Friends of Omaha Public Library Honored

Representatives from Nebraska’s libraries came together in Lincoln to celebrate Library Advocacy Day on February 27. Advocacy Day is an annual event sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association and this year’s theme was “Libraries – Lifelong Learning.” Library Advocacy Day is designed to remind senators of the importance of Nebraska’s media centers and public, academic, institutional and correctional libraries.
Library volunteers are recognized each year at the annual senators’ luncheon and this year Omaha Public Library was proud to see their Friends group acknowledged for their good works.
Senator Tanya Cook with Friends Joe and Polly Goecke

Friends of Omaha Public Library started as a grassroots organization nearly 30 years ago with the sole purpose of supporting and advocating for the library. It is a volunteer organization that provides funding to help supplement the Library’s budget. Through quarterly book sales, Internet sales and membership dues, the Friends have provided more than $1 million for programs and events, staff training and education, and for an adopt-a-branch program. Countless hours of volunteer time are given for sorting, arranging and preparing materials. The Friends advocated for the Library when it faced budget cuts or branch closings. Omaha Public Library would not be able to provide the quality of services for the public and opportunities for its staff without the Friends of Omaha Public Library’s board of directors and their dedicated volunteers.

If you’d like more information about becoming a Friend of OPL, visit friendsomahalibrary.org, or ask for more information at your local OPL branch!

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