Our August newsletter has been published. Read it by clicking the link below:
After our series of special programming during the month of June, weekly summer reading programming begins on Monday, July 1, following the schedule below:
Entering Kindergarten-second grade — Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Entering third-fifth grade — Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Ages 2-5 — Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Entering sixth-twelfth grade — Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
We will end the summer with our annual Summer Reading Party on July 29.
No reservations are required to attend any summer reading event; children can attend 1 event or all, and have a great time!
Our new platform lift is installed and ready for use! The new lift has 50% more weight capacity than the previous lift, and it also offers a much smoother ride.
We know the steps in the lobby can be intimidating for our patrons with mobility issues, so we encourage you to ride, not climb, into the library to see us.
We are excited to unveil our first monthly newsletter outlining news and events of the Library. Our plan is to publish a new issue at the beginning of each month, with photos of the previous month’s events along with upcoming events to mark on your calendar.
Click the link below to view this month’s newsletter.
New books are starting to appear on the shelves at the Sikeston Public Library thanks to grant funds targeted at enhancing the library’s collection. In February, the library received a $2,500 Public Library Nonfiction Collection Development Support Grant.
(Click HERE for a listing of materials purchased with these grant funds.)
“This particular grant was more specific than collection development grants that we have received in the past,” said the library’s Director Ron Eifert, who is also serving as the project manager for the grant. “We are limited to purchasing only non-fiction materials, but we are purchasing materials for all age groups of library users.”
After discussion with library staff members and consideration of requests from patrons, Eifert focused the funds on four areas in the library’s non-fiction collection.
“The first materials that we chose are in support of our summer reading theme, ‘A Universe of Stories’,” Eifert said. “We have chosen many books about the history of space exploration to add to the collection.” With the observance of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer, Eifert said that he expects interest to be high.
Another area to be developed is materials to support higher education and vocational education. Books with preparation materials for the ACT, HiSet, and nursing program entrance exam books have been purchased. “We are constantly asked for preparation materials for nurses seeking to further their educations,” Eifert said. “We will approximately double our offerings for nursing program exams.” In addition, the library is purchasing math review materials for people wishing to brush up on their math skills for college preparation or high school equivalency exams.
The third area to be developed is materials targeted to minority patrons. “We have selected several books about issues facing African-Americans and Hispanics in today’s world, especially as it relates to immigration and race relations, along with books about these groups’ history in the United States.”
The remainder of the grant will be spent to purchase general non-fiction materials for adults and children, biographies for adults and children, and math-related books for children.
Purchasing of materials began on March 1, and materials purchased under the grant are already beginning to arrive. Materials purchased under the grant will be highlighted in displays within the library.
The Public Library Collection Development Support 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 StateLibrary, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Beginning January 15, 2019, the library has begun taking photographs for passport applications. The library is charging $10 per photograph taken.
Applicants for new passports can visit the library and have the photograph taken and printed while the application is being processed.
Even though the library is not allowed to process passport renewals, we will be happy to take your photographs for you.
Sikeston Public Library, as a member of Missouri Libraries 2 Go (a consortium of Missouri public libraries), has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReadingRoom of Always Available ebooks and audiobooks within their digital collection. With a library card, users of Missouri Libraries 2 Go member libraries can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to available items. Readers can find this on https://molib2go.overdrive.com/and on Libby,the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.
Missouri Libraries 2 Go’s digital collection offers thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages. The eReading Room concept was born from the existence of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for browsing. Since then, eReading Rooms have expanded to highlight materials with certain themes or formats and for select age levels. Within Libby, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections”.
Readers may browse Missouri Libraries 2 Go’s digita 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, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices, Windows® tablets, and Kindle® [US libraries]. 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 explore the group’s eReading rooms of ebooks and audiobooks,visit https://molib2go.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today from Apple, Android andWindows app stores.
MissouriLibraries 2 Go is a consortium of public libraries in Missouri with similar interests and users that work together with OverDrive to create a shared collection that meets the needs of their users. Founded in 2009, this consortium consists of public libraries in Missouri that serve a population of less than 100,000 users. The group is managed and facilitated by Amigos Library Services, a non-profit, 501©3 member-based organization, serving libraries and library related associations and organizations.
During the month of April, the Sikeston Public Library marked its one-year anniversary as a passport acceptance facility.
“The response has been amazing,” said Ron Eifert, library director and one of the passport acceptance agents, “so much more than we ever expected.”
The initial idea to become a passport acceptance facility came from a neighboring library which had achieved great success with the service. After three months of training and testing during the first three months of 2017, the library was certified as a passport acceptance facility and processed its first passport in late April 2017.
Since its certification, the library has processed almost 200 applications for passports over the past 12 months.
When the library first started processing passports, the staff saw it as a service for the Sikeston community. They quickly realized that the appeal was much wider. “We have processed passports for residents of five or six surrounding counties,” Eifert said. “So many people from around the area work in Sikeston, or attend school here, and they find it easier to complete the application process here than anywhere else.”
“It’s been interesting, listening to the stories people tell about the travel plans,” Eifert said. “We have helped people prepare for mission trips and family trips. It’s been fun to help people apply for a passport so that they can go on a trip that was a gift or a prize.”
Libraries have begun the transition from books-only facilities, to facilities where programming and other services are available. “Passport acceptance is part of our efforts to keep the library vital to the people in our community,” Eifert said. “It has been satisfying for us to know that we have helped people with this service, and to hear them say that the process was a lot less difficult than they expected.”
There are two passport acceptance agents at the library, and the service is available for 33 hours each week. Acceptance times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-noon and 1-5 pm; Tuesday, 10 am-noon and 1-7:30 pm; and Friday, 10 am-noon and 1-5:30 pm. The library usually has one weekend a month where a passport acceptance agent is available. Additional hours are available by appointment.
For more information about the passport acceptance process, please call the library at 471-4140, or visit the library’s website at sikeston.lib.mo.us. For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information at travel.state.gov.
First graders from Lee Hunter Elementary visited the library on March 2 to hear a story read by the Cat in the Hat (aka, children’s librarian Ann Thompson). Dr. Seuss-themed crafts and snacks, followed by a tour of the library, rounded out the afternoon.
For our e-book readers…there’s a new and improved way to browse, check out, and read e-books through MoLib2Go. Libby is a more user-friendly app that has just been made available to the general public. We at the library have been testing the app in its beta stages for weeks; we really enjoy using it, and hope that you will too!
Libby is available in the app stores for Apple, Google and Microsoft. Try it for yourself, and let us know if we can help you with setup or any questions you might have.