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January 16, 2016 

Rod Wagner

Governor Ricketts Proclaims 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names

On Jan. 13, 2016 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring 2016 One Book One Nebraska: The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker, of Lincoln. In this year people across Nebraska are encouraged to read this Nebraska-set novel with a World War I backdrop. 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. Karen Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, presented the governor with a copy of the book.

Photos of the proclamation-signing ceremony are available at:

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, and Humanities Nebraska 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. Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events to encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. Support materials to assist with local reading/discussion activities are available at Updates and activity listings will be posted there and on

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 Nebraska’s 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,