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Twelve Bridges Library provides many free services

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: Jeri Chase Ferris Special to The News Messenger
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We?re in the midst of the exciting Summer Reading Program at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. I just read a database review of 39 studies that showed kids? brains go a little soft during the summer. Not our kids! What people pay for that our library has for free * Books (duh) Our library has fiction and nonfiction, hardbacks, paperbacks, and eBooks. Did you know the cost of an average hardcover book is $18.99, an average children?s picture book is $12.99 and an average paperback book is $6.99? * Magazines and newspapers. Check out all the titles available at Twelve Bridges. Average cost of monthly magazine, $5.99; average cost of newspaper subscription, $60 a year. * Music CDs (average cost, $10.99) * Internet and Wi-Fi (average cost of home Internet, $22 a month) * Movies. You already know about our exciting family movie nights. You can also check out movies for free. Average movie DVD costs $12.99. - So much more! Read previous columns to see what we have (for free) in online searches, auto repair help, foreign languages, job preparation, genealogy, etc. And all you need is a library card! Hope you?ve joined or renewed your membership in the Friends of the Lincoln Library (FOLL). We are doing all we can financially and with volunteers to help keep our library open so all of us here in Lincoln can access those free items listed above. Also, I hope you?re voting every single day for our library at the LEGO site, readbuildplay.com. Don?t let the Rochester Public Library get ahead of us! The whole process takes less than one minute. Even if we don?t come in first in the United States ($5,000 for books and supplies), we could be in the top 200 libraries. In that case, our library would receive ?a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! Toolkit chockfull of cutting edge, early-literacy programming.? You can read more about it on the LEGO website. When you vote. Every day. Thanks. And speaking of libraries, did you know there are more public libraries in the U.S. than there are McDonald?s? Yay for libraries! But alas for Noah Webster, who had to sail all the way to Europe for books. Back in 1807, when he began working on the dictionary (Webster?s Dictionary, of course) ? ?He read almost every book in the local libraries, collecting words for his dictionary. He read almost every book in the Yale University library. ? He needed more books. He needed the great libraries in Paris and London and Cambridge.? From ?Noah Webster & His Words,? HoughtonMifflin/Harcourt, October 2012. We are so fortunate to have our own great libraries now. The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for example, and the Twelve Bridges Library in Lincoln, Calif. And I have been fortunate to be the guest columnist of this library column since May 3. Lora Finnegan will return next week. Welcome back, Lora, and thanks for giving me the opportunity to write for The News Messenger! At libraryatlincoln.org ? ? you can find all upcoming events. You can learn how to download books to your Nook, Kindle, iPad or Sony. You can go directly to the LEGO website and vote. You can access the entire library collection and reserve books. You can access all the databases (genealogy, etc.). And it is all yours, free, because of you and others who support our library financially, with book donations and with your volunteer time. Thanks to you, we have our own great public library. This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Have a question? Contact the Friends at 434-2404, at friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org or e-mail FOLL@live.com. Author Jeri Chase Ferris is a Friends of the Lincoln Library member. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.