach their fullest potential. The library has always been a community anchor institution, and this project will help us reach even further into our neighborhoods and build stronger connections. In the shorter term, OPL is working on a new system for eBooks - one of our most popular and growing resource collections. The use of a new company will introduce titles that you can easily borrow to read on your portable device or computer. These books are “in the cloud,” which means you don’t have to download them and can read them on multiple devices. OPL is also working with vendors to improve the way you find our eBooks, building them into our catalog at myopl.com. Presently, OPL is helping to create a more sustainable community with the launch of Omaha’s first seed library. Benson Branch staff are working on a pilot program to create and manage a seed library for library members. You will be able to borrow a wide variety of seeds to plant in your own garden, and when your harvest comes in, we ask that you return the favor and bring seeds back to the library to share with others.  There’s always a lot happening at Omaha Public Library, even when it looks quiet. Be sure to stop in and see what’s new, and find out what seeds you may be able to cultivate in your own life.

Gary Wasdin, Executive Director

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Year in Review

Current Library Members | 287,587 Computer Sessions | 834,811 Digital Downloads | 97,464

Service 24,088

kids, teens & adults read during the Summer Reading Program

individuals attended a computer class, 161,365 storytime, or other fun & educational program

53,527

adults attended a community, civic, or business meeting in one of our meeting rooms

Go Green Spring is right around the corner, and soon we will be reminded how beautiful the earth is with all that is blooming and growing. Celebrate our planet with green programs throughout April. Learn to make your own ecofriendly cleaning products with our Green Cleaning workshop, or make fancy scrubs to freshen your skin at our Green Body program. Don’t forget about the valuable environment-focused resources available at OPL year-round. Try using a Watt Detector in your home to measure the amount of electricity an appliance uses to help you save money. You can also recycle used CFL bulbs and printer cartridges at your library, rather than throw them into a landfill. Small changes can help reduce your environmental footprint. Take the first step toward reducing yours. Visit omahalibrary.org for a listing of programs. The Watt Detector Program is a partnership between Omaha Public Power District and OPL.

Michael Phipps Art Gallery W. Dale Clark Main Library | 1st Floor

The gallery is 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.

March — Wild Women, Daring Damsels & Fierce Females In this exhibit presented by Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art, artists will feature works inspired by influential women. Opening reception March 7, 6-8 pm.

April — The Photographers Club of Omaha (TPC) Club members will display samples of their work. Organized in 1985, TPC provides a forum for individuals interested in all types of photography.

“I Don’t Live Here” by TPC member, JJ Johnson

“PTSD Stars and Stripes” by Josh MacPhee

MONEY SMART NEBRASKA

April 20-27

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to PermaCulture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem by Christopher Shein with Julie Thompson Gardeners with a variety of skills and spaces can learn how to live in harmony with nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg Imagine Jason Bourne as a single mother and dive into an explosive thriller about a woman who becomes a pawn of two warring international crime syndicates. The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

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Learn the true story of the “Baltimore Plot” – a conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War.

WWW.MONEYSMARTNEBRASKA.ORG

Money Smart Nebraska Week aims to provide information and support to help make all Nebraskans money smart. Nebraskans of all ages and walks of life will find relevant and interesting topics, from establishing credit or creating a budget,

by Judy Anghelescu & Teresa Shane, Readers Advisory Specialists

The author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

May — War is Trauma! This exhibit will feature an assortment of prints made by veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The prints were created by combat veterans as part of their healing process. The gallery is open the same hours as W. Dale Clark Main Library. Call 402.444.4838 for more information.

Recommended Reads

to investments and estate planning. Visit moneysmartnebraska.org for a complete listing of workshops and events held throughout the state. For OPL Money Smart program descriptions and dates, visit omahalibrary.org.

Snapper by Brian Kimberling An affable bird researcher in backwater Indiana goes through a disastrous, yet heartening, love affair with the place and its people.

Thank you, Nancy Rips Those who have had the great pleasure of working with and getting to know Nancy Rips know that the beloved Omaha book maven exudes energy, drama, passion and heart. “Nancy taught me the power of the magical word ‘fabulous,’” said W. Clarke Swanson Branch Manager Sarah English.

For more than 20 years, Rips has shared her fabulousness with OPL, as a Trustee, a Friend of OPL, and a member of the OPL Foundation board. Her service to OPL comes to a close in June as her term as a Trustee ends. Though she will definitely be remembered for her countless appearances, relentless advocacy, and the books she’s written, staff at OPL will remember her support. “Nancy is a real treasure. No one has put in the time she has to get to know our library staff personally. She delivers candy during

the holidays, writes and sings songs for our special events, and participates in so many of our programs.  She is truly one of a kind!” said Executive Director Gary Wasdin. “I’m happy about the relationships I’ve built,” said Rips. “It’s an honor to have been involved in such a worthy project for so many people.” Read more about Nancy Rips at omahalibrary.wordpress.com or nancyrips.com.

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Costume Characters Enjoy stories and activities and don’t forget your camera! Peter Rabbit

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Mar 16 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook Mar 20 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . W. Dale Clark Mar 21 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florence Mar 22 10:30 am . . . . . . . M.R. Abrahams Mar 26 10:30 am . . . . . . . . South Omaha Mar 27 10:15 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen Mar 28 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benson

Apr 5 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather Apr 6 10:30 am . . . . . . C.B. Washington Apr 9 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millard Apr 11 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florence Apr 12 10:30 am . . . . . . . . W.C. Swanson Apr 16 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook Apr 17 10:15 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen Apr 18 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . B.J. Elkhorn

Froggy Apr 29 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . W. Dale Clark Apr 30 10:30 am . . . . . . . . South Omaha May 3 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . Willa Cather May 7 6:30 pm . . . . . . . . . Saddlebrook May 8 10:15 am . . . . . . . . . . . . Sorensen May 9 10:30 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florence May 10 10:30 am . . . . . . . M.R. Abrahams May 11 10:30 am . . . . . . C.B. Washington

Schedules subject to change, visit omahalibrary.org for updates.

Autism Awareness One in every 88 children is diagnosed with autism, and some studies suggest that the rate of autism diagnosis is increasing 10-17 percent annually. autismspeaks.org Through discussions with the Austism Society “We hope these programs help make children There is no shortage with autism and their families feel welcome of storytimes or book of Nebraska and parents of children with special needs, library staff discovered a need in libraries,” said Julie Humphrey, youth clubs at OPL. Just for a program for older children on the autism and family services manager at OPL. “We peruse the OPL spectrum who struggle with reading. The would like to foster a love of reading in the calendar to discover a variety of older children and help the younger children activities for different levels of learning Active Readers Book Club is designed for elementary age and older children who are acclimate to being in group settings and and interests, including a new storytime reading on their own. Participants will spend expressing themselves.” and book club that will debut this spring. Beginning Saturday, March 30, Millard Branch time discussing a book selection and doing a The Omaha Public Library Foundation helps craft or activity related to the book. Fiction will host a Sensory Storytime at 1 p.m. and make this programming possible. For more books may create a challenge for this group, an Active Readers Book Club at 2 p.m. These information or to register, visit so a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles will programs are designed to help families who omahalibrary.org or call be used to help these readers understand, have children with special needs. 402.444.4586. appreciate and enjoy reading. Sensory Storytime is a hands-on program for children on the autism spectrum or with special needs. It will feature stories, songs, hands-on exploration with senses, and a sensory craft activity. Children and their siblings are invited to join other families who understand similar challenges. It is limited to 15 families, and registration is required.

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TeenSpace

She also began volunteering “because my dad told me I had to ‘give back’ to the library,” Zhang said. “Volunteering at the library… triggered a lot of 2012 Millard West High School graduate Yan Zhang what I am doing now.” is what you might call an academic phenom. She Currently, Zhang is serving has garnered countless awards and scholarships, as a full-time mentor in a low performing school has read at Carnegie Hall, and is en route to as a City Year corps member in Columbus, Ohio. Harvard University this fall. She credits OPL for In college, she plans to study government and contributing to her success. international relations, or English and creative Her love of reading, writing and volunteering writing – or both. blossomed at Millard Branch. “My years at the “Libraries bring together the community and impart library are a pretty accurate chronicle of my knowledge for free. Without Omaha Public Library, mental development,” Zhang said. She would I would not be the person I am today. I will be borrow 10 to 16 books at a time, her mother forever grateful to the people who support OPL shared. As a junior high student, Zhang won the Friends of Omaha Public Library sponsored Virginia and make these wonderful places possible.” Frank Memorial Writing Contest two years in a row. Read more at omahalibrary.wordpress.com.

Spotlight

Volunteer—share your time, creative ideas & enthusiasm for reading!

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 cleanup 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 library or visit omahalibrary.org to see a schedule for SRP volunteer training sessions.

Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library Foundation

Sat | March 23 FREE 10 am - 2 pm Mutual of Omaha Dome

3301 Dodge St.

Find a part-time or summer job! Employers from a variety of fields will be present to connect with students and offer hands-on experience through jobs and internships.

• Meet professionals to discuss job opportunities and submit applications.

• Check out OPL materials and attend workshops to prepare yourself.

• Learn résumé-building tips and polish your interview skills. For participating employers and advance workshops, visit omahalibrary.org.

Technology Kits Thanks to funding from the Omaha Public Library Foundation with support from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and RBC Wealth Management, OPL will introduce new technology to further its mission to connect teens with innovative services in the community. Mobile media production studio kits are geared towards youth ages 12-18. Each kit contains a MacBook Pro, a video camera, and editing software. Teens will be able to use these new resources to work on writing and producing their own videos, music

videos and book trailers, or to fulfill other staff. Teen Tech Week, March 10-16, is the creative ideas. Easy-to-use iMovie software perfect time to introduce these kits. The kits allows teens to import video, photos and are available for in-library use and will be music to edit and blend together into a featured at the W. Clarke Swanson Branch finished project. Finished works can be saved Teen Hangout program on Tuesday, March and shared with others. 12, 4 p.m. The goal of these new kits is to allow teens Teen Tech Week programming will take place to try new technology, and inspire them to at various locations. Visit omahalibrary.org express themselves creatively in a controlled, for additional event information. safe environment with guidance from library 5

Book Sales W. Clarke Swanson Branch 9101 W. Dodge Rd.

Weekly Sales | Thursdays 10 am - 3 pm Monthly Sales | 1st Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

Be a FRIEND! Libraries cannot be built or maintained by today’s tax dollars alone. To ensure the continued excellence and growth of Omaha Public Library, become a Friend today! Please complete the form below and mail it to: FRIENDS of Omaha Public Library PO Box 6032 Omaha, NE 68106

In Memory of Susan Thornton February 17, 1948 January 31, 2013 OPL staff said goodbye to a dear colleague and friend, Susan Thornton, who had been the manager at Milton R. Abrahams Branch for the past six years.  Thornton passed away after a brave struggle with cancer. “It’s hard to let go of someone who was so energetic and enthusiastic, always ready with a kind word of support, and a bright bubbly smile,” said Executive Director Gary Wasdin. Thornton graduated from Duchesne Academy and Creighton University and earned a Masters of Library Science from the University of Iowa. She worked as a librarian at the Offutt Air Force Base Thomas S. Power Library from 1988 to 1997, becoming the library director. She began her career at OPL in 1997 and worked at several locations throughout the city, giving her the unique opportunity to touch many lives in our community. She will be dearly missed by her OPL family.

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Questions? Email us at omahalibraryfriends@gmail.com

Be a FRIEND! The Friends of Omaha Public Library held their annual meeting in January. The Friends board elected new officers for 2013, including Vanessa Timberlake, president; John Zipay, president-elect; Cathy Hohman, secretary; and Karen Hosier, treasurer. Two individuals were honored with the Special Friends Award for their exceptional service to the organization. Dave Schaal and John Zipay were recognized and have had their names included on a commemorative plaque.

Like most volunteers, Kathy Throne doesn’t feel like she’s done anything special. “I just show up and do what I’m told,” she laughed. That said, she was more than a little surprised and maybe even slightly embarrassed when she learned that she would be recognized as an outstanding library volunteer at the Nebraska Library Association’s Advocacy Day luncheon in Lincoln. Throne was nominated for this honor by Florence Branch staff who cite her as “an energetic self-starter.” Throne helps with various projects at Florence Branch, including shelving and pulling books, setting up for programs, and assisting with storytimes and crafts. Perhaps one of her most appreciated traits is her baking. She has been known to bake cookies, breads and other goodies to share at programs – a big hit with those attending. While Throne could spend her time volunteering anywhere, she chooses to help at the library because she believes libraries are “cathedrals of knowledge,” a message she’s heard since she was a child. “Everything at the library is useful,” she explained. “Don’t be afraid to come in and explore. You’ll be amazed at what you can find.” If you are interested in volunteering at OPL, contact Jody duRand at 402.444.4807 or jdurand@omahalibary.org.

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Library Card + Computer = Discovery The Omaha Public Library Foundation funds many of these activities and the technology that helps to make them possible. Because of your support, kids learn how to use the library and discover an amazing wealth of resources. Thank you for your generosity throughout the year Many initiatives supported by the Omaha Public Library Foundation, including youth literacy, access to technology, and community outreach, and for being a part of helping kids, teens and adults to open their worlds. come together in this program.

Area middle school students are taking advantage of the library’s numerous digital resources through OPL‘s afterschool program. Armed with iPads, outreach staff members take the library to kids at select middle schools by demonstrating free digital resources and databases that can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection using their library cards.

Jacob Houser, Development Director OPLF

One student was thrilled to learn more about her ancestors through the HeritageQuest genealogy database. Another student awakened his interest in world languages by exploring a children’s language learning database.

Financial Gifts $50,000+ Anonymous (2) Richard D. Holland $25,000+ Cox Communications Peter Kiewit Foundation Lozier Foundation Mammel Family Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation Martha & D. David Slosburg $15,000+ Deryl & Ramona Hamann Sokolof Foundation in honor of Rick Rosinsky Dorothy Peters (Director Level) $10,000+ ConAgra Foods Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation McGowan Family Foundation Amy L. Scott Family Foundation Fred & Eve Simon Ken & Ann Stinson Weitz Family Foundation (Conservator) $5,000+ N.P. “Sandy” & Kathleen Dodge Paul & Oscar Giger Foundation Mary A. Holland Meyer Foundation for Disabilities Runza Todd & Betiana Simon Union Pacific (Advocate) $2,000+ Bluestem Prairie Foundation Stephen & Anne Bruckner Carol Ebdon Joan Gibson & Don Wurster James P. Kineen John “Jack” & Stephanie Koraleski

Murray & Sharee Newman Owen Foundation RBC Wealth Management William R. Patrick Foundation Dr. Stanley & Mrs. Dorothy Truhlsen Target Stores Beth & Kelvin Whited (Sustainer) $1,000+ Anonymous (2) America First Foundation Mogens & Cindy Bay Benson Plant Rescue Barbara J. Bock-Mavis John K. & Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation First National Bank of Omaha Friedland Family Foundation Dawn & James Hammel Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Richard & Helen Kelley Dan & Kari Kinsella Michael & Susan Lebens Larry & Kim Lubeck Jim & Rochelle Mullen National Everything Wholesale Offutt Officers’ Spouses’ Club Lewis & Winifred Pinch Sandra Price Rotary International District 5650 Ruth Sage Security National Bank Teddi Slattery Paul & Annette Smith Dr. Vale & Margaret Sorensen Dr. Stephen Swartz Mark Terhune Gary Wasdin Julie & Mark Wilson Philip & Nancy Wolf

(Page Turner) $500+ Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Lynn & Thomas Ashby Rhonda & Sandor Chomos Cora & Dr. Maurice Conner Lisa & Stewart Dale Nancy Darst Dr. Ann Edmunds Ruth & Joe Erman J. Michael & Wanda Gottschalk John Heck Catharine & Neil Holstein Leona & Bill Kernen Sally Kjelson Milton & Marsha Kleinberg Vicki & David Krecek Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Michael & Deborah McLarney Maggie & Mike McMeekin Michael & Dana Meyer Mid Month Book Club James & Bobbie Montequin George Morrissey Bob & Phyllis Newman Ann Rinne Rotary of Omaha - North Club Rotary of Omaha - Suburban Club Barb & Ron Schaefer Molly & Tobin Schropp Gloria Sorensen Christine Swerczek Gayla Thal Jann & L.B. “Red” Thomas (Collector) $250+ Anonymous (3) Elizabeth Becker Henry & Ellie Clure Teri & Mark D’Agostino Mary & Hal Daub Eclectic Book Club Colleen & Jim Fogarty Amy Haddad

In Memory of Ruth Frederiksen Barbara How In Memory of Mary Catherine Harberg Anne Shaughnessy In Honor of Jacob Houser Carol Ebdon In Honor of Mary Jones’s Retirement Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh In Honor of Sally & Gary Kaplan’s Contribution to the Omaha Community Julie & Mark Wilson In Honor of Katie Kiper Carol Ebdon In Memory of Robert A. Larson Linda Smiga Marge & Larry Williams In Memory of Karen Ann Thompson Lewis Jennifer & Von Rawley In Memory of Donald Lindow Received Nov 7, 2012-Jan 9, 2013 Sandee & Howard Friedman In Honor of Ann & Rick Anderson In Honor of Kim Lubeck Shane & David Kotok Carol Ebdon In Honor of Margaret Blackstone’s In Memory of Annette Markin Retirement Prairie Ventures Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh In Honor of Bernadette J. In Memory of Melanie A. Carlson McMenamin’s Retirement Joanne & Vaughn Carlson Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh In Honor of Kate Dodge’s In Honor of Tyler Owen Outstanding Service to OPL Carol Ebdon Carol Ebdon In Honor of Marion G. & Harold W. Mary & Rodrigo Lopez Slosburg In Memory of Bob Egan Jill Slosburg-Ackerman David & Jane Werner In Honor of Gary Wasdin In Memory of Sally A. Fellows Carol Ebdon Geraldine King In Memory of Alice Williamson Anne Shaughnessy Book & Study Club In Honor of Sherry Forest’s Retirement Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh 7 Sarah Haddad David Harding & Sarah Newman Jean & John Hartwell Mary Helms Dr. Kristen & Gary Hoffman Clara & Harold Hoover Jacob Houser Geraldine & Jack King Stuart Lurie Mike & Sigrid Moylan Prairie Ventures Kathleen & John Ransom Rotary of Omaha - Northwest Club Rick & Carol Russell Michael & Amy Ryan Saddlebrook Elementary School PTA Shirley Siebler Bryan & Leslie Slone Sarah Watson

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Hours subject to change.

Dan Yaccarino Author / Illustrator Sat | April 13 | 4 pm Charles B. Washington Branch Author / illustrator Dan Yaccarino will talk about his children’s books and characters.

Women’s History Month For a complete schedule visit omahalibrary.org.

Les Femmes Folles Presents Women in Art Sat | Mar 9 4-6 pm Charles B. Washington Branch Hear from a panel of Omaha women in the arts. Participants will represent creative endeavors across a range of formats.

From Home Ec to Medicine Sun | Mar 10 2-4 pm W. Dale Clark Main Library Hear from Deborah Perry, M.D., about the role of women in medical history and what the future holds for female physicians.

Book Club Blowout Sat | April 27 1:30-3 pm Benson Branch Nebraska native and author of Four Blue Stars in The Window, Barbara Mohrman, will present “Dust Covered Dreams” using visual aids including her grandmother Hattie’s kerosene lamp, clothing made from flour sacks, and her father’s military uniform.

Women Artists in the Joslyn Art Museum Collection Tues | Mar 26 6:30-7:30 pm Millard Branch This presentation will highlight female artists’ works on display at the Joslyn Art Museum.

SAVE THE DATE

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Parties Sat | June 1 | 2-4 pm All OPL locations except W. Dale Clark Main Library held on May 31 | 10:30 am-2 pm

Register and take part in events at each OPL location.


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