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Institute of Museum and Library Services Threatened

Things are so political now! He said, she said, they said, but did they really? It is easy to believe the TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and of course, Facebook and other social media. Has something ever really bothered you enough to research the subject? Many times, every single source you read differs from the others. What do you believe? How do you make wise decisions based on such varying information? Although time consuming, research does help narrow down the truth!

Well, I’m not being political, well, maybe just a little, but not really! The deal is, on February 10, 2020, the Trump Administration released details from its budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2021. The White House has requested $23 million in funding, effective Oct. 1, 2020, for the orderly closure of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

I don’t think it is being political to point out that there have been some areas where our tax dollars have been used that are a little questionable. The Waste Report of Fall 2019 by Chairman Rand Paul has some excellent examples.

  • As debate rages in the country over vaping, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring a nearly five-year project that involves actively addicting its subjects, Zebrafish, to nicotine. The project, being conducted at the Queen Mary University of London, will cost the American taxpayer $708,466. [p. 5]
  • With hits like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” there can be no denying Bob Dylan is a musical icon. But do his musical accomplishments justify the State Department choosing to buy an original Bob Dylan sculpture, for $84,375, to place in its embassy in Mozambique? [p. 6]
  • Knowing the problems that exist here at home, it may surprise Americans to learn that their government is investing up to $16 million to improve the quality of the Egyptian educational system. [p. 7]
  • NIH has spent $4,658, 865.00 studying the connection between drinking alcohol and winding up in the emergency room. Their question is, “Can drinking too much get you injured?” [p. 6]

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. Now let’s look at what the Institute of Museum and Library Services offers! IMLS invests in communities of all sizes, from rural to urban, in every U.S. state and territory. IMLS funding has helped veterans transition to civilian life and preserved invaluable cultural heritage for current and future generations. IMLS investments have advanced digital inclusion for rural and tribal communities and empowered museums and libraries to provide increased access and navigation to information so that more people can continue their education, learn critical research skills, and find employment.

When there is a deficit, priorities have to be established. Please let your elected officials know that eliminating federal funding for libraries is not okay. Libraries benefit each and every community member who chooses to walk through the door, which should put libraries in the group of top priorities. Information found within libraries can whet an individual’s critical thinking skills and lead them to deduce that if nicotine is dangerous and addicting to humans, it’s not going to fare really well with Zebrafish either. There, that would have saved taxpayers $708,466 this past year! Let your officials know your priorities; they won’t know if you don’t tell them. You know what they say: “A squeaky wheel gets the grease!” You can find out how to contact your elected officials at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials .

Books That Can Help You

So, we all need help sometimes, right? Well, maybe there are a precious few people out there who totally have their act together; I just can’t imagine it! There are so many different facets: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental, and financial, just to name a few. There are times, when the situation warrants, the individual needs to be in the care of a professional. A lot of times, we just need a little tweaking to get back on the right path. We, at Lincoln Library, have numerous books that can help you fine-tune your life in just about any area you choose.

If you are searching for spiritual answers, we have the Bible. We also have numerous other books aimed at building a healthy spiritual life, including Love as a Way of Life by Gary Chapman and This is the Day by Tim Tebow. Books in this section give hints, suggestions, and ideas that just may help in some way or other in your search.

Who doesn’t experience an emotional roller coaster ride at one time or other in their lives! Most everyone is familiar with stress and the ill effects it has on one’s health. Reading books on ways to smooth out that ride can bring beneficial changes into your life. Among the books we have on the shelf in that section includes Meditation & Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe and The Kindness Cure by Tara Cousineau, PhD. Along with the title on the front of this book is “How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart & Your World”.

It is easy to feel assaulted by the number of diet and exercise books advertised everywhere on what diet and exercise you should be doing to be the very best physical you. These books are not cheap. Come in and check out our shelves and find what appeals to you before making the decision to buy. There is an interesting selection that includes Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley, Body for Life by Bill Phillips, The Mayo Clinic Diet by the weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic, and The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.

Another very important facet of one’s life is the financial aspect. Finances is an area that definitely takes attention and strategic planning. It is always good to pick up tried-and-true ideas from others and customize to fit your situation. We have a variety of books on the subject, including The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman.

If there are other books that you would like to read or look at before purchasing, and we don’t have them, we will order them for you from the interlibrary loan service. There is no cost to you and you can usually keep the books for 3 to 4 weeks. Yes, that is right! You can get yourself a little bit of help in an area you are needing a little modification, and you can do it for free!!!

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!