Gov. Dave Heineman will present Letters About Literature award certificates to students Wednesday during a ceremony to sign a proclamation to recognize April 14-20 as National Library Week.
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program that encourages students to read books and, if the books inspired them, to write letters to the authors explaining the books’ impact on their lives.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Nebraska portion of the competition is coordinated and sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, the Nebraska Library Commission and Houchen Bindery.
Winners were Young-Joon Park and Shannon Chin of Omaha and Sydney Miller of Lincoln. Park wrote a letter to Arthur Miller about “Death of a Salesman”; Chinn, a letter of Ray Bradbury for “Fahrenheit 451”; and Miller, a letter to Sharon Draper for “Out of My Mind.”
Alternate winners were Allie Thompson of Omaha, a letter to Kathryn Stockett for “The Help”; Cole Shank of Lincoln, a letter to Kathleen Benner Duble for “Phantoms in the Snow”; and William Conrad of Lincoln, a letter to Charles Dickens for “David Copperfield.”
The winners will be honored at a luncheon and receive cash prizes and gift certificates. Their letters will be placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. The writers also will advance to the national competition.
Books sought for disadvantaged youth
ServeNebraska is collecting new and used books for children and young adults at its third annual Cornhusker Community Book Drive.
The books will be collected through May 4, when they will be distributed to organizations serving disadvantaged youth in the state.
For information on towns and locations collecting the books, visit www.cornhuskerbookdrive.org/content/donation-sites.
4,000 books for nonprofits, schools
On Tuesday, Half Price Books in Omaha will give away about 4,000 children’s books to nonprofit organizations and schools that need them. The books were donated by the community during the Half Pint Library book drive. The company matched each book donated by the community.
The giveaway starts at 2 p.m. Nonprofit organizations are invited to come in for books, which will be distributed while supplies last. The store is at 12355 West Center Road.
ON THE CALENDAR
Book signing: Andy Greenberg, author of “Your High: Life-Changing Broadcasts From Andy Greenberg,” and Marian Shalander Kaiser, 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.
Teen poetry slam: Semifinals of Louder Than a Bomb Omaha, 6 p.m. today, Omaha Healing Arts Center, 1216 Howard St.
Book signing: Brandon Mull, author of “Chasing the Prophecy” from his “Beyonders” series, 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.
Book discussion: Wednesday Bookworms, “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.
Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.
Book discussion: Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids, “Beauty Queens” by Libba Bray, 6 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.
Poetry reading/book signing: B.H. Fairchild, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.
Book sale: Fremont Friends of the Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. April 14, Fremont City Auditorium, Ninth and Broad Streets.
Book discussion/signing: Children’s author and filmmaker Dan Yaccarino, 10 a.m. Friday, South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.
Workshop: Nebraska Novelists Critique Group, 7 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble Crossroads, 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Teen poetry slam: Finals of Louder Than a Bomb Omaha, 7 p.m. Friday, Creighton University Harper Center, 2500 California Plaza.
Workshop: “How to Publish Your Book” with Sandra Wendel and Lisa Pelto, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus, 204th Street and West Dodge Road. ($29, register at www.mccneb.edu/ce or 402-457-5231.)
Book discussion: Sherlock Holmes Book Club, “The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel” by Anthony Horowitz, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Jan Riggenbach, author of “Your Midwest Garden: An Owner’s Manual,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book discussion: Jane Austen Society of Nebraska, “Pride and Prejudice” Chapters 11-23, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St.
Book discussion/signing: Children’s author and filmmaker Dan Yaccarino, 4 p.m. Saturday, Charles B. Washington Library, 2868 Ames Ave.
Book signing: Jeanne Miller, author of “My Eyelids Are Drooping,” 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Caffeine Dreams, 4524 Farnam St.
Books and Bagels: “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks with treats, 11 a.m. April 14, the Bookworm. (Pre-register with the store.)
— Events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
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