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Two Early Literacy Programs Coming

We at Lincoln Library care for all our patrons! Whether it is hooking them up with a book they want to read or a movie they want to see, we try our best. If they need copies made, faxes sent, or something laminated, we are there for them. We are happy to help those in school in any way we can; tell us your need.

woman reading a book to childrenThen there is the young group, the preschoolers. It is an age group we get attached to pretty quickly! We see them a lot through the summer reading program, and then we have our regulars for Story Hour! We love to see them walk through our door. The first five years are so important in a child’s life. Here are some facts that don’t really need any further explanation.

  1. Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do to promote his or her future reading ability.
  2. Reading to young children will extend their attention spans.
  3. Reading aloud to children aids in language development.
  4. As you read aloud, it builds listening skills and the power of the child’s imagination is strengthened.
  5. Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.
  6. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.
  7. A range of books teaches children about different topics.
  8. Reading together helps to create a bond.
  9. Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.
  10. Reading to children calms them, especially when he or she is fretful and restless.

There are so many more reasons to read to your child and they are all important. We at Lincoln Library want to provide as much encouragement and resources as possible. With this in mind, we are in the process of establishing two early literacy programs in Barber County, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

As we get closer to the implementation of these programs, we will be posting details on Facebook, information in The Gyp Hill Premiere and reaching out to schools and churches in Barber County to involve as many preschoolers as possible in these excellent programs.

Welcome, Malorie!

Malorie Rausch started working at Lincoln Library on October 7, 2019.  After several months of running short-staffed, we are trying very hard to not just dump the whole load on her at once.

The previous director, April Hernandez, left on April 15.  Our three part-timers, Sharon Bishop, Audrey Bowen, and Olivia Worsham, were our saving grace!  They filled in as needed during our busy summer reading program and carried our weekends.  We just couldn’t have done it without them.

Judy McCullough, who has been with Lincoln Library for over ten years, also works part-time.  She voluntarily added hours and responsibilities to her workload to keep the day-to-day flow running as smoothly as possible.

With all of this being said, we welcomed Malorie with open arms and a to-do list!  We are so grateful to be fully staffed once again!  Come on in and meet Malorie; we hope to keep her around for a long time to come!

Memorial Buys About 30 Audiobooks

5 audiobooksI was thinking how I’ve not mentioned our audiobooks much. We have a nice selection and will soon be adding approximately 30 more.

I certainly understand people who insist they would rather hold a book; I feel that way also! However, there are times that a book just will not work. Take for instance, a long road trip! An explanation is really not needed here as we all know not to read and drive.

Listening to an audiobook will improve your pronunciation and fluency. While the narrator reads the book, you can learn the way they pronounce the different words. Also noticing the reading speed, the pauses, stresses, and intonations can help you have good fluency and command over your language.

Audiobooks give you the opportunity to multitask. You can continue enjoying the story while doing housework, cooking, working out, or going for a walk.

There are so many different ways that audiobooks are good for your brain. They will improve your focus, attention span, and memory. They will build critical listening skills, critical thinking, and improve comprehension. Listening to audiobooks can also reduce stress, calm our minds, and help us be more empathetic.

Another extremely important benefit of audiobooks is the blessing they are for people with visual impairments and other health and reading disorders that prevent them from reading books.

This benefit brings to mind one of our favorite patrons who was an avid listener to audiobooks, Dorothy. Health issues forced Dorothy to turn to audiobooks to satisfy her avid interest in a variety of stories and a way to fill her time. Her husband would often make her audiobook run for her, and we would all scramble to find an audiobook that would not only interest her, but she had not yet listened to.

Using her suggestions, we often ordered audiobooks through interlibrary loan for her. There were times she came to the library to look for herself. It was evident that the trips were not easy for her to make, but we loved seeing her.

After she passed, Lincoln Library was one of the suggested recipients for memorials; friends and family gave close to $1000, making it possible to purchase approximately 30 more audiobooks.

Do You Like Graphic Novels?

Does anyone else remember the comic books of yesteryear?  I grew up in Burlington, Kansas; the town had a drugstore, Cooksey’s, that allowed kids to settle on a floor shelf in front of the comic books and read to their heart’s content.  I spent many hours as a child reading comic books about Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty!  I liked Casper the Friendly Ghost and Scooby Doo.  I wasn’t impressed with all the army and superhero comic books, but I would read them occasionally out of desperation for something to read.  I would finish my visit off with a root beer float and call it a good day!

We don’t have comic books, per se, but we do have graphic novels.  If you like pictures with your words, we have My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Transformers, Star Wars, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Spiderman, Ironman, Superman, Disney Kingdoms, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Nate, Scooby Doo, and so many more.  Furthermore, we have a cozy, quiet little nook right by the graphic novels where you are welcome to read the books, or you can check them out and take them to read in the comfort of your home.

We Need Your Expansion Ideas

brick buildingOn Aug. 8, 2019, Lincoln Library purchased the building just north of the library. Board members have visited newly remodeled libraries, and we are imagining the many ways we can use this building to benefit both the library and the community. We need to solidify our ideas soon, as we choose an architect and do a feasibility study. Do you have an idea or a suggestion of something you’d like to see made part of this expansion? Stop by the library and talk to Doris. We’d love to have your input!