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

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.