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[May 21, 2019]  LINCOLN - Please join us at the Lincoln Public Library for a fun filled May!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is visiting the Lincoln Public Library for the month of May! Come in to get sorted into your Hogwarts house and earn points for your house all month long by reading! Each type of book has its own number of points. Picture books are worth 5 points each, Juvenile chapter books are 10 points, non-fiction books are 15, and Young Adult and Adult chapter books are worth 20! Participants will have their name entered into the Goblet of Fire for a drawing! Children, teens, and adults are welcome to participate.

For more information or to register, contact the Youth Services Department at (217) 732-5732 or stop by the Youth Services Desk!

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.

On Wednesday, May 6, the Cloud Library by Bibliotheca, will roll out a new interface for their app. Not only will it be updated, it will be easier to use. The Annex Circulation staff will be on hand to help patrons with the changes along with the other ebook apps, Libby by Overdrive and RB Digital. Don’t hesitate to call with any questions!

We will be hosting the Adult Summer Reading Program again this year with many exciting prizes. The Program is open to those 18 years of age and older. It will run from May 28th until August 31st, with participants being able to register at any time during the summer. Audiobooks and graphic novels will count toward your overall goal. Start thinking of how many books you can read over the summer. Stop by the Annex Circulation desk for more details!


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.

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.

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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

[Tegan Follis
Youth Services Program Coordinator
Lincoln Public Library District]

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