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What's Your Vision?

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees has embarked on a Central Library Vision and Concept Study. Here are articles and columns regarding the need for a new Central Library.

New Curator Named for Library's Heritage Room
Book discussion and Adult Spelling Bee planned this month

Lincoln City Libraries Director Pat Leach today announced that Erin Willis has been named as the new curator of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The Heritage Room on the third floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., is a special collection of over 12,000 books by over 3,350 authors. Willis received her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in special collections. She began her new duties on March 27.

"Erin will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to facilitate the proud tradition of the Heritage Room to celebrate, preserve and promote the individual and collective work of generations of Nebraska authors," said Leach.

The privately funded Heritage Room is named in honor of Jane Pope Geske, one of the original founders of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association (NLHA). The NLHA supports the Heritage Room through volunteers and fund-raising and is hosting two events this month:

Major General (ret.) Mark Musick of Lincoln will discuss "Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes" by Douglas Wellman at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in the Heritage Room. The book tells the story of the reclusive Howard Hughes who was unable to escape his famous life. The book claims he changed his appearance, employed a stand-in, accepted another name and identity and faked his death, yet continued to operate his business through his cadre of aides. The story says Hughes married Eva McLelland, who loyally kept his identity to herself. Over eight years, she relayed the story to Musick and told him that after the stand-in died in April 1976, Howard and Eva lived a reclusive lifestyle in Alabama for 25 years. After four years, Musick came to believe the story and set out to fully develop the intriguing tale. He worked for two years with Douglas Wellman, former Associate Dean of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, prior to the book's release in May 2010.

The 31st Annual Adult Spelling Bee is set for 7 p.m Thursday, April 23 at Single Barrel, 10th and "P" streets. John Baylor will emcee the fun-filled evening. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students.

To register for the Spelling Bee or find out more about the NLHA, call the Heritage Room at 402-441-8516.

Lincoln Libraries to Promote Money Smart Week
Libraries also observe Financial Literacy Month with DASH for the STASH 

Money Smart WeekLincoln City Libraries is partnering with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) to host events for preschool, teen and adult audiences as part of Money Smart Week® April 18 through 25. The public awareness campaign was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Preschoolers attending storytime programs will receive piggy banks from the NCEE, while supplies last. Upcoming storytimes are as follows:

  • Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St. - 4 p.m., Monday, April 20
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22
  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23
  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St. - 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23
  • South Branch Library, 2675 South St. - 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
  • Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23
  • Bethany Branch Library, 1810 N. Cotner Blvd. - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23

Jennifer Davidson, President of the NCEE, will present finance information for teens at 4 p.m. Monday, April 20 at Gere Branch Library. The program on first jobs, paychecks, credit scores, college financing and other topics is specifically geared for teens, but all ages are welcome. Becky Barnard from NCEE will present the program for adults at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at Walt Branch Library. She will provide information about healthy eating on a budget, show how to prepare healthy and economical food and offer samples.

As part of Financial Literacy Month, Lincoln City Libraries is participating in DASH for the STASH, an investor education/protection contest. One participant in Nebraska will win $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account, courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance. To enter, participants can go to any Lincoln City Libraries location to find four posters. After reading each poster, they answer quiz questions online. The contest runs through May 15.

Library’s Storytime to Feature Anti-Bullying Theme

Puppy Pals photoLincoln City Libraries is partnering with an Omaha theater group to share an anti-bullying message for April’s preschool storytime program.  RESPECT is an educational theater group created to decrease bullying and to empower kids and adults who may be on the sidelines to take action and help a person targeted for bullying.

The play “Puppy Pals” was created for preschool-age children with a focus on helping, identifying emotions and respecting diversity for people and animals.  Students will learn how to make friends and how to “stop and think.”

All performances are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required.

Programs will be presented on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 a.m., Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2 p.m., South Branch, 2675 South Street
  • Thursday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Bethany Branch, 1810 N. Cotner Blvd.
  • Monday, April 13, 4 p.m., Williams Branch, 5000 Mike Scholl Street
  • Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m., Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m., Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Thursday, April 16, 10:30 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
  • Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street

 Children Can Improve Their Reading Skills by Reading to a Dog

Photo of dogs and booksFamilies are invited to participate in the “Read to a Dog” program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 20-minute shifts, once a week for four weeks. The spring session begins this week and will conclude Saturday, May 2.

Pre-registration is required; see this information to register.

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Parent-Child Book Groups

Parent-Child Book GroupsParent-Child book groups are a great way to encourage your kids to read, as well as share some special time together. Reading the same book as your child gives you a common bond and is a great conversation starter. Lincoln City Libraries offers parent-child book groups year round.

Information about current groups is available here.

Annual Report

2012-13 Annual ReportThe Library's Annual Report for 2013-14 is now available.

The 2011-12 and 2012-13 reports are still available for review as well.