At the annual meeting of the Nebraska Center for the Book on 7 November 2004, the Nebraska Writing Project received the 2004 Jane Pope Geske Award. The award, given by The Nebraska Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress, honors an organization that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to literacy, reading, books, and writing in Nebraska. Accepting the award on behalf of the Nebraska Writing Project were Director Robert Brooke and Co-Directors Sharon Bishop, Jane Connealy, and Kris Kuhn. The award plaque features artwork by Omaha artist Jaime Hackbart. The plaque will be displayed in the English Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) is a state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The NCB is organized as a non-profit membership organization. Information about the NCB can be found at the NCB’s web site: http://www.unl.edu/NCB/. The website describes the organization as follows:
The Nebraska Center for the Book brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book. We are people who know and love books, and who value the richness they bring to our lives.
Our Nebraska Center supports programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. We have been an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book since 1990.
The Jane Geske award is among the awards presented annually by the Nebraska Center for the Book. The purpose of the Jane Geske Award is to recognize a Nebraska association, organization, business, library, school, academic institution, or other group that has made an exceptional, long-term contribution to one or more of these fields in Nebraska: Literacy, Reading, Book Selling, Books, Libraries, Writing in Nebraska.
The Award is given in honor of Jane Geske, a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and a long-time active member in many Nebraska library and literary activities.