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Summer Reading Program

July 29, 2014 by pjorgensen
May 23 to July 31, 2014

FIZZ BOOM READWhen you register for the 2014 Summer Reading Program you will receive a book bag and a booklet so that you can be ready to read, read, read!

Each time you visit Lincoln City Libraries or any participating school media center, bring your folder with you to have it stamped and stickered.

Visit a library four times, read for a total of ten hours, and complete ten of the reading-related activities, and you will receive these rewards:

Here's the schedule for Library staff Summer Reading Program visits throughout Lancaster County!

Here are the events we have planned this year! (Here's a branch-by-branch list of events.) And here are some photos from the events so far!

Fizz Boom ReadFriday, May 23, 2014
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Summer Reading Kickoff Party: Bennett Martin Public Library Teen Advisory Board members will host this fun event. We'll be fishing for bookmarks, making artwork from sprinkles and water, testing if things float, do some leaf rubbings, make sparkling stars, and experimenting with different flavors of pop and Mentos.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 3, 2014
10:15 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 3, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 4, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 4, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 5, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., near Bethany Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 9, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 11, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 12, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Williams Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 16, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Beep Beep! Whiirrrr . . . It's a Robot Storytime! Don't let your reading skills power down this summer. Become a Reading Robot! Join other humanoids to assemble a robot craft and listen to robot stories! Don't forget to bring your best robot voice!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 17, 2014
All day, crafts from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Book! Caped crusaders unite! It's all about superheroes at your library! Gadgets, gizmos and secret identities will be constructed from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, June 17, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Crafty Chloe Summer Fun: Get a jump start on your 2014-15 Golden Sower Nominee reading by joining us for a reading and discussion of Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, followed by crafts, of course!

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Science Guys Day: Come to the fourth floor auditorium at Bennett Martin Public Library to enjoy Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes. Dress like a "mad" scientist and discover Nebraska's own Science Guys (Eiseley, Janovy, and Johnsgard) with a quick visit to the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Check out more Bill Nye DVDs to watch at home!

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Weather Wisdom: Stop by and learn about weather through hands-on experiments and crafts.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Family Craft Day: Are you ready to do, rather than pin? Try some easy crafts made with everyday household items and things from the recycle bin. There will be something for everyone at this family craft day. All materials will be provided.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Magic Tree House Mania: Travel around the library as we explore new worlds, just like Jack and Annie. We'll have crafts, play BINGO and more!

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 19, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Lego Book Day: Wild about Legos? We'll be building, crafting and gaming with Legos. Join us for a "block" buster afternoon!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 24, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Lincoln Saltdogs Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln SaltdogsTuesday, June 24, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln SaltdogsWednesday, June 25, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln Saltdogs Wednesday, June 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln Saltdogs Thursday, June 26, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Paul Mesner Puppets: Paul Mesner Puppets is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. They will be performing Old Mother Hubbard. In a quaint old cottage the comedy of a dog and his master opens and unfolds to delight and captivate the young audience.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Paul Mesner Puppets: Paul Mesner Puppets is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. They will be performing Old Mother Hubbard. In a quaint old cottage the comedy of a dog and his master opens and unfolds to delight and captivate the young audience.

Lincoln SaltdogsFriday, June 27, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 30, 2014
1:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 30, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th St.
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 1, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 1, 2014
1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 2, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 2, 2014
1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 2, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Movie Day: Gather your minions again for a transforming new adventure with a little romance!

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 3, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Star-Spangled Fun: We always have a bang-up time celebrating the fourth at South Branch Library. Get in on the crafts, treats, and tattoos a day early.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 7, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 7, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 7, 2014
3:15 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 8, 2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 8, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, July 10, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day! We will be celebrating the Heroes in a Half Shell with books, crafts and movies.

Fizz Boom Read Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:30 a.m. - noon
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Star Wars! Attention all Star Wars fans! The Force is strong at Walt Branch Library. Galactic fun includes cool photo ops, crafts, tons of Star Wars themed books to check out and a chance to enter our Wookiee calling contest! All ages welcome. Don't miss this event and may the Force be with you!

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 14, 2014
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 14, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 14, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:15 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 15, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 16, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's a Mystery! As any reader knows, the library is filled with mystery and suspense. Whether you're a fan of the 39 Clues, the Red Blazer Girls or the Scooby Gang, we will be celebrating the mysterious at Eiseley.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 16, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., near Bethany Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 21, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Alice's Wonderland @ Walt Library! Don't be late for a very important date! You will be sure to have a grand adventure with Wonderland stories, crafts, games and photo ops. Don't forget to wear your tea party finery!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 22, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:30 - noon
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's All Fun and Games at the Library: Have you ever played a game of life-sized Candyland? Here's your chance to take part in this, and other games of fun and chance.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Gail Gibbons Day: Drop in to the Bennett Martin Public Library in the first floor Youth Services area anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy activities and check out books by science author Gail Gibbons.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Retro Tech: Come and experience what was once the NEW technology. Participate in hands-on activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 23, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
LEGOs: Unleash your creativity using the library's vast quantity of Legos.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 24, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Sprinkler Day! Cool off at your library, it's our annual sprinkler day! We'll have sprinklers, chalk and the bubble machine will be back in action!

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 28, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 28, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 28, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
The Hampstead Stage Company: The Hampstead Stage Company is a nationally-touring theater for young audiences. Their shows, adapted from classic books, promote reading and the love of live theater. Two actors play ALL of the characters and will be sure to captivate any audience! They will perform Lewis Carroll's immortal classic, "Alice in Wonderland."

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
The Hampstead Stage Company: The Hampstead Stage Company is a nationally-touring theater for young audiences. Their shows, adapted from classic books, promote reading and the love of live theater. Two actors play ALL of the characters and will be sure to captivate any audience! Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this legendary story of the sword and the stone!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Williams Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 29, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 30, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, July 31, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.



Here are some photos from this year's Summer Reading Program special events:

2014 Summer Reading Program events



Coke "fountain" at the Summer Reading kickoff party at Bennett Martin Public Library

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Special Events

June 20, 2014 by pjorgensen


Be sure to also keep an eye on these special events for teens, special Storytimes, and Programs and Events for everyone!

FIZZ BOOM READCheck out the special events we're having this year for our Summer Reading Program!

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Pathfinder - Small Business

April 18, 2014 by sdc
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Small Business Pathfinder
posted October 2009
created by Bob B.

How can we help you begin your research?

We'll be glad to look up information for you about Small Businesses -- or help you find what you need. Some examples:
  • An address or telephone number
  • The website for a company, name of the CEO,....
  • A list of all the businesses with more than 10 employees in Beatrice, or Hastings, or...
  • A list of motels and restaurants in Grand Island, or Nebraska City, or...
  • The cost of living in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Average pay rates for selected occupations in North Platte, or York, or...
  • Address and phone for the Chamber of Commerce in St. Joseph, MO, or...
  • The latest Consumer Price Index
  • Who has a certain telephone number or address
  • Income tax forms
We can copy and fax a limited number of pages to you, at $0.25 a page, or mail information to you.

We have high-speed Internet access at all libraries, at no charge for use and limited charges for printing. (Call for more information)

We also have wireless access at all Lincoln City Libraries

We have access to annual reports for major Nebraska businesses.

We have a large collection of material from the City of Lincoln -- annual reports, Comprehensive Plans, etc.

Give us a call or stop by!

Reference Services -- Bennett Martin Public Library -- Lincoln City Libraries -- Lincoln, Nebraska -- (402) 441-8530 -- e-mail: reference@lincolnlibraries.org

 


 

Resources in Our Collection

Small business owners looking for suggestions on how to start or improve their business will find a wealth of material at the Lincoln City Libraries. Electronic databases full of relevant, up-to-date magazine and newspaper articles, print materials from well-known authors and research centers, and links to valuable, selected Internet websites provide both general and specific information on hundreds of topics, from taxes to licenses to marketing to training.

Electronic resources can be accessed 24/7 by anyone with a Lincoln City Libraries card. You can inquire about specific facts, figures, or addresses by phone or email or instant messaging. We can fax or mail you copies of forms, magazine articles, or other material. Most of the titles listed here can be checked out.

 

PRINT RESOURCES

Laws and Taxes -- for example, Directories -- for example,
Magazines and Newsletters -- for example, How-To Books -- General -- for example,
How-To Books -- Specific Businesses -- for example,
In the News - On-Line Resources

The following subscription databases and/or themed webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about Small Businesses on-line. The databases are resources the library has purchased for your use -- they are not available through a simple Internet search. Use your library card number for access to these paid databases. The webliographies below list dozens of librarian-selected free Internet sites for a wide variety of subjects -- for example, the Small Business Administration and the Census Bureau [If you have difficulty accessing or using the databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco MasterFILE [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text]  
Database: Wilson Omnifile & Biographies Plus [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text; plus - biographical profiles]
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT, 1999 to present]
Database: Nebraska Small Business Forms [for Nebraska Businesses specifically]
Database: Business Reference e-Books [includes the Business Plans Handbook and the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance]
Database: Reference USA [a nationwide business and residential phone directory]

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In the News

November 27, 2012 by sdc
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posted January 25, 2005
The Death of Johnny Carson

Generations of American television viewers were caught by surprise on Sunday, January 23, 2005, to learn that Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night" had passed away at his home in Malibu, California. The cause of death was emphysema. For three decades, encompassing the eras of seven different United States Presidents, Carson had ruled the airwaves of late-night television on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, setting what his successor Jay Leno called "the Gold Standard" for all who would follow in his footsteps.

He was born John William Carson in Corning, IA on October 23, 1925. When Johnny was eight, his family moved to Norfolk, NE, where he spent the rest of his formative years. At the age of 12, he read a book about doing magic tricks, purchased a mail-order magic kit, and that quickly became an obsession. By the age of 14, he was already performing a magician/comedy routine professionally as "The Great Carsoni", entertaining social groups such as the local Rotary Club. Following a three year stint as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1943-46, Carson returned to Nebraska, attending the University of Nebraska, and graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in 1949. During his time at NU, Carson acquired his first broadcast experience, working for the college radio station. When Omaha television station WOW began broadcasting in 1949, Carson was part of their earliest line-up, hosting an early afternoon talk/skit show, The Squirrel's Nest.

 

Enjoying the challenges of his earliest forays into television, Carson moved to California in the early 1950s, eventually landing a weekly comic series on CBS, Carson's Cellar. While working on this low-budget show, Carson was able to perfect his monologue and sketch comedy skills, and he was soon noticed by the hot new comic talents of the day, including Fred Allen and Red Skelton. Skelton eventually hired Carson to be a writer on The Red Skelton Show. An on-set accident which incapacitated Skelton provided a break for Johnny, who filled in on the live show and gained even more attention in the industry.

 

After hosting the quiz show Earn Your Vacation and the short-lived The Johnny Carson Show (a variety show), Carson settled into hosting the ABC daytime show Who Do You Trust? in 1957, where he was teamed up with Ed McMahon (as an announcer) for the first time. During his stint with ABC, Johnny served as the occasional guest-host during Jack Paar's period (1957-62) as host of Tonight!, and when Paar eventually stepped down, Johnny was hired as his full-time replacement. Against NBC's wishes, Carson insisted on McMahon's coming along as his sidekick, and Carson's era on The Tonight Show officially began on October 1, 1962.

 

During Johnny Carson's 30-year run as host, The Tonight Show went from black and white to color broadcasts, and in 1972 moved from New York City to "beautiful downtown Burbank" in California. Over the course of over 4,500 original episodes, Carson played host to over 22,000 guests, and created such popular on-going sketches (with his Mighty Carson Art Players) as Aunt Blabby, misguided super patriot Floyd R. Turbo, Tea Time Movie with Art Fern, and Carnac the Magnificent. Despite bringing his marital troubles (four wives and three divorces) into his monologues, Carson managed to keep his private life very private.

 

After 30 years at the helm of The Tonight Show, Carson officially called it quits on May 22, 1992, with weeks of special episodes and special guests culminating in an emotional final episode, in which he signed off with the following comments: "And so it has come to this. I am one of the lucky people in the world. I found something that I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. You people watching, I can only tell you that it's been an honor and a privilege coming into your homes all these years to entertain you. And I hope when I find something I want to do and think you would like, I can come back and (you will be) as gracious in inviting me into your homes as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night."

 

Since that date, Johnny Carson had lived a life out of the public eye. There were a few cameo appearances on other shows, including a 1994 appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman that earned him a 73-second standing ovation, but for the most part, Carson wasn't seen. He was busy behind the scenes, though, especially with philanthropic activities. Among the many monetary gifts he passed out were numerous funds for facilities in his former home state of Nebraska -- including: $5.3 million for the renovation of The Temple Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, and a substantial investment to support the original construction of The Lied Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, where the Johnny Carson Theater is situated. Johnny was also extremely generous with financial gifts to numerous facilities and causes in Norfolk, Nebraska, which continued to hold a special place in his heart. Among his beneficiaries there were the Carson Regional Cancer Center, the local library, an arts center, the Elkhorn Valley Museum (now host to a trove of Carson memorabilia) and the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College. Johnny Carson is suvived by his fourth wife, Alexis, and sons Christopher and Cory, from his marriage to first wife Joan Wolcott Carson. He was preceded in death by his second son, Richard, who died in an automobile accident in 1991.

 


In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

Biographies, Interviews & Profiles
of Johnny Carson and/or The Tonight Show

The Playboy Interviews  081 Hal [1993]
Show People: Profiles in Entertainment  790.2 Tyn [1979]
Carson: The Unauthorized Biography  791.452 CarYc [1987]
Here's Johnny: Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late Night Entertainment  791.452 CarYc [1992]
Here's Johnny: Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late Night Entertainment [updated]  791.452 CarYc [2002]
King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson  791.452 CarYl [1989]
King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson  791.452 CarYl [1990 paperback]
Johnny Carson: An Unauthorized Biography  791.452 CarYs [1987]
The Tonight Show  791.457 Met [1980]
40 Years at Night: The Story of The Tonight Show  791.457 qTonYv [1992]
Johnny Tonight!  791.457 Ten [1980]
The Playboy Interview, Volume II  Heritage 081 Gol [1983]

Additional Works With References to Johnny Carson

I'm So Happy  306 Hei [1990]
My Wild World  636.088 Emb [1980]
Johnny Came Lately: A Biography 
[Tonight Show producer Fred Decordova's biography]
791.452 Dec [1988]
Peter's People  920.02 Pet [1979]
Double Exposure, Take Two  SOS 779.12 McD2 [1989]
For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times 
[Ed McMahon's biography]
791.452 McM [1998]

Books by Johnny Carson

Happiness is-- A Dry Martini  Heritage 817 C23h [1965]
Misery is... A Blind Date  Heritage 817 C23m [1967]
Both of these items are located in the non-circulating collection of our Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Audio and/or Video Materials

Ultimate Collection Starring Johnny Carson vol. 1-3  DVD 791.452 Car [1989]
Whales! 
[Carson is host/narrator of this Nature video]
Video 599.5 Nat [1988]

Vertical File/Clippings



In the News - On-Line Resources

The following databases and/or webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about Johnny Carson on-line. [If you have difficulty using these databases, or need the log-on passwords, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text]
Database: Wilson Omnifile & Biographies Plus [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text; plus - biographical profiles]
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT]
LCL Webliography: Entertainment and Arts Resources

Additional on-line resources * about Johnny Carson:

"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
Official site of the Johnny Carson years of the "Tonight Show". Features video clips from Johnny's most memorable moments on the show. Also features video ordering information
Brilliant Careers: Johnny Carson
A February 2001 tribute to Carson from Salon.com
Johnny Carson page at the IMDb
The Internet Movie Database's complete list of Johnny Carson's TV and movie credits
The Elkhorn Valley Museum
Norfolk, NE museum which houses Carson memorabilia, including his six Emmy Awards
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Biographical page
E!Online's "The Facts"
Biographical Information
"So Long to Johnny, America's Sandman"
New York Times columnist Frank Rich on Carson's last 'Tonight Show' episode. From May 10, 1992
Profile of Carson after his death
Washington Post detailed obituary, January 23, 2005
Profile of Carson after his death
Foxnews.com detailed obituary, January 23, 2005
"Johnny Knew What He Wanted"
A Q&A Session With Ed McMahon on "The Today Show", January 24, 2005
Steve Martin's tribute to Johnny Carson
From the New York Times Op/Ed pages, January 24, 2005
Johnny Carson: America's Late-Night Host
A collection of links to articles from the New York Times database
Profile and Obituary of Johnny Carson
Detailed profile from Investors Business Daily
A Life in Broadcasting
A slideslow on CNN.com of Johnny Carson's career
An Appreciation: Late-Night's "King of Cool"
A look at Carson's impact, by CNN.com's Todd Leopold
A History of The Tonight Show
Straight from the official Carson "Tonight Show" website
NBC's Official The Tonight Show Page
Page for the current version of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"

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October 02, 2012 by sdc
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