Books, Music & More
Explore this page and find all of our books, music, magazines, DVDs and more, all available to you! Make sure to check out our featured reads if you’re looking for a great new book, or contact our Interlibrary Loan Department for locating materials from libraries around the world.
Free Admission to Local Area Attractions
Fontenelle Forest encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie, and wetlands along the Missouri River and is one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation.
Day passes to Fontenelle Forest are available to borrow. Passes are valid only on the day indicated and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Passes admit 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
Heartland Bcycle is the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the Omaha metro area, with over 60 station locations throughout the metro! Checking out a pass will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips. For a list of stations, please visit the Heartland Bcycle website.
Heartland Bcycle passes are available to borrow. Passes will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Bikes cannot be kept over nights. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.
A family pass to Lauritzen Gardens is available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. The family pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household and is not eligible for any Lauritzen Garden membership benefits other than admission. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes.
Omaha Children’s Museum is the most visited museum in Nebraska and features outstanding interactive permanent exhibits focused on art, science and early childhood education, providing a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events that put children in touch with their ever-changing world.
One-time use passes are available to adult library card holders residing in Council Bluffs, Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, Underwood, or unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A finite number of passes are distributed throughout the year during 3 sessions. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and admit up to 4 individuals. Holds cannot be placed on passes and an individual can only receive one pass per session. Other restrictions may apply.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos, is the ultimate interactive zoo experience and a biological park leading the nation’s conservation efforts. Walk through the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest in North America. Explore exotic locations and underground caves to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. With more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, Omaha’s Zoo is a year-round must-do.
One-time use passes are available to adult library card holders residing in Council Bluffs, Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, Underwood, or unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A finite number of passes are distributed throughout the year during 4 sessions. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and admit up to 2 adults and 6 children. Holds cannot be placed on passes and an individual can only receive one pass per session. Other restrictions may apply.
Letters of NoteMore Staff Picks +
This collection of letters provides an intimate glimpse at the correspondences of some of the most noteworthy and notorious figures in history. Whether it's Queen Elizabeth II providing President Eisenhower with her scones recipe or Mohandas Gandhi pleading with Hitler to choose peace instead of war a month before he invaded Poland, there is bound to be a letter that speaks to you.
A List of CagesMore Staff Picks +
This heart wrenching drama will have you on the edge of your seat, grabbing the tissues and sobbing with grief and relief. Adam discovers that the boy that the school counselor has asked him to track down is Julian -- the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
Wow, no thank youMore Staff Picks +
Another very funny, albeit often earthy and raw, book by Samantha Irby. I enjoy her witty observances, very real descriptions of how she feels about life, and her ability to cut to the chase. Again and again I found myself laughing out loud!
Had I KnownMore Staff Picks +
You may know Barbara Ehrenreich from her book, “Nickel and Dimed,” but she has authored many essays, books, reviews and articles and has received numerous awards for her writings. This book of essays is a great collection of writing on all kinds of social, political, and psychological issues and often give the reader a new way to look at these matters. Some of the essays are very current, and some were written as long ago as 1988. Even though they span decades, you can still find relevance to things going on today.
Some Places More Than OthersMore Staff Picks +
The only thing Amara wants for her 12th birthday is to visit her Dad's family in Harlem, to see where he grew up and spend time with the family she hardly knows. But something happened 12 years ago between Amara's Dad and Grandpa and she doesn't know if it can be fixed. While she tries, she also finds herself on a journey of self-discovery--finding out about her place in her family and in the world.
The Chocolate Maker’s WifeMore Staff Picks +
This book is loaded with topics to discuss! The one that impacted me the most due to our current COVID pandemic, is that the Plague of London 1665 was featured extensively. The book also includes tons of information on the rise of Chocolate popularity, the life and culture of the British in the 1600's, the Fire of London 1666, abuse of women and of Black people, and romance is woven into it all. The book did not catch my attention for about 4 pages, but I'm glad that I persisted, as the plot grew and picked up speed. Brooks, an author from Australia, did tons of research on the time period, people and all of the content that she included! The book is very, very dense with history and content, so it took me a long time to read it, even with all of the time that I had to spare in this time of "shelter in place."
The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneMore Staff Picks +
Edward Tulane is the beloved china rabbit of a young girl named Abilene. When they are separated Edward embarks on an epic journey to the depths of the sea and the top of a garbage heap. But more importantly, he journeys through love and loss and back again. This is a beautifully written story that would be wonderful for an independent reader or as a child/caregiver read aloud.
“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial IdentityMore Staff Picks +
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand why we are still dealing with racism in America. Seeing the problems through the eyes of a psychologist takes away the arguing and lets you decide what to do about it.
How to Raise a ReaderMore Staff Picks +
This is a fantastic book for parents with kids of all ages--it's never too late to help your child love reading! The authors, both of whom work for the NY Times Book Review, provide book recommendations and strategies for showing your kids from birth-teenager the great value and joy that can be found in a good book.
Into Thin AirMore Staff Picks +
We climb with the author up Mount Everest, from the Napal side of the mountain to the top, experiencing the effects of the loss of oxygen and strength as he climbs. Krakauer was writing a piece for the Outsider magazine, about climbing the tallest mountain in the world. This was a sad book to read. I do not understand the drive that exists in these people to climb a mountain, risking their life to complete the challenge! Knowing that you can kill yourself with a slip of a step or a broken rope connection OR due to the various affects that the lack of oxygen can do to the heart and brain, and still pushing to climb is insane, in my personal opinion.