Medicine for the soul: a library

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”- Lady Bird Johnson (former First Lady). “Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.”- Author Barbara Tuchman. “Medicine for the soul.”- Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes. This is National Library Week (April 8-14), a time to recognize the important role each library plays in helping to make both print and digital information available and accessible to everyone. And it’s a time to think about what the library means to our community. “Without librarians, I wouldn’t be a writer today,” said Brad Meltzer, best-selling author and honorary chairman of National Library Week. (Meltzer is author of “The Book of Fate,” “The Inner Circle” and “Heroes For My Son,” and the host of Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded” on the History Channel.) All across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone — job seekers, students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, gamers, movie buffs. And that’s how it should be: a library is the heart of the community. Now that’s an amazing resource worth celebrating. Whether you’re a job seeker looking for resources to find new employment, a parent looking for free or educational activities for children or a student or book lover searching for your next favorite title, you belong at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. This month, there’s added incentive to visit. The Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges is joining other libraries nationwide in a program called Food for Fines. Fines will be waived for donations of nonperishable foods, which will be given to the Salt Mine to feed local families. The program runs through April 30. Bargain books and reading for kids this Saturday On Saturday, April 14, at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, you can stop by the Friends of the Library’s big book sale. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sale offers bargains on hardback books, paperbacks, large format and coffee table tomes, and children’s books. That same day from 2 until 4 p.m., children (with parent or guardian) can enjoy Read with Red. At this event, the costumed character from the Lincoln Red Robin Restaurant stops by to read aloud and pass out certificates good for a free kids’ meal. Potluck and Storybook & Literature Festival Next week, there’s a volunteers potluck lunch (noon to 2 p.m. April 19) in the library’s staff dining room. If you’ve volunteered with the Friends or with the library this past year, please stop by. Bring a dish if you like or just your appetite! Got a note from author Jeri Chase Ferris this week about Roseville’s Storybook & Literature Festival, set for April 14 ( for more info): “This is an fyi note to say I’ll be one of the authors speaking at this festival on April 14,” Jeri said. “I’ll be speaking on writing biographies and historical fiction for young adults. Hope to see you there.” We’ll swing by right after the Friends book sale! 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.