Lora Finnegan

Why the Library needs friends like us — still

Lincoln’s handsome, spacious and state-of-the-art Twelve Bridges Library celebrates its fifth birthday this Saturday, Oct. 20. In 2007, the new library’s opening was a ...

It’s official: October is Friends of the Lincoln Library Month

Last week in this space, my pal Peter Fish wrote about how, after he became a father, he once again became a library user. Peter reminded us how “you can fall in love all over ag ...

A Sunset editor lauds libraries

Visit Kathy Brenzel at her corner office at the headquarters of Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park and you could guess that she’s the garden editor. A fragrant bouquet sits on her de ...

Help the Friends help children in Lincoln

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Children are one of the big reasons Friends of ...

Weird California revealed at the library

The dictionary defines ‘weird’ as an adjective meaning suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie; or strange or bizarre. I’ve never thought of California as an od ...

Coffee, tea and me? A brace of beverage books

Remember that kitschy book from the 1960s called “Coffee, tea, or me?” Written by a couple of what we then called stewardesses , it detailed their careers in the airline biz, d ...

M is for mystery

As a failed murder-mystery novelist, I stand in awe of the talents of one of California’s most successful contemporary writers of detective novels: Sue Taylor Grafton. This is Gr ...

I love you, brother dear, but you’re wrong about libraries

A few months ago, when I told my older brother, Bill, that I had joined Friends of the Lincoln Library, he seemed puzzled. “Why? Who needs a library full of dusty books when eve ...

Medicine for the soul: a library

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”- Lady Bird Johnson (former First Lady). “Nothing ...

Don’t be bird-brained: listen to a robin read

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But at Red Robin Restaurant, kids can earn a free meal by reading and completing the Reading with Red program. The Red Robin Rest ...

John Wayne and other bookworms

It’s July 4, 1976 in Cody, Wyo. I’m a cub reporter on my first press trip when I suddenly bump into the trip’s guest of honor, John Wayne. As I shake hands with “the Duke, ...

A free passport to fun and knowledge: a library card

A recent cartoon made me laugh. Speaking to a child holding a smart phone, a mother brags, “I have an even smaller wireless device that gives me access to thousands of books and ...

A successful Night for the Library – and Lincoln

What a night! Last Saturday’s Night for the Library fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of the Lincoln Public Library and catered by Diana Burke’s Simple Pleasures, was a big hit. ...

John Steinbeck: author, prizewinner and provocateur

“I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and ranches in the wilder hills … so that it would be the valley of the ...

In chilly January, cuddle up with a book

When the weather outside is frightful, library browsing is delightful. Library browsers will find a warm welcome and a staff that knows books and can often recommend something in ...