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Books that open up your heart, mind

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: By Lora Finnegan, Special to The News Messenger
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“I just heard an old Chinese proverb: ‘Open a book and the book will open you.’ Sounds great, doesn’t it?”

My pal, Adrienne Blackhart, sent that note to me the other day and I realized that saying is so true.

Think about how many books you’ve read just in the last year that have changed or opened up the way you look at things.

For me, one thought-provoking title was Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers,” a book which studies why some people succeed. I found it somewhat satisfying to learn that success, according to Gladwell’s analysis, has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

So at my next high school reunion, I plan to tell my former classmates that it’s not my fault I’m not a millionaire — I was simply born too late! (This book is available in the library.)

Another recent read was “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, which opened my eyes about the astonishing nature of cellular science innovations since the 1950s and its

once-hidden, early dark side. By the way, I bought this like-new hardback for $1 at a recent Friends of the Library book sale (our holiday sale is coming up on Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Twelve Bridges Library).

Make December the month a book opens you.

The Friends gives thanks

We continue to receive donations large and small from our successful “Envelope” donations campaign, launched in October. Thanks to all who have given so generously and to those who still plan to donate. Remember, donations can be tax-deductible as we are a 501 (c) (3) No.  68-0088581).

These funds will help us continue support to essential library programs such as Mother Goose on the Loose and Summer Reading, as well as for buying new books, DVDs, CDs, and more new materials to keep the library strong and vibrant.

We also thank the Lincoln Hills Foundation for its generous donation, which we received not long ago and which goes to purchase new audio books and access to online genealogy resources.

And kudos to the Lincoln Hills Garden Club, not only for their help to keep plantings around the library looking good but for their lovely donation to help support Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL).

Thanks to Lincolnites for voting! This fall, you voted online for the Lincoln Public Library in the LEGO Read/Build/Play competition. We got 5,323 votes (also called ‘nominations’) and came in Number 15 from all the libraries across country that entered. Roseville’s library ranked number 195, with 281 nominations.

Last week the Lincoln Library received a special LEGO DUPLO Read/ Build/Play toolkit chock full of cutting-edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks. Librarian Jill Loya tells us that these new kits will be showing up in the Children’s Area soon.

Twelve Bridges Library dates:

Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Holiday book sale (DVDs, audio books, Christmas books).

Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.: Friends’ board of directors meeting, Fir Room.

Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m.: Family Movie Night, (Santa Paws 2), free.

This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 394, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404, or friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org. Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member.