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  • Author Karen Shoemaker Visits
    When: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Outside Locations

    'The Meaning of Names' (2014) by Karen Gettert Shoemaker is Omaha's Omaha Reads book selection for 2014.

    Shoemaker will present at The German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St., in the South Hall. She will discuss her book, and copies will be available for purchase and signing following a Q&A session. This free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

    Omaha Reads is a campaign that promotes 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.

    Shoemaker's debut novel 'The Meaning of Names' is a consuming tale of one family's confrontation with the violence and hatred that swept across America during the First Great War of Peace.

    Shoemaker resides in Lincoln, Neb. and mentors young writers through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

  • Finding Your Germanic Ancestral Village
    When: Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library (402.444.4800) at Meeting Rooms 2 & 3

    Whether your Germanic ancestors were recent immigrants or came to the colonies, sooner or later you will want to “cross the pond” to progress in your genealogy. We will discuss various sources and techniques to help you over your historical hurdles and discover your ancestral village of origin.

  • Tom's Third-Tuesday Book Club
    When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Millard Branch (402.444.4848)

    Ask for a copy of this month's selection and join us for a lively book discussion every third Tuesday of the month. Refreshments provided, registration required.

    - Jan 14, 2014: True Grit by Charles Portis
    - Feb 18, 2014: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Black History Month)
    - Mar 18, 2014: The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak (Women’s History Month selection)
    - Apr 15, 2014: River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
    - May 20, 2014: Atticus by Ron Hansen (local author)
    - Jun 17, 2014: War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    - Jul 15, 2014: White Man’s Grave by Richard Dooling (local author)
    - Aug 19, 2014: Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene (One Book One Nebraska selection)
    - Sep 16, 2014: TBA (Omaha Reads selection)
    - Oct 21, 2014: Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Halloween selection)
    - Nov 18, 2014: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    - Dec 16, 2014: Snow by Orham Pamuk

  • Omaha Reads Book Discussion
    When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: W. Clarke Swanson Branch (402.444.4852) at Meeting Room

    Come to Swanson Branch and discuss the 2014 Omaha Reads book with other readers. Please read the book beforehand and come ready to discuss. Please register in advance.

  • Nebraska's German-Americans During World War I
    When: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Milton R. Abrahams Branch (402.444.6284) at Meeting Room

    Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier will discuss the dramatic experiences of German-Americans in Nebraska during World War I. Dr. Johanningsmeier is Professor and Jefferis Chair of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


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