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2011.02.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO College of Education Brings Award-Winning Illustrator to Omaha

Omaha - An award-winning illustrator of children’s books will be visiting the Omaha area thanks to the sponsorship of the several Omaha-area educational organizations including the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education.

Chris Raschka, winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his work on "A Ball for Daisy," will be conducting free presentations to the Omaha community. Raschka will visit the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 13214 Westlood Lane, on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. and the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free to both events.

Raschka’s work will also be on display in the “Mind’s Eye” gallery at Joslyn. The Omaha Family Literacy Partnership is sponsoring Chris Raschka’s visit to Omaha with help from the UNO College of Education, Nebraska Arts Council, Carol Gendler and the Omaha Public Library.

The Family Literacy Partnership is a community engagement project that typically serves children from high-poverty areas and strives to offer them children’s books whenever possible. Facilitated by Susan McWilliams, assistant professor of early childhood education at UNO, the purpose of the partnership and all its related projects is to promote family reading in our community.

UNO early childhood teacher candidates are helping with several other related events on Thursday, Feb. 23 as part of their service learning commitments this semester. Copies of Raschka’s book,"Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop," will be donated to all Skinner Magnet Center students. After experiencing Raschka’s presentation and art exhibit, students will listen to Stan Harper, a visual and performing arts teacher at Skinner, and Ron Cooley, an acclaimed guitarist and composer from Omaha, play jazz music while Skinner Magnet Center students create Raschka-inspired art.

For more information about Raschka’s visit or the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership, please contact Susan McWilliams at (402) 554.3457.

Joslyn Art Museum A Ball for Daisy

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