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The launch of Timothy Schaffert’s new book, The Swan Gondola, set amid Omaha’s 1898 World’s Fair, gives Omaha Public Library an opportunity to revisit its collection of Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition memorabilia. Travel back in time and visit a special exhibit dedicated to Omaha’s World’s Fair at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., in the Michael Phipps Gallery. The exhibit runs February 7-28, and is open to the public during normal library hours. Explore artifacts and photography, including contributions from The Durham Museum and private collectors, from one of Nebraska’s most spectacular events. All are welcome to attend an opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, February 7 at 6 p.m. Copies of The Swan Gondola will be available for purchase and Schaffert will sign books following a discussion of his work. The Swan Gondola shares the tale of ventriloquist Ferret Skerritt, who can’t imagine that anything majestic could really happen in Omaha. That is, until he encounters the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, and the fair becomes the backdrop for their achingly romantic, possibly doomed love affair. The title of Schaffert’s book is derived from one of the many unique attractions from the 1898 World’s Fair. Buildings filled with the most modern inventions and technology surrounded a 2,000 foot-long lagoon, where visitors could ride a giant swan boat or Venetian gondola. The OPL exhibition and Schaffert’s book open a window to the past and allow interested individuals a chance to learn more about the event that brought worldwide attention to Omaha, and spurred economic and cultural growth for decades to follow. Visit omahalibrary.org for more information on upcoming events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.