Celebrate Women’s History Month at Omaha Public Library

March 1st, 2015

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.

Libraries Are for Making during Teen Tech Week at Omaha Public Library

March 1st, 2015

Libraries Are for Making during Teen Tech Week at Omaha Public Library

Teen Tech Week is when libraries all over the country showcase the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making…” theme during the Young Adult Library Service Association’s  Teen Tech Week, March 8-14. Omaha Public Library will offer teens a space to explore, create and share content, and help them gain the digital literacy skills they need to be successful.  A variety of programs utilizing technology will take place during and around Teen Tech Week. All programs are free, but there may be age and registration requirements. Contact the hosting branch or visit omahalibrary.org for more information.

Thursday, March 5, 4 p.m.: Teen Tech Hangout at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473
Tuesday, March 10, 4 p.m.: Teen Craft – Perler Bead Pixel Art at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852
March 10-14, daily at 4:30 p.m.: Teen Tech Time at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274
Wednesday, March 11, 1 p.m.: Techie Project Workshop at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800
Thursday, March 19, 3:45 p.m.: Tech Gloves Teen Craft at Saddlebrook Branch

Visit omahalibrary.org for a full schedule of upcoming events 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

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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