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These are a selection of the stories that our customers have decided to share about their library experiences. If you'd like to share your library story we'd love to hear from you.

Karen (Lincoln)
Retired librarian
Eiseley Library customer

I am now 70 years old, but when I was in Huntington Elementary School the University Place library was right on the way home. I loved stopping on my way home from school. It was so beautiful and quiet and the librarian was always willing to help me find new books to read. It's still one of my favorite places in Lincoln, even if the building is no longer a library. My love to libraries led to a job as Outreach Librarian at the Crete Public Library and I've also had the pleasure of being hired by the National Boys & Girls Club in Pine Ridge. SD, to run their library and help children with literacy (certainly one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had).

favorite book: Anything by Shel Silverstein

currently reading: The Valley of Amazement

Shawna (Lincoln)
Medical scheduler
Anderson Library customer

I have always loved to read and wanted to pass that on to my children. I was able to stay at home with them while they were younger and we made many trips to the library and spent many hours reading books together. Those are actually some of my fondest memories with them! They all love to read now and we still remember many of the books we read clear back then. We are still using the library and even though there are many electronic options for reading a book I am still loving the feel and smell of a good paper book! I am proud that my kids know how to utilize all the services the library provides them!

favorite books: Mrs Armitage on Wheels, Gone With the Wind

currently reading: Observations

Richard (Lincoln)
Walt Library customer

I have loved books since I was very young. I always have a paperback book in my back pocket or backpack and I have at least one in every room in my apartment. When I was in the trucking business I bought all of my books. I knew it was time to head for the house when my sleeper was filled with so many books I had to sleep on the doghouse. Thanks to Lincoln's libraries I can still afford my reading habit since I retired.

favorite book: Lonesome Dove by McMurtry

currently reading: RELENTLESS by Dean Koontz

Annette H. (Lincoln)
Bennett Martin Library customer

When I was young we lived in a small Kansas town of 200 people. There was a little building that housed the library. My mom belonged to "Library Club" and part of that meant she took turns being the librarian for an afternoon. I sometimes got to go along, and that was when I first started to love libraries. It was so wonderful that there was a place where anybody could go and get a book to read. All my life, whenever I have moved to a new town, one of the first things I do is seek out the library. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't go get a book (or five) to read. I hope we never lose that ability.

favorite book: Gone With the Wind

currently reading: In the Company of Others

Marie C. (Lincoln)
Bennett Martin Library customer

I enjoy reading book at the library.

favorite book:Mother Teresa

currently reading: nothing

Jane R.
Retired teacher
Gere Library customer

My sister is developmentally disabled but fortunately can read. She loves to buy books, but does not want to keep most of them, which leaves me to dispose responsibly of stacks of books. I have tried to get her to use the library, but never quite convinced her. She recently broke her wrist and couldn't get out and asked me to bring her some books (assuming I would buy them). I went to Gere and got a stack of beautiful travel books. She was only slightly disappointed when I told her she could have them temporarily. When it was time to return them I made her come along to see for herself how many travel books were there, and she was grudgingly impressed, but didn't want to check any out. So as a role model I checked one out for myself, showing her how easy it was. As we left the scanner and headed out the door she said, "But don't you have to pay?" "Aha!" I thought, and launched into a happy speech about this being why we pay taxes, and how she can get books there even if she has run out of money. This sermon was satisfying to me but lost on her, except, I hope, for my enthusiasm.

favorite book: The Snow Leopard

currently reading: Three Cups of Tea

Kit K. (Lincoln)
Gere Library customer

For the past month I've been writing a syllabus for an online course about online search strategies. Throughout the month I've requested several books through interlibrary loan. The service has provided me with every single book needed, and done so quickly. I've found helpful quotes, statistics, and content that have greatly enhanced the value of my course. Thanks!

favorite book: Can't pick one
currently reading: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Tate J. (Lincoln)
Sales Director
Bennett Martin Library customer

I recently used Interlibrary Loan for the first time to find an instructional video about Turkey Hunting. Nothing was available from any of the libraries here in Lincoln, but the library in Bismark, North Dakota had a great video that arrived into Lincoln within days of placing my request. I learned a lot of good tips from this video that I plan to use the next time I go hunting and it didn't cost me a dime. Thank you!

favorite book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
currently reading: The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth

Elanor J. (Lincoln)
6th grade.
Bethany Library customer

My parents are both librarians, and I always get the inside scoop on things going on! Yay!

favorite book: Lord of the Rings trilogy
currently reading: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Delainey L. (Lincoln)
7th grade.
Gere Library customer

One summer, boredom got me full throttle. I would basically lay in my room, wishing I had something to do besides swim just to stay cool. Then one day my mom asked if I would like to go to the Library with her, and loved it so much! I had been to the library before, but that day really got me into a reading frenzy, which I've had ever since! I love going to the Library, it has done a lot for me :)

favorite book: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
currently reading: Indigo by Alice Hoffman

Sarah M. (Lincoln)
Stay at home mom.
Gere Library customer

My 21 month old daughter and I LOVE story time with Miss Sue. She has an amazing way with the children - selecting stories that captivate their attention and singing songs that channel their energy in positive ways. My daughter's face lights up with a huge smile as soon as we walk into the story time room. We don't miss a week!

favorite book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
currently reading: My Friends by Taro Gomi

Paul Z. (Lincoln)
Bennett Martin Library customer

I have only read about 8 books in my life but this year i decided to listen to one book on CD a month.

Thanks for what you guys do.

favorite book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
currently reading: Marley and Me by John Grogan

Craig M. (Lincoln)
University Student
Bennett Martin Library customer

Eleven years ago this month I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. Two days prior to my move from Illinois, I mailed an empty envelope to myself, so that upon my arrival in Nebraska I could prove my residency and get my library card. Before subscribing to cable t.v., activating my other utilities, or even starting my new job, I took my first "piece" of mail to the Bennett library, applied for my library card and checked out a book. The Lincoln City Libraries are, in my opinion, the crown jewel of our community. Thank you the youth summer reading program, your new hours, and One Book, One Lincoln, to name but a few of your many valued programs!

favorite book: The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
currently reading: Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen

Laurie H. (Lincoln)
Anderson Library customer

One factor in my decision to buy a home in University Place was that Anderson library was within walking, bicycling distance (for myself as an adult). EVERYONE should have a public library close to their home.

favorite book: Dakota
currently reading: Julie Child autobiography

Barbara R.
Bethany Library customer

Thank goodness for libraries that allow me to both preview CDs to see if I want to buy them and order books by my favorite authors so I can read the newest one right away and not wait until it goes into paperback. You've saved me numerous bucks and hours. Thank you, LCL!

favorite book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
currently reading: The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis

Jodene G.
Walt Library customer

I became a librarian because of my childhood experiences at Lincoln City Libraries.

favorite book:And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
currently reading:  Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb

Brenda J.
Bookmobile customer

When I was 8 my family moved to University Place. I was lucky there was a library 4 and a half blocks from my house. My family never went on vacations, but I spent my summers reading books of far away places sitting in the weeping willow tree in the back yard. In those days the library posted a summer reading trail and when you finished you got a certificate. I was always the first one done.

favorite book: The Man by Irving Wallace and Noble House by James Clavell
currently reading: The Geometry Sisters by Luanne Rice

Iron Heart P. (Alamogordo, NM)
Administrative Assistant

Former Bethany Library customer

We lived close to the University Place Library when I was in grade school and I loved to go there as reading was always a fascination of mine. It wasn't just the books but the smell of the library that got me hooked. Then that branch closed and we moved closer to Bethany where I tried twice to keep my favorite book (Burrhead's Confessions) but my mom kept making me take it back. I still love to go to the library and all of my children and most of their children are avid readers. A few years ago I tracked down the book I tried to steal and purchased it from an antique book seller and am reading it to my new children.

favorite book: Burrhead's Confessions by Guy Howard Hansen
currently reading: Max Lucado's Traveling Light

Kelly O. (Lincoln)
8th grade.
Gere Library customer

I've always loved the library, but I was always restricted to the one section I knew how to navigate. One day, I stepped out of my comfort zone and walked into a new section for once. I'm now trying to break my record of 43 books checked out in one trip.

favorite book: Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
currently reading: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Barb F. (Lincoln)
Gere Library customer

One of the saddest things I heard on the radio one day was that the city of Philadelphia was closing ALL their libraries because they couldn't afford to keep them open. I thank God I live in a city that treasures their libraries. I love to go to any city library and just walk the aisles looking for my next favorite book to read.

--note Philadelphia libraries were threatened with closure, but remain open due to citizen involvement and legal action

favorite book: 24 hours by Greg Illes
currently reading: Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
Donna K. (Council Bluffs, IA)
Gere Library customer

I attend Toddler Time with my daughter and granddaughters whenever I'm in town. I look forward to it as much as they do. I wish that I could get a clone of Miss Sue for my city's library!

Dena M. (Lincoln)
Gere Library customer

Growing up we were poor. One summer we had been evicted from yet another rental house and had nowhere to go. My mom, dad and 4 sisters went to live in a hotel for the summer. I was the youngest, my next older sister and I found a library. We did not have anywhere to play, but I can tell you I loved going downstairs in the children's department! I've loved libraries ever since. The smell is still comforting. It feels like home. I found it so amazing that I could take these books out for free, just on the honor system. My mom taught us to cherish and value books. To this day, my sister and I share titles and I read AT LEAST 1 book a week. Thank you Lincoln for your great Libraries. It is still home away from home!

favorite book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
currently reading: Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock

Barb S. (Lincoln)
Gere Library customer

Until I had kids of my own, I did not love reading.

But when kids became part of my life, we started Toddler Time,Preschool Story Time and regular library visits. They had a blast with Sandy and looked forward to choosing whatever they wanted to take home.

Our time on the couch at home snuggling and reading together is my favorite activity each day, even now that they are much older.

On a limited budget, I love taking the kids to the library where I can say "Yes!" to everything they want! And I get to bring home goodies for me, too!

favorite book: Whatever I'm reading at the time
currently reading: My Antonia by Willa Cather

Isaac W. (Lincoln)
Stay at home parent
Gere Library customer

Gere Branch has been great since I became a stay at home parent. My oldest son enjoyed Preschool story time over the summer, and my youngest son enjoys Toddler time with Ms. Sue. I have stopped renting DVDs and only borrow from the library now, the kids and I don't have cable so our in home entertainment is limited. It has saved us money, and kept us entertained through the snow and rainy days this this and last year.

favorite book: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien