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Limited Services Starting March 23

Beginning March 23, 2020, Lincoln Library will be offering limited services to the members of our community. The last few days have been surreal as we have watched businesses close and the school year abruptly come to an end. We closed our door as a way of doing our part in discouraging the spread of COVID-19.

After much thought, we have come to the conclusion that shutting down the library may be adding to the challenges many are being faced with. We offer much more than trying to satisfy the literary needs of our patrons, although that is one of our most enjoyed challenges. Other services that many visit Lincoln Library for include faxing, copies, and the access to computers and Wi-Fi.

Although the door will be locked, as of Monday, March 23, there will be staff at the library from noon until 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday! Saturday hours will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. FOR YOUR PROTECTION, PLEASE CALL AHEAD (886-5746 or 213-3097) FOR AN APPOINTMENT. If you know what books you want, we will have them ready and hand them out to you after you knock on the east door of the library. Only one patron at a time will be allowed in the library for no longer than 15 minutes. (This means only one member of a family, not the entire family.) This will give the patron time to send a fax, have copies made, or check out books. If you get no response at the door, a yell through the drop box will provide an adrenaline burst that will propel us to let you in!

All materials must be returned through the drop box so they can be quarantined for 7 days before becoming available for checkout again.

Computers may only be used for adulting purposes and only for a limited amount of time.

Paperback books will be available to take and keep during this time. There will be a cart of books in front of the library from noon to 5:30 PM to prevent any book addict from suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Curbside Wi-Fi access is available. We prefer for you to enjoy our Wi-Fi within the safety of your vehicle; if not, please keep social distancing in mind, and stay at least 6 feet from others. This service will be monitored; please keep out-of-vehicle Wi-Fi use to a 15-minute time period.

If you are a regular patron who needs books dropped off at your door, please contact the library during the hours of noon to 5:30 PM.

We want to be of service to our community, but to do so, we must stay well. Unless you feel as strong and fine as turpentine, please send a well person to run your errands.

PLEASE STRICTLY FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SET OUT SO THAT WE MAY CONTINUE OFFERING THESE SERVICES UNTIL COVID-19 IS JUST A BAD BUMP IN HISTORY!

If we take the necessary precautions while doing what we can, we can make it through this time stronger than before.

The Staff at Lincoln Library

Closing Due to COVID-19

Regretting the inconvenience to our patrons, the decision has been made to close Lincoln Library as of 5:30 PM, March 17, 2020. The library will follow the schedule set out by USD 254 and will reopen when classes resume. At this time, classes are expected to be back in session on March 30, 2020!

We feel that looking at the big picture and doing what we can to discourage the spread of the COVID-19 virus is the best thing we can do for our patrons and the community!!!!

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 .