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Communities thrive at your local library

Guest column
By: Darla Wegener, Special to The News Messenger
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This week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in our community. The Lincoln Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by asking you to share thoughts about how the library has helped you. E-mail, Facebook, video, writing or in person - we would like to know, “How has the library made a difference in your life?” Here is one recent example. A patron was seeking employment at an agency with a hiring freeze. Then a position showed up for the perfect job. The locale and job requirements matched her skill set but her computer had just crashed. So, where did she come? The Lincoln Public Library! Librarian Andi Adkins Pogue showed her how to access her resume from a flash drive and she applied for the job online from one of our public access computers. Libraries are making a difference in this community. We hear stories like this every day. Libraries are the heart of every community and our library helps our community thrive. At our libraries, people of all backgrounds come together for community events, classes and programs. In addition, they come to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help. The library currently offers programs for early literacy, homework help, teen programs, summer reading, computers classes and more. But due to the current economic downturn, these services are at risk. Staff-supported programs, such as Mother Goose on the Loose, will only be able to continue with community donations. In addition, library hours may be reduced as well. To share your stories or for more information, visit the Lincoln Public Library’s two locations. The Carnegie Library is at the corner of 5th and F, 590 Fifth St. and the Twelve Bridges Library is at 485 Twelve Bridges at Colonnade. Or call 434-2410 or see the library’s Web site at www.libraryatlincoln.org. Darla Wegener is Lincoln’s library director.