Library to end Sunday hours of operation

After reviewing usage patterns and budget needs, the Board of Trustees of the Sikeston Public Library has voted to eliminate Sunday hours of operation at the library.

“Traditionally, we have been closed on Sundays during the summer months then resume Sunday hours after Labor Day weekend,” said Ron Eifert, director of the Sikeston Public Library. “However, the library’s Board of Trustees voted in May to eliminate Sunday hours of operations as a reaction to changing usage patterns and as a cost-saving measure.”

The board reached its decision after reviewing six months of data compiled by Eifert and the library staff. The data showed that usage patterns of the library have changed. “Ten years ago, we were almost the only source for public internet in Sikeston,” he said. “The board was dedicated to keeping the library open on Sundays for students to use for last-minute homework assignments.” Between the growth of internet in homes, public wireless access, and the availability of one-to-one devices through the public schools, student use of computers has dwindled to almost no usage at all, he said.

“Some Sundays, we only had four visitors throughout the entire four hours that we were open,” Eifert said,” and computers weren’t used on about half of the Sundays during the six-month period. It became difficult to justify operating the library at that level of usage.”

The library offers 54 service hours per week. The library operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. “We feel like we have a wide variety of hours available to make it possible for community members to use the library, regardless of what work hours or commute they have,” Eifert said. “Plus, our ‘virtual library’ of electronic resources and databases are available 24/7.”

“Be a Bookaneer” to kick off Summer Reading

Our first event of the summer takes place on Monday, June 6! Join us at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).
Gather your lads and lassies for Oceans of Possibilities on a shipload for fun and adventures. Captain KID will take your crew Beyond the Beaten Path where X marks the spot. It will be a peg-leg adventure your kids will long remember.
This program made possible through the 2022 Summer Library Program grant, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Animal Adaptations program — June 11

Come learn about the amazing ways animals are adapted to their environments with Big Oak Tree State Park at the Sikeston Public Library!

Elise Ratcliff, site superintendent at Big Oak Tree State Park will be presenting a program about animal adaptation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 in the McAmis Community Room (main level of the library).

From their fur and skin to their bone structure, animals are built just right for the places they live. And we’re here to highlight just a few of those ways! We will have furs, skulls, and even live animals at this free, family-friendly event. Come spend your Saturday morning learning with us!

For more information, call the park at 573-649-0045.

Used Book Sale set for April 7-10

The library will be holding its annual Used Book Sale from April 7-10 in the McAmis Community Room (main level) of the library.

The sale opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. It continues during regular library hours on Friday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

On Sunday, April 10 — the final day of the sale — any items left at the sale will be sold for $1 per brown bag full from 1-3 p.m. We even provide the bag!

We are anticipating a large sale this year. Items to be offered include adult fiction and non-fiction, young adult novels, children’s fiction and non-fiction, audiobooks, classic VHS tapes, and DVDs. Materials for the book sales consist of donations from the public, as well as books that are no longer needed in the library’s collection.

Proceeds from the book sale are returned to the library’s budget to purchase new materials for circulation in the library.

Bird watching meeting to be held Feb. 15

Do you have a passion for watching birds and want to learn more about them? Do you want to increase your awareness and appreciation for birds? Would you like know how to identify different bird species, how to find them in their habitat, or how to draw them into your yard? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this bird meeting is for you!

Join us from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 15 at the Sikeston Public Library to discuss bird watching. We will talk about citizen science and how to participate in the upcoming GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count) that is being held February 18-21, 2022. We will look at helpful apps and websites that can be used to identify and learn more about birds, and other topics such as bird food and feeders.

Kathy McClellan, past biology teacher and bird enthusiast for over 20 years, will be sharing some information with interested participants.

Please complete the form below to register.

Pre-K Family Night set for February 7

Join us for Family Night for preschoolers (ages 2-5) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 7.

Valentine’s Day is on the way, so bring your sweetheart and celebrate with books, crafts, and snacks.

Reservations are required, as space is limited.

To reserve a space for your child, fill out the form below or call the library at (573) 471-4140.

Tax preparation help available at the library

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

The library is pleased to announce that tax preparation assistance will be available again this year at the library.

Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program will be in the McAmis Community Room (main level) at the library from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, February 3, through April 14. They will assist taxpayers by filling out and filing simple tax returns. They will be filing both federal and state forms, including the Missouri PTC forms.

As last year, income tax documents will be collected in your first visit and your completed tax return given to you, at an appointed time, during a second visit either one or two weeks after your first visit.

NOTE:  No tax documents will be accepted after Thursday March 31 to enable completion by tax filing date.

For those only needing Property Tax Credit or Rent Credit claim, this year you will only need to make one visit and your claim form will be prepared while you wait.

If you come later in the afternoon, your wait will probably be shorter.

All tax filing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments will not be taken. Please be sure to bring all tax-related paperwork that you have received, including W-2 and 1099 forms for work performed, receipts for rent paid, and proof of Social Security income.

For everyone’s comfort and safety, we will NOT be allowing lines to form inside the library lobby prior to 12:30 p.m. In the past, this has created a barrier to library users trying to access library services; today, it is not a smart practice given the spread of COVID.

The library is not trained to give tax advice; instead, we rely on this great group of volunteers who have the training and experience to make sure that your tax filing is done correctly and thoroughly.

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