Summer Reading Finale!

July 21, 2014

Saturday August 9

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.


LEGO Robotics Demonstration

July 3, 2014

Friends of the Bennington Library is proud to present

LEGO Robotics
Thursday, July 17, 2014

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Bennington Public Library – Community Meeting Room

Reserve a spot for you and your child (ages 12 and up) to attend this demonstration by calling 402-238-2201
Local educator Scott Wiley will present LEGO Robotics, demonstrating both the popular NXT system and the newly released EV3 system. Wiley will discuss the history of LEGO Mindstorms, the capabilities of the robots, the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition and how to involve your child in LEGO Robotics.

lego roboticsLEGO Robotics gives students direct, hands-on experience with math, engineering, programming and problem solving.
Through his business, Wiley Robotics, Scott teaches LEGO Robotics to students throughout the Omaha area. He has taught robotics at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, UNO’s Aim for the Stars, and through the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. He has been coaching and mentoring FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams since 2010. Scott has received the Outstanding Coach/Mentor Award at both the Omaha Qualifier and the Nebraska State Championship.


Library Closed July 5th

July 3, 2014

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

The library wishes you a happy and safe holiday weekend!

NEST Read to Win $529

July 1, 2014

There is still plenty of reading time left this summer and plenty of prizes to win, too!  Children ages 3 – 6th grade can continue to log their reading through August 9th.

Children who complete a reading log (20 hours) at the Bennington Public Library will be entered into the NEST Read to Win 529! Drawing. NEST (Nebraska Education Savings Trust) will be depositing $529 into NEST 529 College Savings Plan accounts for 15 lucky summer readers, five in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.  Each winner’s library also wins $250!  Teens who participate in Bennington Public Library’s Reading Incentive Program are also eligible for entry into the statewide NEST Read to Win 529! Drawing as well as a chance to win Beats Headphones from the Bennington Public Library. Call or visit the library for more details.

Nebraska’s 529 Direct College Savings Plan website: 

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Movie Matinees–Tuesdays in July at 2:00 PM (July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29) Popcorn & bottle water provided!

LEGO @ Your Library–Thursdays in July at 2:00 PM (July 3,10, 17, 24, & 31)

Summer Reading Finale Event—August 9th, 1—3 pm in Centennial Park–Come Celebrate the End of Summer With Us–Water Fun, Yummy Treats, Prize Drawings and more!

Dance with Julian for Library Expansion

June 19, 2014

Adair Dance Academy and Friends of the Bennington Library are proud to present
A benefit for the Bennington Public Library Building Expansion & Renovation Fund
dancer pictureDANCE WITH JULIAN
Saturday, July 12th
9:00 – 11:40 AM
Heritage Elementary School, 9950 Rosewater Parkway, Bennington
Pre Ballet-Creative Movement, Intro to Dance and Pre-teen Dance for children ages 3 – 12 with Julian Adair, choreographer, dance educator, performer, director, producer, writer, speaker and arts photographer.
For more information about Julian Adair visit
Ages 3 –4 Pre-Ballet & Creative Movement / 9:00—9:40 AM
Ages 5—7 Intro to Dance / 10:00—10:40 AM
Ages 8—12 Pre-Teen Dance / 11:00—11:40 AM
Advance Registration $10 per child / $15 at the door / $30 per family
For more information call 402-238-2738
All proceeds to Friends of the Bennington Library
Download Registration Flyer here:Dance with Julian registration form



Local Author Hope Crago June 24

June 10, 2014

rash decision makingThe Friends of the Library is pleased to present another free author event and book signing.  Local Author Hope Crago will discuss her newest book, Rash Decision Making: Observe. Think. Proceed with Action on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM in the Bennington Public Library Community Meeting Room. Hope will share her inspiration for writing the book and what goals she hopes to accomplish, as well as, new projects she is currently working on. All ages are encouraged and welcome!

Friends Annual Book Sale June 13 & 14

June 9, 2014

The Friends of the Bennington Library will hold its Annual Book Sale during Bennington Daze
Friday, June 13th, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 14th, 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Bennington Community Meeting Room (behind the Library)
A fabulous selection of old and new favorites!
Proceeds benefit the Bennington Public Library Building Fund


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!


READY, SET, GIVE to the Friends of the Bennington Library!

May 21, 2014

omahagivesFriends of the Bennington Library is proud to be a part of Omaha Gives!

There is still time left to show your support – visit to give!

Summer Reading Programs & Activities

May 15, 2014

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This Summer the library is taking on science in a big way with our theme FIZZ BOOM READ!

Studies confirm participation in summer reading programs improve students’ reading skills.

  • Weekly programs during the month of June for ages 3 through 5th grade (grade completed)–Download registration flyer here: 2014 Summer Reading Registration Flyer
  • Summer Reading Club–Children read and earn prizes June 1—August 9. Pick up a Reading Log @ the Library
  • Movie Matinees–Tuesdays in July at 2:00 PM  (July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29)
  • LEGO @ Your Library–Thursdays in July at 2:00 PM (July 3,10, 17, 24, & 31)
  • Summer Reading Finale Event—August 9th, 1—3 pm in Centennial Park–Water Fun, Yummy Treats, Prize Drawings and more!
  • All programs free and open to children of all abilities.
  • Reading Incentive program for teens entering 7th grade through 12th grade.

For more information call 402-238-2201.

Thank you Summer Reading Sponsors and Prize Donors!

Paul Bacino, DDS



Pine Creek Elementary PTO

Bennington Elementary PTO

American Legion Auxiliary Post 266

Friends of the Library

Bill & Jackie Weidner

Health Mart Pharmacy

Bennington GFWC Woman’s Club

Bennington Lion’s Club

Village Inn

Gaeta Family

Nate’s Grill

Koala T Daycare



May 9, 2014

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The Friends of the Bennington Library is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! – a 24 hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 21st from midnight to midnight. Mark your calendars because we will need your help! We will be joining over 550 local nonprofits in raising support and competing for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the match pool we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prize money.
Omaha Gives! is a one day event led by the Omaha Community Foundation to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits through online fundraising. It is a community-wide event to show off Omaha’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Learn more at OMAHAGIVES24.ORG.
How can you help the Friends of the Bennington Library during Omaha Gives!?
• Donate to us on May 21st!
• Spread the word! Tell your friends that you will be giving to Friends of the Bennington Library during Omaha Gives! on May 21st and you need their help.
• Post about Omaha Gives! on your social media pages. Let your friends and followers know how they can give and how their donations can help us win matching and prize funds. #OmahaGives
• Cheer us on! On May 21st, watch the leaderboard on and update our progress on social media.
• Save the date. May 21st, 2014. Get excited and ready to share your enthusiasm for Friends of the Bennington Library throughout the day.
• Stop by the Bennington Public Library on May 21 to plant seeds to take homeas a reminder of our library and community’s growing potential. Refreshments will be served by Friends of the Bennington Library. Seed packets will be provided courtesy of Real Estate Agent Tee Ferris.seed in hand color
Thank you for your ongoing support of Friends of the Bennington Library. We can’t wait to see the Bennington community band together to give.Friends of the Bennington Library logo (2)

About the Omaha Community Foundation
More than 1200 individuals, families, and organizations rely on the Omaha Community Foundation to help facilitate their charitable giving. Since the Omaha Community Foundation’s inception in 1982, those donors have given more than $855 million to more than 1600 charitable organizations. The Omaha Community Foundation helps donors manage their charitable giving, whether the donor gives $1000 a year or $1,000,000 a year.

Free Author Event: Barbara Eymann Mohrman

May 5, 2014

The Friends of the Library is proud to present Author, Barbara Eynmann Mohrman, Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 PM in the Bennington Public Library–Community Meeting Room.

Barbara will speak about her book Four Blue Stars in the Window, the gritty story of hard-scrabble life in rural Oakdale, Nebraska (population 851) starting in the heyday of the 1920s along the banks of the meandering Elkhorn River. Chriss Eymann, a newly arrived Swiss immigrant, and his wife, Hattie Mae, raised ten children on the Dust Bowl–ravaged plains during the 1930s in the depths of the Great Depression.

Four Blue Stars in the Window: A Story of WWII

Fifty years ago a young girl opened a cardboard box in her basement. Long forgotten, the box contained her father’s World War II uniform, vintage photos, semaphore flags, and other World War II keepsakes. Years later this box of history opened up a world of family pain and joy to author Barbara Eymann Mohrman as she set out on a personal journey to trace her family history. Through extensive interviews and research, she uncovered much more—unspoken Eymann family secrets.


Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. The NHC receives support from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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 

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






Declaration for the Right to Libraries

April 13, 2014


We've signed the declaration. Have you?


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:

For more information about Lydia Kang’s latest book visit:

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
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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 or signing up to attend through the Library’s Facebook page

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.


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