Who is your bff?

Friends of the Lincoln library column
By: Jeri Chase Ferris Special to The News Messenger
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Who is your bff? Teenagers talk about their ?bff.? You probably know what a bff is, but just in case you don?t, it means ?best friend forever.? You probably have several bffs yourself, as do I. But I have special bffs at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. Can you guess who? (I?ll bet you can.) Right! My bffs are the librarians. I?m the author of nonfiction books so I need the facts and nothing but the facts. When I begin to research a new subject, where do you think I go first? (I know you know.) Right! To the library. So, for example, when I began to write about the first black woman to publish a newspaper, I needed to see that newspaper. Who got it for me? (I know you know.) Right. my librarian. This newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, was published beginning in 1854 and is no longer in print. In fact, as of 2012, it hasn?t been in print for 154 years, and is pretty hard to come by. So my librarian bff contacted librarians back east who located the entire publishing run of this newspaper at Smith College (it was donated to them by Martin Delaney, a Provincial Freeman subscriber). The librarian sent it to me on microfiche. Of course, I needed a stronger prescription for my glasses by the time I was halfway through but that wasn?t the fault of my bff. This very morning, two author friends shared similar examples of librarians searching for and finding arcane manuscripts and rare microfiches to aid in their research. And finally, I just read this from yet another author, ?My mother is a librarian and that?s the ultimate service of thought, ideas and education.? Speaking of research and writing, if you?d like to learn more about the research I do and who I write about, come to the Orchard Creek Ballroom in Sun City Lincoln Hills on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. I?ll speak on ?People Who Made America Great.? Bring your knowledge and your questions. There may be some surprises! Where is ?the power of knowledge?? A recent ?Non Sequitur? cartoon strip featured libraries and knowledge. Here it is (without the pictures!): Explorer with backpack is climbing mountains, entering caves, following the sign, ?This way to access the power of knowledge.? He crosses a rope bridge displaying the sign, ?almost there.? He arrives at the final sign saying, ?You made it! The power of knowledge is at hand!? And what does he see? A public library. But we knew that, right? You are still needed! Please know how much you are needed, not only as a member of the Friends, which we hope you are, but also as a physical body to physically help with events we Friends sponsor. Thanks for all you are already doing. On the Calendar June 2 ? July 9: Children in the Summer reading program (sponsored by Friends of the Lincoln Library). Be sure to sign up for your reading log. For more information, contact Jill Loya at Twelve Bridges Library at 434-2410. Happy reading! June 12: Friends? board meeting at 2 p.m. in the Fir Room June 13: Crafts program begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Pine Room June 16: Free Family Movie Night showing ?Hugo.? Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room. 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 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.