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One Book – One Lincoln – 2017 – Discussion Groups

one book one lincoln c450Discussion Opportunities – 2017

One of the main goals of One Book – One Lincoln is to encourage residents to read and openly discuss the same book. Talking about great literature with others often adds richness and depth to the experience of reading. We encourage you to join other members of the community in discussing the Top 3 Finalists for 2017. Everyone is welcome; for most groups, there should be no need to pre-register.

We can provide a discussion leader for your group

So you want to have a One Book – One Lincoln discussion group, but you don’t have a discussion leader? This Spring, Summer and Fall, Lincoln City Libraries staff will be available to book groups, extension clubs, organizations and businesses interested in hosting a discussion group. For further information, call Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8503.

Book Club in a Bag!

BCinaBag-200Book Clubs and organizations now have the ability to check out several popular titles, including two sets of each of the three 2017 One Book – One Lincoln finalists, in a book club format. For each title, the Book Club in a Bag will contain 10 copies of that book as well as some starter discussion questions. Book Club in a Bag selections can be checked out for 8 weeks but with no renewals. You can find out what additional titles are available in the Book Club in a Bag program by searching in the library catalog under Subject: Book Club in a Bag.



Join us for one of our Community Conversations!

Join us for a book discussion of the Top 3 Finalists for 2017, at several different locations in Lincoln throughout July. Discussions are currently planned at the following library or book store locations:

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior St.
Sunday, July 16, 2017 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join other readers at this NW Lincoln library this evening, for a discussion of Homegoing.
[If you have questions, call 402-441-4250]

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th St.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join other readers at this SW Lincoln library this afternoon, for a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow.
[If you have questions, call 402-441-4460]

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join other readers at this SE Lincoln library this evening, for a discussion of Moonglow.
[If you have questions, call 402-441-8560]


Library BooksTalk Groups

Discussions were held at both library-sponsored BooksTalk groups in May, centered around the Top Ten finalists for 2017. An audio podcast of one of those talks will be released soon. Additional discussions of the Top Three Finalists will most likely be held at both BooksTalk locations when the Fall/Winter BooksTalks series resume in September/October.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Boulevard
Friday, May 12, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.

One Book – One Lincoln coordinator Katie M. presented a talk describing the Top Ten finalists for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th St.
Monday, May 15, 2017 – 2:30 p.m.

One Book – One Lincoln coordinator Katie M. presented a talk describing the Top Ten finalists for the 2017 One Book – One Lincoln.


Other Area Discussion Opportunities

Discussions of this year’s title will also be held at various Lincoln bookstores in July 2017. Locations are still finalizing their dates:

  • A Novel Idea Bookstore – 118 N. 14th St. — Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.  September 27, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. [all three] [THIS DATE CANCELLED — WILL BE RESCHEDULED!]
  • Francie & Finch Booksellers – 130 S. 13th St. — Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. [Homegoing only]
  • Francie & Finch Booksellers – 130 s. 13th St. — Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. [A Gentleman in Moscow only]
  • Francie & Finch Booksellers – 130 s. 13th St. — Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. [Moonglow only]
  • A Novel Idea Bookstore – 118 N. 14th St. — Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. [all three]

A Novel Idea
118 N. 14th St.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
[THIS DATE CANCELLED — WILL BE RESCHEDULED!]

Join other readers this evening at the A Novel Idea bookstore, downtown, for a librarian-led discussion of all three of this year’s Top Three Finalists!
[if you have questions, call 402-475-8663 or visit the A Novel Idea web site]

Francie & Finch Bookshop
130 S. 13th St.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Join other readers this morning at the Francie & Finch Bookshop, downtown, for a librarian-led discussion of Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, one of this year’s Top Three Finalists!
[if you have questions, call 402-781-0459 or visit the Francie & Finch Bookshop store’s web site]

Francie & Finch Bookshop
130 S. 13th St.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Join other readers this afternoon at the Francie & Finch Bookshop, downtown, for a librarian-led discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, one of this year’s Top Three Finalists!
[if you have questions, call 402-781-0459 or visit the Francie & Finch Bookshop store’s web site]

Francie & Finch Bookshop
130 S. 13th St.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Join other readers this evening at the Francie & Finch Bookshop, downtown, for a librarian-led discussion of Moonglow by Michael Chabon, one of this year’s Top Three Finalists!
[if you have questions, call 402-781-0459 or visit the Francie & Finch Bookshop store’s web site]

A Novel Idea
118 N. 14th St.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Join other readers this evening at the A Novel Idea bookstore, downtown, for a librarian-led discussion of all three of this year’s Top Three Finalists!
[if you have questions, call 402-475-8663 or visit the A Novel Idea web site]
[NOTE: This list of discussion opportunities may continue to grow as we hear from additional book discussion groups. If your private book group would be open to having guests for a One Book – One Lincoln discussion, please contact the Lincoln City Libraries at 402-441-8503 to let us know that we can list you on this page! Please revisit this page for updated information as One Book – One Lincoln – 2017 continues.]


Promotional Spots – Radio, TV, Jazz in June

The One Book – One Lincoln finalists will be discussed by library staff on the following radio stations and dates:

NET Radio [91.1 FM]
Friday Live
The Mill coffeehouse – 800 P St.
Date and Time: t.b.a.

Library representatives will appear on Friday Live later this Summer or Fall to talk about this year’s One Book – One Lincoln.


Television — LNKTV / Channel 5 / 5 City TV

Watch the One Book – One Lincoln discussion episode of City Focus, on the city’s cable-access channel LNKTV (formerly 5 City-TV), moderated by City Focus host Diane Gonzolas, and featuring One Book – One Lincoln – 2017 coordinator Katie Murtha and One Book Selection Committee chair David Smith. The episode should be on Spectrum Cable Channel 5, On Demand, the LNKTV (5 City-TV) web site, on LNKTV’s YouTube channel, and is embedded here on the One Book – One Lincoln pages.



Library staff made an appearance at the market booths at the following outdoor Lincoln events, answering questions about One Book – One Lincoln, the Summer Reading Programs for Children, Teens and Adults, and other library topics:

  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 6, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m.
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m.
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m.
  • Jazz in June, Tuesday, June 27, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m.

ONE BOOK – ONE LINCOLN — ONLINE — ALL THE TIME

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See video versions of some of the past One Book – One Lincoln events and discussions.

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Don’t have a chance to join one of the official discussion groups, but still want to share your views on the Top Three finalists or this year’s special programs? Visit our One Book — One Lincoln Blog, where you can leave comments in response to regularly posted topics and/or questions.


One Book – One Lincoln – 2017: Main Page | Finalists | Programs | Discussions | Additional Resources


One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. 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.

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