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One Book–One Lincoln Author to Speak November 19

photo of Lauren MarkhamThe author of the 2019 One Book–One Lincoln winning title, The Far Away Brothers, will speak in Lincoln Tuesday, November 19. Lauren Markham’s free presentation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln High School auditorium, 2229 “J” Street. Markham, a writer and reporter based in northern California, will discuss her writing and research process. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and Markham will sign books following her presentation.

“I’m delighted that One Book–One Lincoln readers will hear directly from Lauren Markham,” said Library Director Pat Leach. “Her book stands well on its own, as evidenced by its selection this year, but hearing from the author adds additional layers of meaning. Her visit is the perfect way to continue to build community through books and reading.”

The Far Away BrothersFrancie & FinchThe Far Away Brothers is the true story of twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California. Markham’s work frequently concerns issues related to youth, migration, the environment and her home state of California. The event is presented by Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and the Francie and Finch Bookshop.

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 naeforpets@gmail.com 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 elliephillips11@gmail.com 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 arnold.heather4@gmail.com 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 anjherbert@gmail.com 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 allisontalkspets@gmail.com 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 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!



3D Printers Available

3D printer photo - Creative Commons license3D printers are available at Bennett Martin Public Library and the Eiseley, Gere, and Walt branches. Contact staff at those locations for demonstrations or to request training. You can also send requests to be printed.

This project was supported in part by the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and granted by the Nebraska Library Commission.