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Libraries to Reopen June 22

On Monday, June 22, Lincoln City Libraries will reopen and resume regular walk-in service hours. Curbside service will end June 22, and customers must enter the libraries to pick up reserved materials. Visit lincolnlibraries.org/locations for individual branch schedules.

Patrons are encouraged to continue using online services to browse titles and reserve materials. Those who feel sick are encouraged to stay home. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and returned to shelves. No overdue fines will be charged through July 31.

COVID-19 protocols include the following:

  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
  • Visits will be limited to one hour with building capacity controls in place.
  • Computer sessions will be limited to one per day.
  • Study and meeting rooms are not available.
  • Seating is limited due to temporary removal of chairs to promote distancing.
  • Newspapers will not be available.
  • Donated materials will not be accepted.
  • All locations are reserved from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays for use by those especially vulnerable to illness.


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Applicants Sought for Library Board Vacancy

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) is accepting applications through Wednesday, July 15 to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees. Members of the seven-member board are appointed by the Lincoln City Council, with the seven-year term running from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2027. The current board will review the applications and forward its recommendations to the City Council.

Applicants must be Lincoln residents and must attend monthly board meetings and committee meetings as scheduled. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and a board appointment information form to library@lincolnlibraries.org or to mail to “Candidate Search,” Lincoln City Libraries, 136 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

The board appointment information form and more information on LCL are available at lincolnlibraries.org or by contacting LCL at 402-441-8512.

Library Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 1

Imagine Your Story

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to participate in the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Challenge June 1 through July 31. All age groups who complete the challenge can earn coupons for free food, fun activities, and discounts on books and other treats. Due to the pandemic, no in-person events will be held and virtual events will be announced at lincolnlibraries.org.

Participants can earn a ticket for every five hours of reading to enter a Beanstack online drawing for prize packages. Children, teens and adults who complete 10 hours of reading and eight of the 16 reading activities are eligible for grand prizes awarded via random drawings:

  • Amazon Fire HD10 Kids Edition: ages 0 through 11
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: ages 12 through 18
  • Kindle Fire HD10: ages 19 and older

To register, visit lincolnlibraries.beanstack.org/reader365 or use the Beanstack Mobile Tracker app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Book bags for youth participants, booklets and stickers will be available for curbside pickup. Libraries are closed due to the pandemic, and Summer Challenge boxes will be located outside of the main library doors at each branch.

To qualify for the challenge and be eligible for prizes, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by July 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 beanstack.org.

For more information, including instructions for creating and logging into Beanstack accounts, read the FAQs on the Summer Reading Challenge page at lincolnlibraries.org/summer-reading-challenge.

Three Finalists Announced for One Book – One Lincoln

One Book - One LincolnLincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced the three finalists for the 2020 One Book–One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The finalists are:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

book cover images for Bad blood, Dear Edward, and The Dutch HouseThe book selection process began in February when an 18-member selection team of community readers narrowed the 259 nominations down to the top three. The community is invited to vote to select the top title for the 2020 reading program. The deadline for voting is July 31. Ballots are available online only at lincolnlibraries.org or @LNKlibraries on Facebook.

The books are available in print, compact disc, downloadable audio and ebook formats and may be borrowed by placing reservations through the library catalog at lincolnlibraries.org.

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

For the shortlist of the Top Ten titles for 2020, see this issue of the One Book – One Lincoln online newsletter.