Giving thoughtfully in tough times

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan
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As I was growing up, the idea of giving back to school and community was a given in our household, as it was for many of our neighbors. I still remember the lopsided chocolate cakes mom created for my school bake sales (she was the first to admit that baking was not her strong suit). But now, many folks are getting more requests for donations at the same time they’re finding themselves with tighter finances. What’s the solution? Well, I’ve heard that one place to start is by making sure that what resources or money we do donate are targeted to our priorities and are spent efficiently. Experts suggest we focus our giving by starting with our own interests or concerns. For example, if we’re passionate about education, parks and the outdoors, or the arts, turn our focus there. After you home in on a group, experts recommend doing a bit of homework to make sure a hefty portion of your donation goes to support the cause and not into “administration expenses.” It’s a good start. Of course, if you or your children are book lovers and have ever used any library for entertainment, research, homework help or a job search, then Friends of the Lincoln Library would love to be considered for your donation. We’re all-volunteer run so funds raised are put to use right here in the community and go to buy books and support library programs. Recently, one generous donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) contributed a gift of stock to the Friends. We have opened a brokerage account with Edward Jones. If you would like information on how to donate stock to our group, (such gifts may be a tax write-off for the donor), please contact Melanie Bergevin in Lincoln at 408-4722. On a separate note, the Friends would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank (and Lincoln branch manager Tracey Stanga) for donating the big, cuddly stuffed ponies to the Mother Goose on the Loose program. The kids are all over them! Update on the Night for the Library Some great reasons to attend Night for the Library, the Friends’ March 3 gala fundraiser at the McBean Pavilion in Lincoln: the dinner catered by Simple Pleasures is an elegant sit-down affair with lovely decor (no plastic forks). Parking is supervised and there’s live music and dancing. Tickets ($50) are sold at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, The Lincoln News Messenger office (553 F St.), at Wardrobe (517 G St). Buy tickets using Paypal on our website (listed below) or call 434-2404; pick your entrée choice (steak or vegetarian). Auction items continue to roll in. Thanks to Lincoln’s Red Robin for donating gift certificates and Auburn’s Roper’s Jewelers for donating a lovely woman’s silver and onyx ring. And if you’re a sports fan, look for the River Cats donation, which is a voucher for four center seats to a game. Kudos to the River Cats! Shoutout for donors The Friends also wish to thank downtown Lincoln’s Kathy Dorsey of Wardrobe for her generous donation. Kudos also to The Green Goat (soaps and goodies) and Fashion Faux Paws (selling pet fashions and gear) for donating gift baskets or gift certificates. And we’d like to give a big shout out to Trisha Pickerel of A Perfect Image by Trisha in Loomis for creating our fabulous poster and ticket (and Trisha will also be our event photographer). For more auction items, see facebook. com/libraryatlincoln. Calendar notes If you have kids, you might want to check out the Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival, set for Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is a joint program between the Placer, Roseville and Sacramento public libraries. There’ll be children’s storytelling, family arts and crafts, book sales, book signing, plus panel discussions with authors, illustrators, editors and publishers. For details and locations, go to Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member. 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 This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.