Bringing Some “Change” to the Pilger Public Library

After two tornados ravaged the little town of Pilger, Nebraska back in June, we began talking about what we could do to help its library.  While the library didn’t sustain the type of devastating damage that many homes and businesses in that area endured, they have a long road ahead in recreating the inviting space that the library was before, and that’s where we would like to help.

Refurnishing some of the furniture/seating that was damaged in the storm, along with replacing all of the trees on the property that were lost, are some of the things the Pilger Public Library could use some support in fulfilling.  They are already in the works of putting together a new outdoor patio for programs to be held and to be used as an additional reading space.  The patio is being constructed entirely out of bricks from the buildings the tornadoes destroyed in Pilger.  When it is completed, this space will surly be both a place where the people of this town can remember, but also heal as it will serve to bring families together and grow some good out of a tragic day in the town’s history.

If you feel inclined to donate towards the Pilger Public Library’s renovating efforts please visit either the Main Library or Children’s Library for the opportunity to do so.  The Children’s Library has created a fun competition in its efforts to fund raise- a cat vs dog popularity contest!  Kids can donate to the funnel of their choosing depending on if they prefer dogs or cats, and at the end of August, we will reveal whether it’s the hounds or felines that the children of Gretna love best!  At the Main Library, you will find a decorated donation funnel in which you can make contributions.

Generously, the Friends of the Gretna Public Library have pledged to match the total donations collected up to $500 in their efforts to also bring aid to the Pilger Public Library.

We look forward to seeing all the good that will come from this fundraiser, and the staff at GPL and the Friends of the Library thank you in advance for Bringing Some Change to the Pilger Public Library.



Thinking About Retirement? Attend These Seminars!

The five libraries of Sarpy County have teamed up with Sequent Planning, LLC in Omaha, and will each host three seminars pertaining to retirement planning.  Gretna Public Library’s seminars will be held on July 29th (Social Security Strategies), August 18th (Estate Planning), and August 21st (Long Term Care Planning).  All seminars are from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Registration for the seminars at the Gretna Public Library are below.  You may register for all three if you like!

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Estate Planning Seminar, August 18th

Long Term Care Planning Seminar, August 21st

The schedule and dates for seminars at our neighboring libraries are listed below.  Be sure to contact the library of your choice to register for any of the listed seminars.
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eBook & Overdrive “How-To” Workshop

OverdriveJoin us Saturday, June 7th for some tips and guidance on how to use Overdrive to download eBooks and audiobooks to your eReader device.  Be sure to bring both your device and your library card with you to this workshop.

**Please register in advance so we know how many to expect**

When:  Saturday, June 7th
Where:  Main Library
Time:  11:00am


It’s National Library Week!

Be sure to stop by the Main Library or Children’s Library (or both!) to celebrate National Library Week!  We have some neat displays up to check out, an awesome Grab Bag Book Sale going on, and even treats to snack on while you’re here.

snapshot day

April 17th is Library Snapshot Day at the Library!
What does this mean?  
When you visit either Library on Thursday, tell us why you visited the Library that day.  We’ll have a two question survey for you at each branch location that literally will take you just a minute to fill out while we check your items out to you.  The data we collect will show us what a day in the life of our Library looks like, and is another way we can share the value of having a library in the community.

Why is this information important to us?
This information will give us more knowledge about how to best serve our community.  By knowing what ways you utilize the Library and its services, we’ll have a better understanding as to what type of materials, services, and programs our community appreciates.  This data also allows us to be even bigger advocates for the Library as it will provide a vivid picture of the way patrons use the Library on daily basis.

At the end of the day, survey data as well as circulation and attendance numbers will be sent to the American Library Association to add to the data they are compiling which will show what happens in libraries across the nation in just one single day!

Scrapbooking Party to Benefit the Library

Do you love preserving your family’s memories that you’ve photographed?  If scrapbooking is a hobby you enjoy, then this party is right up your alley!  Join us at Scrappin Studio at 913 Village Square here in Gretna on March 29th for a day of fun, friends, food, and scrapbooking!  Reserve your spot for $15 by registering at either Library branch.

Scrapbooking Party!

International Random Acts of Kindness Week

February is commonly known for the affection and love that comes along with celebrating Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February 10-16th is International Random Acts of Kindness Week too?  If you’ve ever done something nice for someone else, you know about the warm-fuzzy feeling that comes with that act of kindness.  Whether it’s donating coats to a shelter, sending cards to soldiers overseas, or letting someone go ahead of you in the checkout line at the store, doing nice things for others makes us feel good.

As part of International Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Library is giving you the opportunity to help replace a lost item for a patron.  Currently, the Library has many lost items that need to be replaced, but can’t do so until those items are paid for.  At both the Main Library and Children’s Library, you will find that we have Giving Trees in our front entrances, and on each tree are several apples that show a picture of a lost item and that item’s replacement cost.  Patrons have the option of picking an apple of their choice and paying the replacement cost for someone else so that the Library can purchase a new copy of it.  In turn, a Leaf of Gratitude will be put up on the Giving Tree with your name (if you like) in place of the picked apple.

There are also collection funnels at each library if you wish to contribute to our overall replacement fund.  After the 16th, we’ll compile all money collected in the funnels and replace as many items left on the Giving Trees as possible.

Help others and help the Library.  Be a Giver!

**Can’t make it into the Library, but want to help out?  Mail a check to the Gretna Public Library at 736 South St., Gretna, NE 68028 and just indicate which book you are wanting to replace.  Here’s a list of book titles and their replacement prices:

Adult Items

  • Big Book of Gardening Skills  $18.95
  • GED Study Guide  $23.00
  • Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us  $29.99
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett  $24.95
  • Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag  $26.95
  • Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou  $9.95

Young Adult Items

  • Cloaked by Alex Flinn  $16.99
  • User Unfriendly by Vivian Vande Velde  $6.99
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Keynon  $17.99
  • Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough  $16.00

Children’s Items

  • Batman vs Bane  $6.95
  • Mr. Bump  $3.99
  • In One Ear Out the Other  $22.65
  • Lego Ninjago: kingdoms of snakes  $6.99
  • Star Wars: galactic crisis  $12.99