Growing Skills

Fear 2The two year experience of training as a facilitator was challenging, sometimes stressful, and frequently fun!  It was an honor and privilege to be chosen as part of the training team for this new approach to community engagement. More

Je Ne Sais Quoi (Historic Preservation in Omaha)

Historic Preservation 2Purpose
Omaha is a city rich with character and historic architecture. Although there is a wide range of parties invested in building Omaha’s future, these stakeholders struggle to find a common vision for the city’s historic buildings. Tension from past debates and decisions has a significant impact on current discussions. We hope to lay the groundwork for deeper relationships and more positive communication on historic preservation options in the development process. An environment of communication and mutual respect will support a well-balanced vision of the city’s future that retains its unique identity. More

Senior Connections

Seniors 2The Senior Connections meeting was held at the Abrahams Branch Library on Tuesday April 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting’s purpose was “Seniors in the Omaha community do not always receive the services they need.  Many are not aware of programs designed for them which affect their quality of life.  In this project we will bring senior service providers together to define the problem which keeps seniors from being aware of and utilizing all available services.”  The goal was to “Convene a meeting of senior service providers to identify and uncover problems which impede appropriate services.” More

English as Second Language (ESL) Providers

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Project Purpose and Statement Goal

English Language Learners (ELL) are offered free classes by a number of Omaha organizations that may not be collaborating with each other.   The need for these services is greater than what is currently provided.  By bringing these organizations together, relationships may be formed, overlaps or gaps in services will be discovered, and resources among organizations may be used more efficiently. More

Staff Day 2013 – Suzan

Staff Day 2013 embraced the word “engagement.”   The morning presentations by the Southern Sudan Community Association and the Latino Center of the Midlands exposed the Omaha Public Library staff to the possibilities of what we might do to better serve and engage our community. More