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Bennett Martin Public Library Adds Weekday Evening Hours

Bennett Martin Public LibraryBeginning Thursday, November 1, the closing time at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street will be extended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Funding for the additional eight hours per week was provided as part of the City’s 2018-2020 biennial budget.

Library hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

“We felt it very important to provide access to the library similar to that of other neighborhoods in Lincoln, especially with the increasing number of people who live downtown,“ said Pat Leach, Library Director. She said events are being planned during the new hours, such as Family Storytime on Tuesday nights, which include stories, pizza and crafts.

In addition to serving as the Lincoln City Libraries headquarters, Bennett Martin Public Library serves more than 55,000 residents who live within its two-mile service radius. The library has more than 216,000 books, CDs and DVDs available for borrowing. Other services include 35 Internet computers available for reservation, Wi-Fi, a teen area with large screen TV and games, and public meeting rooms for up to 100 people. Special collections include the Polley Music Library and the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.

Libraries Launch Reading Campaign Focused on Fathers

Dad Up and ReadLincoln City Libraries (LCL) encourages fathers to read to their children at least 15 minutes a day as part of its “Dad Up and Read” campaign that runs now through December 15. No registration is required for two free November events:

Dads Do – Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon at three locations: Bennett Martin Public Library (136 S. 14th), Anderson Branch (3635 Touzalin) and Gere Branch (2400 S. 56th).

Fathers and their children are invited to play, create, learn and explore using the building and makerspace kits. The program includes snacks, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

Breakfast with Dad – Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon at two locations: Walt Branch (6701 S. 14th) and Eiseley Branch (1530 Superior)

Enjoy a cereal bar at the Walt Branch and the Waffleman at the Eiseley Branch. The event includes stories, crafts, a free drawing pad and crayons for each child, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Coordinator, said a Harvard University study showed that children who are read to by their fathers are more likely to create imaginative discussion, resulting in positive cognitive and language development. “A cape and tights are not required for dads to be seen as heroes,” Wood said. “Lincoln dads participating in the ‘Dad Up and Read’ campaign will achieve hero status in 15 minutes a day simply by reading aloud to their children.”

Read Aloud LINCOLN: Read today. Succeed tomorrow. The Waffleman(TM)

Lincoln Cares

Lincoln Cares

You can help support the Library through the Lincoln Cares program. Enroll today at or call 402-475-4211. Thank you for your support of parks, libraries and older adults in our community!

Libraries Offer Bilingual Story Times

Los Cuentos! English/Spanish Preschool StorytimeLincoln City Libraries invites families to bilingual Spanish and English language story times for preschool-age children at 6:30 p.m., Mondays, at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street. The new Library Learning Time offerings are free and no registration is required.

Spanish speakers and those wanting to learn more Spanish are welcome to attend. A complete list of Library Learning Times is available here.

Annual Report Available

graphics from Annual ReportLincoln City Libraries’ Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available.