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 ...