Download Now: The 2013 OPL and OPLF Annual Report

We invite you to page through Connecting, our recently published 2013 annual report for Omaha Public Library and the Omaha Public Library Foundation. Please take a few moments to view the report online or download it as a PDF (7MB).

Each year the library and library foundation have more and more success stories to share. And 2013 is no exception.

Read on for articles recapping the library’s beloved (and historic!) Summer Reading Program, Omaha Reads, the Common Soil seed library at Benson Branch, the Golden Threads quilting group at Washington Branch, Affordable Care Act workshops, and much more.

Patrons of all ages and backgrounds use Omaha Public Library and its twelve branches every day for education, entertainment, and inspiration. At the Omaha Public Library Foundation, we are proud advocates and providers of such lifelong experiences. Contact us today to learn more.

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Preserve a Historic Resource: Omaha World-Herald Digital Archives

The Omaha Public Library Foundation is working to raise $700,000 to purchase the Omaha World-Herald digital archives.

The archives, dating from 1885 to 1983, are a comprehensive and digital record of Omaha’s beloved newspaper.

Library patrons can access the digital archives for free through the Omaha Public Library website.

The library’s free trial of this service, however, ends December 31.

Digital archives transform difficult-to-use microfilm holdings into state-of-the-art online newspaper resources of immeasurable significance. The archives deliver a complete, accurate digital facsimile of every page. The result is a comprehensive electronic resource that is not only keyword-searchable, but also contains every original image: every photograph, illustration, cartoon, and display advertising.

Make your tax-deductible donation today to the Omaha Public Library Foundation to help purchase the Omaha World-Herald digital archives. Call (402) 444-4589 to make your gift by phone, or to be mailed a donation envelope.

Online gifts can be made by clicking the yellow Donate button above. To designate your online gift to support the digital archives, please also contact the Omaha Public Library Foundation by phone or email (402-444-4589 or slyden@omahalibrary.org).

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For more information, please contact Wendy Townley: wtownley@omahalibrary.org or (402) 444-4589.

Thank you for supporting the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Omaha Public Library!

Celebrate Dad and Support the Omaha Public Library Foundation

Today through Father’s Day — Sunday, June 15 — the Omaha Public Library Foundation will receive an additional $5 from the AmazonSmile Foundation for every customer who makes an eligible purchase.

To participate, simply begin shopping online at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3411575 and make your purchase. Please note: this special offer ends on Sunday, June 15.

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OPLF Raises $17,000 via Omaha Gives!

Omaha Gives!, the citywide philanthropic holiday hosted by the Omaha Community Foundation on May 21, raised millions of dollars for nearly 600 charities. As a participating Omaha Gives! organization, we watched with great anticipation as our fundraising total inched upward for twenty-four consecutive hours.

The Omaha Public Library Foundation received 222 donations totaling $17,370 on May 21. The library foundation was also awarded a $1,500 prize courtesy of American National Bank.

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Since 1985, the mission of the Omaha Public Library Foundation has been to raise funds and advocate for Omaha Public Library, its twelve branches, programs, patrons, services, and staff. The annual Summer Reading Program, youth literacy initiatives, expanded access to technology, book clubs, community cultural programs, and more are supported by the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

A public/private partnership continually funds Omaha Public Library, with ninety percent of revenue from public sources, and the balance from contributions, grants, and earned income.

To the 222 donors who supported the Omaha Public Library Foundation on May 21, we thank you! Doesn’t giving feel good?

Say ‘Yes’ to the Library Foundation on Wednesday, May 21

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Have you heard? Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour online fundraiser for more than 500 charities in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties, happens Wednesday, May 21.

The Omaha Public Library Foundation will directly benefit from donations made through Omaha Gives! on this important day, organized for the second consecutive year by the Omaha Community Foundation.

Your $10 gift (or larger!) on May 21 will support the Omaha Public Library Foundation — and could be increased by $1,000 thanks to hourly prizes given away, midnight to midnight.

Bookmark and visit the Omaha Public Library Foundation donation webpage on Wednesday, May 21, to make your gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

Thank you for supporting the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Omaha Public Library!

Atwood Fans, Library Supporters Gather for A Novel Affaire

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 spoke to more than 200 guests April 12.

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.

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.

Omaha Public Library Executive Director Gary Wasdin and Margaret Atwood.

From left: Jack Diesing, Terri Diesing, Steve Bruckner, and Anne Bruckner.

From left: Jack Diesing, Terri Diesing, Steve Bruckner, and Anne Bruckner.

Colleen Aagesen, left, with Gloria Sorensen.

Colleen Aagesen, left, with Gloria Sorensen.

Margaret Atwood signed books for fans and library supporters.

Margaret Atwood signed books for fans and library supporters.

Sandra Lyden and Judy Anghelescu.

Sandra Lyden, left, and Judy Anghelescu.

Eileen Wirth, left, and Wendy Townley.

Eileen Wirth, left, and Wendy Townley.

Read the Spring 2014 Connect Newsletter

Click through the Spring 2014 issue of Connect, Omaha Public Library’s quarterly newsletter. It features the library’s Recommended Reads section, upcoming exhibits at the Main Library’s Michael Phipps Gallery, an overview of Dr. Eileen Wirth’s new book, From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism, and more.

Page 7 features a list of recent Omaha Public Library Foundation donors.

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Meet the Library Foundation Staff

Learn more about the Omaha Public Library Foundation staff: Wendy Townley and Sandra Lyden.

A Novel Affaire Featuring Margaret Atwood is April 12

The Omaha Public Library Foundation welcomes award-winning author Margaret Atwood on Saturday, April 12, for A Novel Affaire.


Connect Spring 2013

Please follow the link below to view the spring issue of the Omaha Public Library and the Omaha Public Library Foundation newsletter.

http://issuu.com/opl_connect/docs/spring_connect_2013?mode=window