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It’s official: October is Friends of the Lincoln Library Month

Friends of Lincoln library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Last week in this space, my pal Peter Fish wrote about how, after he became a father, he once again became a library user. Peter reminded us how “you can fall in love all over again with a place you hadn’t realized you’d missed.” That’s sort of how I feel. Having moved to Lincoln a couple years ago, I finally had time to, once more, become a regular library patron. Not only did I become a big fan of the Twelve Bridges Library, I found new friendships amongst other Lincolnites who care about keeping the library open and functioning. The Friends of the Lincoln Library volunteers work hard for the community: sorting donated books and putting together book sales, applying for grants and mounting fundraising drives—all to help the library operate smoothly and supply it with new books, magazines, music CDs and movies on DVD. Just as key, we fund family-friendly programs such as Mother Goose on the Loose, Summer Reading, and Free Family Movie Night. Who gains? Parents with young kids who need an endless supply of reading material, students who need a quiet place to do their homework and research, seniors who want the latest bestseller or movie. We all gain: you, me and our friends and neighbors. Next month across America, library supporters will be celebrated—National Friends of Libraries Week is Oct. 21 to Oct. 27. It’s a chance to celebrate Friends, raise awareness and raise money to fund library programs and materials. Recently, the Lincoln City Council declared October to be Friends of the Lincoln Library Month. Thanks go to Mayor Spencer Short and to all City Council members for recognizing our group’s efforts on behalf of all Lincoln’s citizens. In the proclamation, the council “urges everyone to join and give to the Friends of the Lincoln Library.” Sure, our small town has been hit hard by budget cuts but we’re fighting back! Citizen volunteers and local donors have made a huge difference for the Twelve Bridges Library. If you’ve ever donated a sack of lightly-used books, shopped at or helped out with a book sale, or dropped a cash donation in one of our boxes around town, you’re already a Friends supporter. This October, you can “fall in love all over again” with the library, become a supporter of the Friends, and help us continue to buy new books and fund popular programs and services. There’s no better time than Friends of the Lincoln Library Month! How you can help Friends of the Library Look for the envelope, please—the Friends’ donations envelope—on Oct. 4 tucked in The Lincoln News Messenger’s ‘Inside Lincoln’ section. The envelope will be offered at the library front desk all month. Or donate any time via Paypal on our website, friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org. Top ten reasons to love the Lincoln Library: Reasons 4 and 3 4. Free software help! Use programs such as Ancestry Library Edition, which aids genealogical searches. And Help Now (an interactive program to aid students with schoolwork) and Jobs Now, which assists the unemployed or those wishing to change careers, are both in the library or from a home computer. 3. Dr. Seuss. He wrote, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” In our fabulous children’s library section, check out Dr. Seuss titles anytime or celebrate his birthday each March at the Friends’-sponsored Read Across America. On the Calendar Read for the Record: Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.: first 50 families get a free children’s book at 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. Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member.