Children’s Day/Book Day to celebrate the importance of literacy

April 14th, 2015

Children’s Day/Book Day to celebrate the importance of literacy

Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families and reading that culminates each year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Omaha Public Library (OPL) will offer a variety of programs in honor of Día with the goal of connecting children to a world of learning through books, stories and libraries. All programs are free and open to the public, and children participating in these programs will receive a free book to keep.

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.: Children’s Day Bilingual Storytime at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299

Friday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.: Children’s Day Art Reception at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850. Celebrate art, culture and the creative achievements of South Omaha youth. Students from Gateway Elementary School, Indian Hill Elementary School, and Marrs Middle School will display their artwork in the library. Live music, storytelling, activities and refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, April 29, 4 p.m.: Children’s Day Storytime & Craft at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846. Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day with a delightful story about two sisters’ determination to purchase a solar light for their family, and then create a solar craft! Registration required online or by contacting the Benson Branch.

Thursday, April 30
9 a.m.: Children’s Day Celebration of Asian Birthday Traditions at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848. Learn about and celebrate the birthday traditions of several Asian cultures through games, crafts, music, dancing and storytime. Countries represented will include China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, India, and the Philippines.
10 a.m.: Children’s Day/Book Day Story Hour at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849.

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

Go green with eco-friendly events at the Library

April 6th, 2015

Go green with eco-friendly events at the Library

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, making the entire month of April the perfect time to increase awareness about going green. At Omaha Public Library (OPL), every day is earth day!

Did you know that Watt Detector devices are available for checkout at all 12 OPL branches? In partnership with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), OPL has Kill-A-Watt devices that can be used to measure the amount of electricity your household appliances use. You may also pick up Omaha recycling bins at several OPL locations: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch (2100 Reading Plz.), Charles B. Washington Branch (2868 Ames Ave.), Milton R. Abrahams Branch (5111 N. 90th St.), Saddlebrook Branch (14850 Laurel Ave.), and South Omaha Library (2808 Q St.).

OPL also celebrates spring with eco-friendly events! “Go green” and carpool, walk or bike to your local OPL branch to enjoy these free programs.

Green Body Care: Learn how to make your own salt or sugar-based body scrubs.
Saturday, April 4, 2:30 p.m., Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
Friday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
Get Crafty: Gardening: Join us for a lesson in gardening techniques and creating dishes using vegetables straight out of the garden.
Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m., Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299
Get Crafty: Book Planters: Join us for a lesson in creating upcycled book planters using vintage books and plant clippings.
Saturday, April 18, 1 p.m., Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473
Green Cleaning: Learn how to make eco-friendly cleaning products for your home using basic household ingredients.
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 p.m., Charles B. Washington Branch
Upcycled Tee Craft: Learn how to transform old t-shirts into no-sew totes, necklaces and scarves.
Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m., Saddlebrook Branch
Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
Earth Day Storytime: Celebrate Earth Day with stories! Experience the delight of interacting with stories through books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m., Saddlebrook Branch

Some events require registration or have recommended ages for participation. For detailed descriptions or to register, visit omahalibrary.org or call the hosting branch. Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.

Money Smart Nebraska programming to be offered at Omaha Public Library

March 31st, 2015

Money Smart Nebraska programming to be offered at Omaha Public Library

Being smart about money isn’t always easy. Staying smart about money can be even more of a challenge. Omaha Public Library and other area organizations and experts are teaming together April 13-28 to present Money Smart programs. A variety of free classes and events will be offered to help consumers learn to manage their personal finances. All programs are open to the public, but space is limited. Register online at omahalibrary.org, or by calling the branch where you wish to attend.

Life Insurance 101: Lifetime Financial Group will discuss the types of insurance, advantages and disadvantages of each, the many living benefits available and their uses, and death benefits.
Mondays, April 13 & 20, 6 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848

Successful Meal Planning: Learn how to construct a meal plan that is best for your family. Use the recipes you already cook, add some new ones, and make a plan for at least one week of meals. Minimize food waste by learning how to preserve your fresh produce and food, and spend less time in the kitchen with time-saving cooking tips. Also, learn how to use store sales and seasonal specials to save time and money.
Saturday, April 18, 1 p.m. at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402.444.4846

Budgeting and Credit Tips: Learn tips about personal budgeting, as well as how to interpret credit scores and reports. Presented by First National Bank.
Monday, April 20, noon at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800

Mortgages for New Home Buyers: Tailored to first-time home buyers, this session will discuss possible benefits and incentives available, and help you learn about mortgages. Presented by First National Bank.
Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library

Make your own money-saver box: Build and decorate your own wooden money-saving box. Use it to store and save your money you earn from chores, allowance and other places. Registration strongly encouraged. Limited to children ages 7-11. All supplies provided.
Thursday, April 23, 4:15 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402.884.7473

Couponing for Savings and Meal Planning: Beginners and experienced coupon users alike will learn all about coupons and finding the best deals. Topics will include how to shop for free using coupons, getting organized for maximizing savings at the grocery store (a step-by-step guide to planning your shopping trip with coupons), figuring out the drugstore game and scoring lots of freebies (detailed how-to guides), coupon anatomy and common abbreviations, stacking coupons, price matching and double coupon events, and where to find the best coupons.
Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402.444.4850

Freebie Couponing: Learn how to easily find free food, gift cards, new products, clothes, electronics, books, toys, and much more! Learn about “free offers” to avoid.
Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. at South Omaha Library

Money Smart Nebraska Week is coordinated by the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a non-profit coalition created to help Nebraskans of all ages improve their levels of financial literacy. For more information about Money Smart Nebraska Week, visit moneysmartnebraska.org.

Visit omahalibrary.org for more information about these and additional programs offered 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 2015!

January 31st, 2014

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