Casino Royale, August 29

August 20, 2015

Join the fun and support library expansion!

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Runza Great Books for Great Kids

August 8, 2015

Runza logo

All day, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 the Bennington Runza® Restaurant will donate 15% of sales to the Bennington Public Library to help purchase books for children.  Please dine at the Bennington Runza® and help support children’s literacy and the Bennington Public Library.

Bennington Runza®, 15757 C W Hadan Drive, Bennington

Thank you for helping Runza Restaurants provide Great Books for Great Kids!

Runza® Restaurants – famous for the Runza®  Sandwich with its delicious blend of ground beef, cabbage, onions and secret spices baked inside homemade bread; made-to-order hamburgers; and homemade onion rings – operates and franchises restaurants in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, and Kansas.

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 

Summer Reading FINALE!

July 30, 2015

Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading 2015–Every Hero Has A Story!

Saturday, August 1

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Centennial Park (Next to the Library)

Giant blowup water slides, dunk tank, water balloons, snow cones, cotton candy, and the announcement of drawing prize winners!

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

July 9, 2015

presented by

Friends of the Bennington Library and Humanities Nebraska

Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00 PM

Bennington Public Library-Community Room

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

Summer Library Activities

July 8, 2015

Continue to log your reading and earn prizes through August 1.Slogan Text

Every Hero Has A Story Movie Matninees

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

2:00 PM

July 7–A family with superhero powers saves the world (115 minutes/Rated PG)

July 14–Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series (102 minutes/Rated PG)

July 21–A dog becomes a hero – loosely based on a true story (78 minutes/Rated G)

July 28–Animated adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s book (93 minutes/Rated G)

(free popcorn and bottle water provided)


Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Come join the fun as we build together. The library has thousands of lego bricks, and mini figures, too!

(All ages Welcome! No registration required for either program)

Save the Date for the Summer Reading Finale–August 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 PM!

The Bennington Public Library is truly grateful for the generousity of its Super Summer Reading Sponsors and Prize Donors…THANK YOU to the following families, businesses and organizations!!!

Paul Bacino, DDS  * Runza-Bennington * Cubby’s-Bennington * Pine Creek Elementary PTO * Bennington Elementary PTO * Heritage Elementary PTO * Friends of the Library * Bill & Jackie Weidner * Bennington Lion’s Club * Bank of Bennington * Performance Physical Therapy * Rachel & Doug Nelsen Family * Bennington GFWC Woman’s Club * Bennington Jaycees * Mike, Suzanne & Connor Gaeta * Nate’s Stumble Inn * State Farm Insurance, Tom Rivera * Swimtastic Swim School

Summer Reading Programs & Activities

May 5, 2015

Every Hero Has A Story

JUNE 1st through AUGUST 1st—Summer Reading ClubSlogan with Characters

Reading Club—Log the minutes you read & win prizes

Every Hero Has A Story Reading Logs available @ the library beginning June 1.

JUNE—Weekly Reading Activities for children preschool through 5th grade (grade completed) 

Preschoolers/3—5 year olds

THURSDAY—June 4, 11, 18, & 25

10:30-11:15 AM**11:30-12:15 PM **1:30-2:15 PM

Just completed Kindergarten

WEDNESDAY—June 3, 10, 17, & 24

10:30-11:15 AM**11:30-12:15 PM **1:30-2:15 PM

Just completed 1st or 2nd Grade

TUESDAY—June 2, 9, 16, & 23

10:30-11:15 AM**11:30-12:15 PM **1:30-2:15 PM

Just completed 3rd, 4th or 5th Grade

MONDAY—June 1, 8, 15 & 22

10:30-11:15 AM**11:30-12:15 PM **1:30-2:15 PM

JULY—Movies & LEGO @ Your Library

Movie Matinees—Tuesdays ►2:00—4:00 PM ►July 7, 14, 21 & 28

LEGO @ Your Library—Thursdays ►2:00—3:00 PM ►July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30


August 1st ►1:00—3:00 PM ►Centennial Park ► Water Fun, Yummy Treats, Prize Drawing & more!

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

 Summer Reading Registration Flyer 2015

All programs free and open to children of all abilities.

For more information call 402-238-2201

Saturday LEGO @ Your Library

April 30, 2015

lego clip artJoin us for LEGO @ Your Library 

This Saturday, May 2nd  (1st 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.


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