1877 Society

Animus: Film vs. Book features “the princess bride”

Thursday, October 25, 2018 • Aksarben Cinema, 2110 South 67th Street • Facebook event link

1877 Society, a group of library enthusiasts and advocates in their twenties, thirties, and forties who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation, will host “Animus: Film vs. Book” at Aksarben Cinema on Thursday, October 25.

The fifth annual fundraiser will screen the 1987 film "The Princess Bride,” directed by Rob Reiner.


Attendees are encouraged to read the book, written by William Goldman and first published in 1973, prior to the October 25 fundraiser. A spirited audience discussion will follow the movie, on which version of the story was better.

“Animus” proceeds will benefit Omaha Public Library programs and services this year. Many thanks to our graphic designer partner, Hanscom Park Studio.


"Animus: Film vs. Book" 
Thursday, October 25 at Aksarben Cinema
6 p.m. screening
8 p.m. panel discussion, featuring Jane Skinner of Omaha Public Library; Ryan Syrek of The Reader; and emcee Matt Tompkins of Omaha Live.

$20 per person; admission includes one small popcorn, one beverage, and your movie ticket. 

Visit http://aksarbencinema.com/showtimes.html and scroll to October 25 showtimes.

In 2015, the 1877 Society launched “Animus.” Nearly seventy attendees gathered at Aksarben Cinema for a lively film and book comparison. Up for debate was Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel The Shining, versus the 1980 film of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson.

The 1877 Society Steering Committee includes Sarah Baker HansenLaShonna DorseyTulani Grundy MeadowsSarah HanifyKatie KemerlingQuentin LueninghoenerJessica McKayAutumn Pruitt, and Jesse Sullivan.

(402) 444-4589
Facebook event link

About 1877 Society

Omaha-based 1877 Society is a group of library enthusiasts and advocates in their twenties, thirties, and forties who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation. The Omaha Public Library Foundation raises funds and advocates for Omaha Public Library, its programs, patrons, services, and staff.

Membership to 1877 Society is an annual $100 donation to the Omaha Public Library Foundation. Membership provides invitations to exclusive library events not open to the general public: private tours of the library's special collections, library volunteer opportunities, discounts to local businesses, and more.

Our goal is two-fold: to increase younger donors to the Omaha Public Library Foundation, and to generate awareness of and create advocates for Omaha Public Library.

Simply put, we want to connect Omaha's best and brightest young professionals through a shared love of Omaha Public Library. 

The 1877 Society Steering Committee was formed in the summer of 2014. Our first event was December 4, 2014, at W. Dale Clark Main Library.

To join or for more information, send an email to 1877society@omahalibrary.org or call (402) 444-4589. Follow 1877 Society on Instagram and Facebook.

O’Reilly and Baginski Take Top Writing Prizes

For the fourth consecutive year, 1877 Society invited Omaha-area writers in their forties and younger to submit unpublished prose and poetry for its annual writing contest.

Personal essays and short stories under 5,000 words were submitted in the prose category. Writers could also submit one single-spaced poem of under three pages in the poetry category. Entrants were permitted to submit in both categories.

This year’s winners were Amy O’Reilly, for her poem “We Bought This House For The Natural Light,” and Ryn Baginski, for her short story “The Magician and the Sun.” Each received a $500 cash prize from the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

The winners were announced October 3, during the monthly Literary Pub Quiz at Pageturners Lounge.

Author and writer Carson Vaughan served as chair of this year's writing contest. The 2018 judges panel also included:

  • Ted Genoways: writer, author of The Chain and This Blessed Earth

  • Liz Granger: nonfiction writer, content strategist, Metropolitan Planning Council

  • Ben Hoffman: fiction writer, 2015-2017 Stegner Fellow

  • Patrick Mainelli: nonfiction writer, communications manager, The Union for Contemporary Art

  • Jeff Moscaritolo: fiction writer, visiting assistant professor, Doane University

For questions or more information, contact Vaughan (carsonvaughan@gmail.com) or Wendy Townley of the Omaha Public Library Foundation (wtownley@omahalibrary.org or 402-444-4589).

Prose: “The Magician and the Sun” by Ryn Baginski
Poetry: “We Bought This House For The Natural Light” by Amy O’Reilly

Prose: "Milkweed Elegy" (personal essay) by Patrick Mainelli
Poetry: "Elegy for J" by S.R. Aichinger
Judge's Choice Award: "Any Time You Like" (short story) by Bryant Holmes

Prose: "Touch" by Liz Huett
Poetry: "On Confessing My Symptoms to my Doctor" by Kassandra Montag
Judges Choice Award: "Shelf Life" by Maranda Loughlin (poetry)
Honorable Mentions: "Break Out" by Nicole Koneck-Wilwerding (prose); "A Robbery" by Kassandra Montag (prose); and "Winter Afghans and Handkerchief Scarves" by Felicity White (poetry)

Short Story: "Violate the Leaves" by Theodore Wheeler
Personal Essay: "Bears Like Spectators" by Kristine Mahler
Members Choice Award: "The Mean Ink" by Benjamin Simon (short story)

1877 Society Steering Committee

Sarah Baker Hansen
Shonna Dorsey
Erin Duerr
Tulani Grundy Meadows
Sarah Hanify
Katie Kemerling
Quentin Leuninghoener
Jessica McKay
Autumn Pruitt
Jesse A. Sullivan