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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 www.BikeLNK.com. 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 www.bikelnk.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.