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Meeting Rooms

September 23, 2014 by Webmaster

Lincoln City Libraries, in response to the needs of community residents, provides meeting areas in the Library for public use on a request basis. The ultimate goal of providing for public meeting space within the Library is to recognize the available library materials, resources, and services within the Library and to promote awareness in the community that the Library is an active informational and educational service of the local government.

Library programming is an important aspect of the Library’s service to the community; therefore, Library needs will take precedence over public use of the meeting areas. The Library reserves the right to cancel reservations for meeting rooms if the space is needed for library activities.

Please contact Library staff for information about events scheduled in our meeting rooms.

General Information

Who can use the meeting rooms?
Meeting rooms may be used by local groups and organizations for educational, civic, and cultural purposes. Meeting rooms are open to all groups in the community regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their members. The meeting rooms may be used when one individual tutors another in literacy skills.

To arrange a meeting
Contact the Administration Office at Bennett Martin Library (402-441-8503) to book a meeting or obtain information about the meeting rooms. Library-sponsored events have first priority for use of library facilities. Advance scheduling and approval by the library is required. At least five business days prior to the event, the application is to be filled out along with payment for the applicable fees. Applications must be approved by the library, the booking confirmed, and all fees paid before the group can use the meeting room. Bookings may be made up to one year in advance for non-profit groups and up to thirty days in advance for for-profit groups.

To cancel a meeting

Groups cancelling a meeting booking must report the cancellation to the Administration Office (402-441-8503). The application form signed by the group representative constitutes an agreement that a meeting will take place. If a meeting is cancelled, the library must be notified as soon as possible so the space is available to others. If the group has paid a fee, the fee is forfeited if the cancellation occurs five business days or less from the meeting date.

Light refreshments (snacks) may be served by a group. Meals may not be served. Beverages may be served. Groups must provide their own coffee makers, cups, and any other equipment or supplies. Groups are expected to leave the room clean for the next users. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted in the library.

Library Furnishings and Equipment
All meeting rooms are supplied with chairs and tables. Setting up and taking down folding tables and stacking chairs is the responsibility of the group using the room. The meeting room must be left in good condition. The person who signs the facility use agreement is held responsible for damages or cleanup requiring custodial service. The library does not assume responsibility for damaged, lost or stolen property of users of the meeting rooms. Library equipment must be reserved in advance. The group must provide supplies such as marker pens, flip chart paper, etc. WiFi access is generally available but cannot be guaranteed.

Equipment Storage
Storage is not provided for equipment owned by groups using the meeting rooms. Groups using their own equipment must remove that equipment after each meeting.

Fees and Fines

There is no fee for government agencies or non-profit groups for use of the meeting rooms during regular service hours of the library building in which the room is located. All other groups may reserve meeting rooms for a fee of $10.00 per hour or fraction thereof.

All meeting rooms must be cleared and attendees must be out of the building by closing time. Users violating this policy will be assessed a charge to compensate for staff overtime. The group will be held accountable for damages to the room or equipment. Repair and/or replacement costs associated with any such damage will be charged to the person who signs the facility use agreement.

Meeting Room Locations and Capacities

Bennett Martin Public Library
14th & N Streets

Auditorium (4th floor):
100 - Theater style
60 - Tables and Chairs

Conference Room (4th floor):

39 – Theater style
36 - Tables and Chairs

Anderson Branch
Fremont & Touzalin
Meeting Room:
60 – Theater style
42 - Tables and Chairs
Eiseley Branch
1530 Superior Street
Room 1:
70 – Theater Style
56 – Tables and Chairs

Room 2:
40 – Theater Style
38 – Tables and Chairs

Rooms 1 & 2 Combined:
100 – Theater Style
94 – Tables and Chairs

Gere Branch
56th & Normal
Room 1:
70 – Theater Style
42 – Tables and Chairs

Room 2:
40 – Theater style
18 – Tables and Chairs

Rooms 1 & 2 Combined:
120 – Theater Style
60 – Tables and Chairs

Walt Branch
6701 South 14th Street
Room 1:
70 – Theater Style
56 – Tables and Chairs

Room 2:
40 – Theater Style
38 – Tables and Chairs

Rooms 1 & 2 Combined:
100 – Theater Style
94 – Tables and Chairs

Williams Branch
5000 Mike Scholl Street (NW 48th & W. Cuming Streets, in the Arnold Elementary School; enter from West Cuming Street)

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Meeting Room Schedules

February 26, 2014 by Webmaster

Meeting Room schedule information is no longer being posted. Please contact Library staff for information about events scheduled in our meeting rooms.

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Notables--"Room" and "Next"

July 21, 2011 by PatLeach
I kicked off July with two novels from the Notable Books List--"Room" by Emma Donoghue and "Next" by James Hynes.

"Room" is narrated by Jack, a five-year-old who has spent his life with only his mother in one room, actually a storage shed converted to a living space. She was kidnapped several years before by "Old Nick" who still visits her regularly for sex (while Jack is tucked away in the wardrobe), and to deliver food, clothes, and other necessary items. She has raised Jack to believe that their room is pretty much the whole world. He's beginning to ask questions, and she realizes that the charade must end. Spoiler alert--Jack escapes.

I was reminded of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" as I read this due to Jack's distinctive sensibility and voice. He doesn't have concepts for talking with others, for vehicles in motion, for navigating in a world full of people. He reveals his mother's courage and cleverness in protecting and nurturing him. He does his best to understand what's happening, especially in the media frenzy surrounding his and his mother's escape. In some ways, using Jack as the narrator is genius. In others, it limits the depth of the telling. Ultimately, even though it's a fine novel, I don't believe it lives up to its promise.

Even so, I think this will have a lot of play among book groups--there are nearly infinite discussion possibilities.

I'm adding it to my mental list of novels with great set-ups that don't quite live up to their potential.

On the other hand, "Next" by James Hynes had me almost quitting in the middle, only to have the story take a sharp (and sharply effective) turn in the middle, leading to an engrossing second half.

I would have said that it was narrated by its protagonist, Kevin, but looking back, I see that an unknown narrator is at work here. The story happens all in one day. Kevin is on a plane landing in Austin, Texas, where he has a job interview. He hasn't told his girlfriend in Ann Arbor that he's seeking such a move. He becomes obsessed with the attracive young woman who sits next to him on the plane, and thus begins his series of reveries on old girlfriends, sex, and how he's ended up where he is, a 50-year-old in good physical shape, but emotionally unattached. He ends up following this young woman throughout downtown Austin, until an accident on the sidewalk knocks him out, and she disappears.

Then, an interlude with a woman who rescues him, patches up his minor injuries, takes him to the store to replace his torn clothes, and then engages in an emotionally revealing conversation over lunch.

He arrives for his interview, and a terroristic event, something foreshadowed throughout, actually happens. Kevin is left with only his wits and will to live. His reveries move from sex to his family, especially to death, and to how he hasn't lived up generally. And then there's what's next....

I LOVE a novel with a second half that exceeds the first.

This is almost a tailor-made book group book, as long as the group is cool with sexually graphic descriptions, and ongoing sexual thoughts.

I'll recommend this to general fiction readers--Hynes  packs an awful lot in to this one day. As an added bonus, one of my reading friends noted that one of the sex scenes in this book was named the best sex scene in a book this year by

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