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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 beanstack.org.

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Special Services During Pandemic

Lincoln City Libraries reminds residents that it offers numerous programs and services to help keep families safe during the pandemic. A library card is required to access the services.

  • HelpNow for Homework provides free homework help and online tutoring. Tutors are available via instant messaging from 2 to 11 p.m., all week for all ages in the areas of math, English, science, social studies and more. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.
  • JobNowjobNow provides live interactive online help combined with other online resources to provide employment assistance. Help is available from 2 to 11 p.m., all week.
  • [Book Bundles graphic]Book Bundles are available in two options. Grab & Go book bundles include three to five pre-selected books for children. This option is available at all branches. Bound to Please book bundles can be made for children, teenagers or adults. To create a bundle, email library@lincolnlibraries.org and provide a list of your preferred books or authors. Staff will have the bundle ready to pick up at the branch of your choice in a few days. Limit 10 books per request.
  • Home Schools and Remote Learning Page provides links to resources for parents helping children learn at home.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2020 One Book – One Lincoln Title



One Book - One LincolnLincoln City Libraries has announced that Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is the book selected for the 2020 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print, large type, compact disc as well as downloadable audio and eBook formats.

In Dear Edward Napolitano tells the story of 12-year-old Edward, the lone survivor of a plane crash as he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. An uplifting story, full of hope and dry humor, with an underlying message about the decency of strangers.

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and received her MFA from New York University. She lives in New York City with her family.

Awards and Honors for this Book

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
Longlisted for the Pen/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

The runners up for the 2020 program were Bad Blood by John Carreyrou and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

To enhance readers’ enjoyment of Dear Edward, library staff is available for virtual book discussions, which can be scheduled for contacting Caitlin at 402-441-8575. Virtual events are also being planned including a visit by the author on November 15th.

Speak Up for Housing Rights

Civic Nebraska: Modern & Robust DemocracyLincoln City Libraries is pleased to be a partner with Civic Nebraska in this SPEAK UP initiative for housing rights. Watch for programming coming this fall and winter!

Libraries Extend Summer Reading Challenge

Imagine Your StoryLincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced that the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Challenge has been extended to August 12. The challenge was originally scheduled to end in July. 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 are being held and a schedule of virtual events is available 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. To qualify for the challenge and be eligible for prizes, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by August 12, 2020. The deadline to pick up completion coupons is September 1. Prize drawings will take place the first week in September.

Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning.

For more information, including instructions for creating and logging into Beanstack accounts, read the FAQs on the Summer Reading Challenge page.