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Giveaways from the Nebraska Library Commission

A variety of books and videos are available to those visiting the Library Commission. Any Nebraska library is welcome to these books, including those titles listed below.

Books are available for free if picked up at the Library Commission, or they can be mailed to your library for a suggested donation of $3.00 per paperback or $4.00 per hardcover.

For more information or to reserve available titles, contact the Information Services Team

Some currently available nonfiction titles: (Looking for fiction, poetry, or library science?)

Title Author Format Copies
10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other
A Memoir on the Magic of Marriage Vows.
by Barbara Lynn-Vannoy Paperback 3
27 - Two Tales of Perfection
This is a story of championships, individual triumphs, and tragedies that characterizedthe 1958 and 1983 Clatonia Cardinals basketball teams.
by Gene Steinmeyer Paperback
The 100-Yard Classroom: Winning Strategies for Helping Kids Succeed in School, Sports, and Life
Kevin Kush, a veteran teacher and coach, has been helping students excel in school and on the football field for more than three decades.
by Kevin Kush Paperback
1968: a Year of War and Uncertainty
Reflecting on a pivotal year in history with the Hlavaceks' reports filed from Vietnam and elsewhere.
by John Hlavacek and Pegge Parker Hlavacek Paperback
Advocacy to Zealousness: Learning Lawyering Skills from Classic Films
Includes 26 skills, listed in alphabetical order and appearing in separate chapters, which should ideally be in every lawyer s toolbox.
by Kelly Lynn Anders Paperback
Babblings of a Burned Out Teacher
A Nebraska teacher looks back at his career and the state of education.
by C.T. Wilke Paperback
Beyond Our Borders: Unexpected Travel Writing
An unlikely source for such fine travel writing, to be sure, but if you are looking for a different viewpoint on world travel, these stories will take you to Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, Jerusalem, Cairo and other far off lands.
by Fairbury Journal-News Paperback
A Bicycle's Echo
An illustrated linked-collection of essays on cycling and the love of dogs.
by Laura Madeline Wiseman Paperback
Blood Brother
Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifise for Civil Rights.
by Rich Wallace Hardcover 1
The Buddha and the Bee
Biking Through America's Forgotten Roadways on an Accidental Journey of Discovery.
by Cory Mortensen Paperback 3
The Call of the Land
An Agarian Primer for the 21st Century.
by Steven McFadden Paperback 1
Cambridge Biographical Dictionary
"A superb account of human history's important figures - past and present."
edited by Magnus Magnusson Hardcover 1
Can This Marriage Be Saved?
A memoir.
by Nancy McCabe Hardcover 3
Chad's Triumph: the Chad Green Story
Portrays the epic saga of a mother's journey to help her son defeat leukemia, the courts, and the media.
by Diana Meyer Paperback 1
A Clever Cook's Handy Reference for Heart-Healthy Foods Without Recipes
Portrays the epic saga of a mother's journey to help her son defeat leukemia, the courts, and the media.
by Judith Stolz Paperback 3
John Gottschalk's Life of Duty, Service, and the Business of News.
by George Ayoub Hardcover 3
Courage in a White Coat
A true wartime drama based on the experience of Dorothy Joy Kinney Chambers M.D. and her family.
by Mary Schwaner Hardcover
Crazy Horse: the Strange Man of the Oglalas
A powerful evocation of the long-ago world and enduring spirit of Crazy Horse. A 2007 One Book, One Nebraska selection.
by Mari Sandoz Paperback
The World War II Invasion That Changes History.
by Deborah Hopkinson Hardcover 1
Deep Map Country: Literary Cartography of the Great Plains
"While Deep Map Country offers an important contribution to the growing body of work focused on the literature of the Great Plains, it also provides a kind of template for future ecocritical explorations of other deeply mapped bioregions."—Matthew Cella, Cultural Geographies
by Susan Naramore Maher Hardcover 1
Diane's Blessings
The story of an ordinary Catholic with a gift for compassion who is on an extraordinary pilgrimage to heaven.
by Jim Sizemore Paperback 1
Dispatches From the Republic of Letters
50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature..
edited by Daniel Simon Hardcover 4
The Eleventh Hour Can't Last Forever
"Two tons of silver and gold coins, hundreds of thousands of nickels, dimes, quarters, and gold pieces. They were under our beds, in the kitchen cupboards, up in the attics, in the bottom of dresser drawers, in holes in the ground."
by Alison Johnson Paperback
Five Plots
A debut essay collection that delves into notions of how we are shaped by the land every bit as much as we shape it.
by Erica Travold Paperback
Focus On Them
Leading the Mindset Revolution for coaches, educators, and business leaders.
by Dave Gosselin Paperback
From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood
Traveling with McCabe as she rediscovers the books that shaped her and ultimately helped her to forge her own path, readers will enjoy revisiting their own childhood favorites as well.
by Nancy McCabe Paperback 1
From Picas To Bytes: Four Generations of Seacrest Newspaper Service to Lincoln
Chronicles more than 100 years of technological innovation, untiring dedication to First Amendment protections, and community building. If you want to know how a newspaper can serve its community, here is how it’s done.
by Faith Colburn Paperback
Frost: a Husker's Journey Home
The extraordinary story of a native son who was destined to be Tom Osborne’s heir.
by Omaha World-Herald Sports Writers Hardcover
Girl Ascending
For nearly thirty years, Melissa Ann Pinney has been photographing girls and women, from infancy to old age, to portray how feminine identity is constructed, taught, and communicated
by Melissa Pinney Hardcover 1
Great Plains Literature
An exploration of influential literature of the Plains region in both the United States and Canada.
by Linda Ray Platt Paperback 1
Great Plains Politics
A lively tour of the Great Plains region through the civic and political contributions of its citizens, demonstrating the importance of community in the region.
by Peter Longo Paperback 1
Growing Up On Prairie Farms
A rough and tumble childhood.
by Phyllis Pahl Mitchell Paperback 1
Guide To More Nebraska Authors
An update to the 1998 original version; lists over 100 contemporary Nebraska authors.
by Gerry Cox and Charlene Neely Paperback
Her Art/Her Self
Profiles of 56 women who make art matter.
by Suzanne Smith Arney Paperback
A History Lover's Guide to Lincoln
A travel guide to Lincoln's histroy.
by Gretchen Garrison Paperback
Honey, I Smell Flowers
A true story and facts about traumatic brain injury.
by Ruth Ann Bartels Paperback 1
How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis
Dr. Edward Creagan has been treating very sick patients for more than 35 years.
by Edward T. Creagan Paperback 1
Huskers on the Hardwood
100 Years of University of Nebraska Basketball.
by Mike Babcock Paperback
In the House of I Am: a Memoir
After twelve years as a Catholic sister and within a few months after she meets a young priest named Raymond, Mary leaves the convent and learns a surprising truth about belonging to the House of I Am.
by Mary Avidano Paperback
Inklings: a memoir
Honest...Koterba renders scenes of family dysfunction with an artist's feel for nuance and detail." - Publisher's Weekly
by Jeffrey Koterba Paperback
Just Like Us
The American Struggle to Understand Foreigners.
by Thomas Borstelmann Hardcover 3
The Last Days of the Rainbelt
The sobering tale of the rapid rise and decline of the settlement of the western Great Plains.
by David J. Wishart Hardcover
Law at Little Big Horn
Due process denied.
by Charles E. Wright. Hardcover 1
Letters From Lee
One man's story of Vietnam.
by LaRayne M. Topp, as told by Lee Heckman Paperback
The Light of Days (Young Readers' Edition)
The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
by Judy Batalion Hardcover 1
Lonesome Dreamer
Offering insight into both his personal and his literary life, this biography reaffirms Neihardt’s place in American literary history, his successes and failures, and his unbreakable spirit.
by Timothy Anderson Hardcover 1
The Loren Eiseley Reader
A collection of esseys intended to introduce the writings of the Nebraska naturalist and phlospher.
by Loren Eiseley Hardcover
Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy
In a real-life fairy tale, author Sheryl Ness shares how she fell in love with Vincenzo, a chef in a quaint Tuscan kitchen, over his decadent hot chocolate cake.
by Sheryl Ness Paperback 1
Releasing the power of your leadership presence.
by Boyd Ober Paperback 1
The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles after Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial
Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots.
by Richard J. Riordan Hardcover 1
Million Dollar Pary: A Restaurant Memoir
The story of our lives,and the drama surrounding our restaurant and bar.
by Robert Ihrig and Susan Ihrig Paperback
Modified Flight Plan
In April of 2009, Brian leaves his job at Duncan Aviation, where he is an aviation mechanic, to go home with what he thinks is the flu. Four hours later, he is comatose and on life-support.
by Lisa Kovanda and Brian Thomas Paperback
Natives Of A Dry Place
Stories of Dakota before the oil boom.
by Richard Edwards Paperback
Natural Treasures of the Great Plains
An ecological perspective.
edited by Tom Lynch, Paul Johnsgard, and Jack Phillips Paperback
Nebraska's Bucks and Bulls
The Greatest Stories of Hungting Whitetail, Mule Deer, and Elk in the Cornhusker State.
by Joel Helmer Paperback
Nerdy Thirty: Observations and Advice From a Lifelong Nerd
A collection of thirteen humorous essays that recount personal experiences from one woman's childhood, her painfully awkward teen years, college and those leading up to the big three-oh (no!).
by Wendy Townley Paperback
North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara: A Little Further into the Nebraska Sand Hills
A fresh understanding of the Nebraska Sand Hills from the inside
by Bryan Jones Hardcover
Of Life Immense: the Prophetic Vision of Walt Whitman
Whitman did not see himself primarily as a literary figure. First and foremost the poet saw himself as a prophet articulating an appropriate religion for his time.
by Ronald Knapp Paperback 1
Okoboji: Over 160 Years of History and Images
"This is the go-to book for all things Iowa Great Lakes, especially Okoboji, from past history through present times." ~Mary Kennedy, Curator of the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum.
by Cristy Clarke Hedgpeth Hardover 1
One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China
Business in China is never quite what it seems.
by James McGregor Paperback
One Man's Voice: the Donald Hartwell Diary
Nebraska farmer's diary is keenly personal. His family were continually disappointed by economic circumstances, weather conditions and failure. It is a story of ordinary people trying to survive in extraordinary times. Excerpts of this diary were included in The Worst Hard Time by Tim Egan
edited by Marsha Davis Paperback
Confessions and Obsessions of a Nebraska Huskers Super Fan
by Kent Cowgill Paperback
The Racers
How an Outcast Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Challenged Hitler's Best
by Neal Bascomb Hardcover 1
Reaching Higher
The simple strategy to transform American's K-12 schools.
by John Baylor Paperback
Reading the Nebraska Landscape
An Ecological Aesthetic.
by Richard Sutton Paperback
Real Estate Investors - Clients For Life
How to find, keep, and grow with them while making more income than you thought was possible.
by Fred Tichauer Paperback 1
Reflections on Pediatric Medicine from 1943 to 2010
One man's odyssey through the Golden Years of Medicine - a true dual love story.
by Byron B. Oberst, MD, FAAP Paperback
Revolutionary Spies
Intelligence and espionage in America's first war.
by Tim McNeese Harcover
Saleratus Á Sagebrush: People and Places on the Road West
The members of the Bidwell-Bartleson party have been generally forgotten. This group was the first true emigrant train to cross South Pass.
by Robert Munkres Paperback 1
Science at the American Frontier: a Biography of DeWitt Bristol Brace
Both a biography of American physicist DeWitt Bristol Brace (1859–1905) and a study of the processes by which scientific knowledge and associated instrumentation were transferred from Europe to the United States and from the east coast to the American frontier.
by David Cahan Á M. Eugene Rudd Hardcover 1
Screw College Debt
How to go to college without breaking the bank.
by Marco LeRoc Paperback
Shingling The Fog and Other Plains Lies
"More than corn grows tall on the American Plains. Here for the delectation of amateur folklorists is a collection of country whoppers from the frontier of Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa..."--Publishers Weekly
by Roger Welsch Paperback
Shortcuts To Gourmet Cooking Encore
"Enjoy cooking from scratch on almost any diet...this second cookbook from Fran focuses on healthful foods."
by Frances Schaffer Hardcover
Slow Boat to Pakistan: The Personal Diaries and Letters of Pegge Parkers, 1951-1952
A widowed journalist documents her travels through her journal and letters home to her parents and young children.
by Pegge Parker Paperback
Soul Healing Miracles
Ancient and new sacred wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques for healing the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies.
by Dr. Á Master Zhi Gang Sha Hardcover 1
Surviving Life
How to turn nightmares into dreams.
by Shandy Lee Loberg Paperback 1
Sustainable Compromises: a Yurt, a straw Bale House, and Ecological Living
When Alan Boye first lived in sustainable housing, he was young, idealistic, and not much susceptible to compromise—until rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and loneliness drove him out of the utilities-free yurt he’d built in New Mexico. Thirty-five years later, he decided to try again.
by Alan Boye Paperback 1
A Tale of a Mother, Her Three Boys, and Their Dog
The love story of a father for his family.
by Byron B. Oberst, M.D., FAAP Paperback 1
Thanks To One Of My Favorite Teachers: a Collection Of Personal Stories
An extra spark occurs between a student and the teacher destined to be one of their favorites.
by John Morrissey Hardcover 1
Trolley Car Era in Lincoln
Streetcars in Nebraska's Capital City, 1883-1945
by Richard Schmeling, Michael Bartels and James McKee Paperback 2
Trophy Wife: Sexuality. Disability. Femininity.
"Part memoir, part commentary on social issues in sex and disability."
by Leandra Vane Paperback 1
Urban Villages and Local Identities
Germans from Russian, Omaha Indians, and Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska.
by Kurt Kinbacher Paperback
Voices From the Second World War
Stories of War as Told to Children of Today
by Candlewick Press Hardcover 1
We Had To Be Brave
Escaping the Nazies on the Kindertransport
by Deborah Hopkinson Hardcover 1
Webster's Concise Biographical Dictionary
Biographies of world leaders and newsmakers
by Merriam-Webster Hardcover 1
Wildlife of Nebraska
A Natural History
by Paul Johnsgard Paperback 2
Wolves in Blue: Stories of the North Brothers and Their Pawnee Scouts
A young adult quick-reading biography of brothers Frank and Luther North and their Pawnee Scouts who worked with the U.S. Army to protect and rescue overland trail travelers, settlers, soldiers, and Union Pacific railroad workers during the 1860s and 1870s Plains Indian Wars and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
by Jean Lukesh Paperback 1
Wolves in Blue: Stories of the North Brothers and Their Pawnee Scouts
"The remarkable story of the Cornhusker State's homefront".
by Melissa Amateis Paperback 2

For more information, contact Information Services Team.