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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 12, 1999

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

Jane Geske Award Announced

UN-L Friends of the Libraries Honored,

The 1998 Jane Geske Award was recently presented to the Friends of the Libraries of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the 1998 Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting. The award, established by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is presented annually to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature.

The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske's passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Geske is a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and a long-time leader in many Nebraska library and literary activities. The Friends, of which Geske was one of the founders, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. They have 255 members from across the state and an additional 244 honorary members through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The Friends have enhanced the collection of the UN-L Libraries with gifts such as Shakespeare's First Folio and Goethe's Faust. They promote the culture of the book in Nebraska and have presented more than forty programs and exhibitions reaching out across the state. The activities of the Friends enhance the University, the community, and the individual. The Nebraska Center for the Book is pleased to recognize ten years of achievement and vitality on behalf of the printed word and its dissemination radiating from the University Libraries to the citizens of Nebraska.

Past winners of the Jane Geske Award are the Heritage Room, Lincoln City Libraries (1992), the Nebraska Humanities Council (1993), the Cummington Press and Harry Duncan (1994), the Nebraska Press (1995), the Independent Booksellers of Nebraska (1996), and the Prairie Schooner and Hilda Raz (1997).

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For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.