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Read Woke Challenge Begins November 15

READ FOR CHANGE November 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021: Read Woke Reading Challenge

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to participate in the Read Woke Challenge November 15 through January 31, 2021. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage reading that starts conversations that lead to positive change in our community.

Participants must register for the program at To be eligible for prizes, readers may record completed books and activities at the site or take completed booklets to their LCL branch. Prizes include t-shirts, an eReader, a Nintendo Switch, and gift cards to area businesses.

Opportunities for book discussions during the challenge will be posted here. LCL encourages adults, teens, children and families to take part in this challenge. Groups such as churches, businesses, book clubs, and service organizations are also welcomed to join.

“The challenge encourages participants to read books and participate in online activities that challenge a social norm, give voice to the voiceless, provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised, and seek to challenge the status quo,” said Pat Leach, LCL Director.

Read Woke was created by Cicely Lewis, a teacher, writer, and librarian at the Meadowcreek High School Media Center in Norcross, Georgia. She was recently chosen as School Library Journal’s 2020 School Librarian of the Year.

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

Check Out a BikeLNK Pass at Bennett Martin Public Library

Community Health Endowment of Lincoln funds new program to increase access to bike share

BikeLNKBikeLNK is teaming up with Lincoln City Libraries to offer free access to bike share through the new Check Out A BikeLNK program. Starting today, library card holders can check out a BikeLNK pass and helmet at the Bennett Martin Public Library location. Library card holders can check out a BikeLNK pass for 7 days. When users check out a pass, they will receive a BikeLNK fob, helmet, and an instruction sheet to help get them riding. There is a BikeLNK station located conveniently across the street from the Bennett Martin Public Library branch for easy access to the bike share system. Riders can renew passes once per check out. All library pass materials will be disinfected after each check out to ensure the health and safety of program users.

BikeLNK and Lincoln City Libraries continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department regarding sanitizing and disinfecting contact surfaces.

This partnership was made possible by a grant from the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln with the goal of making healthy activity and active transportation more accessible for the Lincoln Community. Check Out a BikeLNK riders can find station locations listed at station kiosks or on our website at The BikeLNK fob gives access to both classic and electric pedal-assist bikes. If they choose to use an e-bike, the user needs to turn on the bike with a button located on the left-side of the handlebars to get the assist. Once a rider starts pedaling, the electric-assist will match the rider’s power to make biking a breeze.

“We at Lincoln City Libraries, and especially Bennett Martin Public Library, are delighted to be part of this project. It supports great health in the community and encourages use of two terrific downtown resources–BikeLNK and Bennett Martin Library. It’s a winner all around,” said Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries director.

BikeLNK is proud to provide Lincoln with active transportation and healthy activity. They have increased their cleaning protocols in response to COVID-19 and have been reminding riders to follow social distancing guidelines when riding. Find more information about BikeLNK at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Our Response to COVID-19

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. The 10 to 11 a.m. hour on Fridays is reserved for use by those especially vulnerable to illness. Visits are limited to one hour with building capacity controls in place. Effective November 6, “renewing” your library visit for an extra hour is not allowed.

The Lied Bookmobile Schedule is available here.

Face coverings are required in conformity with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s requirements.

Computer sessions are limited to one per day. 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. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and returned to shelves. 

Due dates for materials checked out on or before June 10, 2020 were extended to July 1. Materials checked out starting June 11 have a due date three weeks after the checkout date.

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 being accepted as of November 1. 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 materials are currently being accepted on a limited basis.

What about your storytimes and other programs?

All in-person Library programming is cancelled until further notice.

From September 9 through November 20virtual Toddler Storytimes and Pre-K Storytimes will be available via our Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and virtual Preschool Storytimes will be available at 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays!

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?

All meeting room reservations are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Lincoln City Libraries Summer Reading Challenge Winners

Imagine Your Story

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced the winners of the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Challenge that took place from June through mid-August.

Over 6,000 children, teens and adults participated in the event, logging over six million minutes, or 101,545 hours of reading. Winners were selected through random drawings using Beanstack software. To be eligible, readers needed to log 10 hours of reading and complete eight reading-related activities.

Winners were notified via email. Congratulations to these readers:

  • Adventure Golf and Ivanna Cone – Nikki L.
  • Bike Rack and The Mill – Connor K.
  • Campbell’s Nursey and JoAnn’s Fabric – Heather J.
  • Lincoln Escape Room and Southpointe – Jennifer B.
  • Champions and Valentino’s – Chloe F.
  • The Bay and iTunes – Karin K.
  • Adult Grand Prize—Kindle Fire HD-10 – Julie S.
  • Teen Grand Prize—Nintendo Switch Lite – Gabriella C.
  • Youth Grand Prize—Amazon Fire HD10 Kid’s Edition – Elias B.

Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning. To find out more about the service, visit