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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Retirement transition series to be offered at Omaha Public Library

Are you retired, thinking about retiring soon, or simply ready to start planning for life after work? Join Omaha Public Library and Sequent Planning, LLC, an Omaha-based investment advisory and financial planning firm, for a series of retirement transition workshops that will guide you in making the most of your retirement. Experts will be available…
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Programs Will Help to Prepare Omahans for Retirement

Retirement is a dream for most, but getting to it can seem more like a nightmare without sufficient planning and preparation. This is why Omaha Public Library is partnering with Sequent Planning, LLC, an Omaha-based investment advisory and financial planning firm, for the eighth consecutive year to offer programs to help prepare Omahans for retirement. Joe Elsasser, Certified Financial…
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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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Retirement: Teresa Shane

With more than one million new books published each year, collection development specialist Teresa Shane considered her job of helping to build OPL’s adult fiction collection as an art rather than a science. For the past six years, Shane has combined her love of reading with her knowledge of what OPL readers enjoy to help…
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Retirement: Norma Pountney

After spending 18 years working for a communications company, Norma Pountney viewed her future as an opportunity to help people through her work. She volunteered for a variety of organizations, including the Library, and found that she really enjoyed working with and helping people, and the Library suited her well. She decided to attend library…
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