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Summer Reading Program

July 29, 2014 by pjorgensen
May 23 to July 31, 2014

FIZZ BOOM READWhen you register for the 2014 Summer Reading Program you will receive a book bag and a booklet so that you can be ready to read, read, read!

Each time you visit Lincoln City Libraries or any participating school media center, bring your folder with you to have it stamped and stickered.

Visit a library four times, read for a total of ten hours, and complete ten of the reading-related activities, and you will receive these rewards:

Here's the schedule for Library staff Summer Reading Program visits throughout Lancaster County!

Here are the events we have planned this year! (Here's a branch-by-branch list of events.) And here are some photos from the events so far!

Fizz Boom ReadFriday, May 23, 2014
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Summer Reading Kickoff Party: Bennett Martin Public Library Teen Advisory Board members will host this fun event. We'll be fishing for bookmarks, making artwork from sprinkles and water, testing if things float, do some leaf rubbings, make sparkling stars, and experimenting with different flavors of pop and Mentos.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 2, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 3, 2014
10:15 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 3, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 4, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 4, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 5, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., near Bethany Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Science Reconnect: Mrs. Science will demonstrate scientific forces in motion from the sensation of sound, the wonder of wind, to the power of electricity. We will watch big science demonstrations bring these forces all to life. Find out how things work, move and are interconnected.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 9, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 10, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 11, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Musician Chris Sayre: Lincoln musician Chris Sayre plays folk music that's easy to sing along to on concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, melodeon and saw. His kid-friendly approach has entertained and delighted audiences for nearly 40 years.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 12, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Williams Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Kokyo Taiko Drummers: Wadaiko, Japanese style drumming, has been described as dynamic, thunderous, and powerful; the sound can be felt in your soul. Kokyo Taiko, based in Lincoln, brings this exciting art of choreographed drumming to Lincoln City Libraries.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 16, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Beep Beep! Whiirrrr . . . It's a Robot Storytime! Don't let your reading skills power down this summer. Become a Reading Robot! Join other humanoids to assemble a robot craft and listen to robot stories! Don't forget to bring your best robot voice!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 17, 2014
All day, crafts from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Book! Caped crusaders unite! It's all about superheroes at your library! Gadgets, gizmos and secret identities will be constructed from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, June 17, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Crafty Chloe Summer Fun: Get a jump start on your 2014-15 Golden Sower Nominee reading by joining us for a reading and discussion of Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, followed by crafts, of course!

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Science Guys Day: Come to the fourth floor auditorium at Bennett Martin Public Library to enjoy Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes. Dress like a "mad" scientist and discover Nebraska's own Science Guys (Eiseley, Janovy, and Johnsgard) with a quick visit to the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Check out more Bill Nye DVDs to watch at home!

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Weather Wisdom: Stop by and learn about weather through hands-on experiments and crafts.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Family Craft Day: Are you ready to do, rather than pin? Try some easy crafts made with everyday household items and things from the recycle bin. There will be something for everyone at this family craft day. All materials will be provided.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, June 18, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Magic Tree House Mania: Travel around the library as we explore new worlds, just like Jack and Annie. We'll have crafts, play BINGO and more!

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 19, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Lego Book Day: Wild about Legos? We'll be building, crafting and gaming with Legos. Join us for a "block" buster afternoon!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, June 24, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Lincoln Saltdogs Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln SaltdogsTuesday, June 24, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln SaltdogsWednesday, June 25, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln Saltdogs Wednesday, June 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Lincoln Saltdogs Thursday, June 26, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, June 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Paul Mesner Puppets: Paul Mesner Puppets is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. They will be performing Old Mother Hubbard. In a quaint old cottage the comedy of a dog and his master opens and unfolds to delight and captivate the young audience.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Paul Mesner Puppets: Paul Mesner Puppets is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. They will be performing Old Mother Hubbard. In a quaint old cottage the comedy of a dog and his master opens and unfolds to delight and captivate the young audience.

Lincoln SaltdogsFriday, June 27, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Saltdogs at the Library: Come meet Homer the Haymarket Hound and players from the Lincoln Saltdogs when they visit our libraries to read, sign autographs and share some fascinating science facts about baseball and Haymarket Park.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, June 30, 2014
1:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 30, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th St.
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Monday, June 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 1, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 1, 2014
1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 2, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 2, 2014
1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Fizz, Pop: Spark, Boom! Mad Science of Iowa Plus+ is back. Live experiments will draw from the likes of engaging chemistry experiments to accomplish the "Fizz," a Vortex Generator "Pop," a Toilet Paper "Pop," a Hydrogen "Boom," a Grain Dust Elevator "Spark & Boom," and an Ethanol "Boom!"

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 2, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Movie Day: Gather your minions again for a transforming new adventure with a little romance!

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 3, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Star-Spangled Fun: We always have a bang-up time celebrating the fourth at South Branch Library. Get in on the crafts, treats, and tattoos a day early.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 7, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 7, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 7, 2014
3:15 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 8, 2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 8, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 9, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Let's Get Fit: Learn about fun and easy ways to eat healthier and move more in this interactive session with staff from the health department and kid-fitness guru, Heather Goers.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, July 10, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day! We will be celebrating the Heroes in a Half Shell with books, crafts and movies.

Fizz Boom Read Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:30 a.m. - noon
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Star Wars! Attention all Star Wars fans! The Force is strong at Walt Branch Library. Galactic fun includes cool photo ops, crafts, tons of Star Wars themed books to check out and a chance to enter our Wookiee calling contest! All ages welcome. Don't miss this event and may the Force be with you!

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 14, 2014
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 14, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 14, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:15 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, near South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 15, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 16, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's a Mystery! As any reader knows, the library is filled with mystery and suspense. Whether you're a fan of the 39 Clues, the Red Blazer Girls or the Scooby Gang, we will be celebrating the mysterious at Eiseley.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 16, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 17, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd., near Bethany Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Jeff Quinn, Magician: The Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show features all-new tricks, designed to fit in perfectly with the Science and Invention theme. As always, the show also will have lots of audience participation and clean, family-friendly humor that's designed for both children and adults.

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 21, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Alice's Wonderland @ Walt Library! Don't be late for a very important date! You will be sure to have a grand adventure with Wonderland stories, crafts, games and photo ops. Don't forget to wear your tea party finery!

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 22, 2014
All day
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Eiseley Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:30 - noon
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
It's All Fun and Games at the Library: Have you ever played a game of life-sized Candyland? Here's your chance to take part in this, and other games of fun and chance.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
Gail Gibbons Day: Drop in to the Bennett Martin Public Library in the first floor Youth Services area anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy activities and check out books by science author Gail Gibbons.

Fizz Boom Read Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Retro Tech: Come and experience what was once the NEW technology. Participate in hands-on activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 23, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
LEGOs: Unleash your creativity using the library's vast quantity of Legos.

Fizz Boom ReadThursday, July 24, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Sprinkler Day! Cool off at your library, it's our annual sprinkler day! We'll have sprinklers, chalk and the bubble machine will be back in action!

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 28, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 28, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadMonday, July 28, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library
For elementary-age children
The Hampstead Stage Company: The Hampstead Stage Company is a nationally-touring theater for young audiences. Their shows, adapted from classic books, promote reading and the love of live theater. Two actors play ALL of the characters and will be sure to captivate any audience! They will perform Lewis Carroll's immortal classic, "Alice in Wonderland."

Fizz Boom Read Monday, July 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Walt Branch Library
For elementary-age children
The Hampstead Stage Company: The Hampstead Stage Company is a nationally-touring theater for young audiences. Their shows, adapted from classic books, promote reading and the love of live theater. Two actors play ALL of the characters and will be sure to captivate any audience! Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this legendary story of the sword and the stone!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014
All day
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Williams Craft Day: Launch your imagination with crafts! We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Fizz Boom Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:30 a.m.
South Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadTuesday, July 29, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Anderson Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom ReadWednesday, July 30, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Gere Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.

Fizz Boom Read Thursday, July 31, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Williams Branch Library
For elementary-age children
Heavy Equipment Encounter: Meet in the parking lot to get up close and personal with some of the equipment our own city Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff use to keep our public spaces beautiful and functional.



Here are some photos from this year's Summer Reading Program special events:

2014 Summer Reading Program events



Coke "fountain" at the Summer Reading kickoff party at Bennett Martin Public Library

Summer Reading images are copyrighted. Contact the CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or contact@cslpreads.org for more information.



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Storytimes

July 28, 2014 by pjorgensen

Linc

Baby Storytimes
Toddler Time
Preschool Storytimes
Storytimes for Families
Printable Storytime Schedule (PDF)

Baby Storytimes

Baby Storytime is an interactive parent-child time with fun activities designed to promote early literacy, language development and a love of books for children birth to 18 months old.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Monday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Monday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Toddler Time
For children aged 18 to 36 months and their parents or caregivers. During Toddler Time, a librarian reads aloud and leads adult-child pairs in activities. Research indicates the importance of the adult-child bond in building early literacy. Toddler Time also supports early literacy by building vocabulary and sharing age-appropriate literature in an atmosphere of fun, engaging activity.

Toddler Time at Anderson Branch, October 2010

Photo taken at Toddler Time at Anderson Branch Library in October 2010. Anderson staff member Linda is the storyteller. Many of the children (and some of the adults with them) were dressed in their Halloween costumes, as that holiday was on the previous Friday.


Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402- 441-8540
Monday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Tuesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

South Branch Library
2675 South Street
402-441-8570
Thursday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Photo of Storytime Preschool Storytimes

Lincoln City Libraries presents its popular preschool storytimes at all library locations. Preschool Storytime is a half-hour of books and activities for children ages three, four and five.

Preschool Storytime supports early literacy by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Pre-registration is not required for Preschool Storytime. Newcomers are always welcome!

Themed lists of books used for many of our storytimes can be found by logging into your Library Account and clicking on "Lists."
Can't make it to storytime? How about a virtual storytime with our TumbleBook Library!

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library Mobile

Biblioteca TumbleBook
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th Street
402-441-8566
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402-441-8540
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Tuesday, 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

South Branch Library
2675 South Street
402-441-8570
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Williams Branch Library
See under Storytimes for Families

 

Storytimes for Families
(also check out our Parent-Child Book Groups)

The entire family is welcome to enjoy crafts and storytime from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., except where other times are noted.

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue, 402-441-8540
Fourth Thursday of the month
June 26: Quilt Me a Story: Wear your pj’s and bring your favorite blankie.
July 24: Stargazing: Star stories and constellation crafts.

Silly Socks Family Storytime at Walt Branch

Silly Socks Family Storytime at Walt Branch
South Branch Library
2675 South Street, 402-441-8570
First Monday of the month
June 2: Explosive Storytime: Celebrate everything that is bright, sparkly, and goes BOOM!
July 7: Camp Out at the Library: Bring your sleeping bag and cozy up for camping stories.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street, 402-441-4460
Every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dan A. Williams Branch Library
5000 Mike Scholl Street (NW 48th & W. Cuming Streets, in the Arnold Elementary School; enter from West Cuming Street), (402) 441-8580
Resumes Sept. 8




 



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Hours, locations, and phone numbers

July 23, 2014 by qcjosh
TeleCirc Automated Renewal
(402) 441-8506

Administration
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street (68508)
(S. 14th & N Streets)
3rd Floor
(402) 441-8500
Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (see below for public service hours)

Map of Lincoln City Libraries locations

Click on a marker to view information about that location

View Lincoln City Libraries Locations in a larger map


Lincoln City Libraries Facebook Page
One Book One Lincoln Facebook Page
Lincoln City Libraries Podcasts Facebook Page

Lincoln Teenpage

Polley Music Library Facebook Page

Lincoln City Libraries provides service from the following locations during the hours listed, with the exception of holiday closings.

Bennett Martin Public Library

Bennett Martin Public Library136 South 14th Street (68508)
(S. 14th & N Streets)
(402) 441-8500

Monday - Saturday :   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Please note: the City-owned parking garage a block north of Bennett Martin Public Library offers free parking for the first hour.

BMPL Courtyard in SpringInformation about the plants outside BMPL

Administration
3rd Floor
(402) 441-8500

Regular hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
3rd Floor
(402) 441-8516

Regular hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Polley Music Library
2nd Floor
(402) 441-8520

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday: closed
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: closed

Note: The Polley Music Library is staffed during the hours listed above. Most materials are available to the public during normal library hours. 

Reference Service

1st Floor
(402) 441-8530

Language and Literacy Room
1st Floor
(402) 441-8530 to reserve or for more information

Youth Services
1st Floor
(402) 441-8566

TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf)
(402) 441-8589

"Guerilla Gardeners" in the courtyard at Bennett Martin Public Library

Volunteer group "Guerilla Gardeners," working in the courtyard at Bennett Martin Public Library. There are many volunteer opportunities in Lincoln City Libraries. (Photo courtesy of Jay Conrad and Nancy Busch.)


Victor E. Anderson Branch
Victor E. Anderson Branch
3635 Touzalin Avenue (68507)
(Fremont St. & Touzalin Ave.)
(402) 441-8540

Monday - Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Bethany Branch Bethany Branch
1810 North Cotner Boulevard (68505)
(N. Cotner Blvd. / N. 66th St. & Francis St.)
(402) 441-8550

Monday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   Closed

Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Loren Corey Eiseley Branch

1530 Superior Street (68521)
(N. 15th & Superior Streets)
(402) 441-4250

Monday - Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Charles H. Gere Branch
Charles H. Gere Branch
2400 South 56th Street (68506)
(S. 56th St. & Normal Blvd.)
(402) 441-8560

Monday - Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Information about Gere's landscaping


South Branch
South Branch
2675 South Street (68502)
(S. 27th & South Streets)
(402) 441-8570

Monday - Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Bess Dodson Walt Branch
Walt Branch
6701 South 14th Street (68512)
(South of Old Cheney Road on S. 14th , near Cooper YMCA)
(402) 441-4460

Monday - Thursday:   10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:   12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Dan A. Williams Branch LibraryDan A. Williams Branch

5000 Mike Scholl Street (68524)
(NW 48th & W. Cuming Streets, in the Arnold Elementary School; enter from West Cuming Street)
(402) 441-8580

Regular Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Summer Hours, May 23 through August 11:
2:00 - 6:00 every day

The Williams Branch follows the Lincoln Public Schools closings in case of inclement weather.

 

BookmobileLied Bookmobile
Lied Bookmobile information is available on our Bookmobile Service page. Note: the Lied Bookmobile Schedule is subject to change, especially in winter weather.
Holiday Closing Schedule
Here is the schedule of closings for the 2014-2015 fiscal year:

Date Day Holiday
August 31, 2014
Sunday Day before Labor Day
September 1, 2014 Monday Labor Day
November 11, 2014 Tuesday Veterans' Day
November 27, 2014 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
November 28, 2014 Friday Day after Thanksgiving
December 24, 2014 Wednesday Christmas Eve (early closing, 2:00 PM)
December 25, 2014 Thursday Christmas Day
December 31, 2014 Wednesday New Year's Eve (early closing, 4:00 PM)
January 1, 2015 Thursday New Years Day
January 19, 2015 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 16, 2015 Monday Presidents' Day
March 27, 2015 Friday Staff Inservice Day
April 5, 2015 Sunday Easter Sunday
May 24, 2015 Sunday Day before Memorial Day
May 25, 2015 Monday Memorial Day
July 3, 2015 Friday Day before Independence Day
July 4, 2015 Saturday Independence Day



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Announcements and Press Releases

July 21, 2014 by pjorgensen

What's Your Vision for a Main Library?

What's Your Vision?

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees has embarked on a Main Library Vision and Concept Study.

Libraries to Host Hampstead Stage Company Performances

Libraries to Host Hampstead Stage Company PerformancesLincoln City Libraries invites the public to two free performances by the Hampstead Stage Company, a theater company for young audiences. Two performances are scheduled for Monday, July 28 as part of the Lincoln City Libraries’ Summer Reading Program:

The plays are performed by two professional actors playing multiple roles. The scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics.

The Hampstead Stage Company is a non-profit organization based in New Hampshire whose mission is to promote reading and love of live theater.

Lincoln City Libraries Highlighting the Top 100 Novels for Youth

Lincoln City Libraries Highlighting the Top 100 Novels for YouthLincoln City Libraries (LCL) has released its list of the Top 100 Novels for Youth. The list at is based largely on submissions from hundreds of teachers and librarians from across the country that were published in School Library Journal in 2012. Local library staff also provided input and helped compile the list.

The list is available at any LCL location, and extra copies of the books on the list have been purchased for check out. The novels are appropriate for readers ages nine through 12, and LCL staff encourages parents and guardians to read the books aloud to children in this age range or younger.
 
"We hope families and individual readers will create their own reading challenges from our list," said Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Supervisor. "They may choose to read all the books published in a certain decade. They may decide to read all the books with animals as the main characters, or explore the work of a certain author. The challenges have been known to help keep young people on track to attain their reading goals."

Readers are invited to share their reading challenge stories in August on LCL’s Facebook page.

Lincoln City Libraries Offers Parent-Child Book Groups

Parent-Child Book GroupsParent-Child book groups are a great way to encourage your kids to read, as well as share some special time together. Reading the same book as your child gives you a common bond and is a great conversation starter. Lincoln City Libraries offers parent-child book groups year round.

Information about current groups is available here.

Annual Report

2012-13 Annual ReportThe Library's Annual Report for 2012-13 is now available.

The 2011-12 Report is still available for review as well.



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Library Board of Trustees

July 21, 2014 by pjorgensen

The Library Board of Trustees is a group of seven citizens to whom the administration of the public library is entrusted. The Board of Trustees of the Lincoln City Libraries is an administrative board appointed by the Lincoln City Council. It is the trustees' obligation to work toward improvement in library services through well-trained staff and efficient use of funds; to support adequate funding for good library service; and to promote the best possible use of all library resources.

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees has embarked on a "Main Library Vision and Concept Study" and had adopted this Position Statement.

Board members

E-mail can be sent to individual Board members using the addresses given below, or to the Board as a whole at libraryboard@lincolnlibraries.org

Herb Schimek, President
Term: 2010-2017
E-mail: h.schimek@lincolnlibraries.org

Herb Friedman, Vice-President
Term: 2011-2018
E-mail: h.friedman@lincolnlibraries.org

Donna Marvin, Treasurer
Term: 2012-2016
E-mail: d.marvin@lincolnlibraries.org

Martha Florence
Term 2011-2013
E-mail: m.florence@lincolnlibraries.org

Kathy McKillip
Term: 2009-2014
E-Mail: k.mckillip@lincolnlibraries.org

Lowell Berg
Term: 2014-2015
E-mail: l.berg@lincolnlibraries.org

Carol Speicher

Term: 2012-2019
E-mail: c.speicher@lincolnlibraries.org

Board meetings

The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees meets third Tuesday of each month. From time to time it may become necessary to reschedule meetings. If circumstances make it prudent and necessary in any one month, the regular meeting of the Board may be rescheduled with the approval of at least four members of the Board, following notification of all seven Board members. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President, or when a request is made to the President by three Board members. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held at 8:00 AM and in the Board Room of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska. The following is a list of the meeting dates:

2014 Schedule

The proposed agenda is kept continually current and available for inspection at the Administrative Office of the Bennett Martin Public Library, but the Board shall have the right to modify the agenda at said public meeting when convened. Requests for sign language interpreters will require a minimum of 48 hours advance notice to the Library Director, (402)441-8510.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and Minutes from Library Board meetings are kept on this site for one year. Earlier minutes (from May 9, 1944 to current) are available in the Library's Administrative Offices during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM).

The Agendas and Minutes on this site are PDF files, which require the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. Help for viewing these files is available.

href="Pending">Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2014 Agenda pending
June 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 20, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 15, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 18, 2014 Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2014 Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2014 Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2014 rescheduled
December 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2013 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes
August 20, 2013 Agenda Minutes
August 20, 2013 Agenda Minutes
Board Policies

The Library Board is responsible for making policy decisions concerning the employment of the Library Director, materials selection, public rules and regulations, library development, budget, fundraising, public relations, and relationships with other librararies and educational institutions.



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