This time every year we celebrate Banned Book Week. Banned Book Week is a time where we recognize our freedom to read by paying special tribute to the books that have been challenged or banned over the years in libraries. Books like Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are just a few of the titles that have been banned/challenged over the years. Celebrate the fact that you can freely choose to read books like these by stopping by the Main Library today to check out our Banned Book Week display! Check this site out for more information about Banned Book Week: www.ala.org/advocacy/banned
The Library has some ghoulish fun planned for preschoolers on Monday, October 29th at 7:00pm at the Main Library. Dress your little goblins up for an evening of games, crafts, and stories! There will even be a special Halloween snack for all to enjoy! Hallo-Wee-Read is for children age four and under and their caregivers. If you have any questions, please call Miss Jean at 402.502.9088. We'll see you there...if you dare!
Coming up on October 27th, the Friends of the Library are having a bake sale at McKinney's. Be sure to stop by and pick up a tasty treat...or even two from them! The bake sale will start at 9am and goes until 12pm. All money raised will go to the Friends of the Library organization and will be used to purchase books and supplies needed at both library locations. Support your library and make your tummy happy too!
We are really excited to share that the Library has a great new database for patrons to use. America's News is a database that allows users to search local, state and national full-text articles including printed and online newspapers, blogs and videos. Explore issues and events on topics such as business, health, education, government, history, politics and more including the Gretna Breeze, Omaha World-Herald and USA Today. America's News also includes Current Events and Special Reports sections that could come in handy for those research papers that most students are assigned.
Access America's News! (Login using the barcode number on the back of you Library card)
After a busy weekend of moving, we are pleased to announce that the Gretna Children's Library is officially open! A BIG thank you to all the volunteers who spent their Saturday helping to haul boxes of books to the Children's Library and rearrange the layout at the Main Library. We couldn't have accomplished that task without your assistance!
The Gretna Children's Library is a project that has been in the works for over a year now and will allow both the children's and adult collections of the library grow. Some of the cool features at the Children's Library are a storytime bench, patron computers, tables for reading or working on projects, and of course, rows of bookshelves that are just the right height for the kids that use this library. When you first walk into the Children's Library you will notice right away the amount of natural light that shines through the huge windows. This really makes for a welcoming feel and helps to bring the outdoors inside. The eye catching bright colors on the walls, floor, and ceiling also add to the cheerful disposition of the space and are sure to spark the imagination of children as soon as they walk through the door.
Our adult and young adult users will notice some changes at the Main Library as well. The audiobooks have been reunited with the rest of the collection and are back in the main part of the library by the DVD section. We have a new Large Print section too, that will allow us more shelf space for growing this special part of the Library's collection. In addition to the room in the new Large Print section, we have added several cases of shelving into our fiction section; a much needed expansion since we were very cramped there before. Perhaps the most significant change at the Main Library is the expansion of the Young Adult area. This space will give teenagers a great place to hang out after school, relax with a book, and work on their homework, all while having a domain that belongs to them. Finally, the meeting room area now houses a larger ongoing booksale than ever before!
We are so excited for these great expansions and see them as a sign that our community and its love of life-long learning is on the rise. Our hope is that these two libraries continue to be a destination to the residents of Gretna and surrounding areas for years to come. Please stop in and see how your library can serve you!
Library Hours (both branches):
Monday-Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
The Gretna Public Library is happy to announce that we are now part of OPPD's Watt Detector Program. Patrons will now have the opportunity to check out a watt detector, a device used to measure the amount of electricity household appliances use. The watt detector calculates how much money or energy is spent over a period of time and can help you to better understand how much each appliance costs your household. This is a great way to monitor the amount of electricity you use, and hopefully assist you in conserving energy to save money on your bill. For more information about the Watt Detector Program, visit OPPD's website or stop in the Library and check out a watt detector to take home.
You can connect one-on-one to a trained job coach for assistance in a job search process. The JobNow service offers personality assessments for people just beginning their job search. Resume help is available. Plus, there are cover letter templates and examples, live interview practice, online resources, and more.
This new resource provides up-to-date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.
We are presently going live with an online homework help service called Brainfuse. This seems like odd timing, but we are getting two free months from Brainfuse during the summer in order to give staff and customers time to get acquainted with the interface! This service has a wonderful reputation-whenever a child or teen has a homework headache, live online help is available from a real tutor.