What’s the Value of Your Library Use?

Almost everyone knows that libraries are invaluable to the health of their communities. But, what if we were to look at just the financial aspect of how libraries save patrons money? Well, we did look at it, and we are excited to share this information with our great community.

Would you like a printable version of this? Then click here.

Would you like to calculate your own savings? Then click here.

We found this information so very fascinating that we thought that we’d have some fun giving you and/or your family the chance to see a close estimate of what you’ve saved in 2015! We’ll run the numbers for you, and then share it with you, and then you can brag about it all while advocating for your library on social media.

All you’ll need to do is email Miss Rebecca at GPL.AsstDirector@gmail.com, let her know if you’d like an individual or family estimate, include a picture, and also let her know approximately how many events you’ve attended (adult, teen, or children’s). That’s it! Then she’ll calculate your savings and email you back with an image like this:

She can hardly wait to get requests, and we can hardly wait to share all of this enlightening information with you.


Gretna Friends of the Library & Omaha Gives!

We’re excited to announce that the Gretna Friends of the Library is one of the many non-profits eligible to receive gift donations during the Omaha Gives! donation challenge this year!  To make a donation, click the flyer below to link directly to the Gretna Friends of the Library’s Omaha Gives! page.  If you want to learn more about Omaha Gives!, then click this link.

The Gretna Friends of the Library make it possible for the Gretna Public Library to provide programs and services that it otherwise would not have the funds to support.  Thank you in advance for supporting your Library through this wonderful and hardworking group of people!  Omaha Gives!

Register for Summer Reading Programs!

Faster than a speeding bullet!

More powerful than a locomotive!  

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

…..well maybe not that last one, but in any event, our Summer Reading Programs are going to be super!  Register your kids, and get registered  yourself too, for our Summer Reading Programs which begin in June!  Just click the appropriate box below to get signed up.

Children’s Summer Reading ProgramChildren's SRP Registration

Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Teen SRP Registration

Adult Summer Reading Program

Great Books for Great Kids!

Eat at Runza!Mark Tuesday, September 16th on your calendar to eat at Runza!  On this day, Runza Restaurants will conduct their 12th Annual Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser in which Runza donates 15% of the day’s total proceeds to libraries!

Last year, Gretna’s Runza Resturant donated $468 to the Gretna Friends of the Library!  Library Director, Krissy Nelson, expressed the Library’s appreciation for this fundraiser, “The generosity of Runza Restaurants in giving back to their communities really says a lot about the priorities of the people who work for this company.  We greatly appreciate their support!  The money we received last year helped a great deal with funding several of our children’s literacy programs at the Library.”

The Friends of the Library plan to use the money received from Runza to aid in sponsoring more literacy based children’s programs this coming year, and to purchase books that can be given to children as incentives during the summer reading program.

A Special Thank You to Our Veterans

militaryIt’s Memorial Day, so what better way for the Library to thank our veterans for their service than to introduce our new “Military Veterans Library Card?”

Previously, the Library was able to offer a library card to those individuals who had the status of “active duty,” but we have since been able to add to that offer and now can issue library cards to those who are not only active duty, but also, retired military, or are a military veteran without having to charge them the non-resident fee required by Sarpy County.

If you are a veteran of our military all we need you to provide us in order to obtain a library card is appropriate documentation that shows your status of active duty, veteran, or retired military.  Examples of such documents include, but aren’t limited to military ID, DD214 form, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from Active Duty.

“On behalf of the staff at Gretna Public Library, I would like to extend thanks to all veterans who have served our country.  We are honored to offer library cards to those who have protected the very freedoms that the Library provides its community.”
-Krissy Nelson, Library Director, Gretna Public Library.

Tax Forms are Here

tax formThe Library is one of the only places you can pick up hard copies of the most commonly requested tax forms.  Available at the Library are 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms.  If you need a different form for your taxes, our helpful staff is happy to print any additional form(s) for you.

You can also look up and print any tax form off at home by visiting the IRS’ website.

Getting Energy Efficient in the New Year

If you’re someone who wants to try to save money and have a more efficient home in 2014, a good place to start is at the Library.  Dan Montez from OPPD will be at the Library to host a program on Thursday, January 23rd in which he discusses using watt detectors to see how much energy certain home appliances use, and how much money they can cost you.  These watt detectors are provided to the Library by OPPD and are available for our patrons to check out at anytime.  This hands-on demonstration is sure to be the first step towards saving money in your household this year.

When:  Thursday, January 23rd
Time:  11:00am
Where:  Gretna Public Library’s Main Branch


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month


Sign-up for your card today!September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Gretna Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most import school supply of all – a library card.

Our library provides all types of students with the tools they need to succeed.  We provide students with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun and resources that they can access from the library or from home – all with a library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is most important school supply of all.

Library Card Sign-up Month isn’t limited to students only though.  Resources at the Gretna Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card.  If you live in the Gretna Community and don’t currently have a library card, September is the perfect month to get one.  Some of the services we provide are free wireless access, computers for the public, a great DVD selection, magazines, local newspapers, best-selling novels, free access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, a multitude of databases perfect for all your researching needs, and of course programs for the entire family.

Click here for more information on how to get a library card or stop by the Main Library or Children’s Library.

“Like” to “Follow” Your Library

In recent years, social media has become the way a lot of people send and receive information to each other, and keep informed with businesses and organizations that interest them.  Through social media, users are able to customize the kinds of topics they want to read about, and who they want to interact with on a regular basis.  Think about it- how often do you find out about a dinner deal, a friend’s new baby, or even a sale at your favorite store through Facebook, Twitter, or some other form of social media?  Social media is a wonderful tool for communicating with people, which is why the Gretna Public Library is looking to increase its usage of this technology.

The Library is officially kicking off its new Like to Follow Your Library campaign, and we want you to get involved.  If you are on Facebook we would love for you to “like” our page; and if you have a Twitter account, consider “following” the Library.  Through these resources, we are hoping to reach more people, share more information about Library happenings and events, and thus bring more potential patrons through the Library’s doors.  The internet has no barriers to hinder how far we can reach, and as Librarians and Information Professionals, it gives us the perfect vehicle to promote the importance of life-long learning, share ideas, and get feedback from the people we’re here to serve: you and your families.

In the months ahead, we look forward to expanding our use of social media and incorporate it into our daily communication with the public.  Along with our website, these methods of communication will enable our users to receive the most up to date Library information possible.  All you have to do is Like to Follow Your Library! Follow Us on Twitter Like Us on Facebook