How to feel young and beautiful in 2013

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: By Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Anti-aging creams, face lifts, workout plans.

Who needs ‘em?

Do you want to feel years younger starting in 2013? If that’s your New Year’s resolution, then we just may have a solution for you and it won’t cost a dime.

But you will have to give a little.

Giving comes in many packages. You can donate money or you can donate your time, skills and knowledge. It’s that second way of giving I’m talking about — giving your time. It’s a way to have a lasting impact on your community — to leave your mark, so to speak.

I’ve talked about this with many of the volunteers at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, who see an immediate and positive impact to the community in the simple act of sorting and shelving books, reading aloud to a rapt audience of tiny listeners or helping a child figure out how to do that pesky homework assignment.

Yes, volunteering can have a meaningful impact on the community.

But the volunteer benefits, too. You can learn or improve a skill, become a part of a larger community or even help boost your career or job search. (A volunteering job can also help burnish your resume and help with your job search.)

In the “back room” of the library where all the volunteers check in at the start of their day, a sign posted over a desk touts the health benefits of volunteering, noting that volunteers add years to their lives just by being a part of something larger than themselves.

We can always use more help at the library, but if that’s not your cup of tea, then consider looking into opportunities at schools, animal shelters, senior centers, hospitals, museums or the American Red Cross. And if you need more info on how to help out in your community and lack computer access, come on down to the library to look it up.

Whatever activity or group you choose to help with the gift of your time, we know for sure that, if you stick with it, you’ll feel better about yourself in no time.

Oh, and about the “more beautiful” part? Well, if you put in a solid day’s work for a good cause, you’re bound to sleep a little better and experts say that a good night’s sleep is a key beauty aid.


Free family movie night

If your budget is feeling pinched by all the holiday spending, then do your wallet a favor and take the family out for popcorn, drinks and a movie—without breaking the bank.

Sponsored by the Friends, this month’s Free Family Movie Night is on Saturday, showing a hilarious animated comedy. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult for these family-friendly films. Admission is free; popcorn, soda, juice and water are available for 50 cents each. For more information on these and other Friends events, call our office at 434-2404, find us on Facebook (, or visit our website at


Friends’ membership drive

Your support of the Friends is important and a membership in the Friends remains a great bargain: join as an individual ($15), a family ($25) or as a club/business ($40). Download a membership form from our website at Or pick up a form at the library and mail it to us at Friends of the Lincoln Library, PO Box 1177, Lincoln, CA 95648.


This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404, or Lora Finnegan is Friends of the Lincoln Library president.