Chef, Author Amy Thielen to Headline Annual Fundraiser September 26

For the fifth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will host its annual fundraiser featuring a celebrated author. Between the Lines with Amy Thielen will take place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus. 

Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume will serve as honorary chair. Event proceeds from Between the Lines with Amy Thielen will support Omaha Public Library programs and services. 

A Minnesota native now living in rural Park Rapids, Amy Thielen is the author of two books: The New Midwestern Table and Give a Girl a Knife. She is a chef, TV cook, and two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. Her first cookbook was published in 2013 and won the James Beard Book Award for American Cooking. Her memoir was published in 2017, and was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, among others. 

Tickets are available online, or by contacting the Omaha Public Library Foundation: or (402) 444-4589.

The fundraiser will also feature the presentation of the Omaha Public Library Foundation's Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award to James P. Kineen. Kineen is one of the library foundation's founding board members. The award is named after the library foundation's first director, a volunteer post she held for eight years beginning in 1985.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Wendy Townley to learn more: or (402) 444-4589.

Last year's fundraiser with author and scientist Hope Jahren raised $62,000 for Omaha Public Library programs and services. Previous authors featured at the annual fundraiser include Margaret Atwood (2014), Wally Lamb (2015), and Tobias Wolff (2016).


Between the Lines with Amy Thielen
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus
Institute for the Culinary Arts (Building 22)
32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and a presentation by Amy Thielen, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

$100 // Patron Ticket, featuring a private 5:30 p.m. author reception and valet parking
$60 // General Admission

 A Special Thanks to Our 2018 Event Sponsors

Head Chef
Mike and Susan Lebens
Omaha Steaks

Sous Chef

Chef de Partie
Amy Haddad and Steve Martin
Cline Williams
Dan and Tina Lonergan
Morrissey Engineering

Commis Chef
Alley Poyner Macchietto
Anne and Brian Branigan
BCDM Architects
BVH Architecture
DLR Group
Fraser Stryker
Karen and Jim Linder
Mike and Dana Meyer
Nola and David Schettler
Olsson Associates
Paul and Annette Smith
RDG Planning and Design
The Reader
Scott and Julie Cobb
Security National Bank