Category Archives: Other Events & Contests

Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood, a mobile Children’s Museum has been on the move throughout our state and they’re coming to a stop near us very soon!

Check out for more information.

Friday, September 22 from 3-7pm:  K Street in front of the State Capital in Lincoln

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24:  Canopy & R Street in front of the Pinnacle Bank

  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 1-5pm

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

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Do you love art and animals? If so, this is the contest for you! The deadline for submission is March 1st, 2018, so review the contest rules and start creating.

  • All entries are to be submitted electronically at (See “Submitting Artwork” section below for details on sending student art.)
  • All artwork must depict species chosen from one of the lists as noted in “Subject Matter” (below). We will make no exceptions to this rule.
  • Entries must be received by March 1, 2018. Late entries will not be judged.
  • All entries become the property of the Endangered Species Coalition.

2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest



Breaking Barriers Writing Contest

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The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance
for diverse students in grade 4–9 to share their
personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson’s
values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2017

Read more about the contest here.

Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

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The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of our area students. This contest, sponsored by the Friends of Omaha Public Library, recognizes the top three winners from each grade. Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony at the library on April 23, and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in 5th to 8th Grade, and live in Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Dodge or Saunders County.
  • Students may be enrolled in public, private, parochial, or home school.
  • Essays must be typed and no longer than 750 words.
  • Include a cover page with the title of the story, writer’s name, address, zip code, phone number, current grade, and name of school.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All entries become the property of Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) and may be featured by Omaha Public Library on its website or social media
  • Entries must be original fiction featuring a character from a book you have enjoyed. Identify the book and author from which your character originated in the title or subtitle of your story.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • Please contact the EY coordinator in your building with questions or help with submitting your story. Entries are due at the end of Feb 2108.


  • First ($100), second ($50) and third place ($25)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from each grade.
  • The school library of the winning students will be recognized with matching cash prizes.

Read the winning stories from the 2017 Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest. Check out our 2017 grade 7 winner from Westside Middle School! 

About Virginia Frank

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest began in 2003 and is named in honor of a longtime Friends of Omaha Public Library volunteer. Virginia Frank was a Central High and UNO graduate. She acquired a master’s degree from Brown University and taught English literature and creative writing at UNO for many years. Her passion for students and young people inspired everyone around her, and her enthusiasm encouraged many students to explore their creative writing talents. Frank volunteered thousands of hours with the Friends of OPL to help ensuring a bright future for our public libraries.

Do You Know a Hero Writing Contest

The Kansas Nebraska SW Iowa Region of the American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in 2017.  Students in grades 5 to 8 are invited to write about their own “Heartland Hero” for a chance to win a classroom party.

Guidelines:  Use 8.5″ x 11″ lined paper or type your entry in Times Roman, size 12 font.  Your essay must be 400 words or less.  Each student must attach the cover page (linked below) to their essay.

Deadline:  Mail entries by Tuesday, December 20, 2016  to the address below.

American Red Cross ~ 2912 South 80th Avenue ~ Omaha, NE 68124

Click here for the cover page

Metro Omaha Reading Council Writing Contest


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The Metropolitan Reading Council (MRC) is now taking submissions for their 2016-17 writing contest.  Several Westside students have entered this contest in the past and won!  it’s a great way to get your writing out there for others to read!

This year’s contest runs from September 9-December 15.  All students grade k-12 are invited to participate.  Click below to find the writing prompt for your grade level.  Here’s a hint…It has something to do with robots! 🙂

K-3 Writing Prompt

4-6 Writing Prompt

7-12 Writing Prompt


Do Space Events

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We are so lucky to have Do Space® in Omaha!  Check out all the upcoming opportunities to learn, grow, explore and create!

September 27: Paper Circuits (Ages 9-11):

October 4: Coding Robots (Ages 9-11):

October 5: Coding with Chamomile (Ages 6-8):

Check out these opportunities and more at: