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May 10, 2016  |  Omaha World Herald — 150 Books are Highlight of State's Literary Heritage, To celebrate Nebraska's 150th anniversary in 2017, a group has released the Nebraska 150 Book List. The list of books written by Nebraskans is part of a statewide reading initiative by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Commission ... Read more...

April 1, 2016  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Young Nebraskans Win Writing Competition, Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters about Literature award certificates from Gov. Pete Ricketts on April 6, 2016 at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. Letters about Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program ... Read more...

January 16, 2016  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Governor Ricketts Proclaims 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names, On Jan. 13, 2016 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker, of Lincoln. In this year people across Nebraska are encouraged to read this Nebraska-set novel ... Read more...

November 16, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Nebraska Writer’s Novel Chosen for 2016 One Book One Nebraska Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s The Meaning of Names, a Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop, is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The Meaning of Names follows a German-American woman... Read more...

November 2, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Nebraska Authors to Speak at November 14 Celebration of Nebraska Books Presentations by winning Nebraska writers and book designers will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 14 at 1200 N Street, in downtown Lincoln. Presenters will include the following 2015 Nebraska Book Award Winners... Read more...

October 13, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Finalists for 2016 One Book One Nebraska Announced Two nonfiction books, one poetry collection, and three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are... Read more...

October 7, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Book Award Winners to be Honored at November 14 Celebration of Nebraska Books An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 14 at the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, The Atrium, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2015 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors, designers and illustrators. And the winners are: Read more...

September 22, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s view of the world. Read more...

June 9, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! to Represent Nebraska at National Book Festival. The Nebraska Center for the Book selected Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! by Bruce Arant (Peter Pauper Press, Inc., 2013) to represent Nebraska at the 2015 National Book Festival. The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s "Discover Great Places through Reading" map. Each state selects one book about the state, or by an author from the state, that is a good read for children or young adults. Read more...

June 1, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission  — 2016 One Book One Nebraska Book Suggestions Accepted until June 15 The Nebraska Center for the Book will consider books written by a Nebraska author (living or dead/with current or former residence in the state), or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. Books should have a broad appeal to readers across Nebraska and lend well to group book discussion. Books may be fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, or poetry. They must be in print and readily available. Read more...

May 5, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission Nominate Books Now for the 2015 Nebraska Book Awards The 2015 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) and Nebraska Library Commission, will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relate to Nebraska. Read more...

April 16, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission Award for Promotion of Literature to be Presented at April 25 Nebraska Book Festival The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the Mildred Bennett Award to Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner. The award, to be presented at the April 25 Nebraska Book Festival, honors Wagner for his many years of service to Nebraska’s readers and writers. This award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to fostering the literary tradition in Nebraska. The 2015 award is a framed photograph by Steve Ryan entitled, “Woodcliff Lakes, NE.05.” Read more...

April 1, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission Young Nebraskans Win Writing Competition Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters about Literature award certificates from Gov. Pete Ricketts on April 8, 2015 at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015. Letters about Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program. Nearly 50,000 adolescent and young readers nationwide in grades four through twelve participated in this year’s Letters about Literature program, hundreds of them from Nebraska. The competition encourages young people to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) who had an impact on their lives. Read more...

March 24, 2015  |  Nebraska Library Commission Book Festival Highlights Nebraska Authors The 2015 Nebraska Book Festival, April 25 at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Weitz Community Engagement Center, will feature ten Nebraska authors. Public admission is free. Read more...

November 10, 2014  |  University of Nebraska PressNebraska Native’s Vietnam Memoir Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska Nebraskans have new required reading material. The 2015 One Book One Nebraska selection is Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting (University of Nebraska Press, May 2013) by Beverly Deepe Keever, who was born and raised outside of Hebron, Neb. Read more...

November 8, 2014  |  University of Nebraska PressNebraska Book Award Winners Congratulations to all 2014 Nebraska Book Award winners! UNP is proud to have four titles honored in this year’s competition. Read more...

October 17, 2014  |  Norfolk Daily NewsSenator Brasch Invites Young Readers to Write to Favorite Authors District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch wants to encourage young readers in grades 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. Stressing the importance of practicing their reading and writing skills, Senator Brasch said, "This contest is a fun and creative way to encourage students to read and write. I hope all aspiring authors will consider entering this contest." Read more...

October 15, 2014  |  Lincoln Journal StarOne Book One Nebraska Announces 2015 Finalists Four nonfiction books and three novels — all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains — are the finalists for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are.... Read more...

October 14, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionFinalists for 2015 One Book One Nebraska Announced Four nonfiction books and three novels—all stories with ties to Nebraska and the Great Plains—are the finalists for the 2015 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program. The finalists are: Benediction, by Kent Haruf; Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting, by Beverly Deepe Keever; Eagle Voice Remembers: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World, by John G. Neihardt; The Floor of the Sky, by Pamela Carter Joern; Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race, by Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson; Goodnight, Nebraska, by Tom McNeal; and The Loren Eiseley Reader, by Loren Eiseley. Read more...

October 14, 2014  |  KRVNOne Book One Nebraska 2015 Finalists Announced Finalists have been announced for the One Book One Nebraska program for 2015. Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission Communications Coordinator, says the program is a yearly event that gives Nebraskans the chance to collaborate on the same book. "One Book One Nebraska is this fantastic opportunity that the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska Center for the Book host every year." Read more...

September 29, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionBook Award Winners to be Honored at November 8 Celebration of Nebraska Books An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 8 at the Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2014 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors. Read more...

September 22, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre-fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic-explaining how that author's work changed the student’s view of the world. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission, and locally supported by Houchen Bindery Ltd. Read more...

May 15, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionKooser Book Chosen to Represent Nebraska House Held Up by Trees, by Ted Kooser with Jon Klassen (Illustrator), will represent Nebraska at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places through Reading Map.” Each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction, a book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the Festival and lists “Great Reads about Great Places.” Read more...

April 1, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionYoung Nebraskans Win Writing Competition Young Nebraska writers will receive Letters About Literature award certificates from Gov. Dave Heineman on April 9, 2014, at a proclamation-signing ceremony celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program. Nearly 50,000 adolescent and young readers nationwide in grades 4 through 12 participated in this year’s Letters about Literature program, more than 400 of them from Nebraska. The competition encourages young people to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) who had an impact on their lives. Read more...

March 28, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionNominate Books Now for the 2014 Nebraska Book Awards The 2014 Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) and Nebraska Library Commission will recognize and honor books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relate to Nebraska. Books published in 2013, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination. Read more...

January 21, 2014  |  Nebraska Library CommissionGovernor Heineman Proclaims 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen On Jan. 16, 2014 Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation honoring 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene. One participant in the signing ceremony was Rosalie Lippincott, of Shelton, NE, who worked at the North Platte Canteen during her teen years, serving meals to WWII soldiers passing through on troop trains. Read more...


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