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Closing Due to COVID-19

Regretting the inconvenience to our patrons, the decision has been made to close Lincoln Library as of 5:30 PM, March 17, 2020. The library will follow the schedule set out by USD 254 and will reopen when classes resume. At this time, classes are expected to be back in session on March 30, 2020!

We feel that looking at the big picture and doing what we can to discourage the spread of the COVID-19 virus is the best thing we can do for our patrons and the community!!!!

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!