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Library keeps us informed

Friends of Lincoln library column
By: Jeri Chase Ferris Special to The News Messenger
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?If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.? If you were at my presentation today at Sun City Lincoln Hills Orchard Creek, you know who said that. So who was it? No doubt you know, but just in case, I?ll tell you next time. In the meantime, though, let?s think about what he/she said. If we Americans expect to remain free, and we do indeed, we cannot expect to be ?ignorant.? So how best to be informed? I?m sure you see where I?m going with this ?. straight to the library, of course. For us, straight to the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Summer reading From a recent e-mail: ?Studies of the ?summer slump? show that children do more self-selected pleasure reading over the summer. This means reading for fun, with no book reports, no awards and no pre-and post-tests - simply reading because you want to.? Also, children read more when they have more access to books in the public library. Yet another reason to support our Twelve Bridges Library with your membership in the Friends so we can support library programs, your attendance at Friends? meetings, and more. Books from out-of-library I?m starting to research Fort Ross for my next book so (of course) I went to the library. Actually, I?m at home so I went to libraryatlincoln.org on my laptop. The Twelve Bridges Library has two books on Fort Ross. I need more so I went to ?California Libraries? on the same web page and, in less than one second (.5 sec.), was presented with 1,182 books related to my search. To learn how this works, I clicked on the first book listed and saw that it is available at the California State Library in Sacramento, University of California at Davis, University of California at Berkeley, Sonoma State and the San Francisco Public Library. Now how do I get it? My bff (the librarian) tells me there are two ways: 1) go to the nearest library (Sacramento) myself or 2) have Twelve Bridges request the book be sent to them at $5 per book. But, she added, ?the items you seek at an academic library may not be available for lending and you may not be able to get a library card even if you went there unless you meet criteria, which often includes being enrolled at the institution. Therefore, your best option is to ask a member of staff to do an interlibrary loan for you to obtain the object of your desire!? How?s that?s for a best friend! And don?t forget about all the on-line information free for us, 24/7, at libraryatlincoln.org! An advocate for libraries The legendary American writer Ray Bradbury (30 books, including ?Farenheit 451? and ?The Martian Chronicles?) died last week. I remember hearing him speak at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library some time ago. He talked about the years he spent in that library and the great debt he owed it. He was a fierce advocate for libraries and, in 2009 said, ?? I am completely in love with libraries.? He will be missed. His books, though, are right here in our Twelve Bridges Library. Movie Night! Don?t forget Free Family Movie Night this Saturday, June 16, at the Twelve Bridges Library, sponsored by the Friends. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for ?HUGO!? Summer Reading Program If your children have not yet signed up, be sure to come to the library ASAP and join. They won?t want to miss it. 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.