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Close to Halfway Done!

Dan and 2 assistants showing live rabbit to childrenWe are getting close to being halfway done with the 2020 Summer Reading Program! We have had fun thus far with our programming, reading, and games. Dan, Dan the Magic Man was here last Thursday, and as always, he put on a good program for us. While thanking him after the program, he commented that Medicine Lodge is one of his favorite towns to come to because the kids are so well-behaved and they interact with him through the program. Of course, it is something I already knew, but I’m proud to pass that little tidbit of information on!

We have a large variety of prizes for all ages and those signed up for the program can put another entry form in the box of their choice every time they come into the library to check out books. The great thing about it all, there is still time for you to sign up and join us in this adventure as we “Imagine Your Story”!

Programming and reading to meet our goals will continue until August 6, then I need everything turned in! On Tuesday, August 11, we will be drawing for all of the prizes. You can be present if you want, but you do not have to be present to win. Come on in; we would love to get you signed up!

Looking for the Truth

Wow, this week has been busy as we have had all of the events of our summer reading program swirling around us; it has been wonderful! As there was so little time in between the decision to have an onsite summer reading program and actually implementing the program, we are doing a lot of flying by the seat of our pants. You can still come in and sign up for the program and the chance to win a bunch of cool prizes and play games that have weekly winners. I know lots of things are going on, but Dan, Dan the Magic Man will be here Thursday, July 9 at the Christian Church at 10:00 AM, and we would love to have you in attendance. He is a favorite of both children and adults. Come join us as we go through our untraveled maze; we don’t even know all the details! We do know we were wanting to have most of the programming outside, but it is just too hot and, as you well know, that is the truth.

cartoon detective with magnifying glassSpeaking of TRUTH! In the year 2020, a year that seems to signify being able to see clearly, nearly everything has been wrapped in murky layers of deceit and deception. Being able to find the 100% undiluted truth seems to be on the wrong side of possible.

I know I am not the only one who is saddened by those who feel the need to erase the existence of our history. There is absolutely no arguing the point that this country has some history that we certainly cannot take pride in. Doing away with statues and the written word that portrays our history does not change what has happened, it only takes away from the opportunity to learn from the mistakes our ancestors made and make sure we don’t repeat them. It shows us the kind of leadership that creates a thriving country and examples of leadership to avoid.

I would like to start a project here at Lincoln Library. We have a shelf that has a lot of empty space and we are going to dedicate it to history books that are truthfully written. I want books that have no right or left slant, no Democrat or Republican twist, just 100% truth.

This is a public library. We want this library to have available what the public wants and needs. If it’s a book you can live vicariously through and enjoy a good story about fictitious people on a fictitious beach having a fictitiously happy summer, we want to be able to supply that book. If it’s a mystery to get your mind racing through the mayhem and trying to figure out who the murderer is before the last page of the book, we want to be able to accommodate you. If it is the truth you are looking for, whether for your own search or the drive to make certain your children know the truth about our history, we want that to be available to you also.

I would love for this to be a community effort through suggestions, donations, and fact checking. The goal of this project will not be completion, but a continuing effort in building a collection of history books that accurately describe and depict our history. I want these books to be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. What is the absolute truth that led up to the masses of people marching meekly to their deaths in the gas chambers of World War II. I want books about the reasons for World War I and why there was such a high number of causalities. I want books about the Civil War. It has become so apparent in recent events that there are a lot of people out there whose knowledge of the Civil War would not quite fill a snack-size baggie. We need to know about black slavery and white slavery. We need to know about the difference between indentured servants and chattel slavery. And to go further back, how about the Revolutionary War? They fought to established freedom for this country. What are the myths and legends that we believe, but are not grounded in truth? We need to continue to go back to when the settlers began coming to this country. What atrocities were the indigenous people subjected to because of greed, and why was the horrible treatment allowed to continue as “civilization” slowly crept westward?

Maybe, if we know the truth, both good and bad, and acknowledge that it is a part of our history, we can work together to make sure the bad is not repeated and the good can be used as a foundation to be built on.

We want to hear your suggestions of books that would be an excellent part of this collection. We want your assistance in building a collection of books that can be used to find the truth about the past that hopefully will help us build a better future!

Here We Go! Summer Reading Program 2020!

Imagine Your StoryI’m going to just apologize right from the start! Right now, my focus is entirely on the summer reading program and I can’t think of much else! Our sign-up week begins today and continues through Friday, June 26th. We have designed and redesigned to the point that all of us are kind of confused, but excited! Actually, we are extremely excited and ready to get this show on the road.

We have our programming lined up and a lot of our prizes and games on display. We want to provide. We want to provide a good time that is connected to the library. We want to provide incentives for those needing just a tiny budge to encourage them to sit down to read. We want to provide the right atmosphere that fosters a love of reading that runs deep enough that it becomes a life-long activity. We want to provide a location that is safe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, for anyone, anytime our doors are open. We want to provide six weeks of programming that makes good memories for all of us.

Dan, Dan, the Magic ManAlthough most everything will be different this year, one thing will stay the same! We will still be having Dan, Dan, the Magic Man at 10:00 AM, July 9, at the First Christian Church! His shows are always fun!

Thank you to those who have donated to this year’s Summer Reading Program! We are still in need of individually wrapped snacks, small bottles of water, and other individually packaged drinks. We are also happy to accept cash!

Have I shared with you why I want this reading program to be one of lots of fun, lots of refreshments, and lots of prizes? Well, actually, there are a couple of reasons! One, there is such a heaviness that has permeated our society in the last few months and has caused us all to be a little anxious. You can bet your bottom dollar, that anxiety also trickles down to the young citizens of our country. We need a little break!

The second reason I want this to be a totally wonderful summer reading program is because kids are tired of being online. I never thought that would ever happen and I want to capitalize on it while I have the opportunity! I would love to entice those preteens and teens, who usually would much rather spend their time in front of the screen, to pick up and read books this summer. If it takes a few cool incentives to make that happen, I’m good with that!

We hope to see you this week during sign-up! It doesn’t matter your age, come join in the fun! Read some good books, play some of the games, and sign up for the prizes; let’s make this weird summer reading program one to remember!