Today’s Wednesday Lunch & Learn presentation features Courtney Ziska from the Nebraska State Historical Society. As an archaeologist, Ms. Ziska will explore Omaha’s 1898 White City and examine its remains. Omaha hosted the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, a five-month long world’s fair which drew approximately 2 million visitors to the exhibits spanning nearly two hundred acres in north Omaha. By the spring of 1900, nearly all evidence of the Exposition was gone because the buildings to house the events and exhibits were constructed quickly of horsehair and plaster for fast demolition after the event. Ms. Ziska will present her discoveries about the 1898 World’s Fair at noon in the library’s meeting.

The library opens at 1 p.m. on Thursday. During the morning, library staff will be in training.

On Sunday, local authors will be speaking their fiction at the sixth annual Fall Fiction Fest from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Several of the authors are already published online and/or have manuscripts under consideration with publishers. Stop by to hear them.

Tuesday is the last day of summer, and the last day to donate your gently used paperbacks to Operation Paperback. As of last week, 44 boxes of books have been shipped to military troops. Yolanda has been sending one to two boxes per week since mid-June. The Ralston community can be proud of its support of the military.

September has five Wednesdays, so on Sept. 30 we’ll host Lew Hunter, a Nebraska native.

Hunter, professor emeritus at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, is a screenwriter who annually hosts the Superior Summer Colony for writers. Join us at noon to hear “reel” stories from a Hollywood screenwriter.

This fall, the library has several new biographies in New Books. What’s more appropriate than “Saban: The Making of a Coach”? Nick Saban transformed college football at the University of Alabama.

WWE’s Daniel Bryan’s story is told in “Yes: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event in WrestleMania.”

Catch up with Tom Brokaw’s “A Lucky Life Interrupted.”

If you missed the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography, now is the time to read “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.”

New devices are on sale. Did you buy a new one? If you need to sync it to the library’s downloadable books and music, then schedule an appointment with one of our staff who will help you.

Technology and literacy sessions can be scheduled just about any time during regular library hours. Staff members can assist you with software, online classes, resumes, literacy basics, and other information literacy topics. Our staff works to help you learn more. Call 402-331-7636 to learn more and schedule a time.

From your personal device, you can access the library at and renew your books or put items on hold through the catalog. Or click on OverDrive, OneClickdigital, Zinio, Freegal or Universal Class for downloadable books, magazines, music, and courses. The barcode on your library card puts all of these services in the palm of your hand.

Wherever you are, the Baright Library in Ralston is there for you!

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