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Come join in the many fun activities in November and December

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[October 27, 2023] 

Lincoln Public Library District has had a very busy fall in the youth services department with more adventures to come.

As we wind down our six weeks of programs, we are gearing up for more excitement.

Mark your calendars for Trick or Treat all day on October 31st, a can food drive October 23rd - November 10th, Family Reading Night on November 16th, and a visit from Hugo Kringle, the little brother of Santa, on December 13th, plus we will be continuing Story Time, Baby Bees, and D&D through December.

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.



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.

This fall the youth department did a complete weeding of two areas, Juvenile Fiction and Young Adult Nonfiction. This allowed the graphics novels to have their own area in both sections. We also rearranged the children’s department to create an inviting play area where caregivers can comfortably sit and watch their small children play safely. As a bonus, this also gave the older kids an area of their own.

Don’t miss the fun of our upcoming programs which include Wednesday morning storytimes at 10:00 and 11:00AM.

It’s time to get out of the house with baby for Baby Bee’s, October 27th and November 10th at 10:00AM, for stories, movement, music, and play with Miss Emily. We have so much fun!

The Library will be hosting an all-day Trick or Treat event on October 31st and we are recycling empty candy wrappers. Just drop your candy wrappers in the special box in the Youth Services Department.

There will be a special story time on November 1st on food insecurity with a food drive in conjunction with the GFWC Lincoln Woman’s Club. Drop off non-perishable, unexpired can goods and see the awesome Food Castle.

There will be an evening story time on Family Reading Night, November 16th at 5:00PM, with crafts, games, and refreshments for the whole family until 7:00PM.

Be sure to mark your calendar for a visit with Hugo Kringle, Santa’s little brother, with stories, songs, and refreshments for the entire family on December 13 from 5:00-6:00PM.

Don’t forget D&D on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30PM, with Mr. Nathan, for our older kids. For more information on joining D&D call the youth department.

Some other new things to see and do at Lincoln Public Library are the displays of pumpkins young patrons painted, the progress of our decomposing pumpkin, the growth of the hydroponics garden, a fairy garden terrarium (work in progress), and newly purchased books, kits and Keva blocks are all waiting for you and your imagination.

Programs are free, so we hope to see you soon!


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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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!

3M Cloud – This is our new ebook 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 easy instructions.

Zinio – An electronic magazine collection with hundreds of titles. 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 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

[Donna Cunningham
Youth Services Librarian
Lincoln Public Library District]

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