Teen’s Kind Generosity Helps the Library

April 15, 2014

The Bennington Public Library has a collection of eight new books about Islam thanks to Bennington teenager, Sama Shah.

Sama Afreen Shah, who loves to read, learn and spend time working with children, combined her passions into a donation to purchase books about the Islamic faith and culture for the Bennington Public Library.

Sama turned 15 this year on March 2, and chose to give a portion of her monetary birthday gift from her family to the Library.

Sama says her family’s practice of compassion and being charitable has inspired her to volunteer and set aside her personal funds for giving. She has been inspired by her older brother’s attitude of generosity and helping others, as she has of her father’s dedication to caring for cancer patients.

“In the past I have donated my hair through the Locks of Love program,” Sama noted. “This school year I’ve really enjoyed learning about Islam and other religions in world history at my school. And not many people know about what Islam really is about. They may just think about the negative stories they hear on the news about extremist.”

Sama booksThe Library worked with Sama to select books for the collection that are geared for both kids and adults. One of Sama’s first choices was the book Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World by Natalie Maydell.

“We so greatly appreciate our summer reading teen volunteers such as Sama,” Flaxbeard said. “Sama has been great with our summer readers. She sets an outstanding example with her passion for literature and reading in general.”

Bennington Mayor, Gordon Mueller, presented Sama with a City Proclamation for her generous gift to the Library,

Bennington Mayor, Gordon Mueller, presented Sama with a City Proclamation for her kind generosity toward the Library.

Other books now available at the library include The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust (a children’s book); The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World; 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization (National Geographic Kids); Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction; After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam; Islam: A Short History; and The Oxford History of Islam.

Sama and her older brother, Saif M. Shah, are the first generation of their family to be born in America. Their parents, Inaganti M. Shah, M.D. and Rafia Q. Shah, moved to the US from Hyderabad, India, when their father, Inaganti, was accepted into a medical residency program. Dr. Shah is a physician of hematology and oncology at Alegent Creighton Health.

Sama says she hopes that her library contributions help other kids and people to learn more about the Islamic faith. Just like teens who practice other religious faiths, Sama notes that she relies on the teachings of her faith to guide her in making choices in her life.

Follow the link below to view a story presented by the KMTV Action News.


Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

April 14, 2014

April 13—19   Lives Change @ Your Library

Pick a Pop Book Drawing

Pick a Pop Book Drawing


Fine Forgiveness

Book Giveaways

Free Wrist Bands sponsord by the Friends of the Library

Libraries are the Heart of the Community



1:30 PM   LEGO @ Your Library

3:30 PM   Movie Matinee


1:30 PM   Movie Matinee

3:30 PM   LEGO @ Your Library

Share how the library has changed your life. Tweet about it using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14 OR snap a selfie that tells your story. Get a speech bubble at the library or use the PDF template which you can download and print and post your photo on the library’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Benningtonlibrary.006






Declaration for the Right to Libraries

April 13, 2014


We've signed the declaration. Have you? ilovelibraries.org/declaration


Declaration for the Right to Libraries

In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL. Whether developing skills to succeed in school, looking for a job, exploring possible careers, having a baby, or planning retirement, people of all ages turn to libraries for instruction, support, and access to computers and other resources to help them lead better lives.

LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING. Many children and adults learn to read at their school and public libraries via story times, research projects, summer reading, tutoring and other opportunities. Others come to the library to learn the technology and information skills that help them answer their questions, discover new interests, and share their ideas with others.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. Families find a comfortable, welcoming space and a wealth of resources to help them learn, grow and play together.

LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER. Libraries serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work and govern.

LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES. Libraries bring people together, both in person and online, to have conversations and to learn from and help each other. Libraries provide support for seniors, immigrants and others with special needs.

LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW. Our right to read, seek information, and speak freely must not be taken for granted. Libraries and librarians actively defend this most basic freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION. The economic health and successful governance of our nation depend on people who are literate and informed. School, public, academic, and special libraries support this basic right.

LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP. Knowledge grows from knowledge. Whether doing a school assignment, seeking a cure for cancer, pursuing an academic degree, or developing a more fuel efficient engine, scholars and researchers of all ages depend on the knowledge and expertise that libraries and librarians offer.

LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.

LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE. The past is key to our future. Libraries collect, digitize, and preserve original and unique historical documents that help us to better understand our past, present and future.

Lives Change @ Your Library

April 10, 2014

National Library Week is April 13-19.  The Bennington Public Library is celebrating with fine forgiveness, book giveaways and more!  The theme for this year’s National Library Week is Lives Change @ Your Library.  Please stop by the library and tell us how the library has changed your life. 

National Library Week Activities at the Bennington Public Library:


1:30 PM–LEGO @ Your Library

3:30 PM Movie Matinee—The Adventures of Brer Rabbit


1:30 PM Movie Matinee—The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

3:30 PM LEGO @ Your Library

For more information call 402-238-2201 or stop by the Bennington Public Library, 15505 Warehouse Street (East side of the Bennington Fire & Rescue Building).

Author Lydia Kang April 22

April 1, 2014


For more information about Lydia Kang's latest book visit: www.lydiakang.com

For more information about Lydia Kang’s latest book visit: http://www.lydiakang.com

The Friends of the Library is proud to present Author Lydia Kang, Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 PM in the Library Community Room.

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband, three children, and a terrarium full of stick bugs.


Woman’s Club Basket Auction Raises $2300 for Library Expansion–Sweet!

April 1, 2014
rib feed bake sale

Friends of the Library President, Ginger McGurk and Friends Board Members, Maureen Proksel & Amy Wilmeth with all the amazing treats–Sweet!

The efforts of the GFWC Bennington Woman’s Club and the Friends of the Library through their recent Basket Auction and Desserts at the Lion’s Club Rib Feed held March 24, helped to further the cause for Library Expansion by raising $2,300.  The Bennington Public Library wishes to thank all who played a part in the sweet success, and there were many!  Thank you Bennington Lion’s Club, GFWC Woman’s Club, Friends of the Library, volunteers, donors and Basket Auction/Rib Feed guests!

Fresh-baked Cinnamon Rolls & DYI Basket donated by Woman's Club member, Pat Smith was a big hit---Sweet!

Fresh-baked Cinnamon Rolls & DYI Basket donated by Woman’s Club member, Pat Smith was a big hit—Sweet!

Library Expansion  The Library’s building expansion committee has begun work on the conceptual design phase for the library building renovation and expansion into the existing fire station vehicle bays. The committee is working with an architect to assess the condition of the existing building, define project goals and design options, determine probable costs, and develop a phasing plan which suits the project’s funding and timing.  The completion of the conceptual design phase will give the Friends of the Library what they need to kickoff the building fund campaign. Help is needed during all phases of the campaign.  Please call the library, 402-238-2201, if you would like to help in any way. Be sure to watch for more information as plans develop.

Basket Auction to Benefit Library Expansion

March 4, 2014

basket auction clipartThe Bennington Woman’s Club is holding its annual Basket Auction in conjunction with the Bennington Lions Club Rib Feed on Monday, March 24 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the Bennington Jr/Sr High School.  Previously, both clubs have held their respective events around the same time every year.  By combining the two events, the Woman’s Club hopes to attract more bidders to raise money for the Library’s building expansion, while the Lions Club hopes to have more Rib Feed guests to support its scholarship fund and other ongoing community projects.  “It’s a win-win for both clubs,” stated Woman’s Club President, Judy Winnicki.  Like the Woman’s Club, which established the library in 1948, the Bennington Lions Club is a long-time supporter of the library through sponsorship of the summer reading program and weekly story times.

♣ Silent Auction—Fabulous Gift Baskets & More!

♣Dessert Bar/Bake Sale presented by the Friends of the Library

♣ ALL YOU CAN EAT Featherbone BBQ Ribs, Corn Fritters, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, & Mac ‘n Cheese!  Rib Feed tickets: $11 in advance, $13 at the door, children 5-12 $6, Under 5 Free

Tickets for the Rib Feed may be purchased from any Lions Club member.  The Woman’s Club will gratefully receive donations for the basket auction and dessert bar/bake sale.  For more information about how you can help or to purchase Rib Feed tickets, please call 402-238-2201.

Library Expansion Update

The Library’s building expansion committee has begun work on the conceptual design phase for the library building renovation and expansion into the existing fire station vehicle bays. The committee is working with an architect to assess the condition of the existing building, define project goals and design options, determine probable costs, and develop a phasing plan which suits the project’s funding and timing.  The completion of the conceptual design phase will give the Friends of the Library what they need to kickoff the building fund campaign. Help is needed during all phases of the campaign.  Please call the library if you would like to help in any way. Be sure to watch for more information as plans develop.


LEGO @ Your Library!

February 8, 2014

Join us every third Tuesday at 1:30 PM or every third Thursday at 3:30 PM  for LEGO @ Your Library in the Bennington Public Library Community Room.   All children ages kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome.

The third Tuesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM will accomodate home school families in our community.  The third Thursday of every month will be held after school from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

SAM_0110Children will be challenged with a new theme every month and there will be time for free play, as well.  Participants will have the opportunity to build and create with thousands of LEGO bricks and mini figures, too!  There is no registration required.

Start up for this project was supported in part by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Donations of LEGO bricks to supplement the library’s collection are welcome and will be gratefully received!  Thank you!

Andy Myers Coming to Bennington

February 6, 2014

The Friends of the Bennington Public Library is pleased to sponsorAndy Myers

Author, Psychic Medium, Inspirational Speaker

Andy Myers

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7:00 PM

Stumble Inn Bar & Grill, 15409 S. Second Street, Bennington, NE

 (Due to an already overwhelming response and the limited space available at the Library/Community Room, the venue for this event has been changed to the Stumble Inn Bar & Grill–Thank you, Stumble Inn!)

Please sign-up/RSVP in advance by calling the Bennington Public Library 402-238-2201, emailing benlib@bl.omhcoxmail.com or signing up to attend through the Library’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Benningtonlibrary

Andy Myers is a nationally known psychic medium and inspirational speaker.  He’s featured on radio stations across the country, including Omaha’s Q98.5 FM. Andy is a published author. His book, Flying Paint Rollers from Heaven is now on sale. He is the annual keynote speaker at the Omaha Health Expo.  Andy is dedicated to breaking the psychic stereotype with his genuine and down-to-earth approach to intuition. He has a degree in Social Work from UNO, but has been a full time psychic medium for many years now. Andy calls Omaha home, but travels often conducting psychic shows in major cities around the country.

Author Visit featuring Angela D. Meyer

January 7, 2014

The Friends of the Library are pleased to sponsor an author event featuring Angela D. Meyer on Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM in the Library-Community Meeting Room.

Angela D. Meyer is the author of the Christian fiction novel, Where Hope Starts.  She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two children whom they homeschool – recently graduating their son. She has taught Bible class for over 35 years and is on the leadership team of her local Christian writers group. She loves God, her family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.

Lydia Kang Author Visit April 22 at 7:00 PM

April 2, 2014

Be sure to note the time change from what was previously posted.  Lydia Kang will be joining us at the Bennington Public Library on April 22 at 7:00 PM.  Hope to see you there!


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