Discover local authors at the Omaha Public Library Author Fair

February 20th, 2015

Discover local authors at the Omaha Public Library Author Fair
While writers can follow many different paths to get their works published, the bigger challenge can be getting those works to stand out among the competition. Omaha Public Library will offer an opportunity for local authors and publishers to tout their accomplishments at its Author Fair on

Saturday, Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m. at

W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.,

1st and 4th floors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Throughout the event, participants will have access to a number of resources for writers, including opportunities to speak with representatives from the 1877 Society, Barnes & Noble, Concierge Marketing, Friends of Omaha Public Library, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Writers Collective, Omaha Public Library, Redbrush Publishing, The Bookworm, and the University of Nebraska Press.

Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to meet authors, buy books and have them signed.

Authors participating in this event include: Lucy Adkins, Bruce Arant, Suzanne Arney, Kahlen Aymes, Jo Ann Bennett-Boltinghouse, Carol Bicak, Leo Adam Biga, Karen Bourgeois, Steve Brennan, Tamica Brewington, Marcia Calhoun Forecki, David Catalan, Scott Childers, Julie Christensen, Marilyn Coffey, John D’Arcy, Kathleen Daw, Sally Deane Norton, Jules Dixon, Robin Donovan, Barbara Eymann Mohrman, J.R. Mallette, Katherine Gazzetta, Rodger Gerberding, Lashonne Gilmore, Rebecca Grous, Jeffrey Hines, Matt Holland, Bill Hoover, David Hufford, Jeanie Jacobson, Corrissa James, Greg Jerrett, Debbie Jespersen, Amanda Jones, Janette Jones, Donald Joy, Ben Justman, John Kalkowski, Lydia Kang, Aledia Kartchne, Sonia Keffer, Adrian Koesters, Lisa Kovanda, Danny Kubat, Rita Kucirek, Mark Langan, James Larson, Marco LeRoc, Cheri Loughlin, Nicole Louis, Margaret Lukas, Jackie Marion, David Martin, Carol McCabe, Christopher McLucas, Angela D. Meyer, Donna Miesbach, Kori Miller, Michael Mitili, Toni Morehouse, Mark Musick, Janie Peterson, Angela Prusia, Chris Raabe, Mary Riley, Diane Rivers, Rita Rocker, Ryan Roenfeld, Rita Roxx, Kathy Rygg, S.M. Senden, Thomas Sibbitt, Steve Sieberson, Michael Skau, Jennifer Slattery, Jill Slupe, J. Glenn Smith, Penn Stewart, Kim Stokely, Tamara Taylor, Ben Thomas, Wendy Townley, James Tuttle, Angela Vesely, Jeffrey Walker, Lee Warren, Karen Watson, Ann Wheeler, Phil Whitmarsh, Brooke Williams, LuAnn Williamson, Shelley Wilson, Eileen Wirth, and Alta Wolf.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.

Get crafty during National Craft Month at Omaha Public Library

February 20th, 2015

 Get crafty during National Craft Month at Omaha Public Library

March is National Craft Month, and Omaha Public Library wants to help patrons of all ages get in touch with their creative side. All programs are free and supplies are included. There may be age and registration requirements for certain programs. Visit omahalibrary.org or call the hosting branch for more details.

·         Tuesdays, 5 p.m.: Golden Threads Quilting at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849

·         Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.: Crafty Storytime at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473

·         Thursday, March 5, 4 p.m.: Make Art with LED Throwies for Teen Tech Week at Saddlebrook Branch

·         Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.: Arts for All: Where Books and Art Meet at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850

·         Saturday, March 7
o   2 p.m.: Knitting Club at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299
o   4 p.m.: Build Your Own Terrarium at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
·         Tuesday, March 10, 4 p.m.: Perler Bead Pixel Art Teen Craft at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852

·         Wednesday, March 11
o   10:15 a.m.: Exploring Craft Skills Storytime at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800
o   1 p.m.: Make LED Throwies, Computer Art and more for Teen Tech Week at W. Dale Clark Main Library
o   4 p.m.: Johnny Appleseed Craft at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367
·         Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Craft for Kids at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274

·         Saturday, March 14
o   1:30 p.m.: Being Crafty at Charles B. Washington Branch
o   2 p.m.: Get Crafty with Pysanky Eggs at Florence Branch
·         Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.: The Art of Quilting at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284

·         Tuesday, March 17
o   10:30 a.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime & Playtime at Saddlebrook Branch
o   1 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime & Craft at W. Dale Clark Main Library
o   4 p.m.: Teen Hangout & Crafts at Milton R. Abrahams Branch
o   4 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Craft at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846
o   5 p.m.: DIY Colorful Yarn Lanterns at South Omaha Library

·         Wednesday, March 18
o   Noon: DIY Cosmetics at W. Dale Clark Main Library
o   6 p.m.: Make Your Own BBQ Rubs & Flavored Salts at Benson Branch
o   7 p.m.: Knitting at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848

·         Thursday, March 19
o   3:45 p.m.: Tech Gloves Teen Craft at Saddlebrook Branch
o   6 p.m.: NeedleWorks Crafting Club at Benson Branch
·         Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m.: Get Crafty with Polymer Clay Jewelry at Saddlebrook Branch

·         Saturday, March 28
o   1:30 p.m.: Being Crafty at Charles B. Washington Branch
o   2 p.m.: Teen Duct Tape Craft at Millard Branch
o   2 p.m.: DIY Terrariums for Teens at A.V. Sorensen Branch

Visit omahalibrary.org for more information on these and additional events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 locations.

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

African American History Month programming at Omaha Public Library

January 20th, 2015

African American History Month programming at Omaha Public Library

February is African American History Month and Omaha Public Library celebrates the accomplishments and rich history of African Americans in the United States. Programs that share the impact of African Americans in our community and across the nation will be offered. All programs are free, but space is limited and registration may be required. Visit omahalibrary.org or contact the hosting location for more information.

 African American History Month Storytimes

o   Monday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367

o   Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch

o   Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10:15 a.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800

o   Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848

Honoring African American History with guitarist George Walker

Using music and dialogue, Walker will lead participants through the proud accomplishments of African Americans, as well as inspire people to discover their own abilities and fulfill personal goals and dreams.

o   Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846

o   Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284

 Author Matt Holland presents “Ahead of Their Time.”

Holland recounts the events that led to the creation of the Omaha DePorres Club and explores the club’s evolution from 1947 to 1960, revealing the courage and camaraderie of club members, as well as the challenges, fears and failures they faced as they ventured into the uncharted territory of the early Civil Rights Movement.

o   Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library

o   Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849

             “Back of the Bus:” A Theatrical Performance.

Chandler View Elementary reader’s theater club members will perform a dramatic retelling of “Back of the Bus” by Aaron Reynolds. Gain some insight into what it was like to be a passenger on the bus the day Rosa Parks was arrested.

o   Wednesday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850

Phil S. Dixon presents KC Monarchs:

Omaha Public Library and the Great Plains Black History Museum will host award-winning baseball historian Phil S. Dixon as part of his 90 city “Monarchs In Our Home Town Tour: a tribute to Kansas City’s 1924 World Champion Monarchs.” Dixon is the author of numerous books on Negro League Baseball and a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

o   Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch

Harlem Renaissance in North Omaha

Amy Forss will present music and photographs to educate and entertain the public about this historic time in North Omaha.

o   Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Millard Branch

Tuskegee Airmen – a presentation by Robert Rose

A documentary film on the Tuskegee Airmen will be followed by a discussion led by retired Air Force Captain Robert D. Rose. Rose has served as president of the Alfonza W. Davis Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Bellevue, Neb., and served as the first vice president of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., an association of the original airmen and their supporters. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in our nation’s history. They overcame racial discrimination to play a significant role with the Army Air Corps during World War II. As time passes, groups like the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. have made it their goal to educate others and increase awareness so that the legacy of the Red Tails is never forgotten.

o   Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851

African Culture Workshop: A cultural showcase and hands-on musical experience.

o   Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299

Visit omahalibrary.org for a full schedule of African American History Month

programs and information on additional events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.

Kay Bashus – Outstanding Volunteer!

June 5th, 2014

Kay Bashus, FOPL Board member,

has a long history of volunteerism and advocacy

on behalf of the Omaha Public Library.

Read about Kay’s long and distinguished history of support for OPL

on page 5 of the Connect Newsletter at

http://issuu.com/opl_connect/docs/summer_connect2014_web

2014 Virginia Frank Writing Contest

April 29th, 2014

The Virginia Frank Writing Contest

The Virginia Frank Writing Contest encourages original fiction writing skills of middle school students.
Their short stories feature Libraries or Librarians.

Virginia Frank was a UNO professor and strong supporter of the Friends of the Omaha Public Library. Dr. Frank volunteered countless hours and managed the Friends’ booksale for many years. The writing contest for young adults was named in her honor in 2005.

2014 Winners:

First place Winners
5th Grade – Elizabeth Grams
6th Grade – Grace Elizabeth Mattox
7th Grade – Will Rischling
8th Grade – Kassidy Hart

Second Place Winners
5th Grade – Vienne Kemper
6th Grade – Elena Palomino
7th Grade – Amirtha Arun
8th Grade – Jordan Palomino

Third Place Winners
5th Grade – Leilani Beaudoin
6th Grade – Alexa Carlson
7th Grade – Daniel Wood
8th Grade – Madeline McPeck

 

See http://www.omahapubliclibrary.org/teenspace/virginia-frank/2014-winners/953-2014-virginia-frank-memorial-writing-contest-winners for additional information!

 

Book Sales 2014!

January 31st, 2014

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