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

Friends of the Library Bake Sale

Friends of the Library Bake Sale

The Friends of the Library are having a bake sale Saturday, February 8th at McKinney’s Food Center starting at 9:00am.  All proceeds from the sale will help the Friends of the Library to purchase items needed for the Library.  In the past, this money has been used to purchase books, computers, furniture, and has even help sponsor our Summer Reading Programs.

We hope to see you at the bake sale as you support your library and enjoy a sweet treat as well.

Annual Holiday Ornament Fundraiser

1460994_604304092950039_651687783_nLooking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member this holiday season?  Stop by the Main Library or Children’s Library to check out the selection of handmade holiday ornaments available for a suggested donation.  All of our ornaments were handmade by library staff out of scrap-booking paper or the pages of well-loved books.  Ornaments are priced very reasonably at $5.00 for basic ball ornament and $20.00 for the more detailed Kusudama flower ornaments. All proceeds will go entirely to benefit our Friends of the Library organization, which in turn helps purchase books, computers, and other necessities for the Library.

Food for Fines

Help your community with Food for FinesHere’s an opportunity to help your community and your wallet! Beginning November 11th and running through November 22nd, the Library will be taking Food for Fines.  Bring in canned goods, boxed meals, daily hygiene products, and other none perishables to reduce fines on your Library account.  Each item brought in to either Library location will count toward $1.00 off the total fines amount owed on your account, up to $30.00.  All goods will be donated to the Gretna Neighbors organization to benefit those in our community who are in need.

The Gretna Neighbors are especially in need of these items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Syrup
  • Cereal
  • Ketchup
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo

**This promotion only applies to fines for items that have been returned late, and not for lost or damaged materials**

“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

LEARN the Benefits of Biking!

May is National Bike Month and to celebrate, we’re having our friend from Bike Masters bike shop, Dave Reinarz, out to talk about the many benefits of biking- from exercise to errand running, your bike is a wonderful way to get around and enjoy time outside.  Dave will also go over important tips for safe riding, and show some basic bike maintenance that cyclists of all ability levels should know.  Please join us for this fun program that will surely have you ready to do some riding this summer!

When: Thursday, May 23rd
Time: 10:15am

Special thanks to Bike Masters for sponsoring this program.