Books and other materials
Our collection of approximately 8,000 items includes fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. Most items are available for checkout; the rest are available for in-library use. We also have videos on DVD and audio books on CD. As of Oct. 1, 2014, we also have ebooks and digital audio books through OVERDRIVE (click on the OVERDRIVE link, at right).
Click on the “CATALOG” link to explore the catalog, and go to the “USING THE CATALOG” page for directions.
For information about new materials, search the blog entries on the “HOME” page for “new materials.”
For those interested in local history and genealogy, we have old local newspapers and a heritage collection of memoirs and other items by local authors and fiction and nonfiction by Nebraska writers or about Nebraska and the region.
A “swap” rack of constantly changing paperbacks is available even when the library is closed, in the foyer just outside the library door. Anyone may take books from this rack and leave books on it for others.
Interlibrary Loan is available, too. If we don’t have the item you need, just ask. We can arrange for another library to send it to us for you. (You will pay for return postage.)
Reference Help is available, of course. ASK THE LIBRARIAN — in person or by phone or email (see the “CONTACT US” page) — and we’ll do our best to locate the information and items you’re looking for.
Library computer service includes 24/7 WI-FI and four computers for public use. They are connected to printers. Installed software includes OpenOffice, an Open Systems alternative to MS Office which reads and saves files in compatible formats. The librarians are happy to provide directions and assistance. One-on-one instruction can be arranged.
Programs for children and youth
The Summer Reading Program runs for 6 weeks in the summer, from late May through June. On Wednesdays from 1-3 pm, the program offers Special Events – some indoor and some outdoor activities – to engage and entertain young people ages 3 through junior high which meet in the nearby Senior Center to accommodate the large number of participants.
Junior and Senior High School students participate as Teen Volunteers, helping the younger kids with crafts and outdoor safety, and leading Story Hours. Summer reading activities continue throughout the week – crafts, discussion groups, computer games, and story hours, with awards for reading and participating. See the “SUMMER READING” page for details about this year’s and previous programs, sign-up packets, and old photos. See the “HOME” page for updates on current activities.
Special services for adults
As often as possible, we want to offer special services for adults. Please help us by suggesting services we can offer or by putting us in touch with those who can partner with us in this effort.
For example, we show DVDs at the Senior Center several times a month and offer check-in and check-out services there on those days. In cooperation with Saunders County Senior Services, we have offered help for seniors signing up for Medicare Part D. In cooperation with other agencies, we can host tests for job applicants, sessions of income tax advice, and other sorts of help.
The Library Store offers books and other items at extremely low cost.
Faxing and photocopying are available for small fees.