Get Back to School Savvy at Omaha Public Library

August 2nd, 2014

Get Back to School Savvy at Omaha Public Library

Books, online learning tools, tutors and more available to help students make the grade

Summer days are numbered and it’s almost time to get back into the back to school routine. With most Omaha area schools kicking off classes by mid-August, Omaha Public Library will be offering a variety of back to school events to help students prepare for a successful school year.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 4 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852. Get Ready for Kindergarten Storytime: Kindergarten rookies (and their siblings) are invited to hear stories and sing songs about school.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284. Homework Help Showcase: Learn about homework help resources available at OPL. All ages are welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848. Typing Basics: Elementary and junior high school students are invited to attend this workshop to help increase their typing speed. Registration required.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch. Get Ready for Middle School: Learn tips and tricks for a successful middle school experience, including hallway navigation and etiquette, school supplies, and using library resources. Registration required.

Friday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m. at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274. Back to School Craft. Registration required.

Monday, Aug. 11, 3:30 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367. Back to School Photo Fashion Show: Students of all ages are invited to stop by the library after school to show off back-to-school outfits and have a photo taken. A craft is also available during this program.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299. Surviving Middle School: A panel including a school psychologist, teachers, students and parents will share information about what new middle school students can expect in the coming year.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m. at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846. Back to School with Homeschool: Learn more about what the Benson library and community center have to offer homeschool families. Registration preferred.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849. The Alphabet Man: This interactive program will focus on learning letters and numbers with the enthusiastic Alphabet Man.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m. at Florence Branch. Tween/Teen Hangout: Snack and Chat: Join other teens and tweens to share thoughts and survival tips on going to middle school. Registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800. Back to School Storytime.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m. at Millard Branch. Homeschool Open House: All ages are welcome to learn about homework resources, storytimes, take-home storytime programs, science kits, expert staff, and even a new pet snake! Preview online learning resources. Registration required.
Visit for information about 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

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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