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Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is a weekly update on the news and events taking place at the Omaha Public Library. Locally produced at KIOS by David Koesters, it can be heard Mondays at 8:44am during Morning Edition, and again at 4:44pm on All Things Considered.

Latest Episodes
  • Join the public library for storytime outside the library featuring stories, creative movement, music, and more. Storytime is geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome, rain or shine. Check out the Omaha Public Library events page to find out more. Also, Angela Fernandez book talks The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff.
  • Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off this week on June 1st. It is two months of reading activities and library programs throughout the city. All children and teens receive two free books when they register. Check out the Omaha Public Library events page to find out what’s happening at the branch near you. Plus, Nicole Hilder gives a book talk on It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey.
  • The Omaha Public Library offers an assortment of materials available for checkout that can be downloaded digitally from home without even stepping into a physical building. Learn about Libby and how you can access e-books and audiobooks no matter where you happen to be. Angela Fernandez also stops by to book talk Why Didn't You Tell Me by Carmen Rita Wong.
  • The new Omaha Public Library downtown branch opens May 21st. We tour the new branch at 1401 Jones Street as well as talk to OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane.
  • A small Omaha Symphony ensemble will perform music chosen around the themes of either New to the Neighborhood or A World of Folk Songs. The performances will be followed by a storytelling activity with the musicians. Check out the Omaha Public Library events page to find out which branch they will be performing near you. Also, Nicole Hilder stops by to book talk Rules for Visiting by Jessica F Kane.
  • Read to a dog, the program designed for reluctant readers to help become comfortable reading out loud. Kids and teens have the opportunity for a 15 minute, one-on-one reading session with a registered therapy dog and their handler. Check out the Omaha Public Library events page to find out which branches participate. Then, Angela Fernandez gives a book talk on the novel The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson.
  • If you are part of a book club, want to be a part of a book club, and want to start a book club, let Omaha Public Library be your source. Hear about library facilitated book clubs and how the library can help get your book club what it needs. We also have Angela Fernandez book talking 52 Ways to Walk by Annabel Streets.
  • Diversity In Action at the Omaha Public Library. El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, diversity, and reading. Hear about the programs happening at the library. Also, Nicole Hilder talks about the book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.
  • Join the Omaha Public Library as it celebrates the Nebraska Science Fest happening throughout the month of April. Check out what events are happening at your branch by visiting We also have Mark Sorenson giving a book talk on When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo.
  • Common Soil seed packets are available at all Omaha Public Library branches, housed in upcycled wooden card catalogs containing around 115 varieties of flower, herb, and vegetable garden staples. Would-be seed borrowers need only a current Omaha Public Library card to check out up to 15 seed packets (each containing roughly 10 seeds) per calendar month, per cardholder. We then close things out with Erin Duer and a booktalk on The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave.