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

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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

*New* Library Card Option for Residents of SIDs

The Gretna Public Library staff is excited to give community members living in SIDs a new option in obtaining a library card.  These Summer Reading Program Cards are for future patrons who want to check out our large collection’s items from May 1st through August 31st.  Summer Reading Program Cards will cost $15 for a household account – that’s just $3.75 per month!  If, at the end of August, a patron wishes to get a full year membership, then s/he can pay the remaining $25 for our normal full-year card.  If a year-round card is acquired, then at that point any member of the household who is 6 years old or older may obtain his/her own card.  Card registration and activation will begin on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and normal ID requirements are required for signing up.

Library Cards for Active Duty

The Gretna Public Library is proud to announce that we now offer library cards for our active duty military personnel!  We realize that a growing number of these honorable folks live outside the Gretna City limits, but we want to make sure you have a library card, and a library you can bring your family to and call home.  If you are interested in signing up for an Active Military card, please stop by the Library and bring along your active duty military ID card.  The Gretna Public Library staff thanks you for your service!

Upcoming Releases Email List

If your first stop when you visit the Library is to check what new books are coming out soon, we have an option that is sure to be perfect for you!

Now available: If you’d like a copy of the newest Upcoming Releases emailed to your inbox, then please email a request to gretna.library@gmail.com with Subscribe Upcoming Releases in the subject line, or stop by either location and fill out a simple form.

As always Gretna Public Library will keep your email private.  Furthermore, if at any time you would no longer like to receive an email with the Upcoming Releases .pdf, then please send us an email with Unsubscribe Upcoming Releases in the subject line.  We will remove you from the list ASAP.

 

**New Database** AtoZ World Culture

AtoZ World Culture is your one-stop-shop for all the information you ever wanted to know about every country in the world.  Use this to learn about a specific country’s economy, people, traditions, and a lot more.  Search for a variety of maps and even use the nifty citation function to give your reports or project a professional touch.  AtoZ World Culture is a great resource to use on your next project and can be accessed simply by typing in you library card’s barcode number in the login box on the database’s homepage.  A permanent link can be found in the “Online Resources” tab on our site.

Apply for Public Assistance Benefits Online

The Library recently received information from the Department of Health and Human Services about a program they have called Access NebraskaAccess Nebraska is a new and easy way for you to apply for public assistance benefits online through the DHHS website, www.accessnebraska.ne.gov.  Here you are able to apply for Medicaid, food stamp benefits, aid to dependent children, aid to aged, blind and disabled, energy assistance, kids connection, and child car subsidy.

As always, the Library offers free access to our public computers for you to complete any of these processes, and our staff will be happy to help you find the website.  If you require additional assistance filling out an application we have a step by step guide located at the front desk of both libraries that will walk you through the process.