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Lincoln City Libraries to Host Art Bus and Dinosaurs in October

Lincoln City Libraries invites families to meet a dinosaur and participate in art sessions throughout October. All events are free and no registration is required.

photo from the Art BusThe Art Bus LNK is a mobile art studio and organization that focuses on providing charitable and educational art opportunities to youth through free, accessible, community programming. All sessions are from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays at the following locations:

pictuire of a waving dinosaur (costume)Meet a friendly dinosaur from the How Do Dinosaurs…? series of books by Jane Yolen at these special events. Participants can enjoy games, crafts, dinosaur tattoos, and a photo with the dinosaur. The schedule is as follows:

2022 One Book–One Lincoln Title Announced

The Lincoln HighwayLincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles as the book selected for the 2022 One Book–One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available from LCL in print and large type as well as downloadable audio and eBook formats.

The Lincoln Highway is a coming of age story that details the 10 days following Emmett’s release from a work farm in 1954. He returns to Nebraska to find his mother gone and father dead. His new plan is take his younger brother Billy to California. However, a few stowaways change their plans and the new path leads them on a road trip to New York.

One Book - One LincolnThe runners-up for the 2022 program were Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi and Hell of A Book by Jason Mott. The book selection process began in February when a 17-member selection team of community readers narrowed the list of nominees to 72 titles. These titles were closely reviewed by committee members to select the three finalists that were presented to the community.

Programs are being planned for September and October. LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces Elimination of Overdue Fees

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced that effective September 1, it will stop charging overdue fees on all library materials. Library patrons will still be charged the repair or replacement costs for lost and damaged items.

LCL will also forgive overdue fine debts, but not lost/damaged item debts. Items not returned 21 days after the due date are considered lost.

Traci Glass, Assistant Library Director, said that research shows overdue fines serve as a barrier to equitable access and dissuade the use of library services by lower income families, in addition to not being an effective tool in the return of library materials.

“It is the mission of Lincoln City Libraries to foster the power of reading and provide open access to all forms of information to enrich lives every day,” Glass said. “This policy will enhance our ability to provide important access to all Lincoln residents.”

Glass said that overdue fines represent only 1%, or about $99,550, of the LCL budget. The elimination of overdue fines was recently approved by the City Council as part of the 2022-2024 City budget.

Lincoln City Libraries eliminated overdue fines for youth materials in 2019.[brCL]

Read To A Dog Fall Session Begins September 12

Snickers the therapy dogFamilies 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 kindergarten to 12 to practice their reading by reading to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 15- to 20-minute sessions once a week for six weeks.

The fall session runs September 12 through October 22. Preregistration is required and participants may register for multiple sessions. To register, contact the person listed for each branch. The schedule is as follows:

  • Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Ave. – 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Email Brenda at brenda5566@gmail.com to read to Tazi.
  • Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Contact Abby at clutterabby@gmail.com or 314-308-5991 to read to Louis.
  • Bethany Branch, 1810 N. Cotner Blvd. – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Email Deb at dlambrecht59@gmail.com to read to Xena.
  • Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior St. – 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Email Tami at manybookstworead@gmail.com to read to Snickers.
  • Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th St.:
    • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, email Allison at allisontalkspets@gmail.com to read to her cat, Rainy.
    • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, email Lynn at lynnkal@aol.com to read to Sooky.
    • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, contact Dr. Harvey at huskerdvm@gmail.com or 402-217-9019 to read to Wrench.
  • South Branch, 2675 South St. – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Judy at 402-423-1498 to read to Ikon.
  • Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th St. – 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Email Kim at kim.walters@icloud.com to read to Nola.

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Book Sets to Teachers

Lincoln City Libraries has announced it will offer sets of children’s books for teachers to borrow through the Classroom Loan Bag Program. Most sets are current or previous Nebraska Golden Sower Award chapter book nominees, including the 11 chapter book nominees for the 2022-2023 school year. There are 48 sets available and each set contains 15 to 25 copies of the same book.

All home, public and private school teachers with a Lincoln City Libraries card may check out the sets for one or two months at a time. Book sets must be picked up and dropped off at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., during regular business hours.

To make reservations for August 2022 through July 2023, contact Librarian Garren Hochstetler at 402-441-8546. Teachers may also visit Bennett Martin Public Library or call 402-441-8530.