friends of the lincoln library column

A deep family connection to Labor Day

My husband, Alvar, was always a little irritated with me when I mixed up Memorial Day and  Labor Day. He had good reason. He was a World War II veteran, trained as a me ...

Upstairs in downtown, part 4: Tom saves our toddler

When we lived upstairs, spring and summer days found our bay windows pushed up, with fresh air streaming through the tall screens.  Even in the kitchen, the windows were almos ...

July is for George, part 3: America’s patriotic gardener

No, no and no!  Young George did not chop down that cherry tree. No, no and no!  He did not confess with that prissy little sentence: “I cannot tell a lie.” ...

The parade of a lifetime honored our town

It would have been amazing to have been on side streets in 1909, witnessing the preparations for the parade celebrating Lincoln’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Reading a ...

A little bit of China in our town of Lincoln

It’s satisfying when cultures cross and all are enriched by their intersections. It’s a disappointment when cultures cross in moments of inattention and the opportun ...

More great books for holiday reading/giving

Second of two parts Recently, the Friends of the Lincoln Library asked library staffers for their favorite books about or set in California as gift ideas or for holiday reading. T ...

The Lincoln Library’s secret weapon: elves

We love a bargain and the Friends of the Lincoln Library book sales are one of the best around (and raise money for programs and new books). We have a big sale in the library&rsquo ...

Books that open up your heart, mind

“I just heard an old Chinese proverb: ‘Open a book and the book will open you.’ Sounds great, doesn’t it?” My pal, Adrienne Blackhart, sent that note ...

Veterans’ tales in and around the library

Second of a two-part series Last week, I talked about one way to honor veterans — by simply hearing their stories — and I promised to tell you more about the Lincoln H ...

Headless horsemen and other scary thoughts

Ghosts don’t scare me — even during Halloween week. Nor do goblins, ghouls or headless horsemen. OK, maybe headless horsemen do a little. That character from the &ldq ...

Who is your bff?

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 yours ...