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One Book One Lincoln

One Book One Lincoln is a community reading project sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience.

The top three finalists for the 2024 One Book One Lincoln Community Reading Program have been announced:

A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib

A Little Devil in America

North Woods by Daniel Mason

North Woods

The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

The Berry Pickers

Upcoming One Book One Lincoln Events

Celebrate the One Book One Lincoln finalist, North Woods by Daniel Mason, by picking up a scavenger hunt at any library location. Check off the trees you locate and identify in the local area, then return it to your library by August 15, 2024 to be entered into a drawing for a prize package provided by the Arbor Day Foundation!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Gere Branch
Inspired by the One Book One Lincoln top three title, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, we will screen the documentary Amazing Grace, released in 2018. This film features Aretha Franklin's two-night performance with the New Bethel Baptist Choir in 1972. There will be a brief presentation and reading from Hanif Abdurraqib's book prior to the screening which will begin at 6:00 pm. Join us to enjoy refreshments and the show! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Gere Branch
Join us for a book talk about the 2024 Top Three One Book One Lincoln Finalists. Each title will be presented with insights on the book, author and how it made it to the Top Three. This will be a "spoiler free zone" so you do not need to have read the books. Bring a friend and learn about these great selections!

Join us for an open house from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on August 10 at Gere Branch Library featuring fun and activities for all ages! Every attendee will receive giveaway swag from the Arbor Day Foundation. Young nature lovers will enjoy a "kid zone." And the first 100 attendees will receive a free succulent provided by the Arbor Day Foundation. Come and visit with an arborist about choosing a tree, planting and care, or ask questions you have about your own trees. You can make a difference to the environment just by attending. The Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a forest for every person who attends!

Thursday, August 22, 2024, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Eiseley Branch
Hanif Abdurraqib showcases his talents as a poet and essayist in the One Book One Lincoln title A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. Join us for a "Poetry in Praise" reading featuring poets from Larksong Writer's Place, and help us celebrate the power of performance. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Eiseley Branch
The One Book One Lincoln title The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters addresses the theme of missing Indigenous people. This month's Once Upon a Crime program will be a mash-up featuring the topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Guest presenter, Jen Jackson, will highlight one particular case and discuss the overall epidemic concerning this community. Whether you've read The Berry Pickers or just want to learn more about the MMIW/MMIP movements, we would love to see you at this special event.

The top ten finalists:

We previewed the top 10 finalists for the 2024 program! Here's the last preview before the Top Three finalists were announced at The Mill at Telegraph on Memorial Day:

Here are the titles from the fourth week:

Here are the titles from the third week:

Here are the titles from the second week:

Here are the first two:


Nominate titles for consideration for One Book One Lincoln! Nominations are accepted all year, but the deadline for nominations to be considered for the 2024 program was January 31.

Would you like to play a part in choosing next year’s One Book One Lincoln finalists? Applications to be part of the Selection Committee are accepted on a rolling basis. The One Book One Lincoln season runs from February-November so apply now!

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