By Natali Bianco, Entertainment Editor
As Black History Month comes to an end, National Women’s History Month is now upon us. This March, the National Women’s History Project has chosen “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” as their annual national theme, which celebrates the lives of women across the nation whose lives have impacted the innovative field.
This year, the Omaha Public Library has some big plans to honor the remarkable women of our country. Throughout March, selected libraries will be hosting a series of free events, exhibits and celebrations.
On Thursday, March 7 from 6-8, the W. Dale Clark Main Library will be hosting an opening reception for the “Wild Women, Daring Damsels & Fierce Females” exhibit, which features works inspired by influential women by local artists. The exhibit is being presented by the Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art and will be displayed in the Michael Phipps Gallery of the W. Dale branch throughout March.
Les Femmes Folles will be presenting “Women in Art” at the Charles B. Washington branch on Saturday March 9 at 4p.m. There will be speakers from a panel of Omaha women in the arts, all representing different aspects of art.
For the next event, UNO will be teaming up with Omaha Public Libraries to host a Women’s History Month reception at the W. Dale Clark Main Library on Sunday, March 10 from 2-4p.m. The event will feature poetry readings, a variety of speakers, live music and refreshments. A featured discussion will be “From Home Ec to Medicine,” lead by Deborah Perry, M.D., medical director of children’s pathology at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. “From Home Ec to Medicine” will discuss women’s role in medicinal history and what the future looks like for female physicians. Poetry readings will feature this year’s winners of UNO’s “Poetry Across the Generations” contest and poets from “Celebrate XVII,” a poetry book by and about local women.
The Millard library will be hosting a book discussion on the classic “O! Pioneers” by Willa Cather on Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. One Book One Nebraska has chosen “O! Pioneers” as the 2013 recommended selection that celebrates the literary richness of our state. On Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m., the Millard branch will also show a movie screening of the 1992 rendition of the book.
On Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m., author Amy Forss will give a speech at the Florence Branch celebrating Mildred Brown and her impact on the North Omaha community. Mildred Brown founded the Omaha Star, Nebraska’s only black weekly newspaper.
Representatives from Union Pacific railroad will be presenting “Women and the Railroad” at the Florence Branch on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. This presentation will feature the history of women in railroad professions and will also explore some of today’s career opportunities.
Brooke Masek, executive and curatorial assistant at the Joslyn Art Museum will host a presentation highlighting some of the current works at the Joslyn Art Museum by female artists on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Millard Branch.
For complete listings of all of the events taking place in March at the 12 Omaha Public Library branches or for more information about any of these events, please visit omahalibrary.org.