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Omaha Reads Events
Omaha Reads Events
Reads selection features local author
In Omaha in 1986, two star-crossed
teenage misfits are smart enough to know that a first love almost never lasts,
but are brave and desperate enough to try. A shared interest in alternative
music and comic books eventually leads to more in Omaha Public Library’s 2015
Omaha Reads selection, Eleanor & Park
(2013) by Rainbow Rowell.
Each year, Omaha Public Library
encourages the community to join together in reading one book as part of the
Omaha Reads campaign. Omaha Reads promotes literacy and provides the City with
a common theme to discuss. One book is selected through a public vote and
promoted through book talks, an author visit, and related programs.
When: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library at Michael Phipps Gallery
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is the Omaha Reads book selection for 2015.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Omaha Reads is a campaign to promote literacy and provide the City with a common theme to discuss. One book is selected each year and celebrated with book discussions, author visits and related programs and events.
Rainbow Rowell sometimes writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On.). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 2:00 PM Where: Benson Branch at Meeting Room
Explore graphic storytelling through comics & zines. Participants will learn the subversive histories of these forms, explore contemporary examples, and use easily-accessible materials to create their own. Expect to take away a comic or zine of your very own! (Omaha Reads)
When: Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:30 PM Where: South Omaha Library at Conference Room A
Join us for an educational theater presentation followed by a group discussion led by community professionals and actor-educators from the organization, RESPECT. Standing Up focuses on bullying towards the LGBTQ community and those who are perceived to be a part of it.
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:00 PM Where: Millard Branch at East Meeting Room
storytelling through comics & zines. Participants will learn the subversive
histories of these forms, explore contemporary examples, and use
easily-accessible materials to create their own. Expect to take away a comic or
zine of your very own! (Omaha Reads)
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:30 PM Where: Milton R. Abrahams Branch at Meeting Room
Each year, Banned Books week is celebrated nationally and this year, Omaha Public Library is highlighting the value of free and open access to information by hosting a panel to discuss challenged and/or banned books. This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating young adult books.
The panel will feature former OPL assistant library director Verda Bialac, author Marilyn Coffey, author and University of Nebraska at Lincoln professor Timothy Schaffert and Laura Pietsch, Supervisor of Library Services for Omaha Public Schools. The panel will be moderated by Amy Mather. Panel members will share their perspectives and answer questions about controversial book challenges and censorship. They will also take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.