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[October 01, 2013]  Costume swap -- The library will host a costume swap from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Bring a clean, gently used children's costume into the library and exchange it for another one. This is a good way to pass along outgrown costumes and pick up those larger sizes as your children grow. Donations of costumes will also be accepted. You may bring your costumes to the Youth Services Department in the Annex during business hours Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 and receive a ticket to redeem during the event on Oct. 4 and 5.

Child ID Day

There is an opportunity for parents to complete an ID packet for each of their children on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Annex. A Lincoln police officer will take digital fingerprints and a photo of each child to help complete an identification packet kept by the parents. Bring your child's date of birth and Social Security number for this free opportunity. Call 732-5732 for more information.

The Lincoln Public Library is located at 725 Pekin St., with adult nonfiction and reference materials in the historic Carnegie Building. The Annex directly behind houses adult fiction and the Youth Services Department.

All library events are free and open to the public. Online, visit

Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Phone 217-732-8878 for adult services and 217-732-5732 for youth services.

Banned Books for Bowling

Teens and preteens are invited to participate in the Library's Banned Books for Bowling program. Read three banned books from the library's selection list by Nov. 30. Submit the titles with a rating of each book on the form available in the Youth Services Department. Then receive a coupon for a free bowling game at Logan Lanes in Lincoln. For more information, visit the Youth Services Department in the Annex or call 732-5732.

Grab and go

The Youth Services Department has a convenient way for busy people to select children's picture books. Look for the rubber-banded groups of books, selected with a coordinating theme. Each grouping contains four to five books, and the stories center around a particular animal or activity. Just "grab and go" to the circulation desk and you're on your way!

Story times and craft classes

The fall session of Story Time has begun and continues through the week of Nov. 4.

  • Lapsit, for 6 months to 2-year-olds, meets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

  • Beginning Readers, for 3- to 4-year-olds, meets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

  • Ready Readers, for 5-to 7-year-olds, meets on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

There are still openings, and you can sign up your child by visiting the Youth Services Department or by calling 732-5732.

Craft classes for 8- to 12-year-olds meet each Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and continue through Nov. 7. The sign-up is one week before each class the child wants to attend. To sign up, visit the Youth Services Department or call 732-5732. A list of the craft projects is displayed in the Annex.

Miss Lou's blog

Louella Moreland, youth services librarian, has a blog that can be accessed by linking through the library website. She lists the library's new children's and young adult books and introduces library programs. Tell her your ideas and suggestions. You can also view videos and pictures of library programs.

Upcoming events

Thursday, Nov. 21, is Family Reading Night. The library will host a Family Game Night, and you can play in your pajamas. More information will follow.

Closing dates

The library will be closed the following dates:

  • Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day

  • Nov. 28 -- Thanksgiving Day

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Circulation news

Zinio -- Electronic magazines have arrived. The library has a selection of over 95 titles, and more will be added. Create your account with Zinio from the library website and start reading. Stop by the circulation desk for more information.

Emails and text messages -- The library' s new computer program allows patrons to receive texts or emails for notification of reserved items and overdue notices. If you are interested in this service, talk to a member of the circulation staff.

PINs -- Don't forget to take advantage of a PIN number (password) for your account. With a PIN, you can search the entire Polaris system, see what items you have out, and request and renew books from home.

Gift certificates -- Need a gift idea? You can purchase a one-year library card for an individual or family living outside the library district. The library will provide a gift certificate for presenting, and the recipient can bring it in, along with a photo ID and proof of address, to receive their very own library card.

Book clubs -- The circulation desk in the Annex collects reading lists for all the book clubs in the area. So if you can't remember what you read or what you are supposed to read, you're covered. Drop off your lists at the circulation desk or email April Jensen, circulation manager, at

Going on a trip? -- The circulation staff can put a hold on any outstanding requests you may have so you will get them when you return. Just stop by and let the staff know your travel dates.

Links on the library website

The library website has links to many free services, such as Library on the Go, WorldCat, Khan Academy, the improved World Book Web and the Ask a Librarian service, as well as various downloadable forms. Check out what's new.

[Text from file received from Marlene Perry, Lincoln Public Library]

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