The celebration, free and open to the public, featured presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2016 Nebraska Book Awards honored authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2015. Featured winning authors read from their work and signed copies of their books. The 2016 Jane Geske Awards were presented for exceptional contributions to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska to City Impact (Lincoln), Literacy Center for the Midlands (Omaha), and Platte Valley Literacy Association (Columbus). The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske's passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Pope Geske was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book, former director of the Nebraska Library Commission, and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities. The Mildred Bennett Awards recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to the fostering of the literary tradition in Nebraska. The 2016 recipients were Twyla Hansen and Marjorie Saiser. Its purpose is to remind us all of the literary and intellectual traditions that enrich our lives and mold our world. The 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker was featured, with a presentation by Shoemaker.
The Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting was held at 1:30 p.m., just prior to the celebration. An Awards Reception honoring the winning authors, book signing, and an announcement of the 2017 One Book One Nebraska book choice concluded the festivities.
|1:30 p.m.||Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting|
|2:30 p.m.||Welcome to the Celebration of Nebraska Books|
|2:45 p.m.||2016 One Book One Nebraska Presentation Celebrating The Meaning of Names, by Karen Gettert Shoemaker|
|3:30 p.m.||2016 Jane Geske Award Presentation|
|3:45 p.m.||2016 Mildred Bennett Award Presentation|
|4:00 p.m.||2016 Nebraska Book Awards Presentation and Readings by Winning Authors|
|5:30 p.m.||2017 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, Awards Reception and Book Signing|
The 2016 Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Nebraska State Historical Society Nebraska History Museum—with hospitality furnished by Friends of University of Nebraska Press and Humanities Nebraska supporting the One Book One Nebraska presentation. For more information contact Mary Jo Ryan, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665, or visit the Facebook pages of the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and One Book One Nebraska.