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Don’t be bird-brained: listen to a robin read

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But at Red Robin Restaurant, kids can earn a free meal by reading and completing the Reading with Red program. The Red Robin Restaurant chain is best known for serving gourmet burgers in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. But you might not be aware that they also promote reading with kids. Partnering with the Friends of the Lincoln Library, the local Red Robin at 751 E. Joiner Parkway is hosting a free “Reading with Red” program at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges on Saturday, April 14 between 2 and 4 p.m. Red is the avian mascot of the Red Robin restaurant chain. Under this cool system, kids get to listen to stories being read to them — by the costumed Red Robin character— and then they get a certificate redeemable at Red Robin restaurants for a free kid’s meal for students ages 10 years and younger or for a free Monster Milkshake™ for students over 10-years-old. The “Reading with Red” certificates are designed to encourage students to read. The program requires the student to read 10 books and document each book they complete on the certificate. Getting a tasty meal at completion is one goal for the student — becoming a kid who loves reading is the main objective. Remember, the free event is at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges on Saturday, April 14 between 2 and 4 PM. So mark your calendar: parents or guardians may bring the kids to the Lincoln library (do not go to the restaurant for the reading program). Friends of the Lincoln Library thanks Red Robin’s Lincoln manager Phil Coakley for helping to set up the Reading with Red event. And if you arrive at the library a bit early that Saturday, you can pick up some bargain books at the Friends of the Lincoln Library’s quarterly book sale, also held on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can’t beat our prices: hardback books and paperbacks in good shape go for 50 cents; well-used paperbacks sell for five for $1; some specialty books and unique coffee table art books are tagged at prices up to 50 cents. And all the proceeds go to library programs and materials. On the Calendar April 10 at 2 p.m.: Friends of the Library meeting in the Fir Room of the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. April 14 at 2 p.m.: Reading with Red, free, in the Library at Twelve Bridges, sponsored by Lincoln’s Red Robin Restaurant and Friends of the Lincoln Library. April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Friends of the Lincoln Library Book Sale in the Library at Twelve Bridges. April 19 from noon to 2 p.m.: Celebrating library volunteers, held in the Library at Twelve Bridges. Friends and library volunteers are invited to a potluck lunch hosted by the library staff. This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Have a question? Contact the Friends at 434-2404, at friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org or e-mail FOLL@live.com. 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.