Who We Are

 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 t hat 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

 Ryan Sothan, President
Melissa Newton, Vice President

Cindy Love, Treasurer
April Stevenson, Secretary




Ed Bates
Brian Bock
Brian Chaffin
Rod Confer
Curt Denker
Sarai Douglas-Schulz
Erin Ebeler
Sonya Ekart



Herb Friedman
Amanda Garrett
Nancy Hove Graul
Jessica Greenwald
Lance Hall
Maja Viklands Harris
Julie Heinrich
Jane Renner Hood



Rachel Hruza
Barbara Jacobson
Matt Kirkland
Ken Koop, Jr.
Ginny Martin
Robin Martin
Kathy McKillip
Sheppard Perkins



Justine Petsch
Laurie Petty
Herb Schimek
Dan Sloan
Chris Steffens
Brian Sunderman
Darryl White


Foundation Staff

Gail McNair, Executive Director
Jennifer Doll, Accountant
Michelle Farley, Assistant