A fun, well-rounded story about family, changes, and growing up. The main character Effie sneaks you into her world and causes laughter, excitement, tears, and a bit of romance to creep through the pages as you read of her struggle to adapt to family change and life's left turns. I did not want to put this down!
Graham, our protagonist, is coming of age during a tumultuous time in Beirut. Graham's father "works for the American Embassy" but is convinced he may have other employment. A fast, adventure filled read with some historical background during the 1970's.
Have you ever wondered what happens to books that aren't finished and characters that are left hanging? Hackwith creates a world that answers all of your what-ifs about unfinished books. These unfinished books reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell. Its current head librarian, Claire, has to keep an eye on restless stories that may materialize into characters and escape the library. Everything goes wrong when an angel attacks her on a character retrieval mission and it's up to her to find one of the most powerful books in the world, all while keeping up with her regular librarian duties.
Almost a decade after Emmy Harlow fled small-town Thistle Grove with a broken heart, she returns home. Once a generation, the four magical families of Thistle Grove gather for a tournament to decide the strongest family, and the Harlows have always been the unbiased arbiter. This year's competition becomes complicated when Emmy is drawn into a plan to help her best friend, Linden Thorn, and the alluring Talia Avramov seek revenge on the man who double-timed them.
Witches, exes, a magical town, a competition, and falling in love with someone you knew in your childhood; Payback’s a Witch is John Tucker Must Die meets the Tri-Wizard Tournament, set in a town similar to Halloweentown.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Sylvie and Dominic as well as the smaller stories of their friends and acquaintances. I felt all the feels and I got sucked into the magic of cakes and desserts. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
A Heartwarming, believable story with characters you just want to be friends with! Dreams are crushed and others are created among the reality of the workplace and family relationships. I really didn't want to stop reading!
We all have a fight-or-flight response. What would you do if you were stranded at a remote highway rest stop during a blizzard with sketchy strangers, no phone signal, and no help for miles? Would your answer change if you found a kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger's van? Darby is confronted with difficult choices and is desperate to escape this nightmare. She needs to figure out who she can trust before it's too late.
Calling all romantic science/math nerds! The storyline of this book was made for you! Single mom submits her DNA to a new kind of match-making company on a whim and ends up being matched with the company's co-founder. Is it a match meant-to-be or are the numbers lying? Get sucked into the world of motherhood, modern dating, following your heart, and trusting the numbers with relatable and heartwarming characters! I didn't want to put this book down!
Protagonist Luke Ellis is kidnapped from his home and taken to The Institute, a secretive place where young children have their supernatural abilities exploited by researchers for unknown purposes. Luke makes friends and enemies with the other children and staff members at the facility and it soon becomes clear that the "subjects" are in danger. Luke is determined to escape the facility and get help, despite the fact that no one has ever escaped.
Michael Crichton creates an intriguing story where scientists have figured out how to clone dinosaurs using their preserved DNA. He explores the scientific and philosophical aspects of humans playing God with nature. Most people have seen the movie based on this book but Crichton's attention to detail and worldbuilding skills make this an entertaining and worthwhile read.
In pursuing its mission to create tools for neighbors to connect – The 712 Initiative is proud to unveil its Backyard Movie Program! Blockbusters, prime-time sporting events, gaming tournament, binge watching soap operas with your friends (we don’t judge!)- the equipment in the BYMN kits are easy to setup and fun for the whole family.
Pottawattamie Conservation includes 5 parks and 6 habitats that encompass nearly 2,000 acres across Pottawattamie County. The parks and habitats showcase the diverse landscape of the county while offering a variety of activities, from hiking to camping to fishing.
Day passes to Pottawattamie County Conservation parks are available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Passes admit one vehicle for one day into any Pottawattamie Conservation area, including Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, and Old Town Park. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
What is Baby Reads?
Baby Reads is a program that sets your family up for reading success by making reading easy, fun, and part of your daily routine.
Why Baby Reads?
Research shows that reading to babies contributes significantly to their brain development. Reading, singing, playing, and cuddling stimulate intellectual and emotional development.
Free Book and a Fresh Start
With Baby Reads you get a library card for your baby and a free board book to keep. Any fees you have will be erased when your newborn gets a library card before their first birthday. This offer is good for first-time baby cardholders. Non-resident card fees may apply if you live outside CBPL’s service area.
How Do I Get Started?
Visit the Circulation Desk at the Council Bluffs Public Library. Bring along a photo ID with your current address on it. If your ID doesn’t have a current address, bring a utility bill, car registration, government assistance letter, or bank statement that does.
You can also request Raising Reader Benchmark cards from Raise Me to Read, the Library’s Baby Reads partner organization.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos, is the ultimate interactive zoo experience and a biological park leading the nation’s conservation efforts. Walk through the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest in North America. Explore exotic locations and underground caves to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. With more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, Omaha’s Zoo is a year-round must-do.
One-time use passes are available to adult library card holders residing in Council Bluffs, Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, Underwood, or unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A finite number of passes are distributed throughout the year during 4 sessions. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and admit up to 2 adults and 6 children. Holds cannot be placed on passes and an individual can only receive one pass per session. Other restrictions may apply.
Making its home in one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, Union Station, The Durham Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of our region and offers a broad-range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through their affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.
A family pass to The Durham Museum is available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. The family pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household and includes entrance to all exhibits. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes.
Omaha Children’s Museum is the most visited museum in Nebraska and features outstanding interactive permanent exhibits focused on art, science and early childhood education, providing a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events that put children in touch with their ever-changing world.
A family pass to the Omaha Children’s Museum is available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. The family pass admits 2 adults and up to 6 children under 18 from the same household and includes entrance to all exhibits. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes.
Heartland Bcycle is the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the Omaha metro area, with over 60 station locations throughout the metro! Checking out a pass will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips. For a list of stations, please visit the Heartland Bcycle website.
Heartland Bcycle passes are available to borrow. Passes will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Bikes cannot be kept over nights. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.
A family pass to Lauritzen Gardens is available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. The family pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household and is not eligible for any Lauritzen Garden membership benefits other than admission. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes.
Fontenelle Forest encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie, and wetlands along the Missouri River and is one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation.
Day passes to Fontenelle Forest are available to borrow. Passes are valid only on the day indicated and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Passes admit 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.