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App-E Hour at Wine & E event

Library staff members give guests instructions on how to use library apps and electronic programs on their phones and tables during App-E Hour at the Wine & E event.

Libraries are more than books. They are about people – people gathering to support Lincoln City Libraries and raising money to support technology services. Thanks to many donors and volunteers, the annual Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries' “Wine & E” event has provided additional funding to enhance technology in our libraries.

The April 25 event included the presentation of a check for over $192,000 to Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries’ director, by Gail McNair, FLCL executive director. These funds represented board activities of 2018, including the annual book sale, Wine & E, Coffee on the Dock at the Mill, as well as established endowments.

Close to 200 guests attended App-E Hour, where library staff members worked with guests on their phones and tablets on how to access the world without leaving the party. The event included Artisan Pizza and, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and area businesses, a silent auction featuring many distinct and unique items. Proceeds will be used to purchase new electronic books, equipment and materials.

Electronic gadgets are becoming the norm in our world – including the library world. People of all ages are accessing books through new formats – iPads, Kindles and Nooks to mention only a few. These electronic options are creating much excitement in the library world, and are also “crunching” tight budgets as libraries struggle to meet the growing demands of library users. This new technology is enabling our libraries to connect with our citizens locally as well as internationally.

Thanks to strong community support, Lincoln City Libraries are able to meet the growing needs of citizens and the community, and the Foundation is better equipped to fulfill its mission to enhance the libraries’ programs and services that are provided free of charge to every citizen with a library card – and those are free, too.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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