Bookends: There is art for you to see; you can see the art for free

“Way back in the days when the grass was green ...” is one of the preliminary drawings from “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, that is on loan to the Joslyn Museum from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

Original artworks for Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” are now on view at Joslyn Art Museum’s Mind’s Eye Gallery. The artwork is on loan from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

Author Theodor Geisel, who wrote children’s books under the Dr. Seuss pen name, created preliminary crayon drawings and pen-and-ink final drawings for his books. Both for “The Lorax” are in the exhibit, as are copies of the book for reading.

“The Lorax” was said to be Geisel’s favorite of all his books, which include “The Cat in the Hat,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Joslyn’s “Story Adventures,” a drop-in program for preschoolers, will feature Dr. Seuss books at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

“The Lorax” exhibit will be up through Nov. 3.

Library lends a hand to local book clubs

The Omaha Public Library is doing its part to facilitate local book clubs. The library has book bags that carry 10 paperback copies of a particular book plus one user guide. The bags are available to any Omaha-area book club. Currently, the library offers more than 900 book bags.

Authors range from past literary giants such as Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Jane Austen and Ernest Hemingway to more modern favorites such as Kjell Eriksson, Annie Dillard, Jodi Picoult, Louise Erdrich and Rick Riordan. A complete list of titles and their authors is available at

The following guidelines apply to the use of these book bags:

» The bags are reserved and can be checked out for a six-week period. Bags cannot be renewed.

» There is no grace period for late bags, and a charge of $1 will be assessed for each day that the bag is late, with a maximum fine of $5.

» The bags may be returned at any of the Omaha Public Library locations.

Call 402-444-4828 or email if you would like more information about the program.


Workshop: Family History Writers Group, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Book signing: Joy Johnson, author of “The BOOB Girls V: The Secret of the Red Cane,” 1 p.m. today, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Wednesday Words: Featuring author Richard Dooling, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Book signing: Julia Cook, author of “Tease Monster” and “How to Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers,” 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.

Book discussion: Wednesday Bookworms, “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Book discussion: World War II at Night Group, “Code Talker” by Chester Nez, 6 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: WriteLife Presents: Writers’ Workshop, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.

Book discussion: As the Worm Turns Book Group, “The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home” by George Howe Colt, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

Get LIT: Readings by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Story Time: Brigit St. Brigit’s Scott Kurz reads from children’s books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Reading series: “Letras y Voces/Letters and Voices,” 1 p.m. Saturday, El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.

Book discussion: Jane Austen Tea Society, “Middlemarch” by George Elliot, 1 p.m. Saturday, Our Specialtea, 1630 Washington St., Blair, Neb.

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