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Mini Census Job Fair

Here we are living in 2020; it sounds a little sci-fi and futuristic. It is going to be an entire year of hearing comments about perfect vision. It is also a census year. By law, the United States government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. In the first census, which took place in 1790, census takers visited nearly every home in the United States to gather data. In 2020, options will include responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Now, I know that many people don’t respond to census questions very well. They feel that the government is getting too up-close with way too many fingers in their affairs, and it gives them the “nunya business” attitude.

As citizens of this country, we have responsibilities to uphold. One of our greatest responsibilities is to vote, and yes, every vote counts. We cannot forget the ripple effect of one rock thrown in a lake.

Although voting is extremely important, the months leading up to election day are even more crucial as we prepare to exercise our freedom to choose our leaders. We must first acknowledge what we believe in and what direction we want out leadership to take. We need to research our media sources to make sure that we are not receiving our information from those slanted to the left or to the right. Facebook should not be our go-to source for our facts and figures on our upcoming election. We need absolute facts to base our choices on, not opinions of people we don’t even know. We need to research each of our choices; search their history for how they believe and the decisions they have made.

When we walk into the booth to vote, we should recognize every name on the ballot and know where they stand on the issues so important to our country. We should be able to vote with complete confidence. Thousands have given their lives for our freedom to vote; surely, we can take the time to do the research to use that freedom wisely.

Another duty we have as citizens is to complete the census. Census information is used to determine how much federal funding is allocated for important projects and services that benefit our communities. The census also plays a significant role in our nation’s system of government, by determining how many representatives will be sent to Congress from each state.

Sheral Wortman will be holding a Mini Census Job Fair at Lincoln Library on February 6th from 5:00 to 6:45 PM, and also on February 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Those interested in a flexible part-time job are welcome to come during those times with their resumes, for more information.

Finally, be nice to census workers; they are just doing their job!

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!