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Sports titles score at the library

Friends of Lincoln Library column
By: Lora Finnegan, special to News Messenger
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I curled up with a real thriller the weekend before last — the NFC Championship game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. When the on-screen drama finished, 49ers fans like me felt like a starving person after a ‘dieters’ special’ meal—hungry for more. Now, with days still to go until the final Big Game, I’m seeking a good read — a sports-themed book— that could tide a fan over until the Super Bowl kickoff. It doesn’t have to be a football book. The excitement and human-interest angle of Laura Hillenbrand’s horseracing book, “Seabiscuit,” so captured me when it debuted a few years ago that I hunted up her latest title. Hillenbrand’s book, “Unbroken,” tells “the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed - Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner-turned-Army hero.” The Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges has it on CD/audio. According to Sports Illustrated magazine, sports lovers can be book lovers, too. The magazine compiled the “Sports Illustrated Top 100 Sports Books of All Time” list. As I scroll the Sports Illustrated list, I see several football-themed tomes: “Friday Night Lights” (H.G. Bissinger, 1990); “Paper Lion” (George Plimpton, 1965); “Everybody’s All-American” (Frank Deford, 1981); “North Dallas Forty” (Peter Gent, 1973); and “When Pride Still Mattered: the Life of Vince Lombardi” (David Maraniss, 1999). So if you’re eager for some football action but just can’t wait until the Super Bowl, make a run to the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and blitz the stacks for some of these titles—they’re available on DVD or in book form. It may require a coin toss to decide which titles to check out but we’re sure any one of these stories would make a fair catch. Gala update We take our hats off to our latest Executive Level sponsors: Mercer Tyson of Carolan Properties/ Keller Williams Realty and Bikram Yoga of Lincoln, who donated three gift certificates, each for one month of unlimited yoga. Many thanks for supporting the Friends! Wonderful auction items keep coming in for our gala dinner on March 3, Night for the Library. The nice folks at Lincoln Jewelers have donated a lovely bookmark and gift certificate—thanks, Mark and Debbie Rhodes! And also in Lincoln, the cool gals at All Tangled Up have donated a haircut/color. Kudos goes out to neighboring Sacramento’s Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo— each donated family passes. The Crocker Art Museum has pledged two family passes, as well. We think it’s very classy that major organizations such as the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Zoo and so many others reach out to support Lincoln. It is much appreciated. Come to the dinner and you may bid for these items and more. Night for the Library Tickets ($50) are sold at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, The Lincoln News Messenger office (553 F St.) and at Wardrobe (517 G St.). Buy tickets using Paypal on the Friends of the Lincoln Library website (listed below) or call 434-2404. Pick your entr?e choice (steak or vegetarian). Free help at library Millions of dollars worth of information is available for free with a Lincoln Public Library card on databases (some of which are funded completely by the Friends). How easy is it to access these databases? Just use your library card number as the password. Some of the databases: HeritageQuest helps both genealogical and historical research (coverage back to the late 1700s). Access it in the library or outside (using the number on your library card). Ancestry Library Edition is available only in the library but it is “one of the most important genealogical collections available” to find census records and vital church, court and immigration records. It’s a terrific genealogy resource that makes research easy for beginners while providing in-depth tools for advanced genealogists. My aunt Norma Finnegan—who did her family research decades ago via letters and personal visits to churches, courthouses, and records repositories—would have loved this. Lora Finnegan is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member. This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Contact the Friends at 434-2404, at friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org or e-mail FOLL@live.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.