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Lincoln City Libraries to Host Online One Book Discussion October 9

"Hidden Valley Road" cover imageLincoln City Libraries (LCL) will host an online discussion of the 2021 One Book – One Lincoln title, Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 9. The discussion link is available here.

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker explores the impact of schizophrenia on the Galvin family and sheds light on the history of schizophrenia treatments. Published in 2020, Hidden Valley Road is a New York Times best-seller and was selected by Oprah’s Book Club. It was named a top ten book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate.

The book is available in print, compact disc, downloadable audio and eBook formats and may be borrowed by placing reservations through the Library catalog.

LCL will also host an online conversation with Kolker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 26. Details on the event will be available at LCL has sponsored the annual One Book – One Lincoln program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience.

Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Reading Challenge During TeenTober

Master of MinutesLincoln City Libraries invites middle and high school students to participate in the Master of Minutes Teen Reading Challenge October 4 through November 30. The event is part of TeenTober, a nationwide celebration sponsored by the Young Adult Library Service Association, to celebrate teenagers, promote year-round teenager-focused services and the innovative ways those services help teenagers learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library.

Participants may sign up via Beanstack at by logging into their account. Students log their reading time and earn virtual tickets that will be put into a virtual drawing for prize packages. Each package is worth $50 and include gift cards to local businesses including Honest Abe’s, Gomez Art Supply, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Yia Yia’s Pizza, 48 Bowl, The Eatery, Urban Air Adventure Park, Runza, Francie and Finch Bookshop, and Bahnwich Café.

Those who complete the challenge by reading 10 hours are automatically entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire HD-10 Tablet.

Master of Minutes Teen Reading Challenge

Master of Minutes

Lincoln City Libraries is inviting all middle and high school-age students to take part in our Master of Minutes Teen Reading Challenge. It’s easy and you’ll have the chance to win lots of cool prizes!

One Book – One Lincoln 2021 Title Announced

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Lincoln City Libraries has announced that Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker is the book selected for the 2021 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print, large type print, as well as downloadable audio and ebook formats.

Hidden Valley Road book cover imageHidden Valley Road tells the story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Robert Kolker is the author of Hidden Valley Road, an instant #1 New York Times best-seller and selection of Oprah’s Book Club that was named a Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His previous work includes Lost Girls, also a New York Times best-seller and New York Times Notable Book.

A community-wide online book discussion is scheduled on Saturday, October 9, at 2 p.m. and a virtual author visit is scheduled on Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. Preregistration is not required. Visit the library’s website for login information.

The runners up for the 2021 program were Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi, and Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu. The book selection process began in February when a 16-member selection team of community readers narrowed 196 nominations down to the top three. Librarian Caitlin Lombardo is the staff coordinator for One Book – One Lincoln.

LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience.

Our Response to COVID-19

Updated August 25, 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.

Effective August 26, 2021, masks are required for all individuals ages two and older, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are available on request for patrons who do not have their own.

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 available again.

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 and fall, weather permitting. 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?

Meeting room use resumed effective May 21, 2021.

Effective August 26, 2021, masks are required for all individuals ages two and older, regardless of vaccination status.