Library has all the information you could possibly ask for

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Jeri Chase Ferris
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Do you want or need to learn a new language? Check the shelves at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. I study Russian and have been through all the books and tapes and CDs on the library shelves. On a drive to Chicago with my Scottie Nasha, we listened to Pimsleur?s Russian lessons (from the library) for about 4,000 miles. I still can barely speak Russian. In fact I think Nasha (means ?ours? in Russian) speaks it better than I do but that?s not the library?s fault. My point? There?s all the help we could ask for right there on our Lincoln Library shelves. And all you need is a library card. Want to catch up on some movies and don?t have Netflix? Check the shelves at the Lincoln library. All you need is a library card. Want to explore your family tree? We have millions of dollars worth of information available for free with your library card. We have, for example, Heritage Quest, an essential collection of material for genealogical and historical research dating back to the 1700s. We also have ?Ancestry Library Edition,? one of the most important genealogical collections available, containing census, church, court, immigration records and more. All you need is a library card. Want to fix your vehicle? For do-it-yourselfers with a library card, we have an ?on-call mechanic? (Chilton) available 24/7 with repair, maintenance, and service information for the most popular models. One of our librarians reports that a man recently fixed his ailing Saturn with Chilton?s help. Want to get into college or find a scholarship or create a resume? Our ?Testing and Education Reference Center? database has it all, including test prep books, online practice tests, resume builder and more. You simply need a library card. Are you brave enough to seek opposing viewpoints? Just go to the library?s ?Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center? database. You?ll find resources covering today?s hottest topics, from terrorism to stem cell research to ? Well, just take a look. All you need is a library card. How about the kids? For students from kindergarten through grade five, the library has ?Kids InfoBits,? with online information from books, magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, images and more. Use your library card, do a key-word search, and the info will be yours (or theirs). By the way, these last five examples are available online 24/7. You just need the number on your library card to access them all. There really are good things for free in this world! At least in the library. Library hours Sometimes we go to the library, expecting it to be open and sadly it?s not. These are the hours Twelve Bridges Library is open now. Let?s hope for more hours in the future. Tuesday and Wednesday: 1-7 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday: 1-5 p.m. Coming up! The Summer Reading Program 2012, supported by the Friends of the Lincoln Library (FOLL), for anyone up to age 18 begins Saturday, June 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Willow Room. Our kickoff party will feature entertainer and musician Darrel Haskins. Also, the library will have a crafts program for ages 3-18, on five Wednesdays, beginning at 1:30 p.m. June 13 in the Pine Room. For more information, contact Jill Loya at the library at 434-2410. On the Calendar June 5: Summer Reading Program begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Willow Room. 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 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.