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The Books by the Busload event will bring books via Metro bus to North Omaha, South Omaha and Westroads Mall. The public is invited to browse the books in a library-like setting on the Metro buses and take home titles for free—including fiction and nonfiction books on cooking, gardening, technical skills and more. Books are available for all ages and reading levels.



By promoting the event, MCC hopes to encourage literacy among adults and families who may not be aware of the literacy services available in Omaha. Staff members from the Literacy Center, a partner in the event, will be at each site to provide information on services the center offers to help adults improve their literacy skills.

The book donation stems from the work of MCC Foundation Board Member Terry McMullen, who serves as managing director of Mainfreight USA/Omaha and president of Cargo Zone LLC. For years, McMullen has acquired extra prints of books to distribute among community organizations. This year, MCC’s Service-Learning department stepped in to organize the thousands of books and distribute them among agencies and community members.

WHAT: Delivery of 10,000 books to the Metro transit bus barn for the Books by the Busload event. Wednesday's delivery will preview the weekend event, which will put free, new books in the hands of families across Omaha Feb. 11-12.

WHO: Metropolitan Community College, Metro transit & the Literacy Center, Mainfreight USA/Omaha and Cargo Zone LLC

WHERE: Metro, 2222 Cuming St. Enter at east side of the building at 21st St., which is on the north side of Cuming; garage door opens and green light must be on to enter; turn right and drive to the north end where you will be met by staff directing you where to park.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 10:15 a.m.

Books by the Busload locations:

Urban League of Nebraska, 3040 Lake St.
Friday, Feb. 11, noon–6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Westroads Mall, 10000 California St. Exit 7, northeast of Dick’s Sporting Goods
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., front parking lot
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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