Lincolnites talk about their library

Friends of Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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From parents introducing little ones to their first books to seniors planning their next overseas trip — that’s how Lincolnites use their library. Friends of the Lincoln Library volunteer Cindy Pulliam recently took an informal poll of library visitors. She discovered what they loved about our library and what the institution means to them. Hilary Taglio, with sons Brennan (age 6) and Clayton (age 4), said, “We come to the library once a week to get books and movies. We check out pleasure reading and educational items.” She also said, “When I was growing up, we lived on the American River Parkway. My dad would take us on bike rides and our destination was the library. So I grew up with libraries.” Jerome and Janet Venjohn note that, “We don’t use the library often enough, but right now, we’re using it for travel information for a trip to Spain.” Ronda Pate with her daughter Jewlea Huff (age 12), visits from Sheridan. “We use the library for its books, the Internet, music CDs and DVDs. It’s a great place to meet up with people.” Ronda said. “I still remember my first visit to a library and my first book was ‘The Black Stallion.’” Mathew Martelle (age 12) said, “I come here because of the different varieties of books. I use it to do my schoolwork because it’s so quiet here, it’s a nice place and the people who work here are really nice. My brother and I have been coming since it opened. We come here once or twice a week.” “I’d like the library to be supported because it provides a place for adults and kids to come and grow with its quiet and peaceful atmosphere,” noted Hilary Taglio. We couldn’t agree more. Help out Friends of the Lincoln Library: today! October has been proclaimed Friends of the Lincoln Library Month by the Lincoln City Council. That’s neat, because this month, it’s easier to support the library than ever. Find our donations envelope in the Inside Lincoln section of today’s newspaper. You can’t miss the envelope’s big red letters saying Friends of the Lincoln Library; slip a stamp on it and a check inside. We’ll take care of the rest. Donations large and small make a difference. You’ll help us buy new library books, movies your family can check out, and magazine subscriptions. You’ll help us support popular library programs, from the beloved Mother Goose on the Loose to the Summer Reading program and Free Family Movie Night. You’ll help us pay for library software programs that aid job seekers in crafting a winning resume and nailing that interview; other software programs can help a child unravel that knotty homework math problem or assist a senior in locating that long-forgotten ancestor. The bulk of the donations stay here in Lincoln, further helping your kids, friends and neighbors. Today, look for ‘The Envelope, Please’—in the Lincoln News Messenger’s ‘Inside Lincoln’ section. Or donate any time via Paypal on our website at Top 10 reasons to love the library Our series of Top 10 reasons to love the library concludes with reasons two and one. 2. Free movies and eBooks! Five DVDs can be checked out at a time and kept for one week. eBooks can be held and an e-mail will be sent to you once the book becomes available. When you are notified, the item will be held for five days for you to download. 1. The satisfaction of helping your community. The Friends will continue to ensure our funds go to fund library programs, purchase supplies and books for library programs, and books, CDs, DVDs for the general library use. On the Calendar Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 to 4 p.m.: Book sale, Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Hardbacks and paperbacks (fiction and nonfiction) and some children’s books. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Friends General Membership Meeting, Willow Room, 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 or e-mail. Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member.