Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and the Lied Center for Performing Arts today announce Savor the Color of Life, a program to celebrate adult reading, libraries and “The Color Purple.” The reading program runs from February 1 through April 4 and coincides with African-American History Month and the performances of the musical “The Color Purple” at the Lied Center April 11 through 15.
“Lincoln City Libraries is delighted by this opportunity to draw attention to Alice Walker’s book, The Color Purple, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award,” said Library Director Pat Leach. “Through the book, the musical and the movie, we’ll celebrate its message that in the midst of heartache and injustice, there is hope.” The 1985 movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and the revival of the musical won a 2016 Tony Award.
“The Lied Center is thrilled to partner with Lincoln City Libraries, the Downtown Lincoln Association and the City of Lincoln,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts. “This collaboration helps to foster strong community relationships and to share meaningful stories like ‘The Color Purple’ with a wide audience.”
“I’m excited about the collaboration among our libraries, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Downtown Lincoln Association and businesses and nonprofits in Lincoln,” said Mayor Chris Beutler. “These types of partnerships encourage neighbor interaction, keep people engaged and help create a vibrant city.”
To qualify for prizes, adults register online at lincolnlibraries.org and then read four books between February 1 and April 4. Drawings for tickets to “The Color Purple” at the Lied Center will take place during that period. The program also includes the following free special events:
For more information on the Lied Center, visit LiedCenter.org.
Income Tax Assistance is available again this year at Lincoln City Libraries. Check the schedule for locations, dates and times.
Lincoln City Libraries’ Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available.
Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles has been selected for the 2017 One Book–One Lincoln Community Reading. The novel is available from LCL in print, large type, compact disc, downloadable audio and eBook formats.
The novel tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s luxurious Metropol hotel for his association with a poem with revolutionary overtones.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale College and received a master’s in English from Stanford University. A Gentleman in Moscow is his second novel. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio.
The runners up were Moonglow by Michael Chabon and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The book selection process began in February when an 18-member team of community readers narrowed a list of 96 nominated titles down to three finalists. To enhance readers’ enjoyment of the One Book–One Lincoln finalists, as well as the winning title, LCL will host several events this fall:
LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience. More information about One Book–One Lincoln, including previous winners, is available here.
Here are the winners of the final prize drawings in the 2017 Summer Reading Programs!
Youth – Lincoln Community Playhouse Winners
Anderson Branch – Malcolm S.
Bennett Martin Public Library – Danny D.
Bethany Branch – Tyler F.
Lied Bookmobile – Matthew K.
Eiseley Branch – Noah H.
Gere Branch – Savannah R.
South Branch – Teagon D.
Walt Branch – Gabe D.
Williams Branch – Eliot C.
Teen – Lincoln Community Playhouse Winners
Anderson Branch – Scarlett U.
Bennett Martin Public Library – Brianna C.
Bethany Branch – Gabriel G.
Lied Bookmobile – Logan S.
Eiseley Branch – Cecilia D.
Gere Branch – Serena V.
South Branch – Abigail H.
Walt Branch – Kaleb
Williams Branch – Brielle A.
Lincoln Grand Cinema 4 pack of movie tickets
Teen – Davinici’s/Champions Gift Certificate
Youth – iPad Mini
Teen – iPad Mini
(Name withheld by request)
Adult – iPad Air
The drawings for the NEST College Savings Account are done by the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust, not by the library. Winners are usually announced in September. Winners will be contacted directly.