Big Library Read!

AnatomyBLR_PageHeaderThe 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.

Local Author to Visit the Library

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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!

Great Books for Great Kids!

Eat at Runza!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.

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.