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Lincoln City Libraries to Host Poetry Reading, Book Launch April 2

Book cover: Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017

Lincoln City Libraries’ Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors will host the book launch of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017 Sunday, April 2. The free program begins at 2 p.m. in the fourth-floor auditorium of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The program is part of the John H. Ames Reading Series, which showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works.

The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission has designated the book as a Legacy Project of the State’s 150th birthday celebration, which began March 1. The book launch also coincides with the beginning of National Poetry Month.

The event will feature readings by State Poet Twyla Hansen and other poets whose work is represented in the anthology, including Glenna Luschei, Greg Kuzma, Greg Kosmicki, Mark Sanders, Marjorie Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell, Jim Cihlar, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, J.V. Brummels, and Cat Dixon. Book editor Daniel Simon also will make remarks.

The first anthology of its scope, Nebraska Poetry encompasses 150 years of the State’s literary history, featuring 80-plus poets and more than 180 poems. “This is a broadly inclusive as well as diverse anthology,” said Editor Daniel Simon. “Nebraska Poetry celebrates the State’s brilliant contribution not only to Great Plains literature but to the broader traditions of American letters.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the launch, and proceeds will benefit the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room Endowment Fund.

The John H. Ames Reading Series is recorded by 5 City TV, the City’s government access channel. A schedule is available at Previous programs are available here and may be borrowed from Lincoln City Libraries.

Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications until Monday, April 10, to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees. Members of the seven-member board are appointed by the Lincoln City Council. The vacant term runs through August 31, 2021. The board will review the applications and forward all information with any recommendations to the City Council.

Applicants must be Lincoln residents and must attend monthly board meetings and committee meetings as scheduled. Candidates must send a letter of interest and a Board Appointment Information form to or to “Candidate Search,” Lincoln City Libraries, 136 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

The Board Appointment Information form is available here or by contacting LCL at 402-441-8512.


Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 20

Read to a Dog at your libraryLincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the “Read to a Dog” program offered by LCL and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program allows children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to dogs in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.

The session runs from March 20 to April 27. Registration is required only at the branches that list a contact person below. Locations and times are as follows:

  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, email Marla at
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, call Mimi at 402-217-9019
  • South Branch Library, 2675 South Street, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, email Jayne at
  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, contact Cindy at 402-416-0824 or; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, email Angela at
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue, 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, drop in sessions only, no reservation required

Libraries Encourage Daily Reading With 50 Beloved Books Challenge

alphabet soup: READLincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the 50 Beloved Books Challenge from February through April. The Get Started: Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day booklist includes some of the most popular and loved picture books, and parents are encouraged to read the books aloud to their children for at least 15 minutes a day. Children up to age six are eligible to receive a certificate for a free Runza® kid’s meal. Parents may sign up their children at any branch library.

“Research has shown that reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing parents can do to prepare their child for life-long learning success,” said Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Supervisor.

The challenge kicks off on “Take your Child to the Library Day,” Saturday, February 4, with fun activities at each library. The challenge is made possible with support from the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Super Saver, and Runza®.

Income Tax Assistance

Income Tax AssistanceIncome Tax Assistance is available again this year at Lincoln City Libraries. Check the schedule for locations, dates and times.