Become a Friend in 2012 Membership drive gets into high gear

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Become a Friend in 2012. Now is the time to renew your membership or join the Friends of the Lincoln Library (FOLL). Membership runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and costs $15, $25 for a family or $40 for a business. As a small thank-you, Friends and family memberships will receive a magnet and businesses will receive a window decal. And members know that the money we raise helps fund library programs. To join, call 434-2404 or e-mail us at Businesses are a vital part of the cast of Friends. And they’re already beginning to step up and join (or re-join) Friends of the Lincoln Library for 2012. In fact, the first business that has renewed for 2012 is (drum roll, please) Ma Barker’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service (Box 1567, Lincoln). We hope to see the businesses who were members for 2011 step up and re-sign up for 2012 (or give a Friends of the Lincoln Library membership as part of your business’ holiday gift to local employees). Friends of the Lincoln Library will send business members a decal to post in your shop window so all your customers and passers-by will know you’re a loyal supporter of Friends of the Lincoln Library. Toys for Tots and canned food drop-off site Continuing through Dec. 16, the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges will have a collection box where new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off. Toys for kids of all ages (infant to teenage) are accepted. For the younger set, please make sure the toys don’t have detachable parts. Some gift ideas for teenagers: basketballs, footballs, watches and wallets, even cosmetics and perfume. Last year, Sember Fi gave out 3,000 toys to Lincoln children. And don’t forget the Salt Mine barrel for canned food donations. These much-needed donations go a long way toward serving Lincoln’s neediest. Nutcracker dolls and a holiday sale The Nutcracker Dolls and Children’s Books display continues inside the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Nancy Clark helped Linda Derosier put the display together (both are members of the Friends). The Friends issue a hearty thank you to the local owners (who wish to remain unnamed) of these beautiful dolls and display items. Reminder: our Holiday Book Sale is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. There are hard back and paperback novels, craft books, non-fiction titles and a few children’s books. The Archives-Vintage cart will also have sale items. An inconvenient subject: library fines OK, we’ve all done it at one time or another - forgotten to pay a fine for an overdue book. Think it doesn’t matter? Turns out, uncollected fines and fees (triggered when patrons don’t turn in their materials on time or lose the items) and the cost of replacing missing books creates a big problem. In Lincoln, the total has risen to a staggering $109,023 uncollected since fiscal year 2007-2008. Due to decreasing library staff over the years, there has ‘not been a focus on following up with patrons to recover fines,” a city official recently said. But that focus is changing, with library coordinator Renae Mahaffey and interim library director Jon Torkelson working on a plan for a major effort to collect those outstanding fines and fees. Library Advisory Board members David Gordon, and wife Betty Gordon, have also volunteered to help with a program. It’s all sorely needed effort; we badly need more library funding to increase library hours, purchase new books and periodicals, and pay for programs. So it’s time to come clean, ’fess up and pay up. Remind your friends and neighbors of how important it is to pay those overdue fines and scour your own shelves for any books or DVDs you may have forgotten to return. Every little bit helps! This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Have a question? Call the Friends at 434-2404, at or e-mail 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.