Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has won a $1,500 prize and been designated as an Honor Library in the national Winter Reading Challenge after Lincoln readers logged more than 1.5 million minutes in January.
LCL will use the prize money to benefit its Begin with Books program, which provides new books to low-income families. The winning libraries share $10,000 donated to the Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge by investor Mark Cuban. LCL also awarded one participant a Kindle Paperwhite eReader through a random drawing. Ten more readers won gift certificates to Francie and Finch, The Mill, Barnes and Noble or Marcus Theaters for logging more than 8,000 minutes each.
Also honored in Nebraska was Keene Memorial Library in Fremont. Other Honor Libraries were Menasha Joint School District, Menasha, Wisconsin; Paramus Public Library, Paramus, New Jersey; Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, Virginia; Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and MacDonald Public Library, New Baltimore, Michigan.
To register for LCL's current reading challenge, Savor the Color of Life, visit lincolnlibraries.org. Registering for the program and participating in special events make readers eligible to win tickets to the musical "The Color Purple" at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, April 11 through 15.