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April 01, 2015 by pjorgensen

What's Your Vision for a Central Library?

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.

Public Invited to Play Musical Glasses at Polley Music Library

Residents can learn how to play musical glasses from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the Polley Music Library on the second floor of Bennett Martin Library, 136 S. 14th St. Participants can drop by any time during the two-hour event to play and explore the science behind making music with a glass, water and your finger.

This hands-on experience is sponsored by the Polley Music Library, a privately funded service of Lincoln City Libraries, which provides information on a wide range of musical topics. Its collection includes music magazines and several thousand music books and scores. The archival and research holdings include historical music programs from Lincoln, photos and other materials related to Lincoln’s musical history, as well as historical sheet music and manuscripts.

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.



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Storytimes

March 30, 2015 by pjorgensen


Linc

Baby Storytimes
Toddler Time
Preschool Storytimes
Storytimes for Families
Printable Storytime Schedule (PDF)

If schools are closed due to bad weather, storytimes are canceled.

Baby Storytimes

Baby Storytime is an interactive parent-child time with fun activities designed to promote early literacy, language development and a love of books for children birth to 18 months old.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Monday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Monday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
Thursday, 6:30 to 6:50 p.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Toddler Time
For children aged 18 to 36 months and their parents or caregivers. During Toddler Time, a librarian reads aloud and leads adult-child pairs in activities. Research indicates the importance of the adult-child bond in building early literacy. Toddler Time also supports early literacy by building vocabulary and sharing age-appropriate literature in an atmosphere of fun, engaging activity.

Toddler Time at Anderson Branch, October 2010

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402- 441-8540
Monday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Tuesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

South Branch Library
2675 South Street
402-441-8570
Thursday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Photo of Storytime Preschool Storytimes

Lincoln City Libraries presents its popular preschool storytimes at all library locations. Preschool Storytime is a half-hour of books and activities for children ages three, four and five.

Preschool Storytime supports early literacy by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Pre-registration is not required for Preschool Storytime. Newcomers are always welcome!

Themed lists of books used for many of our storytimes can be found by logging into your Library Account and clicking on "Lists."
Puppy Pals antibullying program

"Puppy Pals" Antibullying Program
RESPECT, an educational theater group from Omaha will present a short play focused on helping preschoolers learn to help others, identify their emotions, and respect other people and animals. The play will be presented at these preschool storytimes in April:

Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 a.m., Anderson Branch Library

Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 p.m., South Branch Library

Thursday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Bethany Branch Library

Monday, April 13, 4:00 p.m., Williams Branch Library

Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m., Gere Branch Library

Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m., Walt Branch Library

Thursday, April 16, 10:30 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library

Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., Eiseley Branch Library
Can't make it to storytime? How about a virtual storytime with our TumbleBook Library!

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library Mobile

Biblioteca TumbleBook
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th Street
402-441-8566
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402-441-8540
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Tuesday, 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

South Branch Library
2675 South Street
402-441-8570
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.



 

Storytimes for Families
(also check out our Parent-Child Book Groups)

The entire family is welcome to enjoy crafts and storytime from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., except where other times are noted.

Prickly, Poky Fun with Hedgehog at Walt Branch, September 9, 2014

Prickly, Poky Fun with Hedgehog at Walt Branch, September 9, 2014
Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street, 402-441-4250
Sundays 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street, 402-441-8560
4th Monday of the month 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Except in May – 3rd Monday
January 26: Music Makers
February 23: Seuss-abration!
March 23: Zoo Hullabaloo
April 27: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
May 18: Every Hero Has a Story


South Branch Library
2675 South Street, 402-441-8570
First Monday of the month 6:30-7:30 p.m.
January 5: Let it Snow
February 2: Love is in the Air

Canceled
March 2: Spring is Here
April 6: Let it Rain
May 4: It’s Almost Summer


Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street, 402-441-4460
Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates
January 13: Mustaches
February 10: Tropical Island Adventures
March 10: Cookies
April 14: Dinosaurs
May 12: Big Eaters

(& every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Williams Branch Library
5000 Mike Scholl Street, 402-441-8580
Every Monday 4:00-4:45 p.m.



 



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Library Board of Trustees

March 25, 2015 by pjorgensen

The Library Board of Trustees is a group of seven citizens to whom the administration of the public library is entrusted. The Board of Trustees of the Lincoln City Libraries is an administrative board appointed by the Lincoln City Council. It is the trustees' obligation to work toward improvement in library services through well-trained staff and efficient use of funds; to support adequate funding for good library service; and to promote the best possible use of all library resources.

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

Board members

E-mail can be sent to individual Board members using the addresses given below, or to the Board as a whole at libraryboard@lincolnlibraries.org

Herb Friedman, President
Term: 2011-2018
E-mail: h.friedman@lincolnlibraries.org

Donna Marvin, Vice-President
Term: 2012-2016
E-mail: d.marvin@lincolnlibraries.org

Marthaellen Florence, Treasurer
Term 2011-2013
E-mail: m.florence@lincolnlibraries.org

Kathy McKillip
Term: 2009-2014
E-Mail: k.mckillip@lincolnlibraries.org

Lowell Berg
Term: 2014-2015
E-mail: l.berg@lincolnlibraries.org

Herb Schimek
Term: 2010-2017
E-mail: h.schimek@lincolnlibraries.org

Carol Speicher
Term: 2012-2019
E-mail: c.speicher@lincolnlibraries.org

Board meetings

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees meets the third Tuesday of each month. From time to time it may become necessary to reschedule meetings. If circumstances make it prudent and necessary in any one month, the regular meeting of the Board may be rescheduled with the approval of at least four members of the Board, following notification of all seven Board members. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President, or when a request is made to the President by three Board members. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held at 8:00 AM and in the Board Room of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska. The following is a list of the meeting dates:

2015 Schedule

The proposed agenda is kept continually current and available for inspection at the Administrative Office of the Bennett Martin Public Library, but the Board shall have the right to modify the agenda at said public meeting when convened. Requests for sign language interpreters will require a minimum of 48 hours advance notice to the Library Director, (402)441-8510.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes from Library Board meetings are kept on this site for one year. Earlier minutes (from May 9, 1944 to current) are available in the Library's Administrative Offices during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM).

The Agendas and Minutes on this site are PDF files, which require the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. Help for viewing these files is available.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2015 Agenda Minutes
February 17, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2015
Agenda Minutes
December 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 21, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 19, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 15, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 20, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 15, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Board Policies

The Library Board is responsible for making policy decisions concerning the employment of the Library Director, materials selection, public rules and regulations, library development, budget, fundraising, public relations, and relationships with other librararies and educational institutions.



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Bookmobile Service

February 18, 2015 by pjorgensen

Lied Bookmobile
Lincoln City Libraries' Lied Bookmobile provides individualized library service to a diverse population throughout Lincoln and Lancaster County. The Lied Bookmobile focuses service delivery to four main areas:

  • County towns and cities
  • Youth with emphasis on children at risk
  • Seniors
  • Areas in Lincoln not close to existing libraries

The Lied Bookmobile Schedule gives the locations, times and lengths of the Lied Bookmobile stops. The Lied Bookmobile visits regular stops every two weeks. Holiday closings are listed at the bottom of the schedule. In case of stop cancellation due to weather or mechanical difficulties, due dates will be adjusted. The schedule for March through May is now available.

Map of Lied Bookmobile stops
Blue markers show stops for Route A; yellow markers show stops for Route B; check the schedule for specific dates and times.

View Lincoln City Libraries Lied Bookmobile Stops in a larger map

The Lied Bookmobile carries adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, magazines, DVDs and videos, audiobooks on tape and CD, computer games, and large print titles.

Requests for items not currently on the Lied Bookmobile can be made by placing holds through the library's online catalog, by calling any library location, or by submitting titles to Lied Bookmobile staff. Please allow several days before your stop for items to reach the Lied Bookmobile when placing holds.

Other Lied Bookmobile Information:

The Lied Bookmobile carries adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, magazines, DVDs and videos, audiobooks, music CDs, video games, and large-print titles.

Please bring your library card with you to check out items at the Lied Bookmobile.

Most items on the Lied Bookmobile are loaned for a 4-week period, with one renewal allowed.To renew, stop in or call any Lincoln City Libraries branch, or call the library's automated telephone renewal line at 402-441-8506. You can also view your library record, place holds, and renew items through the library's online catalog.

For further information on the Lied Bookmobile, call 402-441-8545.

 



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Troubleshooting Off-site Access to Research Resources

January 23, 2015 by pjorgensen

If you are having trouble accessing our Research Resources from outside the library (for example, you are not asked for your library card number, or after entering your card number you are asked for a user name and password), please look over this list of possible causes:
  • I'm not being asked for my library card number.
    Be sure you start from our Research Resources page each time you use our Research Resources - bookmarking individual resources in your browser usually doesn't work.

    If you are starting from the correct page, are you behind a firewall or other security software that is blocking access? Your firewall must allow access to port 2048 to allow you to log into our resources. Some resources may also require access to other ports within these ranges:

    2048-2063
    2065-2114
    2116-2139
    2141-2252

    Some Internet Service Providers may have firewalls that block some of these ports; you may need to contact your ISP to find out how to correct this problem.

  • I entered my card number, but it says my identification is not recognized.
    Be sure you enter all 14 digits of your library card number, with no spaces or punctuation.

    If you're sure you entered your card number correctly, please check with library staff. Cards that have not been used to check out materials for five years and cards that have been reported lost are removed from our database and cannot be used to access Research Resources.

  • I entered my card number, but I'm being asked for a Username and Password.
  • I entered my card number, but it says my computer is not recognized.
    These symptoms have several possible causes:
    • Some resources require you to register and login even after you have entered your card number.
      In these cases, you will be given the opportunity to choose your own user name and password. If you are asked to register and then told that your computer is not recognized, it is probably due to a firewall or other security software; see the section on blocked referrer information below.
    • Is your browser accepting cookies?
      You must have cookies enabled in your browser to log into these Research Resources.
    • Are there old browser cookies or temporary Internet files interfering with logging in?
      Clear your cookies and temporary (cached) files from your browser, and try logging in again; using a different browser may also help.
    • Are your Internet security settings too restrictive?
      You may need to lower your security settings to log in to some resources.
    • Are you using other Internet security, privacy, or firewall software that blocks referrer information?
      Internet security, privacy, and firewall software that blocks your browser from sending referrer information can cause problems with accessing some resources. (Examples of this kind of software would be Norton Internet Security, Norton Personal Firewall, and ZoneAlarm.) Some Internet Service Providers may have firewalls that block referrer information; you may need to contact your ISP to find out how to correct this problem. Here are some additional tips for correcting this problem.
  • After I've logged in with my library card, I'm taken to a different resource than the one I clicked on.
    Are you using a computer at an institution that has its own collection of resources or databases? If you are using a computer at another institution (such as Lincoln Public Schools, Southeast Community College, or the University of Nebraska) that subscribes to resources from the same companies that we do, you may be restricted to that institution's resources instead of those that Lincoln City Libraries subscribes to, even after you've logged in through our Web site.
  • I was able to access this resource yesterday, but it won't let me in today.
    Occasionally our resource providers experience technical problems or perform maintenance on their computers, and occasionally our own automated system is down for similar reasons. In these cases you may simply need to wait and try again another time.

Resolving problems caused by blocked referrer information

If you have Internet security, privacy, or firewall software that blocks your browser from sending referrer information, you will need to tell the software to allow the sending of referrer information to the domains used by our subscription resources and our online forms. While we are unable to provide specific instructions on configuring your software, the table below shows the addresses your software will need to allow.

Some Internet Service Providers may have firewalls that block referrer information; you may need to contact your ISP to find out how to correct this problem. Windstream Broadband users should follow the instructions on this Windstream Support page to set their firewall to a lower level, or turn it off entirely. If you turn the Windstream firewall off, we strongly recommend that you have another firewall in place (for example, the one built into recent versions of Windows).

If you are having trouble using these resources Add these addresses
Lincoln City Libraries' online forms *.lincolnlibraries.org
*.lcl.lib.ne.us
American Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library
Music Online
Popular Music Library
Smithsonian Global Sound
*.classical.com
*.alexanderstreet.com
These resources also require that port 1755 is not blocked
Biography Reference Bank
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
Magazine Article Search
NoveList/Novelist K-8
Teacher Reference Center
*.epnet.com
*.ebscohost.com
eLibrary *.bigchalk.com
FirstSearch *.oclc.org
Chilton Library
*.galegroup.com
*.chiltonlibrary.com
*.chiltonsonline.com
HeritageQuest Online *.heritagequestonline.com
*.umi.com
Homework HelpNow
JobNow
*brainfuse.com
Lincoln Journal Star *.newsbank.com
Morningstar Library Edition *.morningstar.com
netLibrary *.netlibrary.com
OverDrive (downloadable audiobooks) *.overdrive.com
*.contentreserve.com
ReferenceUSA *.referenceusa.com
Sanborn Maps *.umi.com
Testing & Education Reference Center *.galegroup.com
*.petersons.com
*.ilrn.com
*.webtrends.com
*.vantage.com
*.askit.com
*.petersonstestprep.com
Transparent Language Online *.transparent.com
*.rbdigital.com
Value Line Investment Survey *.valueline.com



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