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An update on what the Friends has provided this year

Friends of the Lincoln Library
By: Lora Finnegan Special to The News Messenger
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Mark your calendars: Friends of the Lincoln Public Library (FOLL) will hold its second annual fundraising event, Night for the Library, on March 3 at the McBean Park Pavilion. Ticket price ($50) will include dinner catered by the fabulous folks at Simple Pleasures, music by Wild Duc, a live auction and a silent auction. The group is lining up an exciting roster of sponsors for this event (including The Lincoln News Messenger), and is still open to getting more sponsors and items for the auction. Sponsors and major donors will get a host of high profile benefits, including mentions on all our advertisements, flyers, posters, program and more. We’re already starting to get some neat items for the silent auction part of Night for the Library. We’ll be auctioning off a new, autographed cookbook by legendary Sacramento restaurateur Biba Caggiano, an award-winning cookbook author. And there’s a new cookbook/apron combo from the Napa Valley’s famed CIA (Culinary Institute of America). Lincoln’s Linda Thorsteinsson has donated a “day of beauty” hairstyling services to our silent auction and “Mona Dunham Massage” has donated a massage to our silent auction. Both work out of Lincoln’s Mina’s Salon. Thanks Mona, Linda and all who are still planning to donate! To become a sponsor of our fundraising event or a member of Friends of the Lincoln Public Library, call 434-2404, e-mail to FOLL@live.com. Friends of the Lincoln Public Library is a nonprofit group and donations may be tax-deductible. What programs does Friends of the Lincoln Public Library support? “Donations from our community, Friends’ members and grants are so important to fund library programs,” notes the nonprofit organization’s president Karen Jarrell. “Here is a list of funds spent on library programs by the Friends during 2011 and we continuously look at other programs for possible funding, as well.” * $3,750 to Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) with another $3,750 due in December for a total of $7,500. MGOL is a fun-filled 30-minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers (to age 4). It’s held on Thursdays, with sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Friends’ funding of this program keeps the library open an extra three hours a week. * $5,250 for the Summer Reading Program and supplies. Summer-reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Today, this program lasts four to six weeks during the summer where children are given credit for reading and can earn prizes. * $750 for Read Across America, an annual reading and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of author Dr. Seuss. * $750 for Read for the Record is a national campaign to read the same book on the same day with children across the globe. * $3,500 for Brainfuse software Help Now – a tutorial interactive Internet guide benefiting students with their homework and research assignments. * $2,100 for Brainfuse software Jobs Now – tutorial interactive Internet assistance for those seeking employment or a change in careers. * $9,282 to purchase books and supplies for Books in the Courtyard and Books for Schools, programs that provide free books for school children. * $100 for supplies for Mother Goose on the Loose on Wheels, which presents basically the same program as the library’s MGOL but is presented at elementary schools in Lincoln with a Headstart program. This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. Have a question? Call the Friends at 434-2404 or e-mail FOLL@live.com. 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.