Omaha Reads

Pink and blue book cover reading "After the Flood, a novel, Kassandra Montag"
Courtesy of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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) 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

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