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Annual Report Available

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

Income Tax Assistance

Income Tax AssistanceIncome Tax Assistance will be available again this year at Lincoln City Libraries. Check the schedule for locations, dates and times. Please note that an appointment is needed in advance for some sessions.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2020 Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading Challenge: Light Up the Mind

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to compete in a national reading challenge in January for $50,000 in prizes. The third annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Penguin Random House challenges Lincoln readers of all ages to read at least 4 million minutes by January 31. Top-performing libraries will earn the Golden Penguin and Random House awards, author visits and new books.

Participants can earn a virtual ticket for every five hours of reading to enter a Beanstack online drawing for prize packages. Additional prizes will be awarded via random drawings for those who complete 10 hours of reading in January:

  • Nintendo Switch: ages 0 through 11
  • Xbox One S: ages 12 through 18
  • Two Kindle Fire HDs: ages 19 and older

To enroll, visit or your branch library. Booklets for keeping track of reading time are available at the branches. To qualify for the challenge and be eligible for prizes, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by January 31, 2020.

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

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Free Skating Coupons

[photo of ice skates]Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will offer free ice skating coupons for a limited time this winter. From November 15 through December 15, readers who attend a Library Learning Time or check out a book from any library branch will receive a coupon to attend an ice skating session at the Breslow Ice Hockey Center, 433 “V” St.

The Library Learning Times schedule is available here. No Library Learning Times are scheduled in December.

Coupons are available for all ages and are good during any of the public skate sessions through January 31, 2020. The schedule is available at Skate rental is not included, and the coupon is limited to one per person for the month.

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.