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Summer Reading Program Offers Tails and Tales Kits

Nebraska 4-H logoTails and Tales is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Lincoln City Libraries and Nebraska 4-H have developed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Reading Connections Program kits that explore the amazing world of animal habitats and encourage reading.

The Tails and Tales kits are appropriate for families or groups with children ages 3 to 8. Each kit contains three books and a guide with activities to extend learning in the areas of art, science, music and movement, and conversation starters. The kits are cover themes of farm, forest, house pets, and pond, and are available for checkout for a three-week loan period at most library locations (not available at Williams Branch or the Lied Bookmobile).

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through July 31. All registrants will receive a book bag and a plantable paper bookmark while supplies last. Those who complete the challenge will receive a ticket to a free family pool party at Star City Shores, Saturday, July 31. Register here for the challenge.

Library Offers New Take-Home Storytime Kits

Storytime to Go: pick up a Storytime Kit today!Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced that new themes are available for the take-home reading and activity kits for 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.

New themes include:

  • Gardening
  • Swimming
  • Frogs
  • Construction
  • Bugs
  • Camping
  • Rainy days
  • Dance
  • Baby Animals
  • My Five Senses
  • Superheroes

Request a Storytime-to-Go kit here or by calling 402-441-8500.

Our Response to COVID-19

Updated June 21, 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. There are no longer restrictions on the length of your visit to the Library within normal operating hours. If you are fully vaccinated, face coverings are no longer required, but they are available on request. If you are not fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

Please do not enter if you:

  • have COVID-19
  • are awaiting test results
  • have been exposed to COVID-19
  • have COVID-19 symptoms

The Lied Bookmobile Schedule is available here.

Effective May 21, 2021, up to four computer sessions per day are 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. Items returned on or after May 21, 2021 will no longer be quarantined.

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?

Donations of books and other materials are 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?

We are holding Outdoor Library Learning Times this summer. Check the library’s Facebook page @LNKlibraries for weather related announcements.

Small programs for teens and adults may also resume soon.

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?

Effective May 21, 2021, meeting room use may resume. People who are vaccinated do not need to wear masks. People who are not vaccinated should wear masks.



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.

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