Shopping locally helps the library

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Maybe you’ve heard the saying that “a library will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no libraries.” In past recessions, public libraries have traditionally turned to their local communities for help. And in turn, the libraries have helped their communities. In that respect, today is no different. Recently, state budget cuts were triggered that resulted in cutting off all state funding for California public libraries. That’s just one more reason the Friends of the Lincoln Library is grateful to have so many local supporters. No matter which way the political winds may blow, it’s certain that your library needs your help and the Friends will make certain donations to the Friends fund various library programs. Among our supporters are many businesses that have donated auction items to our upcoming Night for the Library dinner (March 3 at McBean Pavilion). So right here and now, we’re giving a big thank you to Beauty Control, Book Haven, Eisley Nursery, the Pampered Chef and Starbuck’s. All these great businesses, and those mentioned in past columns, have given us exciting donations, from gift baskets to autographed cookbooks to kitchen goodies and flowers. We thank the above establishments and hope more businesses will consider donating (there’s plenty of time). Attendees will be thrilled to bid on these great items at our dinner/silent auction in March. For tickets, call us at 434-2404. And, in turn, we hope you’ll patronize these businesses to support them while you’re doing your shopping. Tell them you’re a ‘Friend’ and thank them for helping the library. Every dollar spent locally immensely helps Lincoln by bringing tax dollars back to us. Rest assured that every penny that comes in to the all-volunteer Friends (except the few bucks we spend on stamps and supplies) goes to support library programs and buy books, DVDs, new periodicals and so forth. Learn a new language—and more—at the library Why not learn a new language for the New Year? That’s a good way to keep your brain active. Did you know you could join online interactive language learning at the library? Yep. Public libraries offer more than just books, of course. They offer fun, education and entertainment. There’s free computer use and Internet access, and downloadable e-books (for owners of Kindle, Nook and other e-readers). And there are hundreds of movie DVDs for check-out/rental, children’s programs, some seniors’ programs and free or low-cost seminars. Add classes, homework help, tutoring and more that a library might offer and you can see the vital role the library plays in our education system. Learn more at Calendar notes Membership chairwoman Fran Neves tells us that the Friends’ membership drive continues. Membership runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and costs $15 for an individual, $25 for a family or $40 for a business. The 2012 membership forms are available in the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, on the Friends’ website listed below or by calling 434-2404. Library coordinator Renae Mahaffey reminds us that the library will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Any books due that week will default to a due date of Jan. 3. Next Friends’ book sales: quarterly sale is Jan. 14 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and vintage/antique books sale is Jan. 21 (1 to 4 p.m.) at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. 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.