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Nominate Lincoln library for Legos and grant money

Library could receive $5,000
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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July 6: The Lincoln Public Library is now in third place with 924 nominations as of 9:50 a.m. To nominate the Lincoln Public Library, visit www.readbuildplay.com, and select California, Lincoln, and Lincoln Public Library when prompted. Nominations are being accepted through the month of July. A click of a mouse could mean a $5,000 grant for the Lincoln Public Library or Lego Duplo toolkits for the library. Friends of the Lincoln Library President Karen Jarrell entered the library into the running to receive the grant or toolkits last week after hearing about it from the Friends publicity chairwoman. ?We are asking everyone to notify all of their friends and put it on their Facebook pages,? Jarrell said. ?We are trying to be in the top 200 (libraries nominated) and it would be great if we could get the $5,000 grant.? The No. 1 nominated library will receive the $5,000 grant according to Jarrell, which would be earmarked for ?children?s education and projects.? ?Obviously, the library budget is very limited and this would certainly help in the children?s area for information and programs for the kids,? Jarrell said of both the grant and the opportunity to receive the toolkits. The top 200 libraries nominated for the grant will receive ?special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit chock full of cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks,? according to readbuildplay.com. Jarrell said one benefit of asking residents to nominate the library is ?getting the community behind the library on a project and seeing the community respond.? Jill Loya, a library assistant, expressed excitement Tuesday morning about what the grant or winning a toolkit could mean for the library. ?The grant is for books and supplies. That would allow us to do programming,? Loya said. One potential activity the grant could provide may be a Lego hour, according to Loya. ?We could have a fun day at the library on a Saturday and have the kids in here, learning and playing with Legos, and get them exposed to the library,? Loya said. ?Legos are great for spatial learning and math.? The toolkits come with a parent activity guide, Loya said, which can be sent home with parents. She said the toolkits provide an opportunity for ?visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning.? ?So many children have different learning styles and this is teaching so many different learning styles,? Loya said.