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This month started off with the celebration of National Library Week, and the entire month is the celebration of School Library Month. We do a lot of celebrating here at Lincoln Library; much of it goes on after the kids get here after school! A library cannot function well without staff members who care. We are fortunate to have some good ones at Lincoln Library!
We have Judy McCullough! She’s coming up quickly to her 12-year anniversary. She stays up with the interlibrary loans, and there are a lot of days that the process can be challenging. Never is this so clear to Malorie and I than the days Judy is sick or on vacation, and the job becomes ours. Nearly every book or video added to our collection is done so by Judy. We may occasionally tease Judy about being an offshoot of the Energizer Bunny. If she sees things that need to be done, you better get out of her way, because she will do them. Although she is a priceless staff member that we value, we do refuse to discuss retirement with her. We are squeezing her for all the time we can get!
Malorie Rausch has been here for almost two and a half years. Her duties and responsibilities are many. One of her weekly responsibilities is doing the Story Time programming. We are fortunate to have amazing families coming to Story Time and Malorie stays engaged in planning the events. She is involved in the cleaning, the creating, the decorating and the very most important time of our day, when the kids come in. She searches the shelves for books for those we deliver to, and stays up with who is reading what series. There is never an end to her “to do” list, as planning for future events is one of her most important jobs. There is no boredom involved in Malorie’s position.
We have Emma Sawyer and Josey Austin! Emma works both evenings we are open late and works every other Saturday, trading off with Josey. They both work more hours during the summer, helping with the activities of the summer reading program. The girls came on board during the summer of 2020 amidst the confusion and chaos and thankfully, they have stayed.
Emma is a senior and will be leaving us this summer. She’s going to be extremely difficult to replace, as Emma is Emma. She’s great with the children, loves to keep busy, and constantly glides around the library shelving books, cleaning, and straightening. It is evident that she has put a lot of thought into her future and has backed those thoughts with much effort and hard work. We will hate to see her go, but all of us are excited to see what she’s going to do when she gets there!
Josey is a junior this year and is heavily involved in many activities, and does them all well. In constant motion, she dances, cheers, and runs. Her practice of self-discipline will serve her well as she tackles her future.
Sharon Bishop is in the background! When we need something designed or our rotation of SCKLS books entered into our system, she gets a text. Her creative flair is apparent in the t-shirt designs and our promotional materials. She may not be behind the counter, but we are grateful she always has our backs when we need her.
We also have a couple of high school seniors who are involved in a work program, and they do their hours at Lincoln Library. Hayley Durbin and Taye Carrico work a few hours during the week and help us out with shelving books, organizing, and working with the children.
We are extremely blessed to have an Arrowhead West crew clean at the library. Headed up by Terry Woodward, John Wright and Chad Hellman are busy finishing up every Tuesday morning when I arrive. I so appreciate their time. They reset our cleanliness, free our hours for other duties, and keep the library looking well cared for.
We have fun, but we work hard. We love our patrons, and will do whatever we possibly can to help them with what they need. We are a library; we want to be your connection. Whether you need to connect with a great book, magazines, Wi-Fi, a good movie, information, or someone who cares, Lincoln Library is the place to be, and our staff are the people to talk to!
Patrons coming into Lincoln Library will be seeing a couple of new faces, which is great! Unfortunately, this also means that there will be a couple of faces that will be missing, and missed, here at the library.
Judy McCullough passed her 10-year anniversary with the library this past May. She does almost all of the processing of materials coming through the door. Due to her longevity at her job and the knowledge it has brought her, she also does the job of encouraging patrons to return overdue items. With only three or four books or movies checked out, a patron may think that it is not that big of deal. Unfortunately, the total price of these materials could reach well over $100.00. If you multiply that times just 10 patrons, you will have more than a $1,000.00 worth of books and movies that have to be replaced or deleted from the catalog. After seeing this happen multiple times throughout her 10 years here, she works hard at reaching out to patrons with reminders of their overdue books and movies. She is awesome at her job and I don’t even want to imagine doing this without her!
Then we have Malorie Rausch; Malorie started here back in October and works full-time. It is absolutely essential that we have someone at the circulation desk who is personable with all age groups. We are blessed with the cutest newborn patrons, those who are in their 80s and 90s who are absolutely wonderful, and the most amazing group that falls somewhere in between. Malorie does a stupendous job in treating everyone in a friendly and helpful manner.
Sharon Bishop has been with us for a couple of years now. We have bits of time that fall outside of the block of 40 hours. On Mondays and Thursdays, we are open until 7:00 PM, and, of course, Saturdays. Sharon takes care of Monday and Thursday evenings for us. During the slow times, she is amazing with designing whatever needs to be designed. She has developed all of the pages for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, numerous signs, and even our Summer Reading Program T-shirts. Her talent for designing, familiarity with the library, and love of books have made her a valuable asset to Lincoln Library.
The two high school girls who trade off Saturdays are Audrey Bowen and Olivia Worsham. I guess I need to rephrase that; the two girls who trade off Saturdays are now high school graduates and will be leaving for college soon. Lincoln Library has been fortunate to have had these two girls work here the past two years. They have worked well together and covered for each other when one had to be gone. They are both responsible, but fun. They are serious, but happy. They are respectful, but sassy. We really hate to see them go; this will be their last week to work. They are totally equipped with what it takes to be successful, and we will watch with a great deal of interest as they maneuver their way through life’s maze!
Our new faces in the building belong to Emma Sawyer, daughter of C. R. and Karla Sawyer, and Josey Austin, daughter of Brian and Jackie Austin. I’m excited because it didn’t take long to realize we got ourselves another couple of good ones!
If you are in the library this week and Emma or Josey are working, give them a hello and a welcome. If Audrey or Olivia are working, give them a goodbye and wish them a happy life as they go in pursuit of their dreams!