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

orphan train

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.

Summer Safety Event April 28

April 21, 2015


Friends of the Bennington Library is proud to sponsor

Summer Safety with Les Johnson

Bennington Chief of Police

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Bennington Public Library Community Room

cell phonesBennington Police Chief, Les Johnson, will have an interactive discussion with, kids, parents and residents on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 7 pm. Chief Johnson will cover a wide range of topics, including:


  • Preventing break-ins
  • Ensuring safe use of cell phones
  • Detecting and deterring cyberbullying

Friends events are free and open to the public.

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!

City Council National Library Week 1

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.

national library week shirt logo 2015



Basket Auction/Bake Sale at Rib Feed Raises $4,500 for Library Expansion

March 23, 2015

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Bennington Woman’s Club, Friends of the Library, and Bennington Lions Club, the Imagine, Expand, Empower Library Expansion Campaign is $4,500 closer to its goal! Rib Feed guests had the opportunity to bid on over 85 silent auction items and baskets and enjoy or take home treats from an enormous selection of baked goodies.  Five Star Photo Booth Rental donated a portion of their photo booth pictures, as well.  A special thank you is due to all those who donated silent auction items and baked goods, as well as, rib feed guests who bid in the silent auction and contributed generous cash donations to the bake sale.

thermometerWith the help of Lions Club member Dave Clark, library expansion campaign co-chairs, Ingrid Geiseman and Kathy Faucher, announced the public phase of the campaign.  Gift and pledges toward the $1.1 million goal now total $348,000.

For more information about the Library Expansion Campaign please visit the library or go to the campaign Facebook page


New Weekend Programs and Activities for Children

January 30, 2015

Thanks to support from the Friends of the Library and a Children’s Services Grant from the Eastern Library System, the Library will be offering new children’s programs on the weekend.

A Weekend Story Time for young children and their families will be offered every third Saturday 9:30-10:15 AM. Registration is not required.

lego clip artIn addition to the monthly LEGO @ Your Library sessions held on the third Thursday, the library will offer a session monthly on the first Saturday, 9:30—10:30 AM, beginning February 7th. Children of all ages are welcome, but those 5 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Reading Buddies, a program pairing teens with beginner readers, will meet every first and third Saturday, 11—Noon March 2– May 2. Participation in this program requires advance registration for both children and teen volunteers. Please call the library for more information.reading buddies clip art

Story Times—3rd Saturday at 9:30 AM and weekly Monday & Thursday at 10:30 AM

LEGO @ Your Library—1st Saturday at 9:30 AM and 3rd Thursday at 1:30 & 3:30 PM.

Reading Buddies—bi-monthly 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 11:00 AM (registration required)


LEGO @ Your Library

September 12, 2014

The next LEGO @ Your Library event is Saturday, February 7th!

Join us every first Saturday at 9:30 AM and every third Thursday at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM 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!

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


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.

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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