Sale to Benefit Library Expansion

November 23, 2015


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Check Out eMagazines, Additional eAudio Books

November 19, 2015

As the newest member of the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op, the Bennington Public Library is now offering its patrons access to eMagazines through Zinio for Libraries as well an additional eAudio Book collection through Recorded Books’ One Click Digital.

Through the library’s website, patrons will have unlimited multi-use access to complete digital magazines and multi-use eAudio titles produced by Recorded Books. Mobile apps are available for download.  Search for OneClickDigital for the eBook app and Zinio for Libraries for the eMagazine app.

Click on the links below to get started. 

All you need to create an account is this prefix 26340 and your library card number (26340_ _ _ _ _ _). For more information about setting up your account or how to download eBook titles or eMagazines to your reading or listening device, please call the Bennington Public Library 402-238-2201.



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Poetry Event November 23

November 13, 2015

Friends of the Bennington Library is pleased to sponsor

Poet Tom Adamson

Monday, November 23 at 7:00 PM

Bennington Public Library Community Room

Tom Adamson has written over 1200 lyrics and poems, and collected and published them in 20 different books. 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, One More Taste of Silver, is available for check out at the Bennington Public Library.

This is a family-friendly event.

Feel free to bring your own poetry or lyrics for reading!

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Amazing Halloween Fun @ Your Library

November 5, 2015
Camden Beresh was the winner of the "Guess How Many Cheese Balls" contest.  He is now in possession of a ginormous jar of yummy cheese balls!

Camden Beresh was the winner of the “Guess How Many Cheese Balls” contest. He is now in possession of a ginormous jar of yummy cheese balls!

Thanks to Friends of the Bennington Library, volunteers, and all who attended Halloween Fun @ Your Librar was a howling success! As many as 100 children and adults enjoyed Halloween crafts, games, and yummy treats.

Scary librarians were about, too!

Scary librarians were about, too!

Bennington Runza Manager, Zac Johns presented a generous check from the Great Books For Great Kids Fundraiser held in August for the purchase of additional children's books for the Library.

Bennington Runza Manager, Zac Johns presented a generous check from the Great Books For Great Kids Fundraiser held in August for the purchase of additional children’s books for the Library.

LEGO @ Your Library this Saturday

April 30, 2015

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Saturday, November 7, 9:30 AM

Join us for LEGO @ Your Library 

First Saturday of the month

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Come build with us! We have thousands of bricks and mini figures, too!

All children and their families are welcome.  Children 5 and younger should be accompanied by an adult.

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

April 14, 2015

National Library Week April 12 – 18, 2015

Bennington Public Library is celebrating National Library Week all this week with Book Giveaways, Fine Forgiveness, Lego @ Your Library (Thursday 1:30 & 3:30 PM), and Weekend Story Time (Saturday 9:30 AM). Join us in celebrating Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library!

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Bennington Mayor Gordon Mueller (center) and Council Members Kaye Bridgeford, Larry Arp, Matt John and Gary Sather donned T-shirts presented to them by Friends of the Library in honor of National Library Week at the April 13, 2015 City Council meeting. Mayor Mueller signed a City Proclamation declaring National Library Week and encouraging all residents to visit the library this week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available.

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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 

Halloween Fun @ Your Library October 29

October 21, 2015

SAM_0435The Friends of the Bennington Library will host Halloween Fun @ Your Library for preschool and elementary age children on Thursday, October 29 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the Bennington Public Library-Community Meeting Room, 15505 Warehouse Street in Bennington. Children will enjoy Halloween stories, yummy treats and craft activities. Children are encouraged to wear their costume. For more information please contact the Bennington Public Library 402-238-2201 or halloween clip art

A, B, C & Ds of Medicare

October 10, 2015

Friends of the Bennington Library is proud to sponsor

The A, B, C, and Ds of Medicare

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1:00 PM

Bennington Public Library Community Room

Amy Begley, owner of Pro Insurance Resources Medicare, will present educational information on Medicare, defining terms, outlining important dates and providing online resources available.

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare begins October 15 and runs through December 7, the only time of year where seniors can make changes to their Medicare Advantage or Part D Plans.

Amy’s presentation will include a question and answer session.

This presentation is for educational purposes only. Reservations are not needed to attend this free event


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