Bookworms unite! This fundraiser’s for you

By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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A couple of years ago, when I? first moved to Lincoln, I learned that my new hometown was set to close one of its two libraries and cut hours and programs at the other. I wanted to help. So I joined the all-volunteer Friends of the Lincoln Library to raise funds to pay for essentials such as new books and materials and children’s reading programs. It kind of made me feel like Jimmy Stewart’s neighbor’s felt in “It’s A Wonderful Life” - warm all over, after pitching in to help save a small-town institution. If you love books, children’s reading programs and libraries, please think about joining a neat group of book lovers, making a donation or buying a ticket ($50) to the Friends’ March 3 fundraising dinner, Night for the Library. And for more reasons to come, Friends’ Treasurer Vi Kuka has written her version of David Letterman’s Top Ten reasons to come to the Night for the Library dinner. 10: Dine on a gourmet meal by Simple Pleasures. 9: Listen to live music. 8: The elegance of proper linen and beautiful china place settings. 7: No standing in a long line for your meal. 6: Servers will bring hot and delicious food to partake and savor. 5: Cool auction items to compete for. 4: Knowing that $23 of the ticket is tax-deductible. 3: It’s a good excuse to get all dressed up. 2: Feeling mellow about helping Lincoln. 1: Knowing that your ticket and auction/raffle buys help save programs at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges.” Thanks for writing those, Vi. Eat your heart out, Letterman! And now, the latest auction items to be sold at the dinner: Executive Level Sponsor, Critter Creek Veterinary Hospital has donated a basket, including a free pet exam, nail clip and pet products. Executive Level Sponsor, Lincoln Hills Golf Club has donated one round of golf for up to four players on the Orchard Course and one Gold Rush Pass annual membership. Sacramento’s California State Railroad Museum has donated four passes. Thanks to all our generous donors! Night for the Library Tickets ($50) are sold at (916) 434-2404, online using Paypal at friendsof (click on “online reservation” in the Events column) or the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, The Lincoln News Messenger office (553 F St.) or at Wardrobe (517 G St). Pick your entrée choice (steak or vegetarian). Take it on the LAAM I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits at the newly relocated Lincoln Area Archives Museum (LAAM) on its recent opening weekend. Volunteer Executive Director Shirley Russell and her crew of docents, volunteers and members have put together a fantastic display at their new location at 640 5th St. (in former City Hall offices). You’ll see hundreds of neat old artifacts of early Lincoln, from Maidu basketry to Gladding, McBean pottery reflecting Lincoln’s past: ranching, railroading and industry. You’ll see some of the museum’s thousands of photographs, a terrific archive setup and you might even bump into a few native Lincolnites swapping stories around the cast-iron wood stove on display. Lincoln Area Archives Museum is open, free, weekday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. plus on Thursday until 4 p.m. Old book sale, new Facebook page The next Vintage/ Antique Book Sale sponsored by the Friends is on Saturday, Feb. 18 (1-4 p.m.) at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges; some gorgeous, big coffee table books, art books, and posters for sale ($3 to $30). And our pals at the Roseville Friends of the Library have a used book sale Feb. 17 to 18 at the Downtown Library, 225 Taylor St., Roseville. The Friends of the Lincoln Library is now on Facebook (and there’s a link to it on our website, shown below). Our Facebook Page is a great way to get up-to-the-minute news on the library, Friends’ book sales and fundraising dinner, and photographs of the library’s latest doings. The link is libraryatlincoln. This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Have a question? Contact 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.