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January 11, 2015
Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything

reviewed by Kim J. [9/10]

This humorous autobiography is a must-read for anyone who grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska in the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s. The author is Douglas Keister, a local Lincoln boy who went on to publish over thirty books with his photography. Mr. Keister's writing reminds me of the classic movie "A Christmas Story" which was based on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cass by Jean Shepherd. Memories of the old Gold's Department Store, the Yum-Yum H...
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December 31 2014
Which Way, Yahweh?

reviewed by Tracy T. [8/10]

This book chronicles the story of a young man who fell in with the wrong crowd, and he lost his life for it. This particular crowd, living in various midwestern areas (ending up in Rulo, NE), basically became a sort of religious cult. As a part of their directions from their leader, who claimed he was spoken to by God, the group tortured and killed a 5-year-old boy and a young man named James Thimm. This was really difficult to read, due to the detailed description of abuse the protagonists endured, but I felt it was important to learn w...
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December 30 2014
Modern Family - Seasons 1 - 5

reviewed by Kathy H. [10/10]

This TV series is hilarious. It involves Ed O'Neill's character and his wife, played by Sofia Vergara and their children and grandchildren. Sofia plays the second wife to Ed's character Jay, and being younger than Jay's first wife, she is close in age to his children...
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Adult Summer Reading Program


Readers were once again encouraged to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program, from May 23rd through July 31st, 2014.

Participants were invited to read all summer long to be eligible for branch prize drawings. If you read a minimum of four titles you were eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing for an Apple iPad Mini tablet e-book reader!

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Bethany Branch Books Talk
Dan D., from the Walt Branch, is today's presenter

Friday, January 16, 2015
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Bethany Branch Library
1810 N. Cotner Blvd.

Gere Branch Books Talk
No BooksTalk - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.

Great Books
Reading & Discussion Group

Ruth Benedict: "Anthropology and the Abnormal"

Thursday, January 22, 2015
6:00-7:45 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.

Bethany Branch Books Talk
Meredith M., former curator of the Heritage Room is today's presenter

Friday, January 23, 2015
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Bethany Branch Library
1810 N. Cotner Blvd.

Gere Branch Books Talk
book share

Monday, January 26, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.

The Skin CollectorJust Desserts
Mystery Discussion Group

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30-7:45 p.m.
South Branch Library
2675 South St.

Great Books
Reading & Discussion Group

Ryunasuke Okutagawa: "The Hell Screen"

Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00-7:45 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.

John H. Ames Reading Series
Ron Hull and Leta Powell Drake

Sunday, February 15, 2015
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St.

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