Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Omaha Public Library

August 25th, 2015

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library will recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with a series of programs to celebrate Hispanic cultures. National Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

Omaha Public Library has planned a variety of family-friendly, free events to honor the significant contributions of Hispanic people in our community and throughout history. For more information about age and registration recommendations for individual programs, call the hosting branch or visit omahalibrary.org.

Dancing Time for Kids: Tuesdays in September, 10:30 a.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284

Día de los Muertos Sugar Skulls Craft
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367 (children)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299 (adults)

Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch (teens)

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m. at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846 (family bilingual storytime)
Saturday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850 (bilingual storytime, art and mariachi)
Games for Grownups: Thursday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473

Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851 (folktales, crafts & more)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at Florence Branch (music, snacks and crafts)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library (music, poetry and refreshments)
Saturday, October 10, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library (dance performance and instruction, and food)
Book Discussion, “Wise Latinas” by Jennifer de Leon: Saturday, October 3, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library

“Omaha Public Library plays a large role in increasing cultural awareness in our community,” said South Omaha Library branch manager Jennifer Jazynka. “Hispanic Heritage Month provides a wonderful opportunity to share cultural traditions in a fun way.”

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

Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees selects new library director

August 1st, 2015

Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees selects new library director

After a nationwide executive search and selection process, the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a motion to offer Laura Marlane the position of executive director of Omaha Public Library. Marlane currently serves as executive director of Providence Community Library in Providence, Rhode Island. The appointment is subject to the execution of a written offer of acceptance.

“What really stood out about Laura was her focus on people,” said Board of Trustees president Mike Meyer. “She has a lot of enthusiasm for her work, and her experience and passion will continue to move the library in the right direction.”

Marlane brings 30 years experience working in public, academic and research libraries across Rhode Island. She has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career, with a particular affinity for technology and the role public libraries have in introducing and sharing technology with the public. Marlane also believes that an important part of her job is building relationships with staff, community organizations, and other library stakeholders. Pending acceptance of the offer, it is expected that Marlane will begin her job in the fall.

The OPL executive director position has been vacant since January 2015 following the resignation of previous director Gary Wasdin, who served at OPL for five years.



Emily Getzschman

402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340


2015 Virginia Frank Writing Contest winners

June 22nd, 2015

The 2015 Virginia Frank Writing Contest winners are:
First Place Winners
5th Grade     Joycelynn Franco
6th Grade     Emma Miller
7th Grade     Carter Mike
8th Grade     Samantha Wood

Second Place Winners
5th Grade     Virginia Holtzclaw
6th Grade     Vienne Kemper
7th Grade     Emma Whaley
8th Grade     Esmeralda Gonzales

Third Place Winners
5th Grade     Shoistahon Sultonova
6th Grade     Emma Peters
7th Grade     Oscar Biesanz
8th Grade     Elizabeth Nielsen

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