Lincoln City Libraries’ ( Summer Reading Challenge has been a tradition for Lincoln’s children for over 75 years. By popular demand, special events and incentives for teens and adults were added to the already popular program. Last year over 5,000 adults, 1,800 teens, and 9,500 children read for fun, information and entertainment during June and July.

Parents and grandparents who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge provide a powerful message to young people about the importance of reading, especially summer reading, which helps kids improve reading fluency and keeps them from experiencing a loss in academic skills during the school break.

Community sponsors like the Lincoln Saltdogs, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Public Pools, Runza, Amigos and Yogurtini, to name just a few, sweeten the deal for everyone by providing free food and fun for readers. Participants can also enter drawings for $100 gift packages to area businesses.

Registration begins on May 26. Check the library website,, for more information and a schedule of events at library branches.

The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries was formed in 1954 to provide annual support for the programs and services provided to our residents through Lincoln City Libraries. This support is only successful because of volunteer involvement and public support through the Foundation. For more information to donate or volunteer, please visit, email, or call (402) 441-0164.