Friends of Lincoln library column

‘Friends’ in the spotlight
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Well, I’m not quite ready for prime time but I did have fun being on Gerry Lyons’ “News and Views” TV show on WAVE Broadband (channel 4 locally) last week. Lyons is a pro who really put me at ease in our discussion about Friends of the Lincoln Library’s big gala dinner, a Night for the Library. We got to thank all of our sponsors and donors to date and to let businesses know there’s still time to donate auction items to the March 3 dinner (or to sponsor the dinner). And Lyons did a fine piece on Mother Goose on the Loose at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, which the Friends supports. He got a terrific interview with lively Linda Derosier and showed her Mother Goose team in action, leading a crowd of little kids in games and reading fun. Later in the News and Views show, Lincoln’s Rotary was front and center, with Rotary board member Paul Radcliffe and Councilman Stan Nader. They detailed Rotary’s donations to the library and other good works. For a photo of Lyons and me on his set, check out the Friends’ Facebook page ( or the Friends of the Lincoln Library website later on. And be sure to check out Gerry Lyons’ News and Views each Wednesday night at 6:30, WAVE cable channel 4. Our thanks to WAVE Broadband for helping us get the word out about the Friends. March dinner menu highlights The menu is set for our March 3 gala, a Night for the Library. And it is an elegant, sit-down dinner (no buffet lines!) catered by Diana Burke’s Simple Pleasures. Check this yummy menu. Select one entrée choice: grilled peppered New York steak with herb compound butter, roasted root vegetables, red mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and caramelized shallots; or choose Verdure al Forno (vegetarian option, featuring vegetable gratin) on a bed of creamy wild mushroom polenta. The menu includes a tasty salad with roasted grapes, hazelnuts, blue cheese; artisan breads; dessert (macadamia nut and banana bar with warm caramel sauce) and coffee. Tickets are sold at three locations. Buy Night for the Library dinner tickets ($50) in Lincoln at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, the Lincoln News Messenger office (553 F St.) or at Wardrobe (517 G St). Or get tickets by calling 434-2404 or e-mail to Let us know your entrée choice (steak or vegetarian). Friends is a nonprofit; funds raised support library programs and materials. More cool stuff to shop for at the ‘Night’ If you’re looking for gift ideas (or a fun treat for yourself), we’ll be auctioning off all kinds of goodies at the March 3 dinner. Hotel stays include the Atlantis Resort Reno, Thunder Valley Casino Hotel and Inn by the Lake (at Lake Tahoe). Gift certificates are from Chevron Lincoln at Twelve Bridges, Awful Annies and more. Pick up a handsome T-shirt from Clinton’s Motorcycle. And choose among pretty gift baskets such as the Starbucks goody basket, the “Margarita Party in a Basket” from Jane Anderson, the coffee party basket from Nina Mazzo, plus the Ronald and Nancy Reagan collectible slippers from Fran Neves, and more. Thanks again to all our donors. And foodies, don’t forget the three-month membership in the Sunset Select Wine Club (two bottles of wine each month). And there’s the unique dinner for two with Sac Bee food critic Blair Anthony Robertson while he’s reviewing a restaurant. You’ll learn how an experienced writer and food critic dissects a great meal, find out what he looks for and how you, too, can order and evaluate like a food critic. You’ll earn priceless bragging rights with your other foodie friends. Book sale success Kudos go out to Shirley Russell, our book sale maestro, and all her volunteer ‘book elves’ for making our big sale on Jan.14 such a success. All kinds of reading matter went flying out the door: hardback novels, coffee table books, bags full of paperbacks. We saw a lot of our friends and neighbors there and Nina Mazzo brought in coffee and cookies, making the event more like a coffee-klatsch than a sale. And thanks to all of our generous book donors, without whom no sale is possible (reminder: you can donate books anytime the library is open by bringing them to the back door with the ‘Open’ sign). Our next event is a special vintage book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday. There are some real diamonds on the shelves, from classic reads to first editions and (decorator alert!) books so beautifully bound, they just look good on the bookshelf. Swing by the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. 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.