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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!