Library column

Mother Goose flies again
By: Lora Finnegan special to News Messenger
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Like a migrating bird, the popular Mother Goose on the Loose program returns for the season today at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. It’s part of a national, award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 4 (accompanied by an adult). If you ever have a chance, sit in on one of the Mother Goose programs at the Lincoln library, as I did the other day. It’s a real picker-upper. You’ll see more than just somebody sitting down and reading aloud to the kids. As run by Linda Derosier and her crew, it’s a 30-minute interactive session using rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more. They bang a drum, jingle some bells, float scarves in the air and sing songs, making for a lively half-hour. All the while, Betty Gordon as Mother Goose sits in her rocking chair nearby, with a stuffed animal on her lap (a goose with a moving head). The sight of this costumed lady with the realistic-looking bird—Mother Goose personified—is fascinating to the little ones, who often shyly come up to pet the goose. That’s when parents and caregivers whip out the camera or iPhone and snap away like paparazzi at a red-carpet event. The program’s goal is to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers but it’s clear that this fun-filled session puts smiles on the grownups’ faces, too. Mother Goose on the Loose runs at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through June at the library’s homework help center. This month’s dates are Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Space is limited to the first 100 participants. Arrive early to pick up your ticket and reserve a spot. Friends news At a recent Lincoln City Council meeting, Friends of the Lincoln Library President Karen Jarrell presented the city with a check from the Friends for $3,750 with the stipulation that funds are used as follows: for library costs of presenting Mother Goose on the Loose at the public library at Twelve Bridges for 22 weeks (through June 2012). These funds pay for seasonal staff to run the Mother Goose program and also allow the library to be open an additional three hours a week. Thanks to all our Friends members and community supporters who donated so generously to ensure that the Mother Goose program continues to operate and be free to the public. More fun items to look for at the March 3 Night for the Library We want to thank SureWest Communications for its generous check as a donation to our upcoming fundraiser dinner on March 3. Silent auction items keep coming in—plan on bidding on them at the dinner. Thank you’s go to Nina Mazzo for a coffee-lovers’ basket and Dale McCoy’s A Pet’s World donated pet-sitting services. And something you won’t find at any other auction: Sunset Magazine/Sunset Publishing has donated a basket of cooking and garden books, along with a three-month membership in the popular Sunset Select Wine Club. Each month, you’ll receive two bottles of wine selected by Sunset’s editors and wine experts; recipes from Sunset Magazine matched to each wine, wine tasting notes, and discounts on wines and discounts on tickets to Sunset wine-related events. Wow! We’re sure lots of wine lovers will want to bid on that prize. A toast to you, Sunset! Major book sale coming soon The next Friends’ book sales are around the corner. Our big quarterly book sale is Jan. 14 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with hundreds of titles. The prices are right, too, with hardbacks going for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents and well-used paperbacks for 25 cents. And the vintage/antique book sale is Jan. 21 (1 to 4 p.m.). Both sales will be held in the rotunda at 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.