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[July 10, 2014]  Summer Reading Program - The Summer Reading Program continues through July 26th, with the theme “Paws to READ!”  In addition to children setting their reading goal for the summer, we offer Story Times for children 6 months through 7 years old, Art/Craft classes for 8 to 12 year olds, and Thursday Events for the whole family.  All offerings are free of charge, but children must sign up to participate in any activities.  Call the Youth Services Department with any questions at 732-5732. 

The Teen Summer Reading Program continues, with Saturday, July 19th as the last day to turn in a reading log. 

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.

Story Time 

Little Listeners Lapsit Story Time is for children 6 months through 2 years old, and Beginning Readers is for 3 and 4 year olds.  Choose a class on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10 am.  Ready Readers Story time is for 5 to 7 year olds and you can choose a class on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2 pm.  This is a one time sign-up for the 7 week session.  Call 732-5732 to register. 

Art/Craft Class 

For 8 to 12 year olds we offer Art/Craft Class on Thursdays at 2 pm.  Parents register children for each class they would like to attend starting 1 week prior to event.  Call 732-5732 to register. 

Art/Craft for July:


  • July 3 – Stars ‘n Stripes (wind sock)

  • July 10 – Sweet Dreams (dream catcher)

  • July 17 – Take Care of Our World (animal silhouettes)

  • July 24 – Chop-the-Stick (Chinese word art)

Thursday Events 

Our family oriented entertainment during the Summer Reading Program is each Thursday morning at 10am.  As space is limited, register for each event you would like to attend starting 1 week prior to event.  Call 732-5732 to register. 

Thursday Events for July:

  • July 3 – Library is open, but no Event

  • July 10 – Science With Nitro Joe (geared to school age children)

  • July 17 – Silly Safari

  • July 24 – Miller Park Zoo

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 4 to 5 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!   

Circulation News 

Fix-It Lincoln – The Library now offers a new collection of books on maintenance, repair, and upkeep.  The books include topics such as automobiles, homes, lawns, health care, musical instruments, boats, and much more.  Funding for this grant was awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library. 

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3M Cloud – This is our new e-book database, which is an addition to our existing Library On The Go database.  Thousands of titles are available, with more being added weekly, and can be searched via our online catalog.  You will need a PIN number to get started.  Stop by our Circulation Department for the easy instructions to get started. 

Zinio – Electronic magazines have arrived!  We have a selection of over 95 titles, and more will be added.  Create your account with Zinio from our website and start reading.  Stop by the Circulation Desk for more information. 

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. 

E-mails and text messages – Our new computer program allows patrons to receive texts and/or e-mails for notification of reserved items and overdue notices.  If you are interested in this service, please talk to a member of our Circulation Staff. 

PIN Numbers – 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 complete family that lives out of the library district.  We 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 own Library Card.   


Book Clubs - The Annex Building Circulation Desk 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, we have you covered.  Drop off your lists at the Circulation Desk, or e-mail April Jensen, Circulation Manager, at

Links on our Website 

Our website has links to many free services, such as Library On The Go, WorldCat, Khan Academy, the improved World Book Web, and our 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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