Become a Friend or fill out your family tree

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: By Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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This month, the Friends of Lincoln Libraries kicks off its 2013 membership drive.

Why join?

First, because you’ll be helping the Friends maintain funding of many key library programs.
Our membership funds, along with donations, grants and book sales are an important way we pay for library programs that would otherwise be cut in these tough economic times. 

The library programs the Friends paid for last year included Mother Goose on the Loose, Mother Goose on the Loose on Wheels, Summer Reading,Read Across America, Read for the Record and Free Family Movie Night. We also purchased new books, software and other materials.
Due to the city of Lincoln's continued financial difficulties, your support of the Friends is crucial — and really easy. A membership in the Friends remains a great bargain: join as an individual ($15), a family ($25) or as a club/business ($40).

Download a membership form from our website Or pick up a form at the library and mail it to us at Friends of the Lincoln Library, PO Box 1177, Lincoln, CA 95648.
Free help at the library
Once, if you wanted to research your family tree, you had to send off hundreds of letters to distant homelands or make a trip to the reknowned genealogical center in Salt Lake City.

Now help is as close as the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges.
A treasure chest of information is available for free with a Lincoln Public Library card on databases (funded by the Friends). How easy is it to access these databases? Just use your library card number as the password.
Some of the databases: HeritageQuest helps both genealogical and historical research (coverage back to the late 1700s). Access it in the library or outside (using the number on your library card).
Ancestry Library Edition is available only in the library but it is one of the most important genealogical collections available to find census records, vital church, court, and immigration records. It’s a terrific genealogy resource, which makes research easy for beginners while providing in-depth tools for advanced genealogists. Our thanks to the Lincoln Hills Foundation for the donation that made purchase of this software possible.
Book sale Jan. 12
You say Santa didn’t give you a good book this year? Come to the Friends’ quarterly book sale from 1 to 4 p.m Saturday and you’ll find a tidy selection of well-sorted fiction and nonfiction books— both hardback and paperback— at the best prices around. We also have movies on DVD, music CDs and an interesting selection of diet and self-help books, in case you need some help with your New Year’s resolutions.
At the Twelve Bridges Library
Jan. 9 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Family story time
Jan. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Book sale.
Jan. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m.: Free family movie night.
This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404, or Lora Finnegan is the Friends of the Lincoln Library president.