Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s The Meaning of Names
, a Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop,
is Nebraska’s reading choice for the 2016 One Book One Nebraska statewide reading program.
The Meaning of Names
follows a German-American woman trying to raise a family in the heartland
and keep them safe from the effects of war and the influenza panic, as well as from violence and prejudice.
The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is entering its twelfth year.
It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors
or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. A committee of the Nebraska Center for the Book selected this book from a
list of twenty-seven titles nominated by Nebraskans from across the state. The book was published in 2014 and was
announced as the 2016 selection at the Celebration of Nebraska Books on November 14 in Lincoln.
Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities,
and events that will encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to assist with local
reading/discussion activities will be available after January 1, 2016 at
and activity listings will be posted on the One Book One Nebraska Facebook page at
One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission.
The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers,
writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book,
supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska
Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission.
As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an
advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans.
The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion,
development, and coordination of library and information services,
“bringing together people and information.”
The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library
Commission are always available on the Library Commission Website,