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Polley Music Library Hosts September Music Events

Polley Music LibraryLincoln City Libraries’ Polley Music Library invites the public to several free events in September to celebrate Lincoln Calling and welcome new Music Librarian Scott Scholz. All events take place at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 18, 6 to 7 p.m. – Pianist, composer, author and educator Thollem McDonas will talk about his music, travels, and collaborations with filmmakers and musicians, as well as perform some of his work on electric piano.
  • Thursday, September 19, 5 to 6 p.m. – Finding the Right Sound in the Studio: This Lincoln Calling discussion panel features some of Nebraska’s most experienced recording studio experts. This workshop will inform and inspire musicians hoping to sound their best, whether recording at home or in a studio.
  • Thursday, September 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Concert and Reception: Meet Scholz and enjoy short performances by a diverse set of local musicians, songwriters, composers and improvisers. They include: songwriter/storyteller Scott Severin with Joshua Rector; a composition by composer and soprano Elysia Arntzen; and instrument maker, composer and improviser Jay Kreimer.

The Polley Music Library is a service of Lincoln City Libraries privately funded through a gift from Lillian Helms Polley. The music library features a circulating collection of music books, printed music, compact discs, digital collections, non-circulating reference materials and music magazines. Additionally, the Polley Music Library Show is broadcast on KZUM 89.3 FM Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings. Future events include listening and songwriting clubs, and a speed dating-styled event for musicians seeking musicians for collaboration and to form bands.

For more information about Polley Music Library events, contact Scholz at 402-441-8527.

Read to a Dog Fall Session Begins October 8

Read to a Dog at your libraryFamilies 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 six weeks.

The fall session runs from October 8 through November 17. Preregistration is required except where noted. To register, contact the person listed for each branch. The schedule is as follows:

    • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, October 13 to November 17. This is a drop-in session to read to Eleanor, and no registration is required.
    • Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, October 8 to November 12. Email Janae at to register to read to Pax.
    • Bethany Branch, 1810 N. Cotner Boulevard, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, October 8 to November 12. This is a drop-in session to read to Harry, and no registration is required.
    • Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior Street, 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, October 13 to November 17. Email Ellie at to register to read to Daisy.
    • South Branch, 2675 South Street, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, October 13 to November 17. Email Heather at to register to read to Nanook.
    • Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th Street:
      • 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays, October 12 to November 16. Email Angela at to register to read to Mojo.
      • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, October 10 to November 21 (no session Oct. 31). Call Dr. Harvey at 402-217-9019 to register to read to Hugh.
      • 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. Wednesdays, October 9 to November 13. Email Allison at to register to read to Rainy the Cat.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2019 One Book – One Lincoln Title

Lincoln City Libraries announced today The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham is the book selected for the 2019 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print as well as downloadable audio and eBook formats. Programming related to this year’s selected titles begins on Sunday, September 29th!

In The Far Away Brothers Markham shares the story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California – fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California, focusing on issues related to youth, migration, the environment, and her home state of California. The Far Away Brothers was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize, Silver Winner of the California Book Award, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, shortlisted for the J.Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and longlisted for the Pen/Bograd Weld Prize for biography.

The runners up for the 2019 program were The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, and There There by Tommy Orange.

To enhance readers’ enjoyment of the One Book – One Lincoln finalists as well as the winning title, programs will be hosted at various library locations.

There There
Vision Maker Media & Native American Storytelling
Sunday, September 29; 2:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
Executive Director Shirley Sneve discusses her role at Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit organization that empowers and engages Native People to share stories.

The Far Away Brothers
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
Kate Damgaard, LPS Language Curriculum Specialist, and Dr. Laura Salem, LPS English Language Learner Program Supervisor, discuss how Lincoln Public Schools supports the educational and emotional needs of English Language Learners in our community.

The Great Believers
Sunday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
The Nebraska AIDS Project hosts a panel discussion on the impact of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s through today. Learn how living with HIV has changed over 30 years and the affect it had on our nation and community.

More information about One Book – One Lincoln, including previous winners, is available here.

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Free Giveaway During September

Lincoln City Libraries is celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month in September with free giveaways for young readers. Children ages 12 and under who sign up for a library card during September will receive coupons for a free kid’s meal at Piezano’s and free entry to Roca Berry Farm. Coupons are available at all LCL branches.

Coupons are limited to one per child and must be redeemed in September. Children who already have a library card may receive coupons by visiting the library with their card or having the librarian verify their account.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a promotion of the American Library Association to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.

“Libraries provide free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs and activities, educational apps, homework help, technology workshops, and the expertise of librarians,” said Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Coordinator. “That makes a library one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies.”

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!