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.
Theft by FindingMore Staff Picks +
David Sedaris’ books are favorites of mine. Several of his books are in the style of epistolary writing. This books is as well and consists of his diaries over a span of nearly 30 years. The diary entries are his usual somewhat humorous style of dry and ironic tales—often sad, although you will still laugh. I always get his books on audio because you absolutely have to have him as the narrator to enjoy his work. If you are a fan, you’ll find this the perfect antidote to help you endure any kind of dreary and boring day that you might otherwise be having.
Dark Age – Fifth in the Red Rising SeriesMore Staff Picks +
He broke the chains. Then he broke the world…. A decade ago Darrow led a revolution, and laid the foundations for a new world. Now he’s an outlaw. Cast out of the very Republic he founded, with half his fleet destroyed, he wages a rogue war on Mercury. Outnumbered and outgunned, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will he become the very evil he fought to destroy?
To Night Owl from DogfishMore Staff Picks +
This book is a modern-day twist on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Parent Trap (original Haley Mills, not the remake with Lindsay Lohan!). Avery and Bett are the daughters of single gay dads who have fallen in love. They are first pushed together and later torn a part. Then the tables turn and they are covertly pushing their parents together! This is a sweet story of friendship and of families that are built with the people we choose.
StonerMore Staff Picks +
It’s rather rare to find a novel so well-written and compelling that it stays with you long after you’ve finished. I read about this book in an article in the Rotarian magazine. The columnist mentioned the book as one he continues to read over and over because of its many layers and how he has a different experience every time he reads it. If character development in a book something you like, I highly recommend “Stoner.”
Last One HomeMore Staff Picks +
Wow, the last pages brought me to tears, but I won't tell you how it ends! Macomber brings together the stories of the three Palmer sisters. Being an abused wife, Cassie fights for her survival, sanity and family with determination. Receiving a grant from Habitat for Humanity and meeting Steve throws her world topsy-turvy. Getting a phone call from her sister about inheriting some of her parents' furniture, and reconnecting her to her sisters "puts the icing on the cake!"
The Seven Longest YardsMore Staff Picks +
He was told he'd never walk again. She was losing hope that she'd ever feel whole again. This is their miraculous true story of defying the impossible.
Spinning SilverMore Staff Picks +
Spinning Silver is a subversive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin which follows the lives of three women of different social standings. Set in a fantastical world much like 17th Century Eastern Europe, our story weaves together myth and fairy tale to tell us about the power of fate and choice. This is a must read for fans of Robin McKinley or Sarah J. Maas.
BullMore Staff Picks +
A novel in verse, this twist on the myth of Theseus and Minotaur is a must read for not only fans of Greek myths but also fans of Hamilton and Hadestown. Elliott does a fantastic job of giving each character their own voice through the use of various types of prose. This hilarious, quick, read is a must for anyone interested in creative retellings.
On the Come UpMore Staff Picks +
Thomas writes with the authentic voice of urban youth through Bri. This sixteen-year-old with big dreams of being a hip hop star just wants to help her family. Getting credit for her own talent seems impossible as she lives in the shadow of her deceased father, a rap legend. Empty cupboards, unemployment, and racism are hurdles that sixteen-year-olds should never have to face. When she channels her frustrations into her music, the effect propels her into a spotlight she isn't ready to deal with.
Lake of the Ozarks: my surreal summers in a vanishing AmericaMore Staff Picks +
NY Times bestselling author Bill Geist gives us a witty "coming of age" type of memoir chronicling his summers during high school and college, working at the Arrowhead Lodge on the Lake of the Ozarks. In the 1960s, the Lake of the Ozarks, while a destination for many Midwesterners, hadn't really been commercialized like it is now, which gives us a somewhat romantic picture of the way things were "back then."