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BBB Resource Award

December 20, 2007 by sdc
Library Director Carol Connor and members of the Reference Department staff attend the 2005 BBB Integrity Awards
(Library Director Carol Connor and members of the Reference Department staff attend the 2005 BBB Integrity Awards on May 23, 2005)

The BBB Resource Award plaque The staff of the Reference Department at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown were awarded the first-ever BBB Resource Award by the Better Business Bureau, during that organization's annual Integrity Awards luncheon on May 23, 2005. As stated in the event's program -- "The Better Business Bureau appreciates the willingness of this public service department to assist consumers and businesses that are referred by the BBB."

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Pathfinder - Constitution

May 03, 2007 by sdc
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U.S. Constitution

This is a guide to topics and sources related to the U.S. Constitution. Although there are many other sources of information on the subject, this guide can help you begin your search. Sources listed in this guide are available at the Bennett Martin Public Library and, where indicated, in the branch libraries. Library staff can help you to use this guide or to find additional sources of information.

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The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

Reference Books on the U.S. Constitution

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Chandler, Enstem Renstron The Constitutional Law Dictionary [3 vol.] [1985]
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United States Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary Amendments to the Constitution, a Brief Legislative History  [1985]
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Congressional Quarterly CQ's Guide to the U.S. Constitution: History, Text, Index, Glossary  [1986]
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Cushman, Robert F. Leading Constitutional Decisions [17th ed.] [1987]
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Levy, Leonard Williams [ed.] The Encyclopedia of the American Constitution [4 vol.] [1986]
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Shapiro, Martin American Constitutional Law [5th ed.] [1979]
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Friedman, Leon The Justices of the United States Supreme Court - Their Lives and Major Opinions [5 vol.] [1971-80]
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Martin, Michael Dictionary of American History; with the complete text of the Constitution of the United States  [1978]
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  Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical and Biographical Survey and Compendium  [1971]
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Morris, Richard B. Encyclopedia of American History [6th ed.] [1982]
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Kutler, Stanley I. [ed.] Dictionary of American History [10 vol.] [2003]
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Taylor, Tim The Book of Presidents  [1972]

Circulating Works About the U.S. Constitution

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Steiner, Gilbert Yale Constitutional Inequality: The Political Fortunes of the Equal Rights Amendment  [1985]
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Douglas, William O. A Living Bill of Rights  [1961]
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Patterson, Lena E. Separation of Church and State  [1984]
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Hand, Learned The Bill of Rights  [1958]
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Hentoff, Nat The First Freedom: The Tumultuous History of Free Speech in America  [1980]
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Anti-Federalist Papers The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates  [1986]
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Bowen, Catherine Drinker Miracle at Philadelphia  [1986]
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Gerberg, Mort The U.S. Constitution for Everyone: A Guide to the Most Important Document Written By and For the People of the United States  [1987]
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Preiss, B. [ed.] Constitution of the United States of America  [1987]
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[various] The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States of America  [2000]
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Findlay, Bruce Allyn Your Rugged Constitution: How America's House of Freedom is Planned and Built  [1969]
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Friendly, Fred W. The Constitution, That Delicate Balance  [1984]
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Garrity, John Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution [rev. ed.]  [1987]
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Kammen, Michael G. A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture  [1986]
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Kammen, Michael The Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History  [1986]
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Levy, Leonard Williams Essays on the Making of the Constitution  [1969]
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Kramnick, Isaac [ed.] The Federalist Papers  [1987]
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Mee, Charles The Genius of the People  [1987]
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Rossiter, Clinton 1787: The Grand Convention  [1987]
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Smith, Edward Conrad [ed.] Constitution of the United States - Bicentennial Edition  [1987]
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VanDoren, Carl The Great Rehearsal: The Story of the Making and Ratifying of the the Constitution  [1987]
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Stevens, Leonard A. Death Penalty: The Case of Life vs. Death in the United States  [1978]
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Baum, Lawrence The Supreme Court [4th ed.] [1992]
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Cox, Archibald The Court and the Constitution  [1987]
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Collier, Christopher Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787  [1986]
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Morris, Richard Branden Witnesses at the Creation: Hamilton, Madison, Jay and the American Constitution  [1985]
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Chernow, Ron Alexander Hamilton, a Biography  [2004]
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Jefferson, Thomas Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson  [1944]
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Jefferson, Thomas The Portable Thomas Jefferson  [1975]
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Malone, Dumas Jefferson and His Time [6 vol.] [1948]
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Brant, Irving James Madison, Father of the Constitution [5 vol.]  [-1961]
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Stites, F. [ed.] John Marshall: Defender of the Constitution  [1981]

Encyclopedias

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In the News - On-Line Resources

The following subscription databases and/or themed webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about SUBJECT on-line. [If you have difficulty accessing or using the databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text]
Database: Wilson Omnifile & Biographies Plus [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text; plus - biographical profiles]
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT]
Database: The Literature Resource Center [Information about authors]
LCL Webliography: Entertainment and Arts Resources

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Pathfinder - Funeral Planning

May 03, 2007 by sdc
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In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

PRIMARY BOOK RESOURCES ON THE SUBJECT

The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates: Everything You Need to Know About Wills, Trusts, Estates and Taxes  346.052 Ame[1995]
Affairs in Order: A Complete Resource Guide to Death and Dying  306.9 And[1991]
All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death  155.937 And[1996]
The Cost of Dying and What You Can Do About It  393 Arv[1974]
How We Grieve: Relearning the World  155.937 Att[1997]
The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Life When it all Seems Too Hard to Take  155.934 Bea[1994]
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die; Death Stories of Tibetan, Hindu and Zen Masters  294.3 Bla[1997]
Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path Through Grief to Healing  296.445 Bre[1993]
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"TOPIC" -- clipping file may be viewed in the Periodicals Room of the downtown library


In the News - On-Line Resources

The following subscription databases and/or themed webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about SUBJECT on-line. [If you have difficulty accessing or using the databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text]
Database: Wilson Omnifile & Biographies Plus [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text; plus - biographical profiles]
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT]
Database: The Literature Resource Center [Information about authors]
LCL Webliography: Entertainment and Arts Resources

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Chris Sayre: A Musical Journey Across America

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Local musician Chris Sayre presented "A Musical Journey Across America" in the Reading Room of Bennett Martin Public Library, February 12, 2003.

Photo of Chris Sayre with dulcimer Chris performed on a variety of instruments, including the dulcimer ...

Photo of Chris Sayre with resonator guitar... resonator guitar ...

Photo of Chris Sayre with button accordion... button accordion ...

Photo of Chris Sayre with musical saw ... and the musical saw.

Photo of children dancing Members of the audience performed an Irish jig to Chris's accompaniment.

Photos courtesy of Scott Stewart.



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New Computer Lab at BMPL

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Opening day pictures

Photo of lab being constructed Construction began December 12, 2002, on a new computer lab on the 2nd floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, using funding from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The lab opened January 27, 2003.

The lab replaces the 1st floor Internet computers and the basement word processing computers, and enables BMPL staff to teach computer classes in the library.

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Photo of one of the new computers in the lab

Photo of library staff receiving lab training Library staff receive orientation training on the lab's new computers.

 


Opening Day of the Lab:
January 27, 2003

Photo of Carol ConnorLibrary Director Carol Connor welcomes patrons and staff to the 12 station computer lab.

Photo of TV camera crew5 CityTV (cable channel 5) and KOLN/KGIN (Channel 10/11) covered the event for the local news media.

Photo of Richard MillerRichard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission, speaks on computer lab's impact.

Photo of people signing up to use the labPatrons line up to be the first users of the lab.



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Long-Overdue Book Returned

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
A book checked out from Lincoln City Libraries in 1965 was returned Sunday, July 28, 2002 - 37 years overdue.

[Photo of long-overdue book] Miss Abby Fitch-Martin by Kataryn Gérin-La Joie Loughlin had been checked out in 1965 through the Library's old Hospital Library Service.

[Photo of the date due card found in the book] The date-due card found in the book shows the due date of February 17, 1965.

[Photo of the bookmark found in the book] A bookmark found in the book advertised the Hospital Library Service.

 



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125th Birthday Events

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Lincoln City Libraries celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2002 with a variety of activities:
July 13, 2002:
The Lincoln City Library Foundation celebrated by hosting a Community Birthday Party at the Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library. Special guest Lt. Shane Osborn described his many adventures as a Navy pilot during a question and answer session with children.

[Photo of Jerry Sellentin, Lt. Shane Osborn, Mayor Don Wesely] Jerry Sellentin (Lincoln City Library Foundation Board Vice President), Lt. Shane Osborn, Mayor Don Wesely.

[Photo of Lincoln City Library Foundation Board Vice President Jerry Sellentin] Lincoln City Library Foundation Board Vice President Jerry Sellentin congratulated the community on its 125 years of support for the library.

[Photo of Mayor Don Wesely with a clown] Even Mayor Wesely enjoyed a little clowning around at the party.

[Photo of Lt. Shane Osborn addressing the audience] Lt. Osborn answered questions from children and adults.

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Approximately 350 people enjoyed hearing Lt. Osborn.

 


July 14, 2002:
A Star-Spangled Celebration at Anderson Branch Library with the Downtown Senior Center Band, the Clefs. Sidewalk chalk, face-painting, bubbles, cookies, ice-cream, and lemonade made for a real party!

[Photo of the tents at Anderson branch library]Tents provided shade from the heat for the activities.

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[Photo of The Clefs performing] The Downtown Senior Center Band, the Clefs, performed a selection of patriotic songs.

[Photo of children playing with sidewalk chalk] Sidewalk chalk was a popular activity for the children.

 


July 25, 2002:
The Library Chorus and Band celebrated 125 years of municipal library service in Lincoln during the noon hour in the courtyard of Bennett Martin Public Library.

[Photo of balloons in the courtyard of Bennett Martin Public Library]Balloons decorated the library's courtyard.

[Photo of Library Director Carol Connor]Library Director Carol Connor introduced the program.

[Photo of the Carolyn Dow]Music Librarian Carolyn Dow introduced the songs.

[Photo of the Library Chorus and Band]The Library Chorus and Band performed three songs: "The Scotch Laddie," "Lady of the Lea," and "America the Beautiful."

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[Photo of Scott Stewart]Soloist Scott Stewart provided a fine rendition of "America the Beautiful."

[Photo of audience]Library patrons enjoyed the open-air program.



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A Brief History of Lincoln City Libraries

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Photo of the old Main Library
The Old Main Library

 

The library collection was moved three times, eventually finding a home on the second floor of the Masonic Temple, where it grew steadily until a disastrous fire on September 16, 1899 destroyed the whole building. The entire library collection went up in flames, with the exception of the 800 books that were on loan to patrons.

Through the efforts of Mrs. William Jennings Bryan and other public-spirited citizens, the plight of Lincoln's library was brought to the attention of industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, who financed the construction of 2,800 libraries in his lifetime, agreed to donate a library if funds could be raised locally to purchase a site. The people of Lincoln raised $10,000, including donations of pennies from schoolchildren, and property was purchased at 14th and N Streets. The first Carnegie library in Nebraska (there were eventually 68 others) was then built on the property, and dedicated on May 27, 1902. "Old Main" served the city until 1960, when Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Martin donated $300,000 to finance the construction of the Bennett Martin Public Library on the same site.

Lincoln's original growth was to the northeast, and in 1909 citizens in that area donated $1,100 for the construction of the city's first branch library. Andrew Carnegie again furnished the building, and the Northeast Branch was built at 27th and Orchard. Northeast Branch remained in service until 1982. In recent years the historic Neo-classical revival building has been relocated a few blocks north, where it has been refurbished and serves as headquarters for Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.

 

Architectural drawing of the Northeast Branch Library
The original George Berlinghof design for Northeast Branch (1908).

 

Aging Carnegie libraries in Lincoln's northeast and southeast neighborhoods were replaced by Anderson Branch (serving the Havelock and University Place areas) and Gere Branch (serving south Lincoln and the College View area) in 1971. Citizens approved a bond issue that allowed Gere Branch to be remodeled and expanded in 1994, and several other branch libraries have been renovated in recent years.

In 1967, federal funds and a gift from Lillian Helms Polley financed a building project which added north and east wings to the two-story Bennett Martin library. Two additional floors were added to Bennett Martin in 1977 to house administrative offices, meeting rooms, and the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.

In the late 1980s the library converted from the old card catalog system to computerized PAC (Public Access Computer) terminals. The libraries have responded to changes in technology, as films have given way to video cassettes, phonograph records have been replaced by compact disks, and computers have brought new services and new possibilities. Planning for the future continues as Lincoln City Libraries attempt to offer efficient and responsive public library service to all our users!

In the 1910s, Carnegie grants were also secured by the towns of Havelock, University Place and College View. When these towns were annexed by the city of Lincoln, their libraries became part of the Lincoln City Library system, bringing the number of Carnegie-assisted buildings in Lincoln to five. In 1937 the Bethany Womans Club and the Bethany Women's Missionary Society donated their collections to establish a Bethany Branch in an old bank building on North Cotner. The present Bethany Branch library was constructed in 1958, three years after South Branch library had been built at 27th and South Streets. The Belmont and Arnold Heights libraries began as mini-library additions to recreation centers in their neighborhoods, graduating to full branch status in later years.
The Lincoln City Library and Reading Room Association was originally organized in 1875, two years before the state legislature passed an act establishing and maintaining free public libraries. The library was officially incorporated as a city-owned, tax-supported institution in 1877, and given an initial appropriation of $100.


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Painting

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
'Old Main Library' painting Old Main Library

Artist: D. Vernon Manrose

Location: 3rd floor reception area, Bennett Martin Public Library

D. Vernon Manrose moved to Lincoln in 1907. He had no formal art training. Self-taught, he worked as a painter with the circus, painting circus wagons, parade banners of elephants and camels, and scenery for sideshows. He later painted backdrops for local theaters throughout the midwest, including early vaudeville shows in Lincoln. Old Main Library is one of five paintings depicting Lincoln's libraries done by Manrose under the auspices of the Works Projects Administration, and is the centerpiece of a collection of library memorabilia housed on the 3rd floor of the current main library. Manrose died in Lincoln in 1957.


'April, 1984' painting April, 1984

Artist: Judith Cherry

Location: 3rd floor reception area, Bennett Martin Public Library

Judith Cherry is a native of Valparaiso, Nebraska. Her work is primarily in the landscape tradition, focused on interpreting Nebraska's terrain. April, 1984 depicts the common perception, and frequent reality, of the Nebraska skyline; Nebraska, after all, means "flat water."


'Lancaster #11' painting Lancaster #11

Artist: James Eisentrager

Location: Administrative Offices, 3rd floor, Bennett Martin Public Library

James Eisentrager was born in 1929 in Alvord, Iowa. He served as a member of the art faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1961 until his retirement in 1994. This painting was a gift from the artist to the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.


'The Elements' painting The Elements

Artist: Leo Manso

Location: 4th floor meeting rooms, Bennett Martin Public Library

Born in New York City in 1914, Leo Manso was an abstract painter and book illustrator. His paintings are predominantly semi-abstract landscapes, and they stress the effects of light upon his subjects. A large, three-panel painting nearly 6 feet high and 12 feet long, The Elements greets visitors to Bennett Martin's meeting rooms; it hangs just outside the elevator doors on the library's 4th floor.

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Sculpture

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
'The Children's World' sculpture The Children's World

Artist: Gary E. Coulter

Location: adjacent to the N Street entrance of Bennett Martin Public Library

The relief sculture The Children's World was donated to Bennett Martin Public Library by private contributions made in honor of Dorothy Bridgmon Martin through the Lincoln Foundation, Inc., and is located outside the entrance to the Youth Services department.


 


'The Eternal Quest' sculpture The Eternal Quest

Artist: Gary E. Coulter

Location: Courtyard, Bennett Martin Public Library

Shown basking in the summer sunshine, the three figures in The Eternal Quest were once featured in the midst of an icy cold winter in a photo on the front page of the Lincoln Journal Star. Some waggish prankster had decked them out in miniature stocking caps and scarves to ward off the winter's chill. The sculpture was donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Arnott Folsom in memory of Mrs. Folsom's mother.

Artist Gary Coulter was born in Oberlin, Kansas in 1935. Coulter has been a Professor of Art at Hastings College since 1963.

 


'The Blizzard of 1888' sculpture The Blizzard of 1888

Artist: Herb Mignery

Location: Gere Branch Library

Artist Herb Mignery was born in Bartlett, Nebraska and grew up on a cattle ranch. His work depicts the traditional western life and, like The Blizzard of 1888, often emphasizes the hard work and challenge of life on the plains. A member and past president of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, Mignery currently lives and works in Colorado. This sculpture, commissioned by the Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was donated to the library by the family of Harold and Gretchen Schutte.

 


'Alabaster Fish' sculpture, with 'The City' sculpture in background Alabaster Fish and The City

Artists: Zady C. Booth, Katherine Nash

Location: Southwest corner window, 1st floor, Bennett Martin Public Library

Over the years the library has received many gifts and permanent loans of art. The Alabaster Fish in the foreground and The City, partially visible on the right, are on permanent loan to the library from the Lincoln Artists' Guild. Both are on display under the southwest stairwell, where they can be seen by passersby on N Street and 14th Street.

 


'Head of a Woman' sculpture Head of a Woman

Artist: Barbara Laging

Location: Southwest corner window, 1st floor, Bennett Martin Public Library

Also on display in the southwest corner windows is this fine sculpture of a woman's face sculpted from limestone. This sculpture is owned by Lincoln City Libraries.

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Art in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
'Over the Olson' painting Over the Olson

Artist: Ruth Rosekrans Hoffman

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Rosekrans Hoffman, children's book author and illustrator, is a native Nebraskan (born in Denton, NE). Known for her "old-world" colors and unusual perspectives, her work has earned her a nomination for the Caldecott Award and election to the Society of Illustrators. After living in Connecticut for many years, Hoffman has returned to Lincoln where she currently lives and works.


'Red Entrance' painting Red Entrance

Artist: Weldon Kees

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Nebraska native Weldon Kees, known chiefly for his poetry and other writings, also worked as an abstract expressionist painter and filmmaker in the post-World War II period. He was one of a group of painters known as the "Irascible Eighteen," which included such artists as Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning. Also a pioneer in experimental and avant-garde film, Kees was involved in both the East Coast and West Coast cultural scenes until his disappearance in 1955.


Detail from 'Here in Lincoln, December 10, 1922' cartoon Here in Lincoln, December 10, 1922; (detail; click image for larger version)

artist: Oz Black

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

This charming cartoon is one of an ever-changing series of title drawings from Here in Lincoln, a long-running Sunday comic feature in the Lincoln Star newspaper drawn by Oswald Ragan ("Oz") Black. A fine cartoonist, Black was born in Illinois in 1898. He worked for the Star from 1919 through most of the 1920s, then freelanced briefly before becoming director of the art department at the Nebraska State Journal. The Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors owns a sizable collection of his work, which comments wryly on the local, state and national scene in a confident cartoon style. Black passed away in 1977.


'Red Headed Woodpecker' painting Red Headed Woodpecker

Artist: John Janovy

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Author, naturalist, artist and educator John Janovy was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1937. He studied at the University of Oklahoma, receiving his B.S. in 1959, his M.S. in 1962, and his Ph.D. in 1965. The author of several books, including Keith County Journal and Yellowlegs, Janovy has been a Professor of Biology and Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1968.

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Sculpture
Art in Youth Services


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Art in the Lincoln City Libraries

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Recognizing that libraries serve as cultural centers, the Lincoln City Libraries has collected many interesting and unique pieces of artwork through the years. This gallery is a showcase for selected examples of the art on display in the libraries. (Some pieces may no longer be in the locations they were in when these pages were created.)

The artwork has been divided into four categories. Click on any one to begin.

An effort has been made to limit the size and number of graphics on each page of the gallery (3-5 pictures per page, with file sizes averaging 8 to 46 Kb), so that they will display quickly. Still, those with slower modems may want to skip this feature.

Scott Stewart from the Lincoln City Libraries Reference Department wrote the text and took the photographs for these web pages. The text, however, is largely adapted from the Lincoln City Libraries Art Inventory Catalogue prepared by Laura Lacy in 1995, and the assistance of Administrative Aide Barbara Hansen and others was indispensable.

 



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Find It @ Your Library

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Our "Find It @ Your Library" brochure is available at all Lincoln City Libraries locations. It is reproduced here as PDF files in several languages for printing.

English

Arabic

BosnianSerbo-Croatian

Russian

Spanish

Vietnamese

 



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Internet Safety Policy

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Mission of the Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln City Libraries is committed to providing equitable access to the accumulated knowledge of the world, encouraging individuals to pursue personal enrichment and to take informed action.

The Library supports the entitlement of each individual to have access to lawfully available sites on the Internet and the right of individuals to make information decisions for themselves.

The Internet
The Internet is a worldwide network of information accessible via computer. Its content reflects the diversity of human thought and experience. Provision of access to information on the Internet is consistent with the Library's mission to provide access to the accumulated knowledge of the world.

The content of the Internet is unpredictable and fluid. It changes frequently and its sources are limitless. The Internet is an unregulated medium that may include inaccurate, unlawful, and/or disturbing or offensive material, in both graphic and text form. Just as the Library does not vouch for or endorse the content or viewpoints in its collections, it is unable to vouch for the accuracy of information or endorse the various viewpoints accessed through the Internet.

Lincoln City Libraries has a tradition of providing a safe and welcoming environment. In order to provide a positive Internet experience, the Library will provide computers with Internet access that is equipped with filtering technology. Clearly marked computers equipped with filtering technology will be available at all library branches along with clearly marked unfiltered computers.

Filtering technology is imperfect. Filtered computers may allow access to disturbing or offensive material. The filtering software will also, at times, block access to Internet sites that the vast majority of users will regard as inoffensive. Library staff has reviewed filtering software currently available and has chosen what we believe to be the software that will best serve our patrons based upon a number of considerations, including quality and dependability.

Responsibilities of Library Staff with respect to Computer Use and Internet Access
The Library staff provides assistance to all patrons seeking information on the Internet pursuant to this policy. The Library also helps children and their caretakers make informed decisions with regard to its wide array of materials. Together, children, their parents and the Library staff can contribute to the most beneficial use of the Internet and other resources in the Lincoln City Libraries. In addition the Library provides a guide for parents and guardians with Internet safety tips. Library staff will monitor Internet use sessions in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for all patrons; however, the Library assumes no responsibility for supervising any particular minor's Internet use. Such responsibility remains with the parents/guardians.
Responsibilities of Library Patrons with respect to Computer Use and Internet Access
Library patrons are encouraged to use and enjoy the Library's computers and access to the Internet for lawful purposes and in a manner consistent with the rules and regulations of the Library. Failure to obey the law and abide by the rules and regulations of the Library may result in a patron's computer and Internet access being terminated, exclusion from Lincoln City Libraries, and/or referral to appropriate law enforcement agencies. The following are deemed unacceptable uses of the Library's computers and Internet access:

 

  1. Usage of the computer and/or Internet so as to violate the law. Library patrons are forbidden from using the Library's resources, including its computers and Internet access so as to violate the law, including but not limited to: transmitting messages in violation of the law such as by disturbing the peace of another person or issuing terroristic threats; offering for sale or use any substance the possession of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading obscenity, material including child pornography, or materials that encourage others to violate the law; gambling or transmitting or downloading gambling paraphernalia or devices for the purpose of gambling or encouraging or assisting others in gambling; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.

     

  2. Usage of the computer and/or Internet so as to cause harm to others or damage the property of others. Engaging in defamation; uploading or transmitting a worm, virus, "Trojan horse," "time bomb" or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in "hacking" activities or any form of unauthorized access to computers, networks, or information systems.

     

  3. Usage of the computer and/or Internet so as to jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet or elsewhere. Impersonating another user; using one's own software programs on the library's computers; altering the Library's computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment software.

     

  4. Usage of the computer and/or Internet so as to compromise the safety and security of others. Adult patrons are not to give others private information about a minor, including home address, telephone number, credit card numbers, social security numbers and other information which may enable a stranger to trace the minor (unless the minor is the adult patron's child). Adult patrons are not to arrange a face-to-face meeting with a minor the adult patron has "met" on the computer network or Internet.

    Minors are not to give others private information about one's self or others, including home address, telephone number, credit card numbers, social security numbers and other information which may enable a stranger to trace the minor. Minors are not to arrange a face-to-face Meeting with someone the minor has "met" on the computer network or Internet. Minors are to exercise discretion and caution when communicating on the computer network or Internet, including the use of chat rooms and e-mail. Parents are encouraged to review Internet safety measures with their children and to supervise their minor children during use of the Library's computers and while accessing the Internet.

     

  5. Usage of the computer and/or Internet so as to provide access by a minor to material which is inappropriate for a minor. . Pursuant to federal law, the Library Board of the City of Lincoln has determined that "matter which is inappropriate for minors" is any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that is obscene, includes child pornography, or (a) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to the prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (b) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (c) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors. Adult patrons are not to assist or encourage minors to access matter on the Internet which is inappropriate for minors. Minors are not to use the Library's computers to access matter which is inappropriate for minors or to provide or encourage access by other minors to matter which is inappropriate for minors. Parents and guardians are responsible for the information selected and/or accessed by their children. Some parents may have a more restrictive view of what constitutes "matter which is inappropriate for minors." It is a violation of this policy for a minor to access material meeting the above definition of "matter which is inappropriate for minors;" however, parents or guardians may forbid their child from accessing other information as well. It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to educate and guide their children with respect to information accessed via the Internet. Parents are encouraged to learn more about the Internet and provide appropriate guidance and supervision.

     

Confidentiality
In general the Library will treat information displayed on its computers and/or printers as confidential. Requests for disclosure of information will be honored when required by local, state, or federal law or when required by Library policy.

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities. The Lincoln City Libraries system employs various measures to protect the security of its computing resources. Users should be aware, however, that the Library cannot guarantee security or confidentiality.

All Lincoln City Libraries computer systems are subject to monitoring to assure proper functioning of the systems, to provide security for the computer system's operation and information contained, to prevent unauthorized use, and to deter and investigate violations of law. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this public computer system.

Liability of Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln City Libraries makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this policy. Lincoln City Libraries shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs (including attorney's fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parents or guardians, or any other person, arising out of the user's use of the Library's computer networks or Internet under this policy. By signing this Policy, user accepts full responsibility for his or her use and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Lincoln City Libraries and the City of Lincoln, its employees and agents, from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages resulting from the user's access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through the purchase of goods or services by the user.

In the event of a user under the age of 17, where such user is unmarried, such user's parent or guardian shall sign this agreement in person before the Library Director or such person as the Library Director shall designate, whereby such parent or guardian accepts full responsibility for his or her child's use and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Lincoln City Libraries and the City of Lincoln, its employees and agents, from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages resulting from the user's access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through the purchase of goods or services by the user.

The indemnifications agreed to herein shall survive the termination of this policy. This policy/agreement may be terminated at any time by Lincoln City Libraries.

Approved by Library Board: August 27, 2002
Revised April 27, 2004

 


Notes

1For purposes of this policy, "minor" shall mean an unmarried person under the age of seventeen. Please note that local, state, and federal law may define "minor" in a different way in different contexts. This policy does not supercede any law and users are expected to know and obey the law in all respects while in Lincoln City Libraries.

2For purposes of this policy, "adult patron" shall mean a married person or a person seventeen years of age or older. Please note that local, state, and federal law may define "adult" in a different way in different contexts. This policy does not supercede any law and users are expected to know and obey the law in all respects while in Lincoln City Libraries.



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Privacy of Library Files

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Information from a customer's record is confidential and can be disclosed to non-library staff only under certain circumstances. Library records that contain information about customers, the materials they have used, Internet usage, or the information they have sought, are private and must be treated as confidential information. Access by and disclosure of these records to non-authorized library personnel are acceptable in these circumstances:
  1. For internal purposes (such as the recovery of lost or stolen library materials and/or fines), the Library Director may grant access or disclose to any federal, state or municipal government agency, including representatives of law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys.
  2. In all other situations, a valid subpoena or court order is required to disclose or release library records.
  3. Library staff may be prohibited by law from disclosing to the customer whose records were accessed, released, or subpoenaed.
See Neb. Rev. Stat. §84-712.05: Records which may be withheld from the public.
See Section 215 and 505 of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, Public Law 107-56.

Adopted by Library Board: August 20, 1981
Revised: June 18, 1996; June 17, 2003, January 13, 2005



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Cavett Fifth Graders Learn to Do Research

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
- and Have Fun!
Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library "I had a great time at the library."

"I enjoyed looking up events that happened on my birthday."

"I learned more on the 9-11 tragedy and on Husker football."

Calvin Rife brought his fifth grade class from Cavett Elementary to the Periodicals Room again this year, and they had some first-hand experiences using several different new ways to find information - old and new magazines in print, newspapers on microfilm, Reader's Guide, and computer databases. They looked at Yank, a World War II armed services newspaper; Life Magazine, and Seventeen.

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library

They sprawled on the floor, stood at counters, sat at tables. They clustered around the microfilm readers, looking at newspapers published the day they were born (and a couple found their birth announcements! - way cool!).

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library

They searched the New York Times database and printed out articles of interest. They learned that librarians don't say "Shhhhhh!", but are helpful and friendly.

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library

They had a good experience, and so did the librarians. We look forward to them coming back.

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library

More quotes from the students:

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library "I really learned a lot about using resources."

"You helped me have a new learning experience."

Fifth graders from Cavett Elementary visiting Bennett Martin Public Library "I can't wait to go back!"

"The microfilms were really cool."

Letters from this fifth-grade class


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Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns Gets the "Smartest Card"

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Governor Mike Johanns signs up for a library card On September 15, 2004, more than 100 third grade students from Belmont and Campbell Elementary schools attended a press conference at which the Governor pronounced September as Library Card Sign Up Month and encouraged all citizens of the State of Nebraska to get a library card.

'Smartest Card' poster "The Smartest Card" poster - click for a larger version.



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Turning the Pages of Romance: After the Conference

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Turning the Pages of Romance logo On Saturday, April 17th, 2004, eighty fans joined with 11 authors of romance novels at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lincoln to share their love of Romance Fiction. Following opening comments by author Cynthia Rutledge, and a keynote address by Guest of Honor Victoria Alexander, participants were able to attend any of several panel discussions, purchase books and get them signed, and join in a luncheon for casual conversation with the authors. Please enjoy the following gallery of snapshots from this day-long event!

Turning the Pages of Romance 2004 -- Photo Gallery

[Want to know what was scheduled at the Conference? Click Here: Conference Program for a pdf copy of the schedule of events.]

 

Photo of the Main Conference Room Romance conference attendees gather in the main conference area before the opening comments.

Photo of promotional materials and door prizes Attendees look over the tables full of promotional materials provided by authors and publishers. In the foreground are the door prizes, to be given away at the end of the day.

Photo of Cynthia Rutledge during opening comments Lincoln romance author Cynthia Rutledge serves as Mistress of Ceremonies - welcoming attendees at the beginning of the conference.

Photo of Guest of Honor Victoria Alexander Guest of Honor Victoria Alexander presents her keynote address. The best-selling Omaha author (and former television news reporter) entertained the audience with her talk on the theme: "Why Do I Write? Because Life and Men are Hysterical!"

Photo of Romance Themes That Work panelists Linda Onumbu (standing, from Omaha Public Libraries) moderates a panel discussion on Romance Themes That Work. Featured panelists were (l to r) Kristin Gabriel, Pam Crooks, Kylie Brant and Cindy Gerard.

Photo of Villains and Antagonists panelists Participants in the Characters You Love to Hate: Villains and Antagonists panel discussion included (l to r) Leigh Michaels, Roxanne Rustand and Kylie Brant.

Photo of Victoria Alexander signing Guest of Honor Victoria Alexander chats and signs books for conference attendees in the book sale room.

Photo of the Q&A discussion Authors (l to r) Bobbi Smith, Kim Louise, Roxanne Rustand and Kylie Brant fielded questions from the audience during an impromptu Questions & Answers session in the afternoon.

Photo of Male Archetypes panelists Eiseley Branch supervisor Julie Simpson moderates the Bad Boy to Lost Soul: Male Archetypes discussion panel, featuring authors (l to r) Kim Louise, Kristin Gabriel and Julie Miller.

Photo of Book Sale room The authors were all available in the book sale room to sign books for attendees at various times throughout the day. Here, Leigh Michaels (behind table in background), Roxanne Rustand (in blue) and Bobbi Smith (farthest to the right) chat with readers and sign their works. [Special thanks to Lee Booksellers and the Lincoln City Library Foundation for arranging to have so many of the authors' books available for attendees.]

Photo of Dance Card registration Throughout the day, attendees were encouraged to have all eleven authors sign their decorative "Dance Card". Those who presented a Dance Card with all 11 signatures before the closing ceremonies were eligible for the door prize drawings. Here, attendees line up to get their filled Dance Cards authenticated.

Photo of Bobbi Smith Bobbi Smith, of Saint Charles, Missouri, tells the audience about making her first romance sale back in 1982.

Photo of Pam Crooks Omaha author Pam Crooks shares stories of her earliest successes.

Photo of Kylie Brant Kylie Brant entertains attendees with her recollections of breaking into the business.

Photo of Cindy Gerard Cindy Gerard talks about making her first novel sale in 1981.

Photo of Roxanne Rustand Roxanne Rustand shares her own tales about the road to publication.

Photo of Leigh Michaels With over 75 titles to her credit, Iowa romance author Leigh Michaels reminisces about her breakthrough sale.

Photo of Julie Miller Grand Island author Julie Miller talks about her first novel.

Photo of Kristin Gabriel Kristin Gabriel, a rural Nebraska romance writer, recalls her early successes.

Photo of Kim Louise Omaha author Kim Louise amuses attendees with memories of her first sale.

Photo of event coordinator Rebecca Lee Event coordinator Rebecca Lee (of Lincoln City Libraries) thanks the participants and all the staff from both the Lincoln and Omaha library systems, the members of the Lincoln City Library Foundation and the staff of Lee Booksellers for their help in pulling off the first Turning the Pages of Romance conference.

Photo of prize drawings Door Prizes were given out by drawing names from among the attendees who presented a fully-completed Dance Card at the end of the day. Here (l to r) author Cynthia Rutledge and event coordinator Rebecca Lee draw the winning names, and author Leigh Michaels prepares to give a prize to the attendee who came closest to guessing the total number of books published thus far by the assembled authors. That total? 287 books!.

Photo of all the author guests All the author guests gather for a group shot at the end of the day. Thanks for their part in a wonderful event go to: (l to r) Julie Miller, Victoria Alexander, Cindy Gerard, Cynthia Rutledge (in back), Kylie Brant, Roxanne Rustand, Leigh Michaels, Kim Louise, Kristin Gabriel, Pam Crooks and Bobbi Smith.


To connect to many of these authors' individual Web sites, and/or to see lists of their titles owned by the Lincoln City Libraries, please visit our Heart-Land booklist page.



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Kites at Walt Branch

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
The Sky's the Limit With Kites on Display at Walt Branch Library

Photo of kites on display at Walt Branch Library

During May 2004, kites from the collection of Woody Stovall were on display at Walt Branch Library. Here are just a few of the kites on display.

Photo of kite A commemorative kite to celebrate the Wright brothers' flight centennial in 2003.

Two examples of cellular kites:

Photo of kite

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A pterodactyl and "American Gothic":

Photo of kites

A delta kite ...

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Photo of drogue ... with a "drogue" to stabilize it, made from a pair of boxer shorts!

A double box delta kite:

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Photo of kite Butterfly and dragon kites from Bali.

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An eagle from Mexico:

Photo of kite



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Kites: the Sky

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Kites on Display @ your library

Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch LibraryDuring the month of March, 2003, over 30 kites were on display at the Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The kites were from the collection of Woody Stovall, a kite collector since 1993.

Included in the display were kites such as:

  • “The Navajo,” a nineteen-foot delta (3 sided) kite made in the U.S.
  • A black and white “Cody Kite,” flown by Samuel Cody, Buffalo Bill’s brother. This kite is a man lifter and was used as an artillery spotter in World War II.
  • “Rokkaku Kite,” is a red, white and blue classic proportion kite originating in China around 900 A.D.
  • Enjoy the diamond and blue butterfly kite made in Bali of silk and bamboo, specifically for the enjoyment of children.
Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch Library 

Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch Library 

Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch Library 

Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch Library 

Photo of kites on display at Eiseley Branch Library 


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There's a Llama in the Library!

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
"There's a Llama in the Library!" - in the courtyard of Bennett Martin Public Library, January 21, 2003.

Photo of Dan Bergmeyer, his daughter, and their llama Dan Bergmeyer and his daughter with their llama "Fleecy."

Photo of Terry Owen with ice Terry Owen from the Cornhusker Hotel prepares to sculpt a llama from a 300 lb. block of ice.

Photo of Terry Owen with ice Terry Owen carves the block of ice.

Photo of llama carved out of ice The finished product.

 


Photo of Terry Owen with ice The same day, Terry Owen sculpted a dragon out of block of ice outside Gere Branch Library.

Photo of Terry Owen with ice  

Photo of finished ice dragon The finished ice dragon.



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