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Last year Lincoln County libraries recorded 182,151 visits–an average of 10 trips to the library for every county resident and almost double the national average of 5.3 visits per year. At a time when advancements in technology put a world of information within arm’s reach, that’s a remarkable statistic.
When the Foundation began fundraising for the endowment fund in 2008, libraries offered 543 programs to the public. Last year, county libraries hosted 853 programs with total attendance of 16,136. Residents continue to come to the library to check out items (circulation is up 30% since 2008), but clearly, they are coming for other reasons as well.
Lincoln County libraries are true community meeting places. They offer areas for children and teens, WiFi, work spaces and meeting rooms. Library staff helps patrons in ways not even imagined ten years ago–troubleshooting digital devices; guiding students through online resources; and assisting computer users as they navigate online resumes and job applications, student financial aid and Medicare enrollments.
Lincoln County does a good job of supporting library services with tax dollars. With endowment earnings, however, we can do more. We can sponsor early literacy initiatives like the Born to Read program, bring in guest authors, expand digital resources, improve functionality with new equipment and furnishings and promote reading for every age.
We are immensely grateful for the generosity of endowment fund donors. Recently, donation totals topped the $100,000 mark and the endowment fund grew to $401,000. That is amazing! And, thanks to Wyoming legislators, the potential for growing the fund continues. The “Endowment Challenge” was scheduled to end this summer; however, state legislators extended the deadline. We now have until June 30, 2017 to receive 2 to 1 matching funds on donations totaling $343,000.
We are asking for your continued support of this tremendous opportunity. You can mail your tax deductible donation to the Lincoln County Library Endowment Fund, 519 Emerald Street, Kemmerer, WY 83101 or donate online by choosing “Foundation” at the top of this page.
Lincoln County Library Foundation Board
The Wyoming State Library is bringing Digital Magazines to Lincoln County libraries. Zinio Digital Magazines are available to anyone with a Wyoming library card and offers unlimited, simultaneous use. It is the same high quality service used by many consumers to access magazines in digital format. There are 50 magazine titles from which to choose. Digital magazines are full-color and full-print–exactly like print magazines except with some bonus interactive elements. Readers can view Zinio Digital Magazines on a variety of devices. Free apps are available for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook devices. To get started, follow the link on this website.
The Wyoming State Library (WSL) will soon provide another source for eBook checkouts to library patrons. Beginning July 2, the 3M Cloud Library will join the current provider, Freading, in making eBooks available to library card holders. Some key points for users are
- Books can be checked out by only one person at a time.
- Users can check out 3 books at a time for 14 days each.
- Users can place up to 3 holds at a time.
- You have 5 days to claim a title on hold before it moves on to the next person.
- Books cannot be renewed, but they can be checked out again, if available.
Apple devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Android-based tablets and smartphones, Nooks, Sony eReaders, and many more devices not specifically listed are compatible with the Cloud Library. The Cloud Library does not work with standard Kindles at this time. Although there is an Android app, it is not available for the Kindle Fire. It is possible to transfer content onto the Kindle Fire if you have another reading app installed such as Freading.
Online instructions, accessed from a link on this page, will be available for using the 3M Cloud Library.
Not surprisingly, we are receiving a number of inquiries about the availability of e-books–downloadable books for e-readers and other devices–through the library. At the present time, Lincoln County libraries do not offer e-books, but we are exploring the possibility.
In the meantime, however, there are some Internet sites that offer free e-books. Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/, offers more than 33,000 free books that work well with any e-reader platform. You’ll find mostly classics and public domain works.
Baen Books, http://www.bean.com/, publisher of science fiction and fantasy offers a number of their titles as free downloads. Authors including Eric Lint, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mercedes Lackey, and David Weber can be found here. There are currently 120 titles available with new titles added every month.
Now that Kindle and Nook are open to file sharing, eBookFling, http://ebookfling.com/, offers users the chance to swap e-books for free with other readers nationwide while still retaining ownership. For every five books listed to loan out, users get one “credit” toward borrowing.
United Way of Southwest Wyoming (UWSW) launched its Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Southwest Wyoming in 2010. Since then over 1,600 children have signed up to participate. Parents in Lincoln, as well as Sublette, Sweetwater, and Uinta, counties can enroll their children ages to birth to five years. Through this program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails one book a month, for free, to every enrolled child’s home.
To enroll your child, go to http://www.swunitedway.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library.