Monday, July 3, 2017

Tinkering Day

Volunteers will be on hand to help youth age 8 to 18 explore the parts of a computer and a car. Have fun taking things apart to discover the parts inside. Learn how to use some basic tools. Class size is limited. On-line Registration can be found on our home page.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Build a Birdhouse at the Library!

The build a birdhouse class is full. The on-line registration form has been removed.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Touch A Truck at the Lincoln City Park

Kids Love Trucks and we are bringing lots of them to the Lincoln City Park on Thursday, June 29th from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Children of all ages will be able to touch the trucks, climb up on a few, and see them all up close. Drivers will be on hand to tell how their vehicle works and how it helps get jobs done in the community. There will be crafts, snacks, activities and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Help Us Build a Better Community!

Kelly Larson from the Economic Development office will present a program on how Lincoln County youth can help "Build a Better World," by helping out in their own communities.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kansas Wetlands Education Center presents Nature's Builders

All ages are welcome to attend this free program presented by Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Knitting/Crochet Class for Ages 8 to 18

All supplies will be furnished
Class Size is Limited

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bike Program to be Held at Library May 8th

Register today for this neat Bike Program to be held in the Lincoln Carnegie Library's meeting room on Monday May 8th at 4:00 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Lincoln Rec. Department.
Click on the link below for more details and a registration form

Registration forms should be returned to the Lincoln Recreation Department by Saturday, May 6th.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Knitters/Crocheters Wanted!

March 2017 Library Board Meeting Minutes

MARCH 14, 2017
Members Present:  Kathy Moss, Karen Jeffers, Patrisha Street, Lynne Metz
Librarians Present:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
Kathy opened the meeting.  Karen moved to approve the January 10 minutes, Lynne seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  There were no minutes in February because there was no meeting.  Kathy reported that Terry Broberg has resigned from the library board effective immediately.
Mary reported that Storytime is averaging 15 children per week.  LEAP students will come on Fridays through the summer.  The donation letters and Summer Library Program schedule are nearly ready to be delivered the first of May.   She would like to use some of the Evelyn Bolte memorial fund to purchase story time toys, games, activity area rug, cushions, beaded wall mirror, and felt board supplies.  She has made several book bundles:  5 books on the same topic including storybook, non-fiction and early readers. This may help parents and kids to check out faster if they don’t have time to browse.
Nancy reported that the water heater is still not working, but Street Plumbing assures that this time it will be fixed.  19 patrons participated in our Blind Date with a Book  program in February. She would like to close the State Aid Fund Checking Account at the Bank of Tescott.  Our State Aid for 2017 is $374.  As long as we account for the money separately, we can put the funds in our City Fund Account. Key Office Products will no longer service our copier which we purchased in 2008.  Workers Comp insurance is still up in the air.  Art Wagoner is still working on it for us. The activity kits are complete and some have been checked out. Bike Across Kansas will be in Lincoln overnight on June 13.  If we stay open later, they would be able to use our computers and Wifi. Our CKLS System Grant first distribution was received.  The amount we are eligible to receive this year was docked by $133 (originally it was $429).  CKLS revised the figure since we didn’t use all of our $700 on continuing education workshops and meetings.  If we don’t spend it, they don’t distribute as much money the next year.
Unfinished Business:  We agreed to table the remainder of the library evaluation until next month.  In order to block off the old stairs Nancy would like to purchase some kind of sign holder.  Pedestal holders or easels were discussed but most thought they might be a hazard at the top of the steps.  A chain with a sign attached was suggested as a possibility.
New Business:  Patrisha moved to pay the February and March bills, seconded by Lynne.  The motion passed.  The Director Evaluation was presented by Kathy and will be sent into CKLS.  We will be needing two new board members, replacing Lynne’s term at the end of April and Terry’s resignation.  Lynne moved to approve using some of the Evelyn Bolte memorial for children’s supplies, seconded by Karen.  Motion carried. Karen moved to close the State Aid Account at the Bank of Tescott, seconded by Patrisha.  Karen moved to allow the purchase and installation of the automatic door opener for $2300, seconded by Lynne.  FLCL has agreed to cover the price.  Replacement of windows is on hold until more information is received.
The next meeting will be April 11, 2017 at 5:15pm.
Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Metz, secretary

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

All Ages are Welcome at Storytime!

Cake Decorating Activity Kit

Brain Games Activity Kit

New Zumba Activity Kit

February 2017 Library Board Meeting

Due to illness and scheduling conflicts, there was no February, 2017 Library Board Meeting.

January 2017 Library Board Meeting

JANUARY 10, 2017
Members Present:  Kathy Moss, Sharon Luck, Karen Jeffers, Terry Broberg, Sunnie McBride, Patricia Street
Librarians Present:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
President, Kathy Moss opened the meeting.  Sharon moved to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2016 meeting.  Karen seconded the motion and all approved the motion.
Mary reported that story time is currently on a break.  She continues to work on the non-fiction books. 
Nancy reported the water heater had to be replaced.  To be in-compliance with the Pathfinder Central Agreement, Nancy changed the patron’s usernames to the number on their library card.  She provided everyone a copy of the 2016 budget and the proposed 2017 budget.  The Beach Grant will cover all Children’s books.  Mary is planning to use approximately $3,000.00 of the Beach Grant for non-fiction books for the children’s department. The city gave the library a $1,700.00 check that enabled us to end 2016 with an extra $1300.00.  Nancy is buying batteries for 3 of the emergency lights.  The trash cans have been put in place.  The sign that is out front listing the hours the library is open needs to be fixed.  Nancy will check with Marci Metz or the PAWS printing business at the high school to see what they offer or what suggestions they have for our current sign.
Everyone was given a copy of the Director’s Evaluation.  It was decided that everyone will complete the evaluation, drop it off at the library or give it to Kathy Moss prior to the February 14th meeting.  This will give Kathy the opportunity to compile the data that will be used in executive session at the Feb. 14th meeting.
Discussion switched to the library evaluation.  Terry plans to visit with Royce at Precision Electric regarding the electronic handicapped access for the doors.  Nancy and Mary created a “cubby” area for the children’s department.  Brainstormed ideas to place signage at the top and bottom of the old stairs, stating they would be used for emergency purposes only.  Nancy will gradually move books around to fit the library arrangement better.
Karen moved to approve the bills from the December meeting with Patricia seconding the motion. Kathy and Nancy signed the Pathfinder Central Agreement..  Sharon made the motion to approve the 2017 budget with Patricia adding a second.
Patricia motioned for the meeting to adjourn with Karen adding a second.
Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Luck

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

December, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

DECEMBER 13, 2016
Members Present:  Kathy Moss, Karen Jeffers, Terry Broberg, Patrisha Street, Lynne Metz, Sharon Luck
Librarians Present:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
The meeting was opened by the president, Kathy Moss.  Karen moved to accept the minutes of the November 8, 2016 meeting.  Trish seconded the motion.  All approved the motion.
Mary reported on the Children’s Department that Story time will be taking a break until February 9, 2017.  Following the evaluation committee’s recommendations, she and Nancy have been moving furniture around to make a little more space for the small children.  She is planning to use memorial money to purchase an activity table and some toys to be used while the moms pick out books.  She would like to use some memorial money to purchase small LEGO sets and games for the older kids and take her own sets home for her grandchildren. She is still working on the non-fiction area. The Teen Advisory Board will have a function December 17 at noon.
Nancy reported that FLCL has agreed to pay the full cost of the two trash containers.  The city crew will install them and will make our sidewalk handicapped accessible when they work on the city’s sidewwalks. She researched the batteries on emergency lights and will replace 3 of them.  Nancy will be gone on vacation December 16-December 24.  Barb Gourley and Mary will fill in her time.  She distributed copies of the annual report which will be presented to Heather for the January 9 city council meeting. Following last meeting’s discussion about changing the nighttime hours during the winter, they decided the following would work well: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10-1 and 2-5.  Both would work on Thursday 10-2 and 2-6.  Saturday opens 9-1.  The summer hours would begin at the change to daylight savings time:  Mon-Fri 10-1 and 2-6, Saturday 9-1.
Terry moved to change operating hours beginning January 3, 2017, with Sharon adding a second.  All were in favor of changing the winter hours.
Terry presented a bid from M.G. Services, Mike Gebhart, of $575 for stripping and waxing the lower level floors. Lynne moved to accept the bid with Trish adding a second. The motion carried and Terry will contact Mike Gebhart.  Nancy asked that it be done before the end of the year if possible to meet the budget requirements. The Library Evaluation is tabled until the January meeting.  Lynne moved to approve the bills, with Karen adding a second.  Motion carried to pay the outstanding bills. Sharon moved to adjourn with Trish adding a second.  The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will be on January 10, 2017.  
Respectfully submitted,
Lynne Metz, Secretary

November, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Members: Kathy Moss, Patrisha Street, Terry Broberg, Karen Jeffers, Sunnie McBride, Sharon Luck and Lynne Metz
Librarians:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
Kathy called the meeting to order. Sharon moved to accept the October 11 minutes with Karen seconding the motion.  The minutes were approved.  Mary reported on the children’s department.  Story time attendance is down with 5 to 8 children attending, but it is a normal fluctuation.  LEAP has 25-35 students. The Teens are planning an activity in December.
Nancy’s report began with information on trash cans from Summit Supply Company.  The price for 2 concrete receptacles with shipping is @ $915.  The FLCL has offered to put some money towards this project.  The Activity Kit Grant was accepted.  Holiday closings include:  November 11, 24, December 24 and 31.  The City will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2 and would she would like to close the library on those two days.  All of the chairs now have new leg pads on them.  CB Trucking will pick up recycling twice a month at no charge.  The Technology workshop on November 1 was on KOHA, the software for our circulation of books, etc. CKLS gave us a 64 GB flash drive to back up the staff computers.
After discussion, Terry moved to purchase the trash receptacles, asking FLCL to donate the money for them.  Lynne seconded the motion and the motion carried.  Terry will attend the coming FLCL meeting and present the plan.  It was agreed to close the library on the holiday Mondays.  Terry reported that Keith Naegele would like to try another chemical to clean the old stone.  With regard to waxing the lower level floors, Terry was going to check with her contact. Deb Ortiz asked if the board would consider replacing windows as a project and discussion followed.
 Terry moved to go into executive session at 6:03 for 15 minutes with Lynne as second to discuss the annual review of salaries. The regular meeting reconvened at 6:18.
Lynne moved to approve the bills with Sharon adding a second.  Motion carried.  Wages for the 2017 year are Nancy at $13.00 /hour and Mary at $9.00/ hour. Discussion followed about changing hours of operation during the winter months.
Karen reported discussing safety with Sheriff Weigel.  There is concern for the safety of the librarians working alone in the library.  He gave pepper spray to Nancy and suggested calling 911 immediately without saying anything over the phone.  The police would respond ASAP.  Other suggestions were:  mirrors for back door, and lock south door after dark. The problem of children loitering outside the library can be reported to the sheriff’s office and they will come and talk to the kids.  A thank you will be sent to Sheriff Weigel.
Discussion followed regarding the Library Evaluation by CKLS representatives. Some issues discussed were repair and ramp sidewalk entrance to the street.  Nancy will contact the city about this.  The old wood soffits need caulking and painting and Terry and Trish volunteered to work on that if scaffolding was available. The west and north side railings are rusting at the concrete level which could be fixed with zinc paint.  The upper level emergency lights need new batteries at $15 each.  Nancy will have the city men check them.  The south entrance door is not wide enough for a wheel chair.  It was suggested to widen the door and add an automatic door opener.
Sharon moved to adjourn the meeting, with a second by Lynne.  The next meeting will be December 13, 2016.
Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Metz, Secretary

October, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

OCTOBER 11, 2016
MEMBERS PRESENT:  Karen Jeffers, Terry Broberg, Patrisha Sreet, Sunny McBride, Sharon Luck, Lynne Metz
STAFF PRESENT:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
In the absence of Kathy, Karen called the meeting to order.  Trisha moved to accept the September 13 minutes.  Terry added a second and the motion carried. 
Mary reported on the children’s department that story time is averaging about 12 children per week.  25 different children have attended. LEAP students are coming two Fridays per month.  30 students and 5 helpers came the first week.  On October 14, Nicole and Tevin Hansen will present their new book “Rhomby the Skater Zombie” and activities during LEAP.  The holiday books for Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving have been cleaned and relabeled.  There is a separate shelving location for graphic novels to enable students to find them easier and for us to determine how many are being checked out. Mary is working on shelving locations for the non-fiction books as well.  She attended a meeting on improving story time.  We have checked out some of their musical items.
Nancy reported that the new pencil sharpener is working well.  She brought information on outdoor trash containers.  The FLCL have agreed to put $600 toward this project. She brought chair leg pads to be used on the straight chairs. CKLS is holding Trustee Dinner and Training sessions in November at three different locations (Nov 15-Mankato, Nov 16-Downs, Nov 17-Ellsworth).  Registration deadline is November 7th.  This year’s topics include New Kansas Public Library Trustee Manual, CKLS System services including next year’s grant requirements, and Trustee liabilities. There has been water leaking into the basement and we are looking into extending the down spout on the northwest corner.  Nancy will be giving a presentation on the Library at the United Methodist Women’s October meeting. She has applied for a CKLS Materials Grant for Activity Kits.  These kits were popular during the Summer Library Program including: Crocheting, Knitting, Kansas Travel, Yoga, Cake Decorating, Classic Card Games, Zumba, Origami, Trivia and Brain Games. She is weeding the fiction section and plans to move the Christian books next to the A-B Fiction Section.
Terry reported that the handrail project for the front of the library will be started after the Christmas break.
Nancy distributed copies of the recent CKLS Evaluation of our library.  Each board member will read it before the next meeting and present ideas about it.
After much discussion about the size and cost of the outside trash containers, we decided more information is needed.  The basement floors need to be stripped and waxed again.  Terry will look into finding a solution.
Lynne moved to approve the bills with Sharon seconding the motion.  Motion carried.
Discussion followed about safety of staff at night.  Some ideas were to lock the basement door at dark, some kind of lifeline that would go to sheriff’s department and Mace spray.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Metz, secretary

September, 2016 Library Board Meeting Minutes


SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Members Present:  Kathy Moss, Karen Jeffers, Patrisha Street, Sunnie McBride, Sharon Luck, Terry Broberg

Librarians Present:  Nancy Jensen

Kathy called the meeting to order.  Kathy agreed to fill in as secretary for Lynne.  The minutes from the August 9 meeting were approved.

Mary was attending a meeting in Great Bend.  Nancy reported that story time had started and that LEAP would begin on the 23rd.

Nancy reported that CKLS will be at the Library on September 19 at 9:30 to evaluate the library.  The board was encouraged to attend if possible.  Long term and short term goals were discussed and the following agreed upon.
          Caps for the Chairs
          Touch Up Paint on the Walls
          Windows in the Old Part of the Building
          Handrail in Front Needs Replaced
          More space in Children’s Dept
The air conditioner repair bill came to $136.  The Fall Newsletter was sent out on Monday.  An unknown person hit O’Hare’s fence while pulling into the Library parking lot.

Terry volunteered to talk with the High School shop teacher about replacing the handrail.

Karen and Kathy reported on the FLCL meeting.  The FLCL have agreed to pay for the microfilm and a new pencil sharpener, they will not replace or fix the digital sign, they will put up to $600 toward the trash cans and requested that we contact the city and get trash cans to match theirs.

Sharon moved to pay the bills.  Sunnie seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

The excess number of children around the Library, when the library is closed, was discussed.

Sunnie moved to adjourn the meeting with Patrishia seconding the motion.

The next meeting will be October 11, 2016.

Respectfully Submitted
Kathy Moss

August, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

AUGUST 9, 2016

Members Present:  Kathy Moss, Karen Jeffers, Patrisha Street, Sunnie McBride, Sharon Luck, Lynne Metz
Librarians Present:  Nancy Jensen, Mary Andersen
Kathy called the meeting to order.  Sharon moved to approve the minutes from July 12 with Patrisha seconding the motion.  The minutes were approved.
Mary presented final attendance numbers for the summer library program for children. On the average, about 60 kids participated in the crafts and guessing jars, 139 signed up for reading prizes with 55 reading logs returned. Over 8 weeks, 1230 children’s books, 332 children’s movies, 19 games were used and the teens led 4 story times with an average of 12 kids.  The fall/winter story time will have a music theme.  The teens met, elected new officers and are planning an event for the Fall Festival.
Nancy reported that Street Plumbing serviced the air conditioner, cleaning the coils and adding refrigerant.  City workman, RT, replaced a ballast in the light fixture over the main desk.  CKLS has offered CKLS for a library evaluation in September. The City increased the library budget by $1,114 ($40,386 to $41,500).  She chose a Fax service that is $9.95 for 100 faxes prepaid.  A marketing website has been created by CKLS called LibraryAware.  We will be able to create our newsletter or flyers and send them as an email directly, instead of as an attachment. In June-July, 2015, 220 patrons used the computers.  This June and July, useage increased to about 500.
Under new business, Lynne moved to pay the Street bill with Karen adding a second.  Motion carried.  Sharon moved to approve the bills as submitted, with Sunnie adding a second. Motion carried.
Lynne moved to adjourn the meeting with Patrisha seconding the motion.  The next meeting will be September 13, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Metz, Secretary