OPS librarian earns Mad Hatter award
Laura Pietsch of Omaha received the 2012 Mad Hatter Award at the recent School, Children’s and Young People’s Luncheon, part of the Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska School Librarians Association state conference in Lincoln.
The award is given annually to a Nebraska librarian who has made outstanding contributions to library service for youth.
Pietsch is director of the Omaha Public Schools Library.
‘O Pioneers!’ selected as One Book for 2013
The One Book One Nebraska selection for 2013 is “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather.
The reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, encourages people from across the state to read and discuss one book. The selected book is chosen from 12 finalists by a committee from the center.
State libraries will join the Willa Cather Foundation, Nebraska Center for the Book and other organizations in planning book discussions, activities and events connected to “O Pioneers!”
Support materials will be available Jan. 1 at onebook.nebraska.gov.
‘Matched’ trilogy author to sign books
Ally Condie, best-selling author of the popular “Matched” trilogy, will be at the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets, on Friday. She will sign copies of the third book in the series, “Reached,” beginning at 6 p.m.
Condie, a former teacher, lives in Utah. The first two books in her series were “Matched” and “Crossed.” A movie based on the trilogy is currently being developed by Disney.
Entertainment Weekly called “Matched” “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since ‘The Hunger Games,’ ” and it was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010.
On the Calendar
Book signing: Dan Schinzel, author of “The Ten Most Important Things Ever Said,” 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm.
Lecture: Internationally known illustrator Hanoch Piven, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Roskens Hall 412, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Book discussion: Wednesday Bookworms book group, “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.
Book discussion: World War II At Night book group, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.
Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.
Book talk/signing: Robert Puschendorf, “Nebraska’s Post Office Murals,” noon Thursday, Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln.
Book discussion: As the Worm Turns book group, “Death at La Fenice” Donna Leon, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.
Book sale: Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 401 Ave. A, Plattsmouth.
Writer’s talk: “Taking the Fork in the Road” by Christian and inspirational author Nancy Moser, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Lakeside Village, 17475 Frances St.
Book signing: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film — A Reporter’s Perspective, 1998-2012,” 6:30 p.m. Friday, St. John Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave.
Book discussion: Civil War Book book group, biography of your choice, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Jewell Tweedt, author of the “Back to Omaha” western adventure series, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Tweedt Engineering and Construction, 4030 Greenview, Council Bluffs.
Storytelling: “Tellabration! Omaha,” part of a worldwide storytelling event, 2 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, or 7 p.m. Saturday, Elmwood Tower, 801 S. 52nd St.
Book signing: Diane Wells Rivers, author of “Sugar Sandwich: My Food Affair,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
— Events are open to the public and free.
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