Local Author to Visit the Library

Mark Langan1

For 26 years, Sergeant Mark Langan spent his days and nights on the Omaha Police force in pursuit of criminals he sought to bring to justice.  Since then, he has written a book depicting his high-adrenaline experiences while on the job.  Busting Bad Guys, is Sergeant Langan’s first-hand account of what this highly stressful career was like for him, and the investigations he lead.

On Saturday, October 4th at 11:00am, Sergeant Langan will be visiting the Main Library for a book talk event in which he will share more about his book, Busting Bad Guys, and recount some of the investigations mentioned in it.  After his talk, he will be on hand to sign copies of his book and answer questions from those in attendance.  Busting Bad Guys is also available to check out at the Library in case you want to read it ahead of his visit.


Omaha Based Paranormal Team to Visit the Library

You may recognize them from TV, but on Saturday, September 27th you’ll be able to see them at the Gretna Public Library!  The Tri-City Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (T.R.I.P for short) team will be at the Library to for a meet and greet beginning at 1pm in the Main Library’s meeting room.  During their visit, T.R.I.P’s team will share some of their favorite video and audio footage from their investigations, talk about the different instruments they use during their investigations, and will answer any questions you have for them.  As always, our programs are free and open to the public, so invite your friends to come along with you!

T.R.I.P is based in Omaha and has been seen on the A&E Biography Channel.  Be sure to check out their websiteradio show, and YouTube channel too!

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!

Social Security Strategies Seminar, July 29thsocial security strategies speaker

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.
DeGroot 07-15-14 SS LTC Self Mailer 8.5x11_blue.indd

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!