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.
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.
Almost InterestingMore Staff Picks +
This is a hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian, and SNL alumni, David Spade! It starts by taking fans back to his childhood and on his rough road to fame. It also covers his years on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, which was my favorite! David is sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack! I laughed out loud listening, I hope you do, too!
SadieMore Staff Picks +
One dead girl, one older sister with a heart saddled up for revenge, and the podcast journalist tasked with solving the mystery take you on an audiobook ride that will keep you sitting in your car just so you can hear the next part. This story is told in the format of a podcast. Sadie is heart wrenching, riveting, and deeply important. Read it for all of the Sadie's who go unnoticed all around us.
The Matchmakers of Minnow BayMore Staff Picks +
Lily, a young artist, is at a rough point in her life -- painting doldrums, evicted from her apartment, and struggling to survive, only to find that she is married (one of Vegas weekends ten years ago) and life is a mess! Enter Minnow Bay, Wisconsin, in the dead of winter, and some life changing discoveries. I loved the flow of this book, the balance of conversation and setting, as well as the "heat" of romance when two people are in conflict and yet attracted to each other.
Vacationland : True Stories from Painful BeachesMore Staff Picks +
John Hodgman comes to a profound understanding in his latest book: if the realization in your forties that you no longer "have potential" but are instead a fully grown, fully mortal adult doesn't shock you to death, a dip into the liquid nitrogen-esque waters of Maine just might. Hop-scotching through meaningful moments from early adulthood through middle age, Hodgman shares with readers the wisdom he earned the hard way, or, at least, the odd way. Sometimes wistful, sometimes acerbic, always smart and hilarious, the true-life tales of this author are worth taking the plunge.
Everybody’s got SomethingMore Staff Picks +
I don't read many non-fiction books, but this one was special for two reasons: I am a total Good Morning America/Robin Roberts fan and loved reading about the staff and what happens behind the camera/off camera AND Robin's fight with cancer, twice. I, too, am a breast cancer survivor, so to learn that some of the chemo treatments that she had, created the second and worse round of MDS cancer, really resonated with me. I learned so much information about bone marrow transplants, as well as was inspiration in her words and in her fight to beat the cancer. Her faith, family and friends guided and encouraged her in her darkest moments to have the strength to keep fighting. I'm glad that I stepped out of my "fiction zone" to read her biography.
The NeighborsMore Staff Picks +
The Neighbors is a picture book about a young girl who lives on the 7th floor of an apartment building. As she climbs the stairs each day, she imagines the lives of each apartment's occupants by looking at the decorations outside the doors. Her imagination is full of detail and the illustrations prove it! This was a very fun book.
Daughters of the BrideMore Staff Picks +
While getting mom ready for her late-in-life wedding, three daughters go through personal decisions on their own romantic relationships. Divorce, broken engagements and low self esteem all are stumbling blocks to "happy ever after." And then there are the family secrets that are never talked about, until relationships come to a boil. The book includes a few recipes in the back for foods with "Drunken Red-nosed Honeybee" honey.
Best of My LoveMore Staff Picks +
When you have been hurt one too many times, it is hard to build trust and find love. How do you overcome this problem? You go into a male/female "FRIENDSHIP" with a promise of keeping it a friendship! Does it work - Yes; Does it stay a friendship only - No! The setting is in California, and the blend of tasty bakery pastries, a dog and some outdoor adventures turn this friendship into romance.
Once upon a wineMore Staff Picks +
Romance is in the Delaware air, for mom and for her two daughters. In a "bucket list" decision by mom, a winery is bought, though none of them knows a thing about growing grapes. But their bumbling at it doesn't stop them from becoming a success. Strawberries, and grapes, and rusty old tractor all help the romances grow.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas BookstoreMore Staff Picks +
How does the suicide of a homeless man in a bookstore connect with the horror of being a child hiding in a home mass murder? This author weaves these two events together in small steps that keep you guessing until the final chapter!