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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 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

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.

Libraries Extend Due Dates to July 1

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has extended the due date for material returns from June 1 to July 1. No materials will be accepted before July 1 or until notice is given by LCL. This new due date will apply to all currently-borrowed items and items reserved for pickup. Library users are reminded that LCL offers pickup service only until further notice.

Details on the pickup process are available here.

Lincoln Cares

Lincoln Cares

You can help support the Library through the Lincoln Cares program. Enroll today at or call 402-475-4211. Thank you for your support of parks, libraries and older adults in our community!

Annual Report Available

Lincoln City Libraries Annual Report 2018-2019Lincoln City Libraries’ Annual Report for 2018-19 is now available.

Lincoln City Libraries Announces 2019 One Book – One Lincoln Title

Lincoln City Libraries announced today The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham is the book selected for the 2019 One Book – One Lincoln Community Reading Program. The book is available for borrowing from libraries in print as well as downloadable audio and eBook formats. Programming related to this year’s selected titles begins on Sunday, September 29th!

In The Far Away Brothers Markham shares the story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California – fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California, focusing on issues related to youth, migration, the environment, and her home state of California. The Far Away Brothers was 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, and longlisted for the Pen/Bograd Weld Prize for biography.

The runners up for the 2019 program were The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, and There There by Tommy Orange.

To enhance readers’ enjoyment of the One Book – One Lincoln finalists as well as the winning title, programs will be hosted at various library locations.

There There
Vision Maker Media & Native American Storytelling
Sunday, September 29; 2:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
Executive Director Shirley Sneve discusses her role at Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit organization that empowers and engages Native People to share stories.

The Far Away Brothers
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
Kate Damgaard, LPS Language Curriculum Specialist, and Dr. Laura Salem, LPS English Language Learner Program Supervisor, discuss how Lincoln Public Schools supports the educational and emotional needs of English Language Learners in our community.

The Great Believers
Sunday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
The Nebraska AIDS Project hosts a panel discussion on the impact of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s through today. Learn how living with HIV has changed over 30 years and the affect it had on our nation and community.

More information about One Book – One Lincoln, including previous winners, is available here.