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Our History

The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation founded in 1954 to enhance and enrich Lincoln’s community library system by soliciting and receiving gifts to meet the needs of the library and the intent of the donor. Today, as in 1954, the Foundation has provided the support to ensure that Lincoln’s libraries remain on of the crown jewels of our community. Through technology, programs, events, or other special opportunities, we are dedicated to making sure that our libraries remain the vital and active community centers that are paramount to a thriving community.

Throughout its history, the Foundation has played a crucial role in ensuring that the Lincoln City Libraries expand to meet the needs of a growing community. The Foundation is active in raising funds for the building and furnishings of new public libraries and upgrading current buildings and furnishings. Beginning in the 1980s, the Foundation accepted gifts to endow the Jane Pop Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, which resulted in the formation of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, a support organization affiliated with the Foundation. The Foundation also manages special funds designated to benefit specific areas of the library, such as the Dorothy Bridgmon Martin Gift Fund, which supports the children’s room at the main library, and the Thompson Memorial Fund which provides annual funds for children’s books. Today, as Lincoln’s library system faces new challenges, the Foundation is committed to increasing private support by stepping up its outreach and fundraising efforts.

 Board of Trustees

Barb Jacobson, President

Ken Koop, Vice President

Brian Sunderman, Treasurer  

Chris Steffens, Assistant Treasurer 

Justine Petsch, Secretary

Melissa Newton, Advisor

Ed Bates   Tom Beckius   Brian Bock   Doug Campbell   Brian Chaffin  Rod Confer

Curt Denker   Sarai Douglas-Schulz   Herb Friedman  Amanda Garrett   Jessica Greenwald

 Julie Heinrich   Jane Hood  Rachel Hruza   Matt Kirkland   Ginny Martin

Robin Martin  Mike McCoy   Marna Munn   Sheppard Perkins   Laurie Petty

Julie Robinson   Herb Schimek   Dan Sloan   Ryan Sothan  Carol Speicher   

Troy Terwilliger   Darryl White


Foundation Staff

Gail McNair, Executive Director
Michelle Farley, Administrative Assistant