Celebrate Women’s History Month at Omaha Public Library
Every March, the National Women’s History Project employs a unifying theme and honors women around the country whose work and lives testify to that theme. For 2015, the theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” In celebration of Women’s History Month, Omaha Public Library (OPL) will offer a series of free programs that celebrate the impact and accomplishments of women today and throughout history.
Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen will be the featured guest at an annual Women’s History Month celebration and reception on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800. The event is cosponsored by the University of Nebraska Omaha, and will also feature engaging speakers, great poetry, live music, and refreshments. Poets from Celebrate XIX, a publication by and about local women, will also share their works.
Many other entertaining and educational programs are being offered:
· Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.: Women in Technology at W. Dale Clark Main Library. Shonna Dorsey, co-founder and managing director for Omaha’s Interface: The Web School, will share the importance of women in technology, as well as available opportunities.
· Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.: Mormon Trail Migration at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299. The Mormon Trail Center will present a remarkable historical account of women’s strength, courage and endurance as they moved west across the Great Plains.
· Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 p.m.: Women’s History Month Movie at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473.
· Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.: Brontë Books & Bites at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851. Enjoy a sampling of Brontë books with light refreshments.
· Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.: Hats Off to Women! A History of Hats at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852. Sue McLain will present this Humanities Nebraska** program exploring fashion and the history of hats.
· Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.: The Heart’s Compass: Women on the Trails at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846. Deb Carpenter-Nolting and Lyn Messersmith will present this Humanities Nebraska** program, sharing an account of pioneer women crossing the Plains in the 19th century.
· Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.: Romance authors panel discussion at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848. A panel discussion on the art and craft of writing for pleasure or publication will feature Victoria Alexander, Mary Connealy, Connie Crow, Sherri Shackelford, *lizzie starr, and Cheryl St. John. Books will be available for purchase and author signings following the presentation.
· Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.: The History of the Brassiere at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850. From corset to bullet bra, learn the history of women’s under-fashion from vintage and antique clothing collector and Humanties Nebraska** speaker Sue McLain.
Visit omahalibrary.org for a full schedule of women’s history programs and information on additional upcoming events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.