Library receives grant for technology upgrades

The Sikeston Public Library was one of 39 Missouri libraries that were awarded more than $870,000 through the Missouri State Library to help residents access high speed internet for telehealth and distance learning in response to COVID-19.

Six initiatives were launched on July 2 as a part of the Rapid Broadband Deployment Initiative which uses the state’s CARES Act funding. The broadband funding for Missouri libraries allocated up to $2.5 million for this program. The Missouri State Library and Missouri Department of Economic Development reviewed and approved grant applications.

“Innovative and impactful proposals show how libraries can play an important role in advancing telehealth and higher education needs in their communities. COVID-19 has disrupted so many aspects of everyday life, and libraries have stepped up to fill in gaps that wouldn’t otherwise be met,” said State Librarian Robin Westphal.

The library was awarded over $12,000 for expanded bandwidth, upgrades to wireless access, and updated computer equipment.

November Pre-K Family Night set

Our November Preschool Family Night (ages 2-5) will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 2, in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Come join us for books, snacks, and crafts as we get ready for Thanksgiving!

Seating is limited as we are still encouraging social distancing. Attendance is limited to one adult per child.  Masks are NOT required but you are free to wear one if it makes you more comfortable.

Reservations are REQUIRED! Please call 573-471-4140 or complete the form below.

K-3 Family Night to be held October 12

Family nights have returned for the fall, and we invite our friends in kindergarten through third grade to join us at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Come join us for books, snacks, and crafts as we celebrate the fall season and Halloween coming up!

Seating is limited to promote social distancing. We request that only one adult attend per child to keep numbers lower. Masks are NOT required, but you are free to wear one if it makes you more comfortable.

Reservations are REQUIRED! Please call 573-471-4140 to register, or fill out the form below.

Family Night returns!

Fall is here, and Family Night is back!!!

Preschool Family Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Come join us for books, snacks, and crafts as we celebrate the fall season and Halloween coming up!

Seating is limited as we are still encouraging social distancing. To assist with this, we are requesting that you limit attendance to only one adult per child. We do not require the wearing of masks, but it is encouraged for all who attend.

Reservations are REQUIRED! Please call 573-471-4140 or register with the form below.

Help wanted!

Sign reading Help Wanted
We are hiring for a part-time shelver. Hours would range from 15-18 hours per week, with the successful candidate working 2 evenings per week, along with every Saturday and Sunday.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and possess strong computer skills. Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal System and/or library experience is a plus.
If interested, please apply in person at the library’s circulation desk, where applications are available. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 30.

Fairy Tale STEM Room opens

The Fractured Fairy Tales Forest is OPEN in the McAmis Community Room! Come play and learn, build and listen!

The room features various fun activities, all centered around fairy tales, that encourage hands-on activity and build critical thinking skills. The Fractured Fairy Tales Forest room will be open during regular library hours through July 31.

This program is made possible through a 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.

 

E-book consortium receives funds to expand collection

As part of a Missouri State Library grant program, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that Amigos Library Services, which operates the Missouri Libraries 2 Go (MOLIB2GO) digital eBook and audiobook access program for 106 Missouri libraries, was awarded $74,000 to expand access. Sikeston Public Library is a member of this consortium, which offers digital access to educational, informational, and recreational items to library patrons.

“Early on, as libraries were closing due to the coronavirus, we immediately recognized that demand for eBooks and similar resources would increase rapidly – and, because of its convenience, that the demand may never subside,” Ashcroft said. “State library staff worked quickly to make these funds available to Amigos, which operates MOLIB2GO. Providing digital access to all types of materials to Sikeston Public Library patrons has become priority number one.”

Through Amigos, Sikeston Public Library offers eBooks and audiobooks through the OverDrive platform and provides a wide selection of popular materials that patrons can access for free with a library card. With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the digital collection by visiting the OverDrive library website URL or downloading Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

“This was exciting news for us,” said Ron Eifert, director of the Sikeston Public Library. “The additional purchases should reduce wait lists for some of our most popular titles, and it will add new titles to the collection as well.”

Readers may browse Sikeston Public Library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®.” All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use. To get started enjoying ebooks, audiobooks and more, visit molib2go.org or download Libby today.

If you have never accessed MoLib2Go with your library card, visit the library’s circulation desk for your account information to get started.

This grant is 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.

Library seeking bids for new roof

The Sikeston Public Library is seeking bids for the replacement of the roof on the library building at 121 E. North Street in Sikeston, MO. Bid specifications may be picked up at the library between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sealed bids will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020, at which time the bids will be opened at the monthly meeting of the Sikeston Public Library Board of Trustees.

Schedule for summer reading programming set

“Imagine Your Story” at the library this summer!
 
Our summer reading program celebrates all things imaginary, including prince/princesses, knights, dragons and unicorns, and magicians and magic. Our summer reading presenters will be spread throughout the summer, instead of being held at the beginning of the program.
 
Times for various age groups are:
Preschool (ages 2-5) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Children entering kindergarten through second grade — Mondays at 1 p.m.
Children entering grades 3-5 — Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Young adults (students entering grades 6-12) — Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
 
Special programs include Babaloo! Get LOUD in the Library on June 29; magician Marty Hahne on July 20; and a library-wide story walk on July 27. These programs will be open to all age groups, and no other programming will be held on those weeks.

Library returns to normal hours of operation

Even though virus numbers haven’t declined like we had hoped, we are still proceeding with resuming full library hours. Beginning Monday, June 1, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The library will be closed on Sundays during the summer months.

We ask that library visitors practice social distancing in the library. We are continuing to reduce seating in the reference area; limit the number of available computers; and keep the reading room closed.

Our annual Summer Reading Program is still a work in progress. We WILL have summer reading; we are still trying to decide the scheduling of programming, and what form programming will take.

Passport acceptance will remain unavailable until we are given the go-ahead from the State Department to resume accepting passport applications.

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