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Lincoln Cares

Lincoln Cares

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



Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Special Needs Storytimes

ABC blocksBeginning March 21, Lincoln City Libraries will offer free storytimes for children with special needs on the third Thursday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. These sessions are for children and their families who may require a more controlled environment, and are best suited for children 2 to 8 years of age. Preregistration is not required.

In addition to books, singing, and flannel boards, these sessions will incorporate sensory activities beyond sight and sound. The library welcomes children of all abilities, as it seeks to create an inclusive environment. This program is conducted away from distractions and offers an adjoining room in case participants need a quiet space.

Library Discussion Series Continues in March

taco 'Bout It TopicsThe Lincoln City Libraries “Taco ‘Bout It” discussion series continues March 11 with a conversation about art at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The series occurs on the second Monday of each month and features build-your-own tacos, followed by a presentation and question and answer session about topics of interest. Reservations are not required.

Taco fixings will be available at 6 p.m., and the discussions start at 6:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 11 – Dean Settle, Metro Gallery owner, will discuss the Lincoln art scene and offer advice on purchasing affordable art from local dealers.
  • April 8 – Jamie Granquist, BikeLNK City Manager, and Kelley Van Bruggen, City Transportation Planner, will discuss a bike-friendly downtown and the success of the bike share program.


Lincoln City Libraries Victorious in Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge 2019 logo

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) announced Monday that it is one of the national winners of Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge. Lincoln participants read for more than 3 million minutes. The program, sponsored by billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban, challenged 250 libraries nationally to meet a collective goal of reading at least 5 million minutes and 75,000 books in January.

LCL will donate its share of a $35,000 prize to the Begin with Books program, which provides new books to low-income families. LCL was also a national winner last year, with readers logging more than 1.5 million minutes. Local reading challenge winners include:

  • Kindle Paperwhite eReader – Noah Hensley
  • $50 gift certificate to The Mill, Francie and Finch Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or the Marcus Theatres – Enny Marrs, Mary McCandless, Donald Schmidt, Vikki Hawkins, Mary Boyington, Benjamin Davis, James Huston, Anthony Brown, Mike Page, and Kathy Ashley.
  • Classroom pizza party – Crystal Starr’s sixth grade class at Schoo Middle School; Mrs. Heimes’ ninth grade class at Lincoln Southwest High School; Cody Wallinger’s seventh grade class at St. Joseph’s Catholic School; Janet Marcelino’s first grade class at Rousseau Elementary; and Amanda Deras’ fourth grade class at Kooser Elementary.

Beanstack by Zoobean is software that helps create, manage, and measure reading challenges.



Children Can Improve Their Reading Skills by Reading to a Dog: Spring Session Begins March 5

"Daisy"Local therapy dog organization, Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, provides this wonderful opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced reading difficulties or who just need to practice their reading. Therapy teams are partnered with children who polish their skills by reading aloud to a dog. Children read to dogs in 20-minute shifts, once a week for six weeks. The spring session will run from March 5th to April 14th. Pre-registration is required for most branches. Please register by contacting the person listed at the branch where you wish to register your child. The schedule is as follows:

  • Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
    No need to register for drop-in sessions to read to Pax, who will be available Thursdays, March 7 through April 11 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
    No need to register for drop-in sessions to read to Pearl or Harry, who will be available Sundays, March 10 through April 14, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
    E-mail Ellie at elliephillips11@gmail.com to register to read to Daisy, who will be available Sundays, March 10 through April 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
    Call Mimi at 402-217-9019 to register to read to Hugh the dog, who will be available Thursdays, March 7 through April 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Read to a Cat also available! E-mail Allison at allisontalkspets@gmail.com to register to read to Rainy the cat, who will be available Tuesdays, March 5 through April 9 from 7:00-7:50 p.m.
  • South Branch Library, 2675 South Street
    E-mail Heather at arnold.heather4@gmail.com to register to read to Nanook, who will be available Sundays, from March 10 to April 14 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14 Street
    E-mail Angela at Anjherbert@me.com to register to read to Mojo, who will be available Saturdays, March 9 through April 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.