The Council Bluffs Library will host author Garth Stein at 6:30 Tuesday night.

The best-selling author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “A Sudden Light” will sign books and talk about his experience as a writer and film producer. The event is free and open to the public.

The Bookworm will be on site to sell books.

Lock-in will spotlight genealogy collection

Omaha Public Library and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society will kick off Family History Month with the ninth-annual Genealogy Lock-In from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

The event is for anyone who wants to learn more about the library’s extensive genealogy collection.

During the event, professional genealogist, speaker and author Gail Blankenau will present, “Take All to Nebraska: How They Came,” examining the great migration into the heart of America, from Nebraska’s settlement in 1854 into the 20th century.

Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded to lucky participants.

Parking stubs from Omaha Park One (15th & Douglas Streets) will be validated for program participants. Advanced registration is required at or 402-444-4826.

Library staff and genealogical society members will be available to help participants look into genealogical treasures in the library’s collection and online. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and flash drives, if desired, and a valid Omaha Public Library card. Computer guest passes will be available for participants who are not residents of Douglas County.

5 finalists for One Book One Nebraska named

Finalists have been named for the 2018 One Book One Nebraska title: two poetry collections, one memoir and two novels — all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains.

The finalists are:

“The Bones of Paradise” by Jonis Agee

“Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017,” edited by Daniel Simon

“Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry,” edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell

“Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut” by Clayton Anderson

“Swan Gondola: A Novel” by Timothy Schaffert

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, now in its 13th year, is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss the same book. Titles chosen are books written by Nebraska authors or those with a Nebraska theme or setting. A Nebraska Center for the Book committee selected the five finalists from a list of 26 titles nominated by Nebraskans. In coming weeks, Nebraska Center for the Book board members will vote on the 2018 selection.

The winner will be announced at the Celebration of Nebraska Books, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln.

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Event featuring singer and dancer JoJo Siwa sold out

The Bookworm event hosting “Dance Moms” star and Omaha native JoJo Siwa is sold out.

The Bookworm capped the event at 800 tickets sold. “We anticipate 800 ticket holders moving through the line to meet JoJo will take us well into the evening,” Bookworm owner Phillip Black said in an email.

JoJo, a 14-year-old singer and dancer, will celebrate the release of her new book, “JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life: #Peaceouthaterz,” on Oct. 9 at the 90th Street and West Center Road bookstore.

For those who did nab a ticket, the event will start a bit earlier than originally stated: The photo line will begin at 4 p.m., and doors will open at 5 p.m.

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Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Writers group: Genealogy Writers Group, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today, Meeting Room 1, Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. No registration required.

Book group: Alternative Book Club, 2 p.m. today, Panera Bread, 17730 West Center Road.

Event: The Bookworm and Omaha Public Library will co-host Leigh Bardugo, author of “The Language of Thorns,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.

Book group: The Lit Wits will discuss “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, 6:30 p.m. Monday, The Bookworm, 90th Street and West Center Road.

Book group: The Killing Time Book Group will discuss “The Ivy Tree” by Mary Stewart, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, The Bookworm.

Workshop: Legend Writers Group, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Legend Comics & Coffee, 5207 Leavenworth St.

Book group: The What Are You Reading? book chat, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, The Bookworm.

Workshop: Nebraska Writers Workshop, teen mentoring at 5:30 p.m., adults from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Public Library, 5555 S. 77th St., Ralston.

Event: Pageturners Lounge Literary Pub Quiz, with special guest the 1877 Society, 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Pageturners Lounge, 5004 Dodge St.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 90th Street and West Dodge Road.

Author event: An evening with four female writers (Rebecca Faber, Deborah McGinn, Charlene Neely and Teagan Nicholle Dinslage), 6 p.m. Thursday, Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co., 2649 N. 48th St., Suite D, Lincoln.

Book group: The Notable Novellas group will discuss “Billy Budd, Sailor” by Herman Melville, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The Bookworm.

Author appearance: Michael Brownlee will sign “The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times,” 6 p.m. Friday, The Bookworm.

Writers group: Nebraska Novelists’ critique group, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Do Space.

Book group: The Biography Discussion Group will discuss “John Marshall: The Chief Justice That Saved the Nation” by Harlow Unger, 10 a.m. Saturday, The Bookworm.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Swanson Library.

Event: Three poets from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Adrian Koesters, Crystal Spring Gibbins and Michelle Menting) will discuss and read from their works, 1 p.m. Saturday, The Bookworm.

Author appearance: William Kent Krueger, author of “Sulfur Springs,” 3 p.m. Saturday, Keene Memorial Library, 1030 N. Broad St., Fremont.

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