OPL Annual Report 2021

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An avid young reader poses with their recent checkouts from Millard Branch on September 22, 2021.


Omaha Public Library

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Just when we thought there weren’t any surprises left after 2020, this year provided a whole new series of opportunities, issues and challenges for the board to thoughtfully consider.


We approached the second year of COVID-19 with cautious optimism. All 12 Omaha Public Library branches had reopened following a closure in 2020, and staff members were making strides in providing safe service to patrons. They carefully worked toward opening meeting and study rooms, increasing computer time, and inviting patrons back into branches for in-person programming. Several branches implemented facilities improvements throughout the year, including new flooring at Millard and W. Clarke Swanson branches, new book drop boxes at A.V. Sorensen and Willa Cather branches, and a new storytime space at W. Dale Clark Main Library. The board voted to permanently eliminate daily overdue fines in March 2021 as a way to alleviate barriers to using the library and to encourage patrons to return library materials without fear of punitive action. Midway through the year, interest in OPL’s facilities master plan motivated many community members to speak in support of the library. The board was presented with measures to help advance the facilities plan. The first opportunity came through a resolution to explore a proposal for a potential new central library in partnership with Heritage Omaha. Soon thereafter, Mayor Jean Stothert announced that W. Dale Clark Main Library would be relocated per the 2017 facilities plan recommendation that Main Library be replaced with a smaller, more efficient neighborhood branch. All of this happened simultaneously with the development of a new strategic plan. More than ever, we heard from our community about what they’d like to see in OPL programs and services, as well as facilities. We appreciate every person who participated in a forum or board meeting, completed a survey, or sent an email. We understand that change is difficult, and we feel confident that we can position OPL for the future while honoring what people love about their libraries today. Many changes are yet to come, and we encourage Omaha and Douglas County residents to stay informed and engaged. This is a special time to create libraries to meet the evolving needs of the people who call this community home, and we want you to be a part of it.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mike Kennedy President Keegan Korf Vice President Jen Rae Wang Treasurer

John R. Barrett Cameron Gales Keith Lutz Tulani Grundy Meadows Rochelle Mullen Kristin Williams

YEAR IN REVIEW 3 A young patron uses the children’s computers at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch on September 23, 2021.


Digital Downloads

Items Borrowed

Library Visits

Library Members

Website Visits

Desktop Computer Sessions

(audiobooks, books & videos)







$14,863,051 $2,326,500 $330,364 $13,496

Personnel Collections Facilities* Technology Summer Reading Program Other operating expenses Outreach & programs Staff support

REVENUE City of Omaha (General Fund) Douglas County Omaha Public Library Foundation Fees


(copies, fax, research, printing, lost/damaged items)

State aid, etc. Friends of Omaha Public Library Other grants and income


$176,246 $60,139 $393,050



$11,100,400 $1,758,621 $1,260,645 $846,456 $41,094 $1,414,978 $89,960 $16,350


*Facilities administration and maintenance labor are accounted for under personnel.


OPL ceased to charge daily fines on overdue materials after closing its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon OPL’s reopening in September 2020, the board of trustees voted to continue waiving daily overdue fines until library operations returned to normal, without restrictions due to Directed Health Measures or capacity limits. During their monthly meeting on March 18, 2021, the board unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to eliminate daily overdue fines permanently. The action was retroactive, thereby waiving existing daily overdue fines on library accounts. The elimination of daily overdue fines intends to alleviate A patron checks out their selections at barriers to using the library and to encourage patrons to A.V. Sorensen Branch on May 7, 2021. return library materials without fear of punitive action. Other fees associated with the replacement of missing items (not returned after 21 days overdue) or damaged materials are still enforced. “Overdue fines only accounted for a fraction of a percent of OPL’s overall budget,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “This change will not adversely affect OPL’s budget, but it will help to the ease the burden of an additional expense during a time when many people are working to restore normalcy to their lives.”

SUMMER READING PROGRAM The 2021 Summer Reading Program (SRP) celebrated the theme “Tails and Tales,” and offered fun stories and fantastic programs featuring animals all summer long! All ages participated by reading or listening to a book for 10 hours between June 1 and July 31. Kids and teens received a book just for signing up, and earned additional rewards at OPL branch locations once they completed their goals. For the second year in a row, the free, educational and entertaining programs that typically take place at OPL branches and in the community each summer took place virtually. OPL presented live storytimes from locations “Out & About,” and offered opportunities to meet interesting animals, make creative crafts, solve escape room puzzles, join online book clubs, and so much more. Overall, 14,912 people participated in SRP, logging over 156,000 hours of reading! More than 59 percent of participants completed their SRP An OPL librarian films the Chalco Hills Out & About Online Live Storytime on June 14, 2021. goals. The Omaha Storm Chasers sponsored attendance for kids and teens who completed their goals during two baseball games in August. Thank you to SRP presenting sponsor, the Richard Brooke Foundation, and many other generous sponsors who helped make the program possible.

June 1, 2021 | Oba William King Known as “The Poetic Storyteller,” Oba William King presented a program using rhythmic drumming and rhyme to showcase African folktales and poetry in the tradition of the African Griot. More than 85 people attended this allages program to help kick off OPL’s annual Summer Reading Program.

July 30, 2021 | Dan Gutman As a finale to the annual Summer Reading Program, author Dan Gutman – best known for the popular series, “My Weird School,” as well as “The Baseball Card Adventures” series – presented to a group of 33 participants. Gutman spoke about how he got started writing, his books and the writing process. He answered questions from the audience and shared a chapter from one of his new books.

August 5, 2021 | Timothy Schaffert In celebration of his new novel, “The Perfume Thief,” Nebraska author Timothy Schaffert joined 44 participants and OPL Adult Services Manager Amy Mather for a conversation about his latest work. Schaffert read from his book and answered questions from the audience about everything from his writing process to who he would cast in a film based on his book.

September 2, 2021 Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar Co-authors and Omahanatives Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar joined nearly 100 participants for a discussion about their book, “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey.” Much of the book is set in Omaha, and provides a unique perspective to the way local participants may experience our community. The authors are sisters who shared several family stories and answered questions from participants about some of their favorite places in Omaha.

December 11, 2021 | Juliette Wells As part of the annual Jane Austen Tea, Juliette Wells presented, “Looking at Emma Woodhouse with 21st-Century Eyes.” Wells is an author, editor, and Jane Austen scholar, as well as an Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English in the Center for the Humanities at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Nearly 65 people attended this popular event.

December 16, 2021 | Lauren Tarshis Lauren Tarshis, author of the popular “I Survived” series for kids, spoke to 120 participants about her struggles with reading as a child and shared her approach to researching the historical periods in which she sets her books. Ten signed copies of the author’s books were raffled during the event, much to the delight of the winning attendees.


OPL hosted seven accomplished and award-winning authors in 2021. These virtual events provide attendees with opportunities to hear from well-known authors and learn more about them and their writing process.



OMAHA READS 6 Authors Lacey Lamar (left) and Amber Ruffin discuss their book during a virtual author visit on September 2, 2021.

OMAHA READS Each year, OPL encourages the community to vote for and read one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire discussion among Omaha and Douglas County residents. The selection is celebrated with book talks and other related programming. The 2021 Omaha Reads selection was “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism,” by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar. The book is a New York Times bestseller that tackles modern-day racism with a balance of levity and gravity. The authors are sisters and both originally from Omaha. Ruffin now lives in New York and hosts “The Amber Ruffin Show.” Lamar still lives in Nebraska and shares stories about

everything from racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, and from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman. These absurd anecdotes illustrate everyday experiences of racism with humor and heart. Patrons had the opportunity to get involved with Omaha Reads by checking out the book, participating in a program, and discussing the book with friends, family and neighbors. The authors joined OPL for a virtual visit and Q&A session as part of the campaign. The book was checked out 1,142 times during the campaign, and more than 115 people attended online events.

OPL staff worked with a consultant to gather input from internal committees and the public to help create a new vision for library services. In October 2021, a series of community forums took place at different library branches throughout the city. Participants expressed their ideas, hopes and vision for the future of OPL, and heard from others in the community who are passionate about their libraries. Feedback was also collected through a survey.


During summer 2021, OPL staff began work on a new strategic plan to help guide library services over the next three to five years. OPL’s previous strategic plan was created more than 10 years ago, and much has changed in the world and our community since that time. Developing a new strategic plan provided OPL with an opportunity to evaluate how to meet community needs and create goals to help it become the best library system for Omaha and Douglas County residents.



Results from the input-gathering phase were analyzed to help answer what our community prioritizes for its library system and to develop strategic goals to address those priorities. These goals create benchmarks for advancement in the areas of collections, literacy and technology with major facilities changes on the horizon. A strategic plan draft was presented to the OPL board of trustees in spring 2022.

ADVANCING OPL’S FACILITIES MASTER PLAN Downtown Branch & Library Administrative Branch On November 23, 2021, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced the intent to relocate OPL’s downtown library from 215 S. 15th St., to 1401 Jones St., and library administrative offices to a An the vision for a An artist’s artist’s rendering rendering illustrates of the building at 1401 former Shopko at 84th & Frederick streets. These moves are new branch at 1401 Jones Jonesdowntown Street showcases the vision for Street. a new the first steps toward implementing priorities established in OPL’s downtown branch. 2010 and 2017 facilities master plan. The plans recommended that W. Dale Clark Main Library be replaced with a smaller, more efficient downtown branch. The new downtown library branch will revitalize a building that was originally constructed in 1912, and served as a creamery throughout most of its existence.

Central Library During their November 2021 board meeting, the OPL board of trustees approved a resolution to work “jointly with Heritage Services, the City of Omaha, and other community stakeholders to create a plan for enhancing existing and creating new public library spaces and programming for the benefit of all citizens of Omaha.” This commitment created a foundation for the exploration of a potential new central library. “A new central library provides OPL with an opportunity to welcome its patrons at an accessible location, offering services they value and expect, while incoporating flexibility and technology that will help meet their needs well into the future,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. Updates on major facilities projects, relevant documents, and related news can be found at omahalibrary.org/facilities-projects.

2021 Board Members FRIENDS 8

Brian Overton President Jeanne Spence Past President Jess Winter Treasurer Barb Nielson Secretary Carol Ebdon, Ph.D. Polly Goecke Matt Hill Meghan Hope Mary Gallagher Jansen, MD Alice Lindsay Margaret Pope Mary Ann Sturek

Friends of Omaha Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to raising money for the library, providing volunteers, and promoting the library to the greater community. Volunteer members raise funds with book sales at W. Clarke Swanson Branch on the first Saturday of each month and every Thursday. They also raise funds through internet book sales, memberships, and donations to benefit OPL, its patrons, and the larger Omaha community. In 2021, book sales resumed in June, after suspending in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Despite only being able to offer six months of book sales, the Friends accounted for 5,179 hours of volunteer service and generated more than $72,450 in online and in-person book sale revenue. Learn more about becoming a Friend at friendsomahalibrary.org.

2021 Highlights

Beatrix Gallagher places first out of 163 fifth-grade entries in the Virginia Frank Writing Contest.

Hayden Blaney places second out of 75 seventhgrade entries in the Virginia Frank Writing Contest.

The Friends board of directors presented OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane and OPL staff with the Special Friends Award, recognizing their service and dedication to the mission of the Friends. A statement from the board said, “The recipients of our Special Friends Award are more than just friends. They are our warriors in this pandemic…They are the very soul of Omaha Public Library.”

The Friends recognized 12 young people for their excellence in writing. Winning students in grades 5-8 received certificates of achievement and cash prizes as part of the annual Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest. School libraries where those students attend received matching cash prizes. Students wrote a short piece of original fiction featuring a character from a book they had read on their own. The Friends received 540 entries, representing 86 Douglas and Sarpy County schools across 20 districts and 41 ZIP codes. Winning stories are featured at omahalibrary.org/virginia-frankmemorial-writing-contest.

OPLF also raises funds for OPL special projects as needed. It is responsive to the library’s priorities each year and provides OPL with flexibility that publicly-funded entities often lack. For the last several years, for example, OPLF has increased its collections support to OPL in order to supplement the number of books for young readers that are on the shelves during the busy summer months. The books purchased remain available year round. Expansion of OPL’s collections was again the focus for 2021. This includes funding for physical books available in OPL’s 12 branches, along with eBooks and downloadable audiobooks accessible through omahalibrary.org. OPLF exceeded its 2021 fundraising goal of $130,000 for collections. OPLF welcomed author Yaa Gyasi to Omaha for its annual fundraiser. Hosted at Temple Israel for guests both in-person and virtually, Between the Lines raised $42,000 for OPL. Private dollars raised each year offer an opportunity for patrons to create lasting memories: attending a program (virtual or in-person), chatting about books with their favorite library staff member, hearing from a local expert, meeting an author, grabbing seeds for their summer garden, and more.

Ex Officio Members Mike Kennedy OPL Board of Trustees President Laura Marlane OPL Executive Director

Foundation Staff Wendy Townley Executive Director Sandra Lyden Grants & Donor Relations Manager

Unrestricted grants allow OPLF to make timely decisions about how to best allocate funds to maximize its impact – and OPL’s – in any given year. At OPLF, staff and volunteers have been encouraged and inspired by the outpouring of community support – financial and otherwise – for OPL from so many. Raising private dollars for OPL has been our proudest achievement since we opened our doors in 1985. It’s the only work we know, and it’s the work we do best.

Author Yaa Gyasi (left) speaks with OPLF Board President Jo Giles at the annual Between the Lines fundraiser on October 5, 2021.

Dick Kelley, a founding member of the OPLF board of directors and former member of the OPL board of trustees, received the 2021 Barbara Bock-Mavis Leadership Award at the fundraiser. Kelley attended the event with his daughter, Beth Smith.

As of printing, OPLF’s 2021 audit was pending. These totals were submitted by OPLF staff. For more information, call (402) 444-4589.

Total Revenue


Expenditures Direct library contributions Development Administration & office expenses Total

$485,897 $240,272 $56,333 $782,502


Since 1985, the mission of the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) has been to raise funds and advocate for OPL. In that time, it has funded a majority of OPL’s programming through contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Jo Giles President Tina Lonergan Vice President Dave Moline Treasurer Mark McMillan Secretary Katie Bruno Traci Hancock Ralph Kellogg Jeff Kosse Mary O’Donohue


2021 Board Members


FINANCIAL GIFTS January 1–December 31, 2021 Memorial and honorarium gifts are recognized in OPL’s quarterly Connect newsletter throughout the year. Thank you, donors! Your support of the Omaha Public Library Foundation makes a difference. $100,000+ Claire M. Hubbard Foundation The Sherwood Foundation


$50,000+ Holland Foundation $30,000+ Anonymous Peter Kiewit Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation $20,000+ Hawks Foundation Lozier Foundation The Adah & Leon Millard Foundation Sokolof Foundation in Memory of Richard Rosinsky Webster Family Foundation Weitz Family Foundation $15,000+ Anonymous Baumstark Giving Account Richard Brooke Foundation The Heider Family Foundation Pacific Life Foundation Amy L. Scott Family Foundation $10,000+ Collective for Youth Cox Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Foundation Friendship Program Michael & Deana Liddy Dan & Tina Lonergan Mammel Family Foundation Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation Gilbert C. Swanson Foundation $5,000+ Clifton B. & Anne Stuart Batchelder Foundation Bluestem Prairie Foundation Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Richard Kelley John & Elizabeth Lauritzen Foundation Michael & Susan Lebens Allan & Ann Mactier Charitable Foundation Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation Mutual of Omaha Companies Silvia Roffman

Jill Slosburg-Ackerman Paul & Annette Smith The Soener Foundation Elizabeth Summers Tenaska, Inc. Eileen M. Wirth

$2,000+ Michael & Laura Alley Marianne Bruner Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather Cox Business John & Terri Diesing Joseph Drugmand Heritage Omaha Humanities Nebraska Marty Magee Steve Martin & Amy Haddad Mike & Nancy McCarthy Maggie & Michael McMeekin Rochelle Mullen Nebraska Arts Council Red & Jann Thomas Dennis & Patricia Wiederholt $1,000+ Anonymous (3) Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C. Jane Alseth Mary Joy Anderson Bay Family Foundation Blair Freeman Maria Brookhouser Stephen & Anne Bruckner Katie Bruno J. Richard Burrows Leilani & Ron Coe Deloitte Dollar General Literacy Foundation First National Bank Friedland Family Foundation Carol Gendler Jo Giles Mike & Wanda Gottschalk Great Plains Communications David Harding & Sarah Newman Harold & Clara Hoover Theresa Jehlik Milton & Marsha Kleinberg Jack & Stephanie Koraleski Jeff Kosse Dave & Vicki Krecek Jim & Karen Linder Gary & Lucie Long Marilyn Marsh Tulani & Othello Meadows Morey & Quinn Wealth Partners

Shirley & Daniel Neary Justine Petsch Lewis & Winifred Pinch Sandra Price RBC Wealth Management Anne & David Rismiller Ruth Sage David & Nola Schettler Jane & Robert Slezak West O Fitness Phil & Nancy Wolf

$500+ Doug & Cathy Aden Anna Applegate Zac Baer George & Kathleen Bigelow Jeffrey Boyum Richard & Carol Britten Roberta Carlson Sandor & Rhonda Chomos Julie & Scott Cobb Robert & Jill Cochran Maurice & Cora Conner Nancy Darst Tim Davlin & Ann O’Connor Roy & Gloria Dinsdale DMSi Lynn & Cindy Gray Bill & Ann Hall Deryl & Ramona Hamann Dawn Jensen Noreen Johnson Howard & Gloria Kaslow Dan & Kari Kinsella Bob & Kathy Kunkle Roland & Jean Mariucci John & Merrilee Miller Morrissey Engineering Sharee & Murray Newman Fund Jane Petersen Susan Petersen John & Kathleen Ransom Ann Rinne Rotary-Suburban Emily & Joshua States Susan Vosburg Anna Wastell Sarah Watson $250+ Anonymous (4) LuJean Allen AmazonSmile Foundation Jo Anne Amoura Amy Armbruster Lynn & Thomas Ashby Marcia Bechtel Evelyn Bingel Thad & Sharon Call

$100+ Anonymous (4) Stephanie Adams Judy Albert Martha Antonson Terry & Kris Atkins Trenten & Ann Marie Bausch Caitlin Benton Mike & Michelle Berlin Marc & Helen Bernat Verda Bialac Jim & Gail Binderup Marvin Bittner Barbara Bock-Mavis Gary & Beth Bowen Kate Bradley Judy Breed Dale & Tina Broekemeier Ann Burdette Shirley Carpenter James & Anne Carroll Sarbani Chakraborty Lorraine Chang Susan & Bob Chenoweth Nancy Chmiel Sara Churchill Joan Clements Babe Cohn Corinthian Fund Shirley Crites Debasis Dalapati Kevin Dasher Hal & Mary Daub Drew & Elisa Davies

Carolyn Miller Stephanie Miske Mary & Robert Mollner Christine O’Connor Olsson - Admin Team Omaha Community Foundation Denise Ostrom Len & Bonnie Pacer Penny Parker Ryan Pelster Carl & Mary Peters Chuck & Char Peterson Glenda Pierce John Pollack Denise & Hobson Powell Susan Prazan Rita Price Pauline Quinn Robert & Patricia Ranney Neal & Deb Ratzlaff Jenny Razor Dick & Mary Lynn Reiser ReRUNS R Fun Inc. Richard Rhodes Romance Authors of the Heartland Ann Rosing Chitrita Roy Max & Karen Rudolph Beth Ryan Sylvia Schreiner Julie Schroeder Laura Schumacher Tracy & Curtis Schwartzkopf Diane Seaver Dena Sherrill Joe & Judy Shown Richard & Carolyn Sieling Todd & Betiana Simon Gloria Sorensen Bruce Spears Susan Stalnaker Nina Strickler Joyce & Mark Sumner Thomas Tape Charlene Tarsney Drs. Jon & Ann Taylor Dorothy Thompson Janet Thompson Kevin & Angelica Thompson Donald Thomsen Bill & Joan Truhlsen Nichole & Kevin Turgeon Turn to the Wonderful Fund Union Pacific Fund for Effective Government Union Pacific Giveplus Program Joe & Peg Valenta Patricia Vik Kim Walker Mark & Patricia Wangler Chester Waters Nicole & Ted Wheeler Lynn Williams Sasha Wilson Noreen Witty Ralph & Claudia Yribar Margaret Ziegler


Brian Day Tony & Claudia Deeb Judith Douglas Holly Dunning Bren Duvall Carol Ebdon Hannelore Ekstrom Max & Elizabeth Engel Rebecca Evans Tom & Janet Ferlic Rohan Fernando Jenna Garcia Richard & Melanie Gerbeling Kristine & Jared Gerber Stacey & Kirk Germany Dan & Sarah Gilbert Glowacki Family Jeff & Chris Goeser John & Kay Lynn Goldner Bob & Rosemary Gross Kathy Gross David & Joan Haas Sarah Haddad Roger & Jackie Harned John Hartigan Dr. & Mrs. Herbert Hartman Mary Clare Haven Lisa & Chad Hedrick Debbie Heeney HELP Foundation of Omaha Holly Herman Kasey Hesse Matthew Hill Denise Hill Marilyn Hoegemeyer Corie Holland Kristine Hull Robert Hux Pamala Janousek Marlene Jennum Jennifer & Chris Jerram Julie Johnson George & Margaret Johnson Nancy Johnson Joyce Jones Lisa Kammerer Jennifer Kawecki Bill Kernen Kiewit Lyle Kinley & Gwen Teeple Andrea Kinnan Knit Wits Joseph & Molly Lang Donna Langel Tom Liefer Monnie Lindsay Patricia Lontor Robin Malone Riccardo & Mary Marchio Laura Marlane & Paul Richards Matt & Sarah Mason Tamora McClellen Lynn McCormack Tom McDermott Dan McGill Mark & Dianne McMillan John & Meg McNeal Colette McVaney Janet Meisinger Dr. & Mrs. Paul Meissner


William Chaney Gary & Liza Choquette Linda & Charles Duckworth Nils Erickson Mary Ferer Mary Ann & Daren Folchert Thomas & Nancy Gallagher Traci Hancock Terry & Linda Haubold Lori Hedstrom Ronald & Linda Hospodka Stephanie Iwan Flamme Robert Kearney Merritt Keiser Emily Kemp Erwin & Elaine Klabunde Marc & Joan Kraft Jane Kugler & Doug Vonderfecht Andrena MacLeod James & Patricia Manion Ann & Gordon Moshman Diana Nevins Mrs. Frank Partsch Norma & Cliff Pountney Danielle Rozmus Greg & Sue Rusie Shirley Siebler Eve Simon Deborah Smith-Howell Vance Taylor Jonell Tempero Jon Tritsch Jim & Maureen Waldron Linda Wedberg-Kraft & Robert Kraft Brad & Ashley Wedeking


Mission OPL strengthens our communities by connecting people with ideas, information and innovative services.

Vision 12

Omaha is a vital and vibrant city, with OPL as an essential catalyst, collaborator and connector.

Core Values Service excellence, integrity, innovation, community engagement, equal & inclusive access, staff talent.

Branch Managers Autumn Hill A.V. Sorensen Branch Jennnifer Jazynka Benson Branch Casey Kralik Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Amy Wenzl Charles B. Washington Branch Lois Imig Florence Branch Evonne Edgington Millard Branch Karen Pietsch Milton R. Abrahams Branch Julie Humphrey Saddlebrook Branch Marvel Maring South Omaha Library Matt Couch W. Clarke Swanson Branch Natalie Struecker W. Dale Clark Main Library Lori Nelson Willa Cather Branch

ADMINISTRATION Laura Marlane – Executive Director Rachel Steiner – Assistant Director Elizabeth A. Johnson – Senior Manager of Operations Stacy Lickteig – Senior Manager of Branch Services Ben Brick – Collection Processing Manager Jody duRand – Partnership & Community Engagement Manager Emily Getzschman – Marketing Manager Jason Goossen – Technology Manager Theresa Jehlik – Strategy & Business Intelligence Manager Jessica Johnson – Borrower Services Manager Amy Mather – Adult Services Manager Linda Miles – Facilities Manager Nancy Novotny – Youth & Family Services Manager Wendy Robinson – Business Office Manager Deirdre Routt – Collection Development Manager

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