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Omaha Public Library still serving the community amid pandemic

How it's continuing to do so and trending topics
Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 15:27:44-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Public Library system has had its buildings closed to the public since March but through e-books and curbside pickup, it’s making sure people can find the information they need.

The library says do-it-yourself books and pandemic-related materials have seen an increase in demand.

Another topic that has seen an increase in interest is racial equity. The book “White Fragility” currently has more than 600 hold requests.

“I think for people, in all of their different circumstances or situations or just the things they're thinking about, books are a safe place to do that,” said Emily Getschman, Public Library Media Relations Manager. “So whether they're reading racial equity or whatever topic is on their mind, it's a way to relate and empathize with other people in a place that they can sort it out in their minds first. They don't have to be confronted with it; they can get some time to form an opinion and think about how they feel."

As the election nears, the library system expects to see books written about and by candidates to follow a similar trend.