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Free Family Movie Night

By: Paige Smith
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Tips for attending Free Family Movie Night
By Alice Dehner

  • It is best to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get a good seat.
  • Movie starts at 6 p.m.
  • Popcorn and drinks are 50 cents
  • Attendees can bring their own snacks.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Encourage children to bring their own pillows and blankets if they want to be comfortable on the floor. Chairs are of course, available.
  • How to become a FOLL member
  • Visit: friendsofthelincolnlibrary.com.
  • Click events to check out their monthly flyer for library events.
  • Call 916-434-2404 for more information or pick up a form in the library.
  • March Free Family Movie Night: “Ferndinand!” 6 p.m. March 17.

Do you and your family enjoy watching fun, family-friendly movies together? Next time you want to check out a new release, look no further than the Lincoln Public Library.

Since 2007, the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges has offered a free Family Movie Night; however, in 2008 the event went on hiatus due to budget cuts. In 2010, The Friends of the Lincoln Library, also known as FOLL, began funding Family Movie Night.

The movie night is the third Saturday of every month, except for December. Attendees learn about library activities, library books and what the library has to offer the community.

“Family Movie Night offers the Lincoln community a safe and secure environment in which to relax and enjoy an evening in the library,” said Alice Dehner, Family Movie Night chair.

The nonprofit purchases the movies, popcorn machine and supplies for the movie nights, while the Lincoln Host Lions Club funds the movie licensing contract. When Friends of the Lincoln Library need supplies for this event, they make sure to stay local and purchase from Lincoln businesses.

“Library assistant Susan Hutchins makes the DVD selections from the most recently released PG or G movies for children that are covered by our license,” Dehner said. “When possible, she chooses a movie that is based on a book.”

Volunteers and members from Friends of the Lincoln Library are needed for events, activities and help in the library. Anyone interested,  can contact FOLL or pick up a form at the Lincoln Library.

“Our library is an independent city library funded by the City of Lincoln,” Dehner said. “It is an educational and friendly place for families to visit and enjoy.”

To attend Family Movie Night, Dehner suggests getting there at 5:30 p.m. to get seats and enjoy the film. The fire code for the Willow Room in the library limits occupancy to 100 so if it is exceeded, guests may be turned away.

So next time you are in the mood for a family movie, night grab some blankets, snacks and head over to the Lincoln Public Library on the third Saturday of the month to enjoy the program.

Unable to attend this month’s movie night? Don’t worry, the movies chosen are available in the library to check out as DVDs after free Family Movie Night.