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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Retirement: Luella Buse

Luella Buse was hired as a children’s librarian at OPL on July 30, 1992. She worked at the Millard Branch for 2 ½ years before moving to Abrahams Branch for 18 years. From there, she moved to Sorensen Branch, before retiring on June 3 after nearly 25 years of service. Buse graduated from Briar Cliff…
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Retirement Spotlight: JoAnn Prout

Many things have changed since Youth Collection Librarian JoAnn Prout first started working for OPL in 1986 as children’s library specialist. Each morning, when Prout came to work at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, she and her co-worker Patrick Esser would stamp 1,000 due date cards, type paper library cards from the previous day’s applications, and…
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Staff Spotlight: Kris Cram

Kris Kram, teen specialist at A.V. Sorensen Branch, has worked at OPL since September 2006. Working in a library is a natural fit for Kram, as books have called to her throughout her life. As a young child, she was a voracious reader, and volunteered in libraries during high school and college. “Books have always…
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