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February 11, 2015
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Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8510

Ames Reading Series to Feature Local Broadcasters

Leta Powell Drake and Ron Hull will be the featured readers for the 210th program in the John H. Ames Reading Series Sunday, February 15. The program, sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries, begins at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, third floor of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.

Drake was born in Duluth, Minnesota and has lived in Nebraska since 1960. She spent 50 years in broadcasting and is still active in television and theater. Drake will share tales from her first book, The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraska's Children's TV Shows, published in August 2014. Copies will be available for purchase after the program.

Hull was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and moved to Lincoln in 1955. He is senior advisor to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and professor emeritus of broadcasting at UNL. He will discuss his book, Backstage: Stories from My Life in Public Television, published in 2012.

The Ames Reading Series supports the work of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, a collection of works by and about Nebraska authors. The Heritage Room archive contains manuscripts, artwork, photographs, letters, scrapbooks and other unpublished materials by Nebraska authors and from Nebraskans prominent in the publishing world.

The Ames reading series is recorded for airing on 5 CITY-TV and will be available on video-on-demand and YouTube. DVDs of the series are also available for checkout from Lincoln City Libraries.

More information about the Heritage Room and Lincoln City Libraries is available at

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