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All ages are encouraged to participate in the free annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha Public Library (OPL)!  This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales,” meaning there will be plenty of activities featuring fun animals and fantastic stories.

Emily Getzschman took the time to talk with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about the program and how to get involved. 

SRP takes place June 1-July 31.  To learn more about it and register at your local branch, go to omahalibrary.org, or by call 402-444-4800. 

View of Wendy Red Star's installation in the Joslyn's Riley CAP Gallery. Tables with hand-cut photos are on opposite walls. American flag bunting hangs from the tables and ceiling. Another table in front of a photo of a mountain sits at the far end
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke, born 1981), The Indian Congress, 2021, mixed media installation at Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE). Photo: Colin Conces

 

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The Omaha Public Library has been able to open all 12 of its branches, curbside pickup service is still available, as are many other services offered by the library. 

Marketing Manager of the Omaha Public Library, Emily Getzschman, joined Mike Hogan in a two-part "Live & Local" chat to catch us up on all the latest news from our largest repository of knowledge and entertainment.  She also gives her personal book recommendations!

For more information or to join the library, https://omahalibrary.org/

Photo of Kassandra Montag, woman in black dress against black background
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Nebraska is the most landlocked state in the country. In “After the Flood,” this year’s Omaha Reads selection, that's a good thing. Nebraska author Kassandra Montag imagines a world overtaken by floodwater. When her Nebraska home floods, Myra flees with her young daughter Pearl. They sail the seas looking for Pearl’s older sister, who was kidnapped by their father before Pearl was born.

Omaha Public Library (OPL) closed on March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and remained closed due to City of Omaha budget concerns.  Following the approval of CARES Act funding by the state and county, Mayor Jean Stothert announced on August 25 that libraries may reopen.

Emily Getzschman, Marketing and Media Relations Manager for OPL, discusses the phased reopening which begins Monday, Sept. 21st with Mike Hogan.  Library branches that have been providing curbside service will suspend curbside operations between Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 to prepare for reopening.  Curbside services will resume at all branches during normal operating hours.

Following reopening, OPL branches will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Three branch locations (Millard Branch, Milton R. Abrahams Branch and W. Dale Clark Main Library) will offer Sunday hours, 1-5 p.m., upon reopening.  Masks will be required for all OPL visitors until further notice.

  • Monday, Sept. 21: Five branches will open.
    • Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, 402-289-4367
    • Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
    • Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
    • Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
    • Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
  • Monday, Sept. 28: Three additional branches will open.
  • The opening dates for the remaining four branches will be announced at a later time.

Book drops will open as branches reopen beginning Sept. 21, and items checked out will resume normal due dates.  Items checked out during OPL’s closure will be due for return on Oct. 19.  Items placed on hold shelves in the branches prior to Oct. 1 that are waiting to be picked up will expire and be made available to other patrons on Oct. 15. 

Meeting and study rooms will not be available for reservation for the foreseeable future.  Computers will be available for public use, however, due to physical distancing, there will be fewer computers available.

As more information becomes available, OPL will provide updates on its website, omahalibrary.org, as well as through its social media channels and email. Library staff will also be available to answer questions at 402-444-4800 or through ask.omahalibrary.org.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library.

The Omaha Public Library has suffered through the pandemic, like everyone else.  And while closed to internal visitors, the library has been lending books by providing some limited curbside service.  Before the CARES Act money to the library was announced, Emily Getzschman joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the procedures and to give her recommendations for some very interesting books!

More information, including which branches will be reopening and when, is available at omahalibrary.org.

Omaha Public Libraries To Gradually Reopen This Month

Sep 2, 2020

The City of Omaha is opening some of it's libraries.  The city says five branches across the city will open September 21st.  It comes after Douglas County and the state of Nebraska funneled 60-million dollars in federal CARES Act money to Omaha to cover budget shortages caused by COVID-19.  The city says it wants to open three more libraries on September 28th, with the remaining four coming at a later date. All 12 Omaha library branches have been closed since March.

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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said yesterday that Douglas County may be moving soon to restrict crowds to less than 50 people.  Large events like Saint Patrick's Day activities scheduled for Tuesday are a concern because of potential coronavirus exposure.  The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced it will be closed through the end of the month starting today, and Stothert said the city's public libraries and community centers are also closing immediately.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will celebrate literacy and raise dollars for Omaha Public Library through its noted event, Between the Lines.  So, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will welcome author and journalist Elaine Weiss, whose 2018 book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, offers an engaging and historic narrative of the days leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.  Granting women the right to vote proved to be a difficult effort, to say the least.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification. 

Wendy Townley, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library Foundation, checked into the KIOS-FM studios for a "Live & Local" segment with Mike Hogan to talk about the foundation, the mission of the library, and the timely importance of this fundraising event.

More information can be found at omahalibraryfoundation.org

Omaha Public Library (OPL) buys new books on a daily basis.  How do they choose which ones to purchase?  Do you have a say in which books are bought, after all it's your library, too?!?

OPL's Collection Development Librarian, Melanie Schultz, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the process and to talk about some new books that may be of interest to you and are available to the public for checkout. 

The complete list of the discussed "new favorites" is below.

More information can be found at omahalibrary.org

Omaha Public Library (OPL) has prepared a list of top circulating titles from 2019.  Additionally, OPL staff have selected over 100 favorite titles from last year, the 2019 Top Shelf, and shared brief reviews at topshelf.omahalibrary.org.  You can find these selections and more at omahalibrary.org.

And there's so much more going on at your public library, including nominations being accepted for the 'Omaha Reads' program.  Marketing & Media Relations Manager, Emily Getzschman, swings by the studios at 33rd and Burt to help Mike Hogan "check out" what's new in the library and all the different activities available.

Omaha Reads is a campaign, from the Omaha Public Library, to promote literacy and provide the city with a common theme to discuss.  One book is selected each year and celebrated with book discussions, author visits and related programs and events.  The selection for 2019 is author Ted Genoways' "This Blessed Earth." 

OPL Readers & Writers Librarian Erin Duerr stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits of the library, and the future of this important public service.  

You can see Ted Genoways on Sunday, October 13, from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at The Durham Museum.  Registration is required as seats are limited.

More information and registration is available at https://omaha.bibliocommons.com/events/5d4c312b4edda74f00072ed2?_ga=2.93173208.433001059.1568137033-738353672.1568137033

Everyone is invited to participate in the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha  Public Library (OPL)!  With great reads and free activities for all ages, OPL can help keep the entire family engaged throughout the summer, and help to keep kids’ minds sharp while they are out of school.

Join OPL for kickoff celebrations at OPL locations on May 31 and June 1. The fun begins at W. Dale Clark Main Library (215 S. 15th St.) and Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch (2100 Reading Plz.) on Friday and continues on Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m., at all other OPL branch locations.  Enjoy activities inside and outside the library at these fabulous kick-off parties – games, crafts, food and more!

Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for Omaha Public Library, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the program, the many goods and services available at the library for FREE!

More information can be found at www.omahalibrary.org

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer a series of free workshops for new small business owners and those who dream of starting their own business.  Participants will evaluate their readiness to start a business and learn the basics of running a small business effectively, including budgeting, pricing goods and services, utilizing social media and other marketing techniques to help grow their business, and securing federal contracts.

"Live & Local" sits down with Nick Engert from the Omaha Public Library to discuss the program and the resources the library has for everyone.  For more information, visit www.omahalibrary.org.

"The Hate U Give" will kick off a season of literary and issue discussions hosted at several Omaha Public Library facilities.  Marketing Director Emily Getzschaman stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan.  More information can be found at www.OmahaLibrary.org  

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Omaha Public Library

Aug 30, 2018

The Omaha Public Library plans a number of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th. 

Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for OPL says a bilingual story time will be held at three branches – South Omaha, Abrahams and Washington – featuring English and Spanish stories, music, crafts and movement.

Getzschman says fiestas are another highlight of the month’s events.