Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to read one book as part of the Omaha Reads campaign. Omaha Reads promotes literacy and provides the City with a common theme to discuss.
Selecting a book to celebrate is truly a community effort. Earlier this year, OPL asked patrons to suggest titles they enjoyed and think that all Omahans should read. OPL collected nearly 100 unique titles! A team of library staff members then narrowed the list down to five books upon which the community may vote now through April 2.
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is about twin sisters who, though inseparable as children, ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
- My Omaha Obsession: Searching for the City by Miss Cassette takes the reader on an idiosyncratic tour through some of Omaha’s neighborhoods, buildings, architecture, and people, celebrating the city’s unusual history.
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather was first published in 1913. This first book in Cather’s Prairie Trilogy shares a classic story of an immigrant experience on the frontier.
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place―and realizing that family is yours.
- You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar is written by Nebraska natives who tackle modern-day racism with a balance of levity and gravity.
Learn more about each of these titles and cast your vote at omahalibrary.org. You may also vote in-person at any of OPL’s 12 Omaha branches. The winning title will be announced in August, and will be supported with book discussions and related programming.
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