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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Family History Month

OPL offers year-round opportunities to begin or continue researching family history using its extensive genealogy resources, such as MyHeritage, Ancestry Library Edition, Omaha Star Digital Archives, and the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Omaha World-Herald Digital Archive. “There are so many resources available at the library for discovering one’s family history,” said Genealogy and…
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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: 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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