Help out your library now

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My love affair with the written word started at home with my mom reading to me but came to full flower at the local library. As a kid, I spent countless hours there. To this day, I’m still a big library fan. Public libraries offer more than just books. They offer fun, education and entertainment. There’s free computer use and Internet access. Libraries offer movie rentals and screenings, CDs and children’s programs, and some, seniors’ programs and free or low-cost seminars. Add e-books, classes, homework help, tutoring and more that a library might offer and you can see the vital role the library plays in our education system. Sadly, libraries could close their doors, largely due to city budget cuts. That means our communities are losing access to a key support and education facility. We can all help but there’s no time to lose. Take your kids, parents or grandparents to the library; organize a read-in or make a donation. If you’d donate to save polar bears, why not donate to save a library from extinction? We don’t want to lose either but losing a library could have a much more immediate impact on your community. Lora Finnegan, Lincoln