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Annual Report Available

graphics from Annual ReportLincoln City Libraries’ Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2017 One Book–One Lincoln Title

One Book - One LincolnLincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles has been selected for the 2017 One Book–One Lincoln Community Reading. The novel is available from LCL in print, large type, compact disc, downloadable audio and eBook formats.

The novel tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s luxurious Metropol hotel for his association with a poem with revolutionary overtones.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale College and received a master’s in English from Stanford University. A Gentleman in Moscow is his second novel. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio.

The runners up were Moonglow by Michael Chabon and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The book selection process began in February when an 18-member team of community readers narrowed a list of 96 nominated titles down to three finalists. To enhance readers’ enjoyment of the One Book–One Lincoln finalists, as well as the winning title, LCL will host several events this fall:

  • Sunday, September 10, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th St.
    “The Holocaust’s Legacy” – Dr. Steve Wees discusses his experience growing up as the son of a Holocaust survivor.
  • Sunday, September 17, 3 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S 14th St.
    “Harlem Renaissance” – Lincoln vocalist Annette Murrell (Dr. Diva) interprets jazz legends Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.
  • Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St.
    “Fine Dining Á La Metropol” – Dr. Ajai Ammachathram discusses fine dining, the art of pairing wine and food and the role of a maître d’ in ensuring superb service.
  • Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library
    “Life Outside the Metropol: The Soviet Union in the Early 20th Century” – Russian scholar Dr. Marcelline Hutton explains the political, economic and cultural forces impacting Russian life in the Lenin and Stalin eras.

LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience. More information about One Book–One Lincoln, including previous winners, is available here.

Summer Reading Prize Winners Announced

Build a Better WorldHere are the winners of the final prize drawings in the 2017 Summer Reading Programs!

Youth – Lincoln Community Playhouse Winners

Anderson Branch – Malcolm S.
Bennett Martin Public Library – Danny D.
Bethany Branch – Tyler F.
Lied Bookmobile – Matthew K.
Eiseley Branch – Noah H.
Gere Branch – Savannah R.
South Branch – Teagon D.
Walt Branch – Gabe D.
Williams Branch – Eliot C.

Teen – Lincoln Community Playhouse Winners

Anderson Branch – Scarlett U.
Bennett Martin Public Library – Brianna C.
Bethany Branch – Gabriel G.
Lied Bookmobile – Logan S.
Eiseley Branch – Cecilia D.
Gere Branch – Serena V.
South Branch – Abigail H.
Walt Branch – Kaleb
Williams Branch – Brielle A.

Lincoln Grand Cinema 4 pack of movie tickets

Zahra A.
Henry F.

Teen – Davinici’s/Champions Gift Certificate

Grace V.
Christiona K.

Youth – iPad Mini

Brett S.
Cleo

Teen – iPad Mini

Nicole S.
(Name withheld by request)

Adult – iPad Air

Sheri Z.
Bradley L.

The drawings for the NEST College Savings Account are done by the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust, not by the library. Winners are usually announced in September. Winners will be contacted directly.

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse image

Library staff have compiled this list of eclipse-related resources:

Images and videos from the American Astronomical Society

August 21, 2017: Solar Eclipse Across America
How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse
Additional images and videos

Photography Resources:

Smart phone photography tips for the Solar Eclipse

Local Activities: (sites no longer active)

Eclipse Beatrice
Total Solar Eclipse in Seward, Nebraska

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Free Video Phone Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Lincoln City Libraries now offers free video phone communication equipment for use by the deaf and hard of hearing at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. It is the first public library in the state to offer the service. The public may use the equipment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Library staff will also be available to demonstrate the equipment during those hours.

“Lincoln City Libraries appreciates the support of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and hard of Hearing (NCDHH) and Sorenson Communications in making this important service available,” said Library Director Pat Leach. “We are proud to offer this added service to the community.”

“In Nebraska, about one percent of the population is deaf, nine percent is hard of hearing and more than 20 percent have some form of hearing loss,” said John Wyvill, NCDHH Executive Director. “This equipment allows deaf or hard of hearing individuals to communicate with hearing people in real-time through a sign language interpreter.” He said deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also call those with video phones and communicate directly.

The video phone enables Video Relay Service (VRS), a telecommunication service funded by the federal government’s Telecommunications Relay Service.