Omaha Public Library Speed Dating Event

January 28th, 2015

 Omaha Public Library Speed Dating event yields another love connection

For the past five years, Omaha Public Library (OPL) has offered Speed Dating at the library, and occasionally we hear back from couples who were matched through the process with updates about their relationship. One of our favorite couples that were matched at the 2011 Speed Dating event welcomed their first child last year. Another participant from 2014 was happy to share that she was no longer dating her match, but was now engaged! OPL is all about connecting people with whatever they need to enrich their lives – even if that means helping to find them a date!

OPL’s speed dating event is a fun and easy way for Omaha area singles to meet several potential dates in one evening. Single people, ages 25 and up, are invited to attend

Speed Dating at Your Library on Friday, February 13, 7 p.m. at

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

Each participant will have three minutes to chat with a potential match. Conversation starters will be provided (just in case). If two people mutually indicate interest in each other, they will be given contact information to schedule a real date on their own. A cash bar will be available at the event.

There are now three age ranges to choose from, and it’s up to participating individuals to select the age range they are interested in dating upon registration. The following age group selections will be available: 25-40ish; 35-45ish; and 50ish and up. The event for 50+ daters is being offered in partnership with AARP.

“We listen to feedback each year and continue to improve this event,” said event coordinator Amy Mather. “We want to maximize the potential for love connections.”

The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Refreshments will be served.

To register for this fun-filled event or for more details, visit or contact Amy at 402.444.3399.

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

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 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 for a full schedule of African American History Month

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

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the Small Business Administration (SBA)

December 23rd, 2014

Omaha Public Library and Small Business Association will offer new business series

Starting one’s own business can be a daunting task, but also one of the most rewarding for anyone who has ever dreamed of being their own boss. Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are partnering to offer a series of workshops designed to help potential new business owners navigate the ins and outs of starting and maintaining a successful business. All workshops are free and registration is requested through the hosting OPL branch or at Lunch will be provided during each hour-long session.

Take the Mystery out of SBA Loans: Are you looking for financing for your small business or start-up? A SBA representative will explain what lenders and the SBA look for in a borrower’s application for federally-guaranteed loans.

·         Tuesday, Jan. 6, noon at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284

·         Tuesday, Jan. 27, noon at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800

Start Your Online Business the Right Way: Think about how to offer something no one else does and how to define your business with an online store and social media presence. Learn how to set up a merchant account and whether being an affiliate marketer is right for you. Get the facts on federal, state and local tax requirements, and how to comply with online business regulations. This program will also touch on international trade laws.

·         Tuesday, Jan. 13, noon at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367

·         Tuesday, Feb. 3, noon at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473

Where’s the Money Going in My Small Business? Learn how to deliver unique value to your customer and capture how that value affects your bottom line. Think about what drives the costs of a business and why it’s easier to control costs than to make it up on the price you charge your customers.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
Tuesday, Feb. 10, noon at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
Visit for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.


Omaha Public Library (OPL) has served City of Omaha and Douglas County residents for more than 140 years. It is one of the most visited institutions in Nebraska, seeing more than 2 million visitors each year at 12 locations throughout the metro area. OPL’s mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services. Learn more about OPL’s collections, facilities, services, programs and more at Follow OPL on Facebook and Twitter.


Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340


Anna Wilcoxon, 402.444.4817,

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

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 for additional information!


Book Sales 2014!

January 31st, 2014

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