Looking 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.
Do you struggle with using your Facebook account? Ever wonder what the big deal is with Twitter? What’s with people ‘checking in’ at places of business on Foursquare, or sharing things on Pinterest? Social media is a growing way in which people network, share, and just pass the time online and through smartphones, and you know have the opportunity to learn a little more about it. Join us Wednesday, November 28th from 6:00-6:45pm as we explore these and other social medias out there today. This will be a basic “what” and “how-to” type of discussion for all. Please RSVP by phone, email, or in person at ther Gretna Public Library’s Main Branch by Wednesday, November 21st, and let us know about the social media you’re most interested in learning about too.
AtoZ World Culture is your one-stop-shop for all the information you ever wanted to know about every country in the world. Use this to learn about a specific country’s economy, people, traditions, and a lot more. Search for a variety of maps and even use the nifty citation function to give your reports or project a professional touch. AtoZ World Culture is a great resource to use on your next project and can be accessed simply by typing in you library card’s barcode number in the login box on the database’s homepage. A permanent link can be found in the “Online Resources” tab on our site.
The Library recently received information from the Department of Health and Human Services about a program they have called Access Nebraska. Access Nebraska is a new and easy way for you to apply for public assistance benefits online through the DHHS website, www.accessnebraska.ne.gov. Here you are able to apply for Medicaid, food stamp benefits, aid to dependent children, aid to aged, blind and disabled, energy assistance, kids connection, and child car subsidy.
As always, the Library offers free access to our public computers for you to complete any of these processes, and our staff will be happy to help you find the website. If you require additional assistance filling out an application we have a step by step guide located at the front desk of both libraries that will walk you through the process.
Coming up on October 27th, the Friends of the Library are having a bake sale at McKinney’s. Be sure to stop by and pick up a tasty treat…or even two from them! The bake sale will start at 9am and goes until 12pm. All money raised will go to the Friends of the Library organization and will be used to purchase books and supplies needed at both library locations. Support your library and make your tummy happy too!
The Library has some ghoulish fun planned for preschoolers on Monday, October 29th at 7:00pm at the Main Library. Dress your little goblins up for an evening of games, crafts, and stories! There will even be a special Halloween snack for all to enjoy! Hallo-Wee-Read is for children age four and under and their caregivers. If you have any questions, please call Miss Jean at 402.502.9088. We’ll see you there…if you dare!
After a busy weekend of moving, we are pleased to announce that the Gretna Children’s Library is officially open! A BIG thank you to all the volunteers who spent their Saturday helping to haul boxes of books to the Children’s Library and rearrange the layout at the Main Library. We couldn’t have accomplished that task without your assistance!
The Gretna Children’s Library is a project that has been in the works for over a year now and will allow both the children’s and adult collections of the library grow. Some of the cool features at the Children’s Library are a storytime bench, patron computers, tables for reading or working on projects, and of course, rows of bookshelves that are just the right height for the kids that use this library. When you first walk into the Children’s Library you will notice right away the amount of natural light that shines through the huge windows. This really makes for a welcoming feel and helps to bring the outdoors inside. The eye catching bright colors on the walls, floor, and ceiling also add to the cheerful disposition of the space and are sure to spark the imagination of children as soon as they walk through the door.
Our adult and young adult users will notice some changes at the Main Library as well. The audiobooks have been reunited with the rest of the collection and are back in the main part of the library by the DVD section. We have a new Large Print section too, that will allow us more shelf space for growing this special part of the Library’s collection. In addition to the room in the new Large Print section, we have added several cases of shelving into our fiction section; a much needed expansion since we were very cramped there before. Perhaps the most significant change at the Main Library is the expansion of the Young Adult area. This space will give teenagers a great place to hang out after school, relax with a book, and work on their homework, all while having a domain that belongs to them. Finally, the meeting room area now houses a larger ongoing booksale than ever before!
We are so excited for these great expansions and see them as a sign that our community and its love of life-long learning is on the rise. Our hope is that these two libraries continue to be a destination to the residents of Gretna and surrounding areas for years to come. Please stop in and see how your library can serve you!
Library Hours (both branches):
Monday-Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm Closed Sunday