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Spring Into Reading Challenge

Because many people in our community are facing social distancing measures in the weeks ahead, Lincoln City Libraries is offering an on-line program designed to encourage reading, and engage children, families, and adults in activities designed to keep everyone healthy, happy, and hopefully busy.

Join our Spring into Reading Challenge and log reading time, take part in activities, and earn tickets towards prize packages of your choice.

How do I sign up?

If you registered for any of our Summer or Winter Reading Challenges, you have a Beanstack account. Sign in with your username and password at lincolnlibraries.beanstack.org/users/sign_in. Our Spring into Reading Challenge will pop up when you log in.

What if I’ve forgotten my username and/or password?

If you have forgotten your user name, click on the CONTACT US link in the lower left corner of the Beanstack homepage and we’ll look it up for you.

If you’ve forgotten your password, click on the I FORGOT MY PASSWORD link and reset your password.

I’ve never had an account in Beanstack, how do I set one up?

Visit our Beanstack site at https://lincolnlibraries.beanstack.org/reader365 Follow the prompts to register as an individual or as a family, or a group.

How do I log reading time?

After this, all you have to do is log. You can log, daily, weekly or monthly for each Reader using your Beanstack account. For example, if you register today, and you read five days this week, sign in to your Beanstack account and click on the blue Add to the Log button. Make sure the correct Reader profile name is displayed. The date you are logging will be in the box. If you click log, you are logged for that date.  If you click in the date box, you can log for any previous dates that you read.

Can I do this challenge without a Beanstack Account?

We can’t offer a paper option at this time because of the libraries being closed, so to participate, you will need a Beanstack account.

What cool incentives are there for the Spring into Reading Challenge?

You can put the tickets you earned for reading or activities into a random drawing for any of these cool prizes:

The 18 activities are divided into two categories: Active Mind, Active Body, and From the Comfort of Your Couch

Complete three activities and earn a badge, and a ticket.

I’d love to use the Beanstack Mobile Tracker App, how do I get it?

You can download the Beanstack Tracker app on the Apple App Store, or through Google Play for Android devices.

Please remember that your library card and PIN give you access to most of our online resources while we are closed, including:

TumbleBook Library – Animated, talking picture books and other e-Books for kids. (mobile app for Apple and Android devices is available for this resource.)
TumbleMath – Math e-Books for grades K-6.
Explora Primary – A search interface for grade school students, covering a selection of our resources.
Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks from OverDrive.
Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclodedia – Great for homework questions!
Novelist K-8 – Helping students in grade school and middle school find great books to read!
Testing and Education Reference Center – Basic Skills and ACT practice tests for High School students.
Great Websites for Kids – A selection of sites recommended by our own Lincoln City Libraries staff.

Our Response to COVID-19

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, all Lincoln City Libraries will be closed to the public except to pick up reserved materials.

Effective at 10 a.m., Friday, March 20, all libraries will offer pickup service only.

The new process is as follows:

  • Users may reserve materials by placing holds via our catalog or by calling 402-441-8500.
  • After receiving notification that reserves are available, users will receive pickup instructions.
  • Pickup procedures and parking options will vary by location. Please note that effective Monday, March 30, South Branch Library is no longer an option for pickup service because its carpeting is being replaced.

Users are not to return books until May 1; due dates are being extended to May 1. We ask that you keep your library materials safe at home. Effective March 27, we are no longer accepting returns of library materials.

For items returned since March 20, and going forward, there will be delays in checkin. If you are monitoring items on your account, please be aware of this delay.

Online materials checked out are automatically returned on their due dates.

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

Williams Branch in Arnold Elementary School will be closed as long as public schools are not in session.

The Lied Bookmobile’s service is suspended until further notice.


All programming is cancelled, and all meeting room reservations are also cancelled.


Please remember that our e-Books and downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies and music, and other online resources remain available.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development: Public Comments Requested

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is soliciting public comment through April 21 on the following proposed documents:

  • 2020 – 2024 Consolidated Plan
  • 2020 Annual Action Plan
  • Citizen Participation Plan
  • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

A public hearing regarding these documents will occur on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Bennett Martin Public Library is mentioned as a way to review these proposed documents. Due to our closure, if you are interested in reviewing these documents, you can view the documents electronically at https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/2020-2024. For additional information about the documents, please see this news release.

Annual Report Available

Lincoln City Libraries Annual Report 2018-2019Lincoln City Libraries’ Annual Report for 2018-19 is now available.

Income Tax Assistance

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all tax preparation assistance is suspended until further notice.

IRS Extension Forms are available here.