Omaha Reads 2016

Omaha Public Library celebrated its 12th annual Omaha Reads campaign with Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. The New York Times bestseller about a blind, French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II provided for a variety of discussion topics. Programs were offered to explore…
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Library Facilitators

OPL facilitators were originally trained as part of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). They continue to help Omaha-area organizations set and achieve goals through the assistance of facilitated discussions, and convene community conversations around topics of common interest. In 2015, OPL facilitators completed meetings for 17 community organizations. Each facilitated conversation yields significant impacts for the community in unique…
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IMLS Grant – Community Engagement: Defining Public Libraries’ Role in the Community

In December 2012, OPL received an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to design a two-year project that would help public libraries clearly define and expand their role in the communities they serve. OPL used the grant to facilitate community engagement by bringing people together in a trusted, neutral institution to share learning experiences. As part…
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Community Engagement Center: Creating Partnerships to Inspire Positive Change

The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) opened the doors to the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC) in April 2014. OPL was thrilled to be counted among the many community groups sharing the unique space. CEC partners have various missions, but are connected through a common goal of making positive contributions to Omaha’s communities. OPL’s mission is closely aligned…
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