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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Starting

When things go wrong or don’t turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions. — Blake Shelton

I really like this quote by Blake Shelton; lately it has kind of been the way I’ve lived my life. With the “end of the year” this and the “beginning of the year” that, I’ve struggled to maintain the day-to-day activities. One thing in particular that I haven’t been a real go-getter on is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Thank goodness, staff member Sharon Bishop has done some thinking on the matter and has taken action. This program challenges parents and caregivers to share 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters school. Doing so will help their children develop critical early literacy skills from birth that prepares them to enter school.

Sharon has come up with the idea to give parents options on how they want to manage the program. There are apps for iPhone and Android users where they can keep track of the books on their phone. To download book record sheets, go to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. You can choose just how detailed you want to get with the program. You can download two sheets to write down the first 100 books read or you can download four sheets. The two sheets have 50 lines each and the four sheets have 25 lines each. The four sheets give you much more space for scrapbooking opportunities if you are wanting to make this an amazing keepsake for your child. We will be providing three-ring binders to keep your sheets in as you and yours move through your 1000 books. Eventually, in the very near future, we will have the sheets available on the counter.

We would like for you to visit the library after reaching every 100-book milestone, so that we can celebrate with you. A bulletin board will be set up just to acknowledge those participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Give us a call or come in and talk to us if you have any questions.

We have a magazine rack close to the entrance where people can bring their magazines they no longer want and pick up magazines they have not read yet. For the first time since we started it a year ago, it is sitting empty. If you have an excess of magazines sitting around, we would be more than happy to provide the space for you to share them with others!

Mini Census Job Fair

Here we are living in 2020; it sounds a little sci-fi and futuristic. It is going to be an entire year of hearing comments about perfect vision. It is also a census year. By law, the United States government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. In the first census, which took place in 1790, census takers visited nearly every home in the United States to gather data. In 2020, options will include responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Now, I know that many people don’t respond to census questions very well. They feel that the government is getting too up-close with way too many fingers in their affairs, and it gives them the “nunya business” attitude.

As citizens of this country, we have responsibilities to uphold. One of our greatest responsibilities is to vote, and yes, every vote counts. We cannot forget the ripple effect of one rock thrown in a lake.

Although voting is extremely important, the months leading up to election day are even more crucial as we prepare to exercise our freedom to choose our leaders. We must first acknowledge what we believe in and what direction we want out leadership to take. We need to research our media sources to make sure that we are not receiving our information from those slanted to the left or to the right. Facebook should not be our go-to source for our facts and figures on our upcoming election. We need absolute facts to base our choices on, not opinions of people we don’t even know. We need to research each of our choices; search their history for how they believe and the decisions they have made.

When we walk into the booth to vote, we should recognize every name on the ballot and know where they stand on the issues so important to our country. We should be able to vote with complete confidence. Thousands have given their lives for our freedom to vote; surely, we can take the time to do the research to use that freedom wisely.

Another duty we have as citizens is to complete the census. Census information is used to determine how much federal funding is allocated for important projects and services that benefit our communities. The census also plays a significant role in our nation’s system of government, by determining how many representatives will be sent to Congress from each state.

Sheral Wortman will be holding a Mini Census Job Fair at Lincoln Library on February 6th from 5:00 to 6:45 PM, and also on February 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Those interested in a flexible part-time job are welcome to come during those times with their resumes, for more information.

Finally, be nice to census workers; they are just doing their job!

Starting a New Year

newspapers in reading roomStarting a new year around here isn’t an easy thing. There are so many things to get done in the first six weeks that my to-do list is beginning to look like a chapter book! One of the things I have to get done soon is confirming our magazine order. This is the time of year that we choose whether to continue receiving each of the magazines or dropping th subscription and trying out a different one.

I know there are magazine readers out there. The worst thing about magazine subscriptions is the accumulation that can build up and spread over every available space. We can help you with that around here. Is there a magazine that you really, really like to read, but don’t want to subscribe to? Is there a magazine that you would like to look through before you do subscribe to it? Do you just want a Friday evening at home reading a variety of magazines? Come in and check out what we do have and give us your suggestions on what you wish we had.

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is going good throughout the county. Parents are getting their young children signed up to receive their book each month. You can drop by the library and pick up an enrollment form or you can go to and sign your child up online. All children under five years old are eligible to receive a book each month. The first book will take 8 to 10 weeks to arrive. One thing I would like to add, if you have more than one child under five, sign each one of them up. They each will receive their own book that is age appropriate.

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Lincoln Library, Hardtner Library, and Kiowa Library are all working together so the program will be uniform county-wide. We will begin enrolling children in the program on February 3rd! Come on by and we will get your child signed up and answer any questions you may have.

The Expansion Committee will be meeting this week in hopes of moving closer to finalizing the plans for the newest addition. There will be no boredom at Lincoln Library in 2020!

Initiating Friends of the Library

library building

This new year will be a time to concentrate on nurturing and growing the programs and projects that were started here at Lincoln Library in 2019. To ensure the success of these ventures, we need to initiate another program, Friends of the Library. This group will exist as a separate entity from the library, but they will support the library in everything we do. The purpose of this program will be to supply volunteers, assist in raising funds, advocate for the library, and raise awareness through public relations.

The goal is to build this group up in numbers so that members can volunteer only the amount of hours they want to and in the areas they are interested in. We will be concentrating on fundraising once we have the final decisions concerning the expansion down on paper. When the expansion project is completed, we will need volunteers to provide supervision in the additional space. It will definitely be advantageous to have a group of people in the know and able to get the word out to the community about classes and other programming.

Being a Friend of the Library will be good for you also. As humans, social interaction is essential to every aspect of our health. Research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of adult life.

Please let me know if this is something you might like to be part of and what area you would most like to focus your time. It will be amazing when this expansion project is completed, but the journey to completion will be exciting and energizing within itself. We would love for you to join us!