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When the Lincoln County Library Foundation began fundraising for the Endowment Challenge back in 2008, staff, board and library patrons committed to working hard in order to take full advantage of this tremendous opportunity. The opportunity is receipt of a two-to-one match from the state on donations to the endowment fund, and the challenge is reaching the maximum dollar amount allowable for the match: $348,913.
The past few months have brought us significantly closer to reaching our goal. When we started the annual fundraising campaign last spring, we had just over $100,000 in donations. Today, the donation total stands at $235,342. With matching dollars of $470,684 and the $100,000 all libraries received when they fundraised $1 million cumulatively, the Lincoln County Library Foundation Endowment Fund stands today at $806,026.
We are immensely grateful for the generosity of endowment fund donors. When we think about the earnings that the endowment will generate and what those earnings will mean for the library over decades to come, we realize the enormity of the opportunity offered to county libraries by Wyoming legislators. With endowment earnings, 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.
Even as we take time to celebrate today’s total, we are aware that the opportunity remains to receive the match on an additional $113,271 in donations. We have until June 30, 2017 to reach that goal and ask for your continued support. You can mail your tax deductible donations 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.