In chilly January, cuddle up with a book

By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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When the weather outside is frightful, library browsing is delightful. Library browsers will find a warm welcome and a staff that knows books and can often recommend something in your favorite genre. Bring the kids along and get them started on the path to the joy of reading. More exciting auction items for our March fundraiser Want to tag along with the Sacramento Bee’s restaurant critic, Blair Anthony Robertson, as he reviews a restaurant? Then come bid on this unique dinner for two with Blair Anthony Robertson, at the Friends’ March 3 A Night for the Library fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of the Lincoln Public Library. Thanks to Blair and the Sac Bee for supporting the Friends of the Lincoln Library! Thanks, too, go to the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, for donating a night’s stay in the handsome tower guest room. And to the nice folks at the Aquarium of the Bay for their donation: two tickets to the Aquarium of the Bay on the edge of San Francisco Bay. Thanks, also, to nearby Thunder Valley Casino Resort, which donated a one-night stay in a deluxe room. A round of applause to: Old Town Pizza, which will donate tasty dinners for our volunteers; Chevron Lincoln at Twelve Bridges (gift certificate); and Tealightful Treasures (gift basket). And our biggest thanks go to The Lincoln News Messenger, who is a sponsor of our event. Please help us show our appreciation to these and earlier generous donors or join them in contributing an item to our fundraiser dinner/auction. To donate or buy event tickets, call 434-2404. Volunteers and staff finish a moving project While the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges was closed for the holidays, loads of work was getting done. Important projects were completed, thanks to the hard-working volunteers and library staff. So Jon Torkelson, interim library director, has sent along kudos for “the exceptional work of our library volunteer corps.” Due to overflowing shelves in some areas, the non-fiction books needed to be moved. The project was organized by Scott Fischer of the library staff and volunteer K. C. Clark, who did much of the planning for this complicated project. “Without the help of library volunteers and a team of volunteers from the Rotary Club (organized by Paul Radcliffe), moving all of these books would not have been possible,” Torkelson said. In a project organized by library assistant Jill Loya, Spanish language books were transported from the Carnegie Library and added to the collection at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. More than 20 volunteers came in during the holidays to continue working. Volunteers Gloria Pilotti helped process books and Harvey Ulijohn helped transport the books. These books are now available for check-out. Library staff members who gave their time and energy to these projects (on top of their regular duties) include Nancy Clark, Julie Miller, Mary Ann Kearney, Linda Derosier and Susan Hutchins. “Thanks to everyone who gives of their time and energy to help us. We could not accomplish all that we do without your support,” Torkelson said. Book sale this Saturday Stock up now for your late winter reading. A fundraising book sale for the library opens this Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the rotunda and Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. The sale is sponsored by Friends of the Lincoln Public Library. Looking for mysteries, cutting edge non-fiction, romance novels or children’s books? You’ll find them at prices that are a steal: hardback books for $1, paperback books for 50 cents and well-used paperback books for a quarter. Over-sized books will go for $2. Funds raised by the Friends go to purchase the homework software Brainfuse, adult job-seeking software, library supplies and materials, children’s and adult literary programs, Mother Goose on the Loose and other popular programs. The Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges is at 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. For more on the sale or tickets to the fundraiser, call the Friends at 434-2404. 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.