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Announcements and Press Releases

Lincoln City Libraries to Host Author Visit

"Home On the Plains" book coverLincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation by Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of  Home on the Plains: Quilts and the Sod House Experience. The event will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 20 in the fourth floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street.

The presentation is based on Whitson’s research documenting quilts used in sod houses. She will use quilts, enhanced archival photographs and the quilters’ own accounts to give participants a look inside their homes to better understand their lives and legacy. The event includes a display of reproduction quilts made for the book. Tours of the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors will be offered following the program. Presented jointly with the Friends of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

Friends - International Quilt Study Center & museum

Melvin the Explorer to Visit Lincoln City Libraries

Tim MarroneLincoln City Libraries invites the public to free preview performances by actor Tim Marrone of “Adventures of Melvin the Explorer” in January and February. The events are presented in cooperation with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra’s (LSO) performance of “Adventures…” February 3 at Nebraska Wesleyan.

Three performances are scheduled:

  • Thursday, January 31, 10:30 a.m. at Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Thursday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. at Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. at Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th Street

The story centers on Melvin the conductor. He and his orchestra seek the Golden Baton, which will help them make beautiful music. The explorers travel to different lands to learn about rhythm, melody, and harmony, while evading the scary Monkey King.

LSO’s full performance is at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3 p.m., at O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th and Huntington Ave. on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. Visit for ticket information.

Public Invited To Submit Nominations for One Book–One Lincoln Reading Program

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to submit nominations for the 18th annual One Book–One Lincoln community reading program. Titles must be submitted by January 31, online or in person at any library location. Last year’s selection was Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

Nominated books should be of general interest to adults, spark thoughtful discussion, and address universal themes of life. A committee of community readers will evaluate the nominations and select finalists for a community-wide vote this summer.

Lincoln City Libraries Launches Monthly Discussion Series in January

taco 'Bout It TopicsLincoln City Libraries will launch a free monthly discussion series called “Taco ‘Bout It” in January at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The public is invited to the library on the second Monday of each month for build-your-own tacos, followed by a presentation and question and answer session about topics of interest. Reservations are not required.

Taco fixings will be available at 6 p.m., and the discussions start at 6:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

  • January 14 – Professor Maria Marron, UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, will present a program called “Fake News,” which focuses on truth-seeking journalism and viral disinformation.
  • February 11 – Paul Barnes, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department, will discuss projects and plans included in the recently-revised Downtown Master Plan.
  • March 11 – TBA
  • April 8 – Jamie Granquist, BikeLNK City Manager, and Kelley Van Bruggen, City Transportation Planner, will discuss a bike-friendly downtown.

Libraries Seek Reading Challenge Participants in January

No overdue fees to be charged in January

Winter Reading Challenge 2019

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) again invites the public to participate in a national reading challenge in January to compete for $35,000 to benefit a community reading program. The Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge is sponsored by billionaire investor and “Shark Tank” personality Mark Cuban. To support participation in the challenge, LCL will not charge overdue fees for anything returned in January. Damaged or lost item fees will still be assessed.

The program challenges 250 libraries nationally to meet a collective goal of reading at least 5 million minutes and 75,000 books in January. If achieved, Cuban pledges to donate $35,000 to top-performing libraries to use for their community programs or donate to nonprofit organizations in their area.

LCL was one of the winners last year to share a $10,000 donation from Cuban, with 2,658 readers and 1,569,495 minutes logged. The $1,500 prize was used to benefit its Begin with Books program, which provides new books to low-income families. The program will again receive any prize money awarded in the 2019 challenge. LCL has set a goal of 2.5 million minutes of reading for this year’s challenge.

To enroll, visit or your branch library. Booklets for keeping track of your reading time are available. To qualify for the challenge, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by January 31, 2019. 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