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How Much Do You Love Your Library?

Love My LibraryThis spring, we invite our customers ages 4+ to join us as we celebrate Love My Library.

Love can be celebrated and expressed in many ways:

  • Check out a cookbook and learn to make a special dish for your mom or dad.
  • Try a new craft to create a work of art to give to someone.
  • Check out a Grab and Go bundle and read something new with a friend.

Write us a letter to tell us why you love the library or why you love reading. You can tell us about your favorite book, or something you learned from a book! Or send in a drawing, photo, or craft that shows why you love the library.

Send your letter to:

Library Mouse
Lincoln City Libraries
136 S. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

or e-mail a.huffman@lincolnlibraries.org

Winners will be selected at random to win their very own library mouse. Parts of letters, pictures, and works of art might appear on the LNKlibraries social media pages!

This promotion runs through April 10, 2021.

Our Response to COVID-19

Updated February 10, 2021. Here are the answers to our most common questions about Library services during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Are the Libraries open? Can I use a computer?

All Lincoln City Libraries are open again to the public on their regular schedules. The 10 to 11 a.m. hour on Fridays is reserved for use by those especially vulnerable to illness. Visits are limited to one hour with building capacity controls in place. Effective February 10, you may again “renew” your library visit for an extra hour if building capacity allows.

The Lied Bookmobile Schedule is available here.

Face coverings are required in conformity with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s requirements.

Computer sessions are limited to one per day. If building capacity allows an extra hour to be added to your visit, an extra computer session is also allowed. Online computer reservations are not available at this time.

When can I return items I have checked out? When are items that I already have checked out due?

Materials can now be returned at all locations. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and returned to shelves. 

Due dates for materials checked out on or before June 10, 2020 were extended to July 1. Materials checked out starting June 11, 2020 have a due date three weeks after the checkout date.

Please remember that our e-Books and downloadable audiobooks from OverDrive, streaming movies and music from Hoopla, and other online resources remain available. Online materials checked out are automatically returned on their due dates.

Interlibrary Loan requests are again being accepted. If you have Interlibrary Loan checkouts and have questions about their due dates, please contact our Interlibrary Loan office at 402-441-8537.

Are you accepting donations?

As of February 6, 2021, donations of books and other materials will be accepted on Saturdays only. Space available for donated materials is limited; please check with the specific library location before bringing materials to donate.

What about your storytimes and other programs?

All in-person Library programming is cancelled until further notice.

Please check here for information about our Virtual Storytimes and other online options!

Other virtual programs are being made available through our Facebook page; videos of most of these are also available shortly afterward on this page and on our YouTube channel.

My group had a meeting room reserved. Will we still be able to meet at the Library?

All meeting room reservations are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Library Offers Reading Challenge Book Discussion January 23

READ FOR CHANGE November 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021: Read Woke Reading ChallengeLincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to participate in an online book discussion at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 23 as part of its Read for Change: Read Woke Reading Challenge. Attendance is limited and registration is required by emailing library@lincolnlibraries.org.

This hour-long discussion will take place via Zoom video conferencing with links being emailed prior to the event.

The discussion will be on I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib. This triumphant graphic memoir brings to life her teenage antics and illuminates earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.

The discussion will be led by Tasneem Huq, a Youth Program Intern at the Asian Community and Cultural Center, who will be joined by high school students who are members of the Center’s Youth Program.

Copies of the books are available for borrowing from Lincoln City Libraries. The title is also available as an e-book through lincoln.overdrive.com.

To find additional reading challenge activities for kids, teens, and adults visit lincolnlibraries.org/ReadWoke2021.

Income Tax Assistance

Income Tax AssistanceDue to COVID-19, tax preparation is not taking place on site at Lincoln City Libraries. AARP and VITA assistance is available online. Details are available here. VITA appointments can be scheduled here.

To check on eligibility for AARP to help you with your return, e-mail Taxaidelink@gmail.com, or call and leave a message at 402-327-1554.

Please note that Library staff are not authorized to provide tax assistance or handle patrons’ tax documents.

Federal tax forms and instructions are available from the Internal Revenue Service website.

Special Note About Nebraska Tax Forms:

To encourage electronic filing, the Nebraska Department of Revenue is not providing tax forms to the public library. You may print forms and instructions from the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s website.

 

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Take-Home Storytime Kits

Storytime to Go: pick up a Storytime Kit today!Lincoln City Libraries now provides take-home reading and activity kits for Lincoln’s young readers. Storytime-To-Go kits are for children ages 3 to 7 and contain five books, a beginning and ending song, a rhyming activity, and a list of theme-related books. Some kits include a coloring sheet or other activity.

Storytime-To-Go kits can be requested by calling a branch library or by this online form. Ten themes are available:

  • Space
  • All About Books
  • Trying New Things
  • Zoo Animals
  • Feasts
  • Fall Animals
  • Transportation
  • Siblings
  • Rainy Day
  • Snowy Day