Give to Lincoln Day 2018

Give to Lincoln Day is Common Root’s biggest fundraising event of the year. You can donate online anytime through midnight on May 31st.

Donate here:

Your donations help Common Root continue bringing free events and resources to our community. For a list of upcoming events, visit our calendar page:

We have some big changes coming up, including developing a new website and a move to a new location. In July, Common Root will be located in the Foundry Community (211 N 14th). This space offers us larger meeting & event rooms, an elevator for accessibility and a downtown location near UNL’s campus.

Visit our booth at Tower Square (13th and P Streets) on Thursday, May 31st from 10 AM until 2 PM. We’ll have volunteers available to tell you more about our nonprofit, and we’ll have some small items for sale, such as our locally designed buttons, magnets, keychains and more!

Books 4 Break!

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Join us for a free community book exchange on Saturday, May 26th from Noon-4 PM at The Commons (1239 S. 14th Street).

Bring books to give away and take books from others home with you. There will be hundreds if not thousands of books to choose from, we’re hoping to have something for everyone, but the real magic happens when you brings your favorites to share!

Writing Marathon

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Please feel free to participate in an afternoon of writing and optional sharing. We will be going to the Nebraska State Capitol building on Sunday, May 20th at 1 PM to inspire our minds and imbue our writing utensils.

Meet at the West entrance, by the Lincoln statue.

Don’t feel like you have to bring a laptop, but something to write with and something to write on is encouraged. Writing on the art or the walls is probably discouraged, so try to bring the right equipment. If you don’t have the means, that’s okay too. Writing implements and medium will be provided for those without.

This is not a writing workshop; there will be no criticisms. The marathon is an exercise of writing and community. We will engage in a period of silent writing, followed by optional sharing, and that is all.

Hope to see you there!

Free Saturday – May

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Free Saturdays – a free culture celebration of the community!

May’s Free Saturday event will be held on May 19th at Peter Pan Park (33rd & X) from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

SAVE THE DATE! The next Free Saturday event will take place on June 16th at Peter Pan Park.

June 16th will also be our rain date, in case of inclement weather.

Free Books from Common Root

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Join us Friday, May 18th from 10 AM until 1 PM, we’re giving away hundreds of books, with titles in the following subjects:

Feminism, Gender & Sexuality
Politics & Activism
Education & DIY
Arts, Crafts & Cookbooks
Literature & Poetry
Philosophy & Spirituality
And more!


Like free books?!
Don’t miss this separate event – a community book swap – Books 4 Break – sponsored by Lincoln’s Little Free Libraries on Saturday, May 26th from 12-4pm

“Common Root is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive community space with resources for the purpose of mutual inspiration, education and connection.”

Sunday Afternoon Movie

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Join us for a free screening of “When Worlds Collide” on Sunday, May 13th from 1-3 PM.

But “When worlds collide”,
Said George Pal to his bride
“I’m going to give you some terrible thrills”
Spoiler Alert: There will be worlds colliding before the end of the movie. There will be a lot of stock footage involved. Not Ed Wood amounts, though.
This movie, released in 1951 and produced by George Pal became a classic because it is one of the earliest ‘Disaster’ films and while the story is good, it’s the characters that keep it interesting. There is a love triangle and drama, also some very impressive special effects. (Not counting the very end.) This is a pretty heavily scheduled weekend, so why not relax with a gourmet hotdog from FlyDogs, kick back with some free popcorn and watch the world end.

Lincoln Unites

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Find Common Root’s booth at Lincoln Unites at the Nebraska Historical Museum (131 Centennial Mall North) from Noon-4 PM on Saturday, May 12th.

We’ll have information on our free events, button and sticker prizes for participants of our disc drop game and volunteers on hand to talk about what resources Common Root provides to the community.

Social Change GAME NIGHT

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—Free Event–All Ages–All Welcome—

Friday, May 11th, 8-10 PM – Bring your favorite board or card game and enjoy a few hours unplugged from your phone. Have your own group of 4-6 people anxious to play? Post on this event to reserve a card table and chairs just for you. Reservations will be held until 7:30pm.

Alcoholic beverages may be enjoyed in moderation. BYOB. We have glassware. If you have snacks to share, that is welcome as well – Please also snack responsibly. =)

Group discussion, while playing games, of the Social Change YOU would like to see in your community is encouraged.

This event is free and the donation jar is free will.
100% of any money collected in this evening’s donation jar will be sent to tonight’s chosen recipient – Macie’s Place Family Resource Center – along with a greeting card we can all sign.


Macie’s Place Family Resource Center
2601 N 47th St. Lincoln, NE.

Mission Statement :To offer Families a helping hand, not a hand out, to build a healthier, happier foundation for a successful life and a stronger community.
We do NOT have an income requirement.


“Common Root is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive community space with resources for the purpose of mutual inspiration, education and connection.”

Polyamory Support Group

Relationships are hard, and being polyamorous means different challenges and social stigma to handle. Family, metamors, being out or not… work and social dynamics, etc.

Let’s circle talk and support one another. Join us on Sunday, May 6th from 3-5 PM. The polya community here is us ❤💛💚💙💜

Movie Night – “The Shape of Water”

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Join us for a free screening of this award winning film on Saturday, May 5th at 8 PM.

This recent film is said to be a combination of Beauty and the Beast with The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, it includes nudity, torture, murder, espionage and pie. A love story, not only between Elisa and the ‘Asset’, but between a small group of outsiders that come together to right a terrible wrong. This is a period piece, taking place in 1962 at the height of the Cold War and just before the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think it also won some awards.

Popcorn will be provided, feel free to bring food and drink to enjoy.