Celebrate the Sesquicentennial with Nebraska 150 Books

NE 150 Books 2One way to celebrate the Nebraska Sesquicentennial during this banner year of 2017 is to add some titles from the Nebraska 150 Books initiative to your personal reading program. Nebraska 150 Books has been evolving for more than two years. In 2015, a book selection committee of teachers and librarians devised a list of literature that spans the time Nebraska has been a state, and is aimed at encouraging readers to learn more about our state and its authors. 


All 150 books selected meet at least one of these criteria:

  • The author was born, raised, or educated in Nebraska, or spent a minimum of 10 years in the state during their writing career.
  • The plot is either set in Nebraska or about our state.
  • The title is still available in most libraries or book stores.

The 150 titles are divided into four different categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult and picture books. To find the 90+ titles that the Bellevue University Library owns, please go to this link:  http://bit.ly/Nebraska150Books. This list includes the first and last name of the author, title, and the call number where it is found in the Bellevue University Library. Those in green meet two criteria that the selection committee endorsed, and comprise the “Short list” of 42 of the 150 titles.

Our staff has a limited number of bookmarks made available by Humanities Nebraska which patrons can request. Each bookmark has the 42 titles of the “Short list” printed on one side.

Links below lead to all books on the list:

For those of you who are interested in titles that the Bellevue University Library does NOT own, they can be requested from other libraries for no charge through the Bellevue University Library’s interlibrary loan service.

Registered students and alumni who live outside the Omaha metro area and are not able to come and browse on their own can request to have specific titles sent to your home or business address by using this link: http://library.bellevue.edu/services/document-delivery/.

Please let the Bellevue University Library staff help you experience Nebraska’s rich literary heritage by celebrating the sesquicentennial with Nebraska 150 Books!

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.

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