Bump, Set, Read!

OPL debuted its aptly named “Bump, Set, Read!” sand volleyball team in fall 2015. For six Wednesdays in September and October, a ragtag team of library employees met at O’Leaver’s on 50th & Saddlecreek for some friendly competition and lots of laughs. “We wanted to organize something for staff to have fun and get to know…
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September/October 2016: Science Future

Science Future Travis Apel, Launa Bacon, and Regan Pufall September/October 2016 Science Future is a multimedia exhibition featuring the scientific and futuristic impulses of Travis Apel, Launa Bacon, and Regan Pufall. For Apel, naturalistic forms are complicated with extraterrestrial references; while Pufall reworks insects into otherworldly scapes; and Bacon bombards the viewer with a sensory…
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Staff Team Triathlon

Challenge accepted! When teams from the Omaha Parks and Recreation Department called upon other city departments to participate in the 2015 Omaha Women’s Triathlon on June 7, three OPL employees answered the call. Laurie Hajek-Jones, senior clerk at South Omaha Library; Megan KleinHewett, adult services librarian at Main Library; and Cynthia Vana, library specialist at…
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Partner Spotlight: Arts for All

Toward the end of 2014, OPL and Arts for All began planning a partnership to develop a series of art education workshops for children. Because South Omaha is often recognized for its cultural richness, diversity, and immigrant populations, it was determined that children living in this area would greatly benefit from art education opportunities. “Many…
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Volunteer: Sarah Ulsher

Sarah Ulsher, a senior at Millard North High school, was honored by Nebraska state senators and the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) as an outstanding volunteer in Lincoln as part of the NLA’s Advocacy Day. Since 2009, Ulsher has been a regular volunteer at Millard Branch, where she is the president of the Teen Advisory Board…
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Staff Talents

It takes a special sort of person to work in a library. A dash of creativity is essential, and if it isn’t a characteristic one comes by naturally, something about being surrounded by works of literature and art certainly seems to have an influence on OPL employees. Perhaps, too, the library is a place that…
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Outstanding Volunteer – Elizabeth Weisser

OPL employs many individuals to shelve books, create programs, and assist patrons, but there’s something extraordinary about volunteer staff members who choose to spend their time with the library’s special projects or jobs! Elizabeth Weisser is one such extraordinary person. Born premature with cerebral palsy, she is extremely nearsighted. That doesn’t stop her from volunteering…
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