April 12 proved to be a memorable evening for the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Omaha Public Library. A Novel Affaire, a new annual fundraiser for the library foundation, welcomed award-winning author Margaret Atwood and more than 200 guests at the Milton R. Abrahams Branch.
Margaret Atwood presented “My Library Stories” at A Novel Affaire.
Library supporters, Atwood fans, and local leaders – including Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha City Councilwoman Aimee Melton – celebrated Omaha Public Library and its impact in our community.
“More than 309,000 people are proud to be members of the Omaha Public Library. Membership is growing, and we are very proud of that,” Mayor Stothert said. “Under the leadership of Executive Director Gary Wasdin and his team, our libraries offer what our customers want: books, audio, movies, and technology.”
Mayor Stothert added: “Omaha is known for its generous spirit, in both philanthropy and volunteerism. We rely on public/private partnerships to provide and expand services that will make our great city extraordinary.”
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, right, with Omaha City Councilwoman Aimee Melton.
A Novel Affaire raised approximately $35,000 for the Omaha Public Library Foundation.
Local artists and businesses donated a number of items for the evening’s raffle. Prizes included works by Diane Hayes, Erick Post, Shari Post, Rodney Rahl, Jill Rizzo, and the late Wanda Ewing (donated by Ewing’s family).
Event sponsors included Tenaska, Mutual of Omaha, Heritage Services, Deloitte, First National Bank, Fraser Stryker, Holland Foundation, Jim and Rochelle Mullen, National Everything Wholesale, and Performance Auto Group.
Visit the Omaha Public Library Flickr page for more photos from A Novel Affaire.
Omaha Public Library Executive Director Gary Wasdin and Margaret Atwood.
Colleen Aagesen, left, with Gloria Sorensen.
Margaret Atwood signed books for fans and library supporters.