The Gretna Public Library has been part of a Nebraska consortium for several years now with OverDrive, which allows us to be able to provide our users with free eBooks and downloadable audio books. Once again this year, OverDrive is hosting a global book club which they call the “Big Library Read.” As part of this special event, OverDrive is giving participating libraries an unlimited number of copies (between October 13-28th) of the title they have chosen as the Big Library Read book, which means no waiting lists to read it! This year’s title is Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.
If you’re interested in participating in the Big Library Read, click the image to the left to link to our OverDrive site and download the eBook or audio book; you just need to have your Library card handy. The Gretna Public Library does own a physical copy of the book as well if you prefer to check it out that way.
Be sure to check out the official Big Library Read website to learn more about the book and participate in the online book club. Later on in the month, check back on the website for a recorded interview with the author, Andrea Portes.
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.
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!
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.