In Memory: April Underwood

In memory of April Underwood, April 13, 1963 – July 26, 2019 “April was stillness, patience and light personified,” said Jaime Ebane, clerk at Millard Branch. Sadly, that light was extinguished too soon when April Underwood, library specialist at Millard Branch, passed away unexpectedly on July 26. Underwood began her career with Omaha Public Library…
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John Davis Retires from OPL

John Davis retired from his position as a school librarian with Bellevue Public Schools in 1999. He worked as school educator for 36 years—the first half as a classroom English and history teacher, and the second half as a librarian. “It was a natural fit,” Davis said, “I always loved books.” Truer words were never…
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Staff Spotlight: Karen Berry

Karen Berry has a long history with OPL. Growing up, she and her siblings visited Benson Branch, and she still can visualize OPL’s Bookmobile pulling into the parking lot of her elementary school for its biweekly visits. Technically, helping escort younger kids to the Bookmobile, stamping library cards and restocking picture books was her first…
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Staff Spotlight: Debra Paris

Of the more than 260 staff members employed by OPL, Youth Library Specialist Debra Paris probably spends the least amount of time in any of OPL’s 12 branches. That’s because Paris works out of the Learning Community Center of North Omaha (LCCNO), as a liaison between OPL and the North Omaha community it serves. The…
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Retirement: Mary Henriksen

Summers are busy for public library staff. Kids on summer break often look for things to do at the library, and librarians work to make sure there’s something for everyone. Adult Services Librarian Mary Henriksen decided that this year was the time to make some summer plans for herself! Henriksen retired after nearly 21 years…
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