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A free passport to fun and knowledge: a library card

Friends of Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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A recent cartoon made me laugh. Speaking to a child holding a smart phone, a mother brags, “I have an even smaller wireless device that gives me access to thousands of books and movies … it’s a library card.” Credit goes to cartoonist Jeff Stahler (gocomics.com/jeffstahler). He’s so right. A library card opens up a cheery and well-appointed spot for doing homework, reading or checking out a DVD or music CD (or free E-books). It’s the passport to a world of free knowledge and the key to a home for lifelong learning. And a free card is available at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Yet, because some folks don’t know a library card is free, one of the best bargains in town is often overlooked. Sign up for one today (bring proof of address, such as a driver’s license or a PG&E bill showing your mailing address) at the library. The Friends welcome new business members Wouldn’t it be neat to see a Friends of the Lincoln Library Member decal in every business in downtown Lincoln? That’s the goal and so we’re happy to welcome new business members to the Friends: Kathy Dorsey of Wardrobe at 517 G St., Cindy King of BBVA Compass at Sterling Parkway Building 1 and Loomis’ Dale McCoy of A Pet’s World (622-7387). And our newest club member: the Lincoln Dirt Gardeners. Thanks to you all for being a Friend! Want to become a member of Friends of the Lincoln Library (FOLL)? It’s easy and inexpensive. Membership costs are individual $15, family $25 or business $40. To join, call 434-2404 or check friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org. Or contact membership chair, FOLL, P. O. Box 394, Lincoln, CA 95648. FOLL is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity (No. 68-0089581). Book donations continue to be vital to the success of Friends programs. Bring your bags or boxes of books to the service entrance of the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, ring the bell and a volunteer will help. Whether you join the Friends or simply donate books or cash, you’ll know that you’re supporting Lincoln’s library and programs from Mother Goose on the Loose to summer reading and buying new materials for the library. On the Calendar Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.: Vintage/Car book sale at the Twelve Bridges public library, Rotunda. April 14: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Big quarterly book sale at the Twelve Bridges public library, Rotunda and Willow Room. April 14: 2 p.m.: Read with Red (sponsored by Red Robin) at the Twelve Bridges public library, Pine Room. April 8-14: National Library Week. April 15-21: National Volunteer Appreciation Week. 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.