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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.
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.
The Polygamist’s Daughter: a memoirMore Staff Picks +
After reading "Under the Banner of Heaven," by Jon Krakauer, and "The 19th Wife" by David Ebershoff, both good reads, I thought this book might be similar. I was disappointed though, to find that it fell short of being either well-written or well-researched. The book lacks substance and seems to elaborate on some insignificant memories to fill up the pages.
Passenger (Passenger, #1)More Staff Picks +
Etta Spencer is about to walk onto the stage for a performance of a lifetime. Her whole life has led up to this moment. When she is pushed through a strange glimmering doorway, her lifetime of practice and status as a musical prodigy is left behind. Her life intersects with a young man who is off limits to her in his time. The secrets he harbors threaten to create more barriers to the future only Etta dares to hope for. Fans of time travel will adore the tale that is capable of sucking the reader into another series. Full of questions without answers, inter-racial relationships, love and mystery tug at the heart and intellect.
Wicked MortalsMore Staff Picks +
All of us thrill to scary stories. We cannot leave them alone. Over and over again, we peer into the dark places seeking monsters, creatures, sources of evil. We know instinctively that these alien forces threaten our safety and everything we love. We tell these stories as warnings to keep our guard up against the darkness outside. But what if it isn't outside? What if it hides in someone you know? Or the person looking back at you from the mirror? And, most terrifying of all, what if the scariest part of the stories is that they're true? This collection of tales is taken from the monstrously successful Lore podcast, which began in 2015 and as of October 2017 had an audience of five million seriously creeped out devotees. Even on paper Mahnke's storytelling style is inviting and empathetic. (It practically begs for a campfire and wolf howling in what you hope is the distance.) Worryingly, the author suffers no shortage of material, from serial killers to magicians to folk healing gone hideously wrong. All too tragic. All too human. All too possible...Anyone else want to turn on all the lights and hide under a blankie?
Dear Bob and SueMore Staff Picks +
Let's take a romp through 58 National Parks! Karen and Matthew Smith did just that and while on their tour, they emailed their adventures back to their friends, Bob and Sue. While the Smiths may not be exceptional writers, there is humor, history, some science and a whole lot of useful information that is good to know if you are thinking of visiting any of our National parks.
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought ThemMore Staff Picks +
After reading Jennifer Wright's book about plagues throughout history, I am convinced of three things: 1. Microbes are terrifying and I may never leave the house again...except they're in the house, too. Oh, dear. 2. Walter Jackson Freeman II was unassailably the worst person in history. 3. Human beings have limitless capacity for callousness when we're afraid and a limitless capacity for altruism when we choose to stand together. An illness that compelled people to dance until their bones poked through their feet? Check. An epidemic that killed 90% of an indigenous population in a few years? Check. A man who "cured" child rebelliousness via lobotomies performed with an ice pick? Check. (And ewwww!) But this book inspires more than if-you-need-me-I'll-be-under-the-bed dread. Lepers' lives made bearable because of one man's kindness? Yep. Millions of Americans uniting to end polio? Done. An Englishman founding a No-Nosed Club so that syphilis suffers felt less ostracized? That happened, too. Wright reports these events with clarity, compassion, and a large dose of wry humor. (Her response to the story of a dying Meso-American forgoing heaven because his disease-carrying Spanish conquerors would be there: "Sick burn, Cuban guy. Nicely done. High five across time and space.") After reading how easily disease can destroy civilizations and how it has been vanquished, I hope that when the next plague hits we choose to be heroes.
The Invention of WingsMore Staff Picks +
Because I visited the Charleston, SC area in early June, I was very interested in this historical novel, based on the lives of the Grimke sisters and their role in the Abolitionist Movement. The story is extremely well-told and captivating from the first sentence. The reading actors on the CD version are exceptional and I highly recommend listening to the audio of this book.
PatienceMore Staff Picks +
Jack's life falls apart after his pregnant wife, Patience, is murdered in a seemingly random act of violence. Decades later, Jack discovers a way to travel through time and begins to uncover the sad details of Patience's life that led to her death and pledges to stop her murderer before it happens again.
Visit Sunny ChernobylMore Staff Picks +
Let journalist and filmmaker Andrew Blackwell be your tour guide to some of the most polluted places on Earth. Whether its radiation, oil, or garbage polluting the environments he visits, Blackwell is there to document his travels for the reader.
Complete StoriesMore Staff Picks +
This book contains all of Kurt Vonnegut's short stories from 1941-2007 and includes a handful that were never published. This is a must-read for anyone that is a fan of Vonnegut and this compilation fully showcases his wit and humor.
On TyrannyMore Staff Picks +
Timothy Snyder has done extensive research into totalitarian states (Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia) and has learned a thing or two in regards to how they form. In this book he analyzes the conditions and events that allowed tyrants such as Hitler and Stalin to rise to power. He then lays out 20 fundamental lessons designed to resist tyranny.