Thirty-One Fundraiser to Benefit Library

October 30, 2014

Thirty-One FUNDRAISER to benefit the




For every 2 bags sold, $22 will be donated to the library.

SALE DATES: October 22nd – November 22nd

Order forms available at the library or CLICK HERE

Contact or 402-709-2790

Busting Bad Guys Author Mark Langan

October 26, 2014

Friends of the Bennington Library is proud to present

Author Mark Langan

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

7:00 P.M.

Bennington Public Library – Community Meeting Room

mark langanSergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in 1978 to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force.

Langan caught bold burglars who silently entered homes to get thrills off of touching sleeping victims. He hit bookie joints in smoke-filled bars, squeezed snitches for information, and arrested prostitutes and their everyday “Johns” in dangerous downtown alleys.

Langan worked his way up the ranks to command undercover narcotics operations in the 1980s when sinister LA gangbangers invaded Omaha and claimed neighborhoods to sell crack.

In his celebrated career, Langan felt the gut-wrenching pain of innocent children caught inside the wicked world of drugs and crime, their “safe” worlds shattered when the battering ram knocked down their doors-their cries haunt him every day. And two players from his past reemerge in startling ways. Mark is now Vice-President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society where he is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving animals.

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SAVE THE DATE–Festival of Trees December 5 & 6

October 23, 2014

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A benefit for

Bennington Public Library Improvement Fund

Ways in which you can help:

  • to donate baked goods please email
  • to display your tree for the tree walk please email
  • to donate goods or services for the silent auction/raffle please email
  • to display a flyer at your business click here 2014 FOT Event Flyer and print

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National Friends of Libraries Week October 19-25

October 20, 2014

The Bennington Public Library will be spending the week of October 19 – 25 celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 9th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

Celebration activities include an event for children on Thursday, October 23rd, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Library-Community Room and a special prize drawing.  Prizes include a Hip Hop Dancing Skeleton, Friends Membership, Festival of Trees Family Pass and Creighton Basketball Tickets.  Be sure to stop by the library or call 402-238-2201 for details.

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The Friends of the Bennington Library is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the interest and welfare of the Bennington Public Library. Since 1992, it has been raising funds for projects which enhance library services and programs, and for library building expansion. 

Friends members conduct two annual fundraising events, a Book Sale in June during Bennington Daze and the Festival of Trees (December 5 & 6 at St. John’s Church).   The Friends group also hosts free monthly events–workshops, author visits/book signings, etc.  On Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM in the Library-community room, author Mark Langan will be discussing and signing his book, Busting Bad Guys. Other upcoming events include author Dan Reynolds on November 20 at 7:00 PM and Social Networking Tips on November 25 at 7:00 PM.

Please contact the library at 402-238-2201 to learn more about the week’s activities and to find out how to become a member of the Friends.


LEGO @ Your Library

September 12, 2014

Join us every third Thursday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM  (beginning September 18) for LEGO @ Your Library in the Bennington Public Library Community Room.   All children ages kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome.

The  1:30 PM session is intended to accommodate home school families in our community, but children are welcome to attend whichever session meets their scheduling needs.

To inspire creativity, participants will be challenged with the theme of the month, but are always welcome to build whatever they like.  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 used or new Lego bricks to supplement our current collection are welcomed and encouraged.  Thank you!

Poet Tom Adamson September 23

August 28, 2014

The Friends of the Bennington Library are proud to sponsor an event featuring Poet Tom Adamson on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM in the Library-Community Meeting Room.

Tom Adamson has written over 1200 lyrics and poems, and collected and published them in 16 different books. His books are represented in 45 public and college libraries in Nebraska and Iowa, and he has done poetry readings in Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Fremont, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tom cites his biggest influences on his writing as the Bible, Yeats, and both the Dylans- Bob and Thomas. His love of rhythm and rhyme began at the age of 7 in church listening to the hymns. Tom would change the words to the hymns- which greatly amused him, of course.

His latest book, Push Back The Night, is available for check out at the Bennington Public Library.

This is a family-friendly event.

Feel free to bring your own poetry for reading!

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Thank you Summer Reading Sponsors!

July 21, 2014

Thank you summer Reading Sponsors and Prize Donors! Thank you for helping us hold a wonderfuly successful Summer Reading Program!

Paul Bacino, DDS



Pine Creek Elementary PTO

Bennington Elementary PTO

Heritage Elementary PTO

American Legion Auxiliary Post 266

Friends of the Library

Bill & Jackie Weidner

Bennington GFWC Woman’s Club

Bennington Lion’s Club

Village Inn

Mike, Suzanne & Connor Gaeta

Nate’s Grill

Koala T Daycare

Quality Dental Care

Bank of Bennington

Ridgewood Active Retirement Community

Bennington Jaycees

Bennington Chiropractic

A-Bees Storage

Performance Physical Therapy

Rachel & Doug Nelsen


Children get ready for some end-of-summer fun!


Saturday, August 9th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

CWholegroupentennial Park (next to the library) 

Coral Bay Splash and Surf the Wave Water Slides, Dunk Tank,  Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, and More! 

Wear your swimsuit & bring a towel.

For more information, call the library at 238-2201.


Thank you for your generosity!

May 22, 2014

The Friends of the Bennington Library received 37 online gifts totaling $3660 through Omaha Gives! Thank you library supporters! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


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.–255268641.html 

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

April 13, 2014


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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.

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.


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