“Making a Difference” Exhibition Highlights Local Change Agents

Omahans make a difference every day. "Making a Difference" is a collection of recent portraits done by Omaha artist Eddith Buis. Buis's illustrated portraits of individuals from various backgrounds, professions and walks of life to demonstrate the diversity of Omaha's change agents. These humble, black and white drawings reflect the nature of the service and activism of the…
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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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Book Bike Out & About

In August 2014, OPL unveiled a pedal powered bookmobile. The Book Bike features a special trailer filled with books pulled by a custom-built bike from Omaha Bicycle Co. funded by the Omaha Public Library Foundation. More photos of the Book Bike are available here…
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OPL Embraces Pedal Power

Omaha Public Library unveiled its Book Bike in early August 2014. The custom-built bike, complete with book trailer stocked with books to borrow and give away, was funded through the Omaha Public Library Foundation and was crafted by Omaha Bicycle Co. It marries reading, fitness and eco-consciousness, and offers a variation to traditional bookmobile services…
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