March 25th, 2014

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood headlines April author visits

Omaha Public Library (OPL) presents award-winning author

Margaret Atwood on Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St.

All are welcome to attend the author’s discussion of selected readings, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating; doors open at 12:30 p.m. Atwood’s books will be available for purchase at the event. This free event is being offered as a part of National Library Week and made possible by the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

A celebrated author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction, Margaret Atwood is best known for her novels. In a writing career that spans nearly five decades, some of Atwood’s standout works include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1993), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake (2003), and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009).

“OPL is pleased to offer Omaha area residents the opportunity to meet such a literary icon,” said OPL executive director Gary Wasdin. “Margaret Atwood’s works have served to entertain and educate readers, as well as inspire debate, discussion and critical thinking. We’re honored to introduce her to longtime fans, and hope to create new ones as well.”

Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., invites all to attend an evening with Nebraska’s State Poet

Twyla M. Hansen on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Hansen’s newest book, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (with Linda M. Hasselstrom), won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award in poetry and was a finalist for the 2012 High Plains Book Award and 2012 WILLA Literary Award. She has five previous books of poetry and her writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Prairie Schooner, The Midwest Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Platte Valley Review, Organization & Environment, Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West, and A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing.

Local children’s book author

James Solheim at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Solheim will share from his new book, The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains, which will be followed by a Q&A session. Learn more about the author and his work at jamessolheim.com.

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

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

or

Amy Mather, 402.444.3399, amather@omahalibrary.org

Money Smart Nebraska Week

March 21st, 2014

 Money Smart Nebraska Week 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 are teaming together April 5-12 to present Money Smart Week in Nebraska. Throughout the week, 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.

Learn About BusinessDecision: BusinessDecision is a powerful web-based software service available through your local library. Use it to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize (such as addresses, ZIP codes, cities, and more).
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402.444.4850

Money Smart Storytime: Play games, look for treasure, and learn about money and counting through stories, songs and rhymes.
Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402.444.6284

Personal Finance Essentials: Learn to make the most of your money with advice from financial education specialist Paula Schulz.
Monday, April 7, 12 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800

Frugal Fun with Kids: Nicole McDonald of Momsavesmoney.net will provide a list of free or low-cost activities for kids in the Omaha area, and will demonstrate toys and crafts that you can make from paper towel holders, plastic jars, paper plates, bags, and more. This program is best suited for parents of children up to age 10.
Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299

Social Security Strategies: Social Security is the foundation of most retirement income plans, yet most people miss out on tens of thousands of dollars in benefits. Joe Elsasser, CFP,® will share how to make the most of your Social Security decision and how to integrate with your other retirement income sources.
Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge St., 402.444.4852

Identity Theft: Loretta Mills from Lifetime Financial will discuss how to protect yourself from identity theft and what actions to can take if your identity has been stolen.
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402.289.4367

Estate Planning: Representatives from Lifetime Financial Group will discuss estate planning, assets included in your estate and the types of ownership, how assets are distributed, and the important documents estate plans should include.
Wednesday, April 9, 1 p.m. at Florence Branch

Budgeting and Basic Money Matters: Gain control of your finances to create a more secure future. Learn how to create a spending plan and discuss ways to save money on daily needs and entertainment.
Friday, April 11, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library

Using Coupons: Join Nicole McDonald of Momsavesmoney.net to learn about coupons and finding the best deals! Topics of discussion will include using coupons to shop for free, getting organized, and maximizing savings at the grocery store. Beginners and experienced coupon users are welcome.
Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402.884.7473
Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m. at South Omaha Library
Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m. at South Omaha Library

Budgeting, Saving & Social Security: Learn about budgeting, saving and social security with Loretta Mills from Lifetime Financial Group.
Saturday, April 12, 4 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402.444.4849

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.

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

Storybook characters come to life at Omaha Public Library

March 15th, 2014

 Storybook characters come to life at Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library (OPL) welcomes all ages to Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., on Sunday, March 30, 1-4 p.m., for a Storybook Land celebration! Eight life-sized characters from children’s literature will be on hand including Clifford, Corduroy, Curious George, Froggy, Maisy, Scuffy, Spot and Wild Thing. OPL’s beloved mascot Scamper will also attend the festivities.

Event participants will receive a Storybook Land passport upon arrival. They will receive a stamp for each costume character they visit, and be rewarded with their own book to keep. Storytimes are scheduled throughout the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the books read will feature the stories of visiting characters.

“Storybook characters visit storytimes at OPL throughout the year and families really enjoy the time to meet the characters and take photos,” said OPL executive director Gary Wasdin. “Storybook Land is a great opportunity to meet many characters all at once and create some great memories.”

The event is free and registration is not required. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture fun moments throughout the afternoon. For more information on this event and additional upcoming events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations, visit omahalibrary.org.

Omaha Public Library welcomes an array of authors in March

February 25th, 2014

 Omaha Public Library welcomes an array of authors in March

Several authors, each with a unique focus and perspective, will visit Omaha Public Library (OPL) in March. These free events provide an opportunity to meet the authors and learn more about the inspiration behind their work. Books will be available for purchase and signing at most author discussions. More information is available at omahalibrary.org or by calling the hosting OPL location.

Creighton University professor and writer Dr. Eileen Wirth will speak about her new book, From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism, at several OPL locations. The book shares the unique and memorable experiences of female journalists who challenged traditional gender roles in journalism, and subtly but surely changed the world.

·         Friday, March, 7, 1 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299

·         Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800

·         Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m. at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402.444.4851

·         Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402.444.4852

·         Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and through the HN Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects non-profit and educational organizations with nearly three hundred humanities programs offered by authors, historians, and scholars. More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found online at www.humanitiesnebraska.org.

Millard Branch invites all to attend a panel discussion with romance writers of the Heartland on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will feature Victoria Alexander, Mary Connealy, Connie Crow, Cindy Kirk, Renee Ryan, Sherri Shackelford, *lizzie starr, and Cheryl St. John, and include information about how to write for pleasure and/or publication. Registration is required for this event.

Children’s book author James Solheim will visit Millard Branch on Saturday, March 29 at noon. Solheim will share from his new book, The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains, which will be followed by a discussion about friendship and a make-and-take craft. Learn more about the author and his work at jamessolheim.com.

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

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Omaha Public Library

February 20th, 2014

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 2014, the theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” 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.

Dr. Eileen Wirth, chair of Creighton University’s Department of Journalism, will share from her new book, From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism, at a Women’s History Month reception on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800.  The event is cosponsored with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and will also feature engaging speakers, great poetry, live music, and refreshments. Poets from Celebrate XVIII, a publication by and about local women, and adult winners from UNO’s Poetry Across the Generations contest will present their works. Books will be available for purchase.

Dr. Wirth will discuss her book at several other locations throughout the month:

·         Friday, March, 7, 1 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299

·         Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m. at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402.444.4851

·         Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402.444.4852

·         Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848

Many other entertaining and educational programs are being offered:

·         Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library: Cherchez la Femme! Researching your female ancestors

·         Monday, March 24, 7 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.: Women’s History Through Fashion, 402.444.6284

·         Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.: A History of Women’s Hats, 402.444.4850

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.

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

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Omaha Public Library celebrates increased usage in 2013

January 25th, 2014

Omaha Public Library celebrates increased usage in 2013

In 2013, Omaha and Douglas County residents made incredible use of Omaha Public Library (OPL) resources and services.

More than 2,372,350 million visits were made to the 12 libraries last year, making OPL one of the most visited organizations in the state of Nebraska.

OPL introduced several positive initiatives in 2013, and offered Omaha area residents a wealth of services and experiences. Increased hours were implemented across the system, adding nearly 70 hours per week for the convenience of OPL patrons. The eBook collection grew and an additional vendor was contracted to increase the variety and availability of downloadable digital books. OPL made more than 100 online magazines available to patrons through the introduction of Zinio e-zine service. The Common Soil Seed Library was introduced in March 2013 at Benson Branch, providing individuals with an interest in gardening and seed saving with access to a variety of seeds, as well as informative workshops on how to optimize growth and seed collection. OPL hosted visits from national and local authors throughout the year, including a visit from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Walter Dean Myers.

Participation in the 2013 Summer Reading Program saw 16,557 kids, teens and adults registering and tracking their reading using a new online system. Throughout the year, 180,394 individuals attended an OPL computer class, storytime, author visit or other entertaining and educational program. OPL membership reached more than 309,361 cardholders. Those individuals borrowed more than 3 million items, made 1.7 million visits to the OPL website, logged 818,120 computer sessions and downloaded 142,636 digital items, including eBooks and audiobooks, an increase of 45 percent – on trend with the growth digital materials have experienced each year. OPL gained a following on Facebook of nearly 5,000 people and more than 3,900 followers on Twitter, and provided even more ways to engage through social media.

OPL is dedicated to its mission to strengthen our community by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services. The mission is experienced daily by those who changed their lives in a positive way with the help of OPL. Whether assisting someone in finding a job, providing an opportunity to meet a favorite author, or connecting with a family member divided by distance, OPL is proud to serve its community and grateful for the support of its members.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information on upcoming events at

Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.

CONTACT:

Emily Getzschman, 402.444.4896 or 402.957.1340

egetzschman@omahalibrary.org

or

Gary Wasdin, 402.444.4834, gwasdin@omahalibrary.org