Hero-themed summer reading program kicks off at Omaha Public Library

May 16th, 2015

Hero-themed summer reading program kicks off at Omaha Public Library

Every Hero Has A Story! There’s no better time than summertime to become a superhero reader and discover reading for fun. Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites you to experiment, learn and explore during the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP)! With free activities for all ages, OPL can help keep everyone in the family engaged through the summer.

SRP kicks off May 29 and runs through July 31.

Join us for kick-off celebrations at OPL locations on May 29 and 30. The fun begins at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. on May 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy activities inside and outside the library at this fabulous kick-off party – music, games, crafts, food and more! Continue the adventure on May 30 and visit your local branch (except Main Library) from 1-3 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon of special activities. Register for SRP and begin reading to earn fantastic prizes all summer long. Prizes for kids and teens include a messenger bag, coupons to area entertainment venues, a book, an entry for a NEST scholarship drawing, vouchers to attend an Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game, and entries into a drawing for gift certificates and more. Adults who achieve summer reading goals are entered into drawings for memberships to area entertainment venues.

In 2014 more than 21,300 people participated in SRP. It’s so easy to do and it’s for everyone! Register at an upcoming OPL event, omahalibrary.org, or at any of OPL’s 12 locations. Kids, teens and adults can earn prizes by reading and/or listening to books for 10 hours. Audio CDs, eBooks and Playaways count for SRP as well. Log the time for books you read/listen to online to receive/be eligible to win prizes. Earn the chance for more prizes by collecting virtual badges. Simply visit your local branch, attend a program, or even use the library’s self-check machine, and be rewarded with an online badge.

There will be no excuses for those complaining of boredom this summer. OPL’s calendar is packed with entertaining, informative and interesting programs. Meet wild animals up-close, attend superhero boot camp, come up with your own superhero identity, and learn some super science! From creating works of art to discussing books, OPL is here to help you beat the summer blues and the summer slump. See the full lineup in OPL’s all-in-one programming guide available at your local branch, or at omahalibrary.org. You may register for these activities online.

Thank you to Summer Reading Program presenting sponsor Cox Communications; premier sponsor Sokolof Foundation in memory of Richard Rosinsky; and to the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends of Omaha Public Library for their additional support. Many thanks to our in-kind sponsors for providing additional incentives for reading this summer: City of Omaha Parks and Recreation, Family Fun Center, Fat Brain Toys, Film Streams, Gamers, Kids DIY Studio, NEST – Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Storm Chasers, Papio Fun Park, Pizza Hut, Raising Cane’s, River City Rodeo, Skate Daze, Sonic Drive-In, That Pottery Place, The Bookworm, The Durham Museum, and The Rose Theater.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information on summer programs and events at

Omaha Public Library’s 12 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 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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