Prime Time Family Reading Time is set to begin again at three Omaha Public Libraries.
The six-week series is designed to give families with children 6 to 10 years old time to discover books and a love of reading together. Each week a storyteller will read aloud and lead a discussion on books.
Meals will be served as part of the program, so families that want to participate should register in advance. Free transportation also can be arranged for those who need it. There also will be activities for younger siblings of children in the program.
» Willa Cather Library, 1905 S. 44th St., 6 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5. This program is designed for Native American families. 402-444-4851.
» South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 12:30 p.m. Saturdays (except Nov. 9) from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16. This program will be offered in English and Spanish. 402-444-4850.
» Charles B. Washington Library, 2868 Ames Ave., 9 a.m. Saturdays Oct. 19-Nov. 23. 402-444-4849.
For more information, visit omahalibrary.org.
Small and Rural Libraries conference kicks off
The National Association of Small and Rural Libraries is holding its annual conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha.
Library representatives will be welcomed Wednesday evening at a reception at W. Dale Clark Library. During the following three days, a host of presenters will offer a steady stream of talks and workshops.
Among the presenters will be Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire books; Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center; historian and UNL professor Joseph Starita, author of “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice”; Mary Beth Stenger, winner of the 2013 Best Small Library in America Award; and Sally Gardner Reed, executive director of United for Libraries. Numerous librarians and library specialists also will take part.
More on the conference is available at asrl.info.
A variety of presenters set for literacy fest at Concordia
The Plum Creek Literacy Festival starts Thursday at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
Thursday and Friday are children's days; Saturday is the adult conference day and includes the author luncheon with author-illustrator Kevin Henkes.
The festival focuses on children's literature and teaching reading. Visiting presenters include authors Judy Schachner, Neal Shusterman, Anna Dewdney, Barbara McClintock, Marla Frazee, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann.
Other speakers are Dr. Timothy Rasinski, a literacy expert; Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer; and Dr. Ernest Morrell of Columbia University.
For more information, email Vikki Gremel at PlumCreek@cune.edu.
'Every Cowgirl ...' author to sign books at roundup
Rebecca Janni, author of the “Every Cowgirl ...” series of children's books, will sign copies of “Every Cowgirl Goes to School” during River City Roundup.
She will be in the Children's Reading Corner during the day Thursday through Saturday in the CenturyLink Center, 10th and Cass Streets.
ON THE CALENDAR
Book signing: Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed, authors of “Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life,” 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.
Workshop: Family History Writers Group, 1:30-3:30 p.m. today, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.
Fall Fiction Fest: Readings by Sally Walker, Johnnye Gerhardt, Kim Stokely, Kent Sievers, Jim McGowan, Lyle Walker, David P. Hufford and others, 2-4 p.m. today, Baright Library, 5555 S. 77th St., Ralston.
Book discussion: World War II Book Group, “Stalingrad” by Antony Beevor, 2 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm.
Book discussion: Crime Through Time Book Group, “The Janissary Tree” by Jason Goodwin, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.
Author presentation: “An Evening With Mary Doria Russell,” author of “Doc” and “The Sparrow,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Morton-James Public Library, Nebraska City, Neb.
Book signing: William Kent Krueger, author of “Tamarack County,” a Cork O'Connor mystery, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mystery Bookstore, 1414 S. 13th St. (Optional dinner at Bohemian Cafe follows.)
Workshops: Mentoring for teen writers, 5:30-6 p.m. Wednesday; Nebraska Writers Workshop for poetry, script writing and fiction, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Library.
Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.
Book discussion: Enquiring Minds Group, “The Brain: A Very Short Introduction” by Michael O'Shea, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.
Book sale: Council Bluffs Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs.
Book signing: William Kent Krueger, author of “Tamarack County,” 6 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.
Momaha Night Time Story Time: For kids ages 1-5, who can wear their pajamas, take part in activities and have milk and cookies, 7-7:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.
Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Workshop: “How to Write Your Book” with Sandra Wendel and Lisa Pelto, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road. ($29, half-price for seniors, register by calling 402-457-5231.)
Story Time: Brigit St. Brigit's Scott Kurz reads from children's books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Laura Duhigg, author of “25 Ways to Deal With Panic,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Sparkle Abbey, author of “Yip/Tuck” Pampered Pet mystery, 5 p.m. Saturday, Mystery Bookstore. (Optional dinner at Bohemian Cafe follows.)
Book signing: Monty McCord, author of “The 1931 Hastings Bank Job & the Bloody Bandit Trail,” 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington, Hastings, Neb.
Calendar events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.