Closing library isn’t an option

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For all Lincoln residents, let me bring you up to date about some of the library past workings. In 1990, the Lincoln City Council sent word to the Library Board of trustees that I was a member of, that the city could no longer afford to pay a librarian. The word was the city could hardly pay the library P.G. & E bill. This was long before the housing construction boom hit Lincoln. A fund was set up at a local bank to save the library. That fund still exists today. Then the library board organized a volunteers committee. This is how the program worked: a monthly schedule was made up of the hours the library was to be open. Then the volunteers signed up for the shift they wanted to cover. As for the times they couldn’t cover … sickness, doctors or dentist visits ... it was my job to secure a replacement. In all the years from 1990 to 2002 that the system was in effect, there was never a shift that wasn’t covered! With the housing boom in full swing in 2002, City Council informed the library trustees they now could afford a librarian, and later, a couple of assistants, and the volunteer system faded out. The people of Lincoln I worked with were just great volunteering and that kept the library open. I believe Lincoln is now blessed with some real talented career citizens who would step up and help the library stay open, if called on. Could you see a banner flying in front of the library, “Please support our historic pizza parlor.” I don’t so I offer these solutions. Scrape the bottom of the barrel a little deeper without cutting hours. Find the money for paid help, augmented with a few volunteers until the budget improves, which it will. Resurrect the volunteer system. I hope this letter will squelch rumors that the library is going to close. I firmly believe that the current library board of trustees won’t let that happen. I’m a former Carnegie Library volunteer coordinator, Dorothy Nowak, Roseville