‘You-er than you’ still rings true for many

By: Lora Finnegan Friends of the Lincoln Library column
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“Today You are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Someone read those lines to me at age 6 or 7, and eons later, I recall every word. You may remember those words, too. They’re from that philosopher of childhood: Dr. Seuss. Experts say that children become eager readers when they’re engaged at a young age. The late author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) didn’t need experts to tell him that. Come celebrate with us as Dr. Seuss’ birthday is honored with Read Across America (2-3 p.m. March 3 at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges). Your own memories of his famous books, characters and famous Seussian-isms are sure to spring to mind. Bring the kids (it’s free) to enjoy crafts and listen to his stories. Night for the Library Ever since I moved here, I’ve been impressed with how Lincolnites —old and new — pull together for a cause. On March 3, library lovers and Lincoln supporters will turn out for the Night for the Library fundraising dinner. The dinner is catered by a fine local business and many auction items have been donated by Lincoln businesses and residents. If you love books, children’s reading programs and libraries or have grandkids who love the library, you’ll want to buy a ticket today. Of course, pitching in to help save a small-town institution is nothing new in Lincoln. Just ask Jane Tahti, Dorothy Nowak and others who started Save our Library efforts in the 1990s, a team that evolved into today’s Friends of the Lincoln Library, now more than 200 members strong. Please join us on March 3; you’ll be amazed at what your fellow citizens can accomplish. Tickets ($50) are sold at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, The Lincoln News Messenger office (553 F St.), or at Wardrobe (517 G St.). You can also call 434-2404 or go online using Paypal at (click on “online reservation” in the Events column). Pick your entrée choice (steak or vegetarian). This just in: Thanks go to Umpqua Bank, which made a nice donation to our dinner. Literary eye candy You say your Valentine’s Day box of chocolates lacked a certain, um, oomph? So pick up a little eye candy—the kind that stays fresh all year long—the 2012 Men of the Stacks pinup calendar. Apparently, this first-ever calendar shows many sides of America’s male librarians. Don’t worry—the pix aren’t super steamy (after all, they are professionals). It costs $19.99 and proceeds go to a nonprofit fund. Check it out at menofthestacks. com. Follow the book Did you know the library has a minimum budget for purchasing new books? Because of this set budget, the Friends depend on donations of both money and new/lightly used books to buy new titles. When your donated books are received at the library, the Friends swing into action. First, volunteers go through the donations to check the condition. If the book is in good shape and the volunteer believes the library may need the title, it is placed on a shelf for library staffers to review it for inclusion in the library’s system. If it passes muster, then a staffer or volunteer adds a cover, library coding and RFID (electronic tracking) tags and puts it on the library shelf, ready for you to check it out. If the library already has or doesn’t need the title, then (depending upon the book’s condition), volunteers sort it by fiction, nonfiction and/or subject and it may be put out for the next Friends book sale. Well-used books go to the free box in the Rotunda. Book donations can be dropped off whenever the library is open. All donations are greatly appreciated. Have a question? Contact the Friends of the Library at 434-2404, friendsofthelincolnca or Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.