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One Book – One Lincoln – 2002

one_bookmapThe One Book – One Lincoln program was wrapped up Nov. 21, 2002, with a program presented by author Kent Haruf, but information about Plainsong and One Book – One Lincoln 2002 is still available on this page.


Plainsong 136Plainsong by Kent Haruf has been selected for the “One Book – One Lincoln” program.


About One Book – One Lincoln

One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Lincoln Journal Star. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.

The title selected is Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Copies of the title are available at Lincoln City Libraries in hardcover, paperback, large type, audiocassette, and compact disc. Copies of the book are also available in Spanish.

Lincoln City Libraries Reference staff have compiled additional resources about Plainsong and Kent Haruf.

Other finalists for the One Book – One Lincoln selection were Montana 1948 by Lawrence Watson, Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.

How can I participate?

  • Get the Book. Check out a copy of Plainsong at any of the Lincoln City Libraries or purchase your own copy at your local bookstore.
  • Read! Join your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and fellow Lincolnites in reading the same book – together!
  • Use the resource guide published in the September 23, 2002 Lincoln Journal Star.  [OBOL Guide 2002 Spanish]
  • Attend our related programs.
  • Look at our additional resources about Plainsong.
  • Discuss! Attend a Community Discussion at your local library, bookstore. community and recreation center. A complete list of Community Discussion groups is available here and in the resource guide.
  • Help us evaluate our program by filling out our feedback form [now deactivated].

How can I set up my own discussion group?

Kits are available by calling Lincoln City Libraries at 441-8503. Kits contain posters, bookmarks, resource guides and if needed, limited copies of Plainsong.

Two training sessions for those interested in setting up their own discussion groups will be provided in early October:

  • Sunday, October 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th Street
  • Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

Preregistration is not necessary.

Will the author visit? What other programs will there be?

Kent Haruf will visit and do a public program on November 21st, 7:30 p.m., at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education. [ Click here to view photos from this event. ]

In addition to the author visit, programs have been scheduled at various public libraries during October and November with a prairie theme. The programs include such topics as gardening, photography, music, and writing. A list of currently scheduled programs is available here.

Other than the Library and the Journal Star, who else is supporting the program?

Financial support has been received from:

Lamar Outdoor Advertising has been generous with in-kind support.

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