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

Tax Forms are Here

tax formThe Library is one of the only places you can pick up hard copies of the most commonly requested tax forms.  Available at the Library are 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms.  If you need a different form for your taxes, our helpful staff is happy to print any additional form(s) for you.

You can also look up and print any tax form off at home by visiting the IRS’ website.

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.

Getting Energy Efficient in the New Year

If you’re someone who wants to try to save money and have a more efficient home in 2014, a good place to start is at the Library.  Dan Montez from OPPD will be at the Library to host a program on Thursday, January 23rd in which he discusses using watt detectors to see how much energy certain home appliances use, and how much money they can cost you.  These watt detectors are provided to the Library by OPPD and are available for our patrons to check out at anytime.  This hands-on demonstration is sure to be the first step towards saving money in your household this year.

When:  Thursday, January 23rd
Time:  11:00am
Where:  Gretna Public Library’s Main Branch

 

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**

Star Wars Reads Day II

SWRD Sign

We’re celebrating Star Wars Reads Day!  Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 11am – 1pm at the Main Library for some out-of-this-world fun!

There will be Star Wars characters on hand for you to take your picture with (remember you camera), games, activities, prizes, and more!  Feel free to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character too.

We hope to see you there!  May the force be with you!

Great Books for Great Kids

Eat at Runza!Mark October 1st on your calendar to eat at Runza!  On this day, Runza Restaurants will conduct the 11th annual Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser in which Gretna’s Runza donates 15% of the day’s total proceeds to the Gretna Friends of the Library.

Runza Restaurants has been a long time supporter of reading.  ”Reading is vital to lifelong success and provides an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together,” stated Becky Perrett, Director of Marketing for Runza National.  ”Donating funds for books and promoting literacy is an important endeavor for children and the community.”

Last year, Runza donated nearly $370 to the Friends of the Library.  ”We would like to thank Runza for their continued support in promoting literacy in our community.  We know these funds will be put to great use in growing children’s love for reading,” said Paul Wasalaski, President of the Gretna Friends of the Library.  The Friends of the Library plan to utilize funds that are raised in developing the Children’s Library collection and sponsoring literacy based programs at the Library.