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2021 Summer Reading Program Starts Soon!

books for the book saleWe are just days away from the start of the signup for this year’s summer reading program and our huge book sale. Both begin on June 14 at 10:00 in the morning in the library annex (the former Mason building). We will be running the signup all week long and the book sale will last until the end of July.

The theme for the summer reading program this year is “Tails and Tales.” The theme will affect the games we play and the programming for the children. The main gist of the summer reading program is just to read books, but maybe in a more mindful manner. This program is for ages 0 through 100+. Entry blanks will be generously given throughout the seven-week program. These entries can go toward your choice of prizes, and there are a lot to choose from. The drawing for the prizes will be held at the final program of the year on Tuesday, August 10, at 10:00 AM. Bring your kids or grandkids and get the whole bunch of you signed up! It’s a great way to keep the kids reading through the summer.

There are a lot of books in this book sale, times ten! There are very few children’s books, but a very large selection of junior and adult fiction. There is also a nice assortment of adult and junior nonfiction. These books are the adult fiction books we have weeded from our library, along with a large variety of books weeded from the library at the Medicine Lodge Junior-Senior High. Individuals have also donated books for the sale.

There is also a table of movies included in the sale, T-shirts from previous summer reading programs, and framed photos by Bill Krug.

The books and movies will be $5.00 a bag and we will provide the bag. The proceeds from the sale of the books and other items will go towards Phase 2 of our remodel.

Set aside some time on June 14th through the 19th to visit the library and sign up, shop, and scrutinize Phase 1 of our awesome remodel. We are looking forward to a very fun summer! See you next week!

A Farraginous Column

constructionThe word that would best describe this column is farraginous. It is great to read something that flows as smoothly as the brown waterfall of enticing sweetness that cascades from a chocolate fountain. I’d say this column will be more like a popcorn machine: mixed up, jumbled together, and randomly chaotic.

We have been talking about our remodeling project here at Lincoln Library for a long time. Covid-19 was detrimental to everybody and everything, including the process that had to be completed before we could actually begin bringing the development of our ideas to fruition. Phase 1 of our remodeling and expansion adventure has begun. Our goal is to have Phase 1 completed by the 30th of June.

Anytime you have a remodeling project going on, there is going to be a bit of mess and inconvenience. Some days it may be a challenge to be open, but as long as there is an active use of patience on both sides of the counter, we will do just fine! If you would rather avoid our quite noisy atmosphere, just call ahead with what you want and we’ll meet you at the door with your books!

In preparation for Phase 1, we have had to clean out every storage area we have and move most everything next door. Although things are a little less easy now, we are going to be watching a whole lot of wonderful take shape right before our eyes, and we are excited!

Tails and Tales Summer Reading ProgramNow just to take the challenge up a notch, we will be having our Summer Reading Program sign-up beginning June 14th, so there might be just a bit of overlap. We will be holding the sign-up at our annex to the north, the former Mason building. Our book sale, also in our annex, will be going on at the same time as the sign-up. If you are wanting to add to your personal library, this will be a most opportune time to do just that!

Our Summer Reading Program will actually begin on June 21st. Although programming will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, there will always be a variety of other things to do. Early on in our program, on June 24th, Dan, Dan, the Magic Man will be in Medicine Lodge at the Christian Church at 10:00 AM.

When we start gearing up for the Summer Reading Program, I start seeking donations. This is the largest library sponsored program for the entire year and it takes quite a bit of extra everything. Last year we changed things up and it was a good time. This year we are keeping a lot of those changes, but, we are going bigger and better.

So just to simplify the process, we are generous with entry blanks that can be entered into the prize or prizes of your choice. It worked well last year. The people who put in the effort and spent hours and hours of reading during the program, playing the games, and visiting the library frequently, came out of our last programming pretty happy! We had lots of good prizes and readers worked hard for them. You say that is bribing people to read, maybe, but it certainly worked and it was a great time for all ages.

We appreciate donations of individual packaged snacks and drinks; the little bags of chips are a favorite. We’d love donations of craft supplies, prizes, and, of course, money is good!!

Speaking of donations, we have been blessed with a bunch of books and movies recently! (Thank you, Dollar General, Linda, Tom, and Jerry!) We had a patron who walked through the door with a bunch of drink pouches; we so appreciate them, Cathy.

Now, do you see why I described this column as farraginous? Farraginous is a word that runs around in the back of my brain that I like and will use in writing, but not in conversation. It is with all of the rest of the words that I know how to spell, know what they mean, but hate to speak them because of the fear of them coming out of my mouth sounding weird and wrong. Some synonyms of farraginous are mixture, motley, confused, mixed, random, jumbled, haphazard, mottled, and assorted. Farraginous just seems like a good word to sum up this column and the past week in general. Here’s to this week being more like a chocolate fountain and less like a popcorn machine!

Befuddled!

Mason building with library in backgroundSometimes life can be downright befuddling and that is exactly where I am now, befuddled! It’s a weird word, but it seems to fit the weird world we are living in. The song says that during the summertime, the livin’ is supposed to be easy. I don’t think this summer has been very easy for most anybody. Besides dealing with all the misconceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken beliefs that are so prevalent in our lives today, I lost my walking partner of 10 years and have had to put my dog and cat down this summer. It leaves one feeling totally deflated without the strength or the desire to do the things that need to be taken care of! Well, life is life and you do what you have to do!

We have finished the summer reading program and all that is left is Tuesday’s, August 11, prize drawings! We will then be turning our focus to our expansion project. We started this project a year ago with the purchase of the Mason building. Things have changed since then. Covid-19 and all of the repercussions from its appearance was not even something that was known about at that time. The pandemic has been a game changer for many, and that includes Lincoln Library. As we move into the fundraising phase, we invite anyone with ideas to share their suggestions with us. Of course, if you know of someone wanting to turn loose of a few hundred thousand dollars for posterity reasons, we will give that building their name in neon lights, if they so desire!

The 2020 Summer Reading Program Has Been Good!

woman reading to childrenWe are quickly coming to the end of the 2020 Summer Reading Program and it has been good! The young patrons have been wonderful and we’ve had an excellent time during story hours and craft classes. We have been blessed with people from the community who came in and presented interesting and informative story hours. We have had numerous patrons generously donate money for treats and prizes. We are grateful for every single person who has been involved with the summer reading program this year.

Everyone’s hours have to be turned in by August 7 to be counted. We will be having the prize drawings on August 11 at 10:00 AM. You do not have to be present to win. T-shirts for those who made their goal will be ordered on August 12 and patrons will be notified when the library receives them!