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Happy 4th of July!

Friends of Lincoln Library column
By: Jeri Chase Ferris Special to The News Messenger
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Did you find out who said, ?Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation? in our last column? Did you ask your bff (best friends forever), your librarian? It was Walter Cronkite and I?m sure you agree with him. As we think about our great and blessed nation on this day after the 4th of July, we also think about our great public library system. Public, not private. Free entrance to all. Free books and free information, with a free library card. All available to every one of us at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Speaking of free books ? did you know that some of them are missing (as in overdue or gone without being checked out)? Also, some CDs and DVDs have left the building and have not returned, not yet anyway. You might want to check your piles of books (note to self: check my piles of books), just in case a library book is lurking there, waiting to be returned to its shelf in the library. A bit of history Back to the 4th of July. It was 236 years ago Wednesday that the men of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, after some editing of Thomas Jefferson?s writing. Jefferson sat silently during the editing process but he wrote that John Adams fought ?fearlessly for every word.? As we know, Jefferson?s argument against slavery was taken out. Also cut was his beautiful phrase of regret to King George ? ?We might have been a free and a great people together ...? Instead, we are a free and a great people as Americans. Two hundred and thirty-one years ago, in October 1781, the British surrendered at Yorktown and the Revolutionary War was over. (At least the fighting was. The war ended officially in 1783 when the peace treaty was signed.) Two hundred and twenty-three years ago, George Washington was elected our first president. And as we all know, 186 years ago Wednesday, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the very same day, the 4th of July. Book sale coming up! Get ready for the next big book sale! The Friends of the Lincoln Library is having a book sale on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the library rotunda. I just bought a brand new book on Leningrad at Barnes & Noble for $30. $30! Oh, if only it had been in our library, free. But the book was just published, I need it now and there was nothing else to do but buy it. Compare that tragic event, tragic price, anyway, with this upcoming book sale ? Hardback and paperback books priced at 50 cents each! (Can that be true? Yes!) Well-used paperbacks, five for $1. We have several cartfuls of children?s books at 25 cents each (the book, not the cart). We?ll have quite a few vintage books at various prices, all great bargains. And there will be a special sales table of large, colorful special-interest books, ranging from $2 to $50 each. Almost all, about 90 percent, of these beautiful books have been donated by you and other Friends members and nonmembers. Many of the books are like-new. You will not want to miss this sale. I?ll be there and hope to see you too. Family Movie Night, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21: ?Kung Fu Panda? Saturday, Aug. 18: ?The Lorax? The Willow Room will open at 5:30 p.m., with popcorn and soft drinks available for a very small price. The movie is free! Next FOLL meeting Tuesday, July 10, 2 p.m. in the Fir Room, Twelve Bridges Library. 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. Author Jeri Chase Ferris is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.