For some years now, your library has had its own page on Facebook. We promote upcoming events like our monthly jam sessions, author visits and storytime. During the school year, photos were posted of my visits to Ms. Davenport’s preschool class. This drew numerous “Likes” from moms, grandmoms and friends. You may have missed those photos this past year when I took a hiatus from those visits. I was so wrapped up in research for the Carnegie libraries project for Friends of Kansas Libraries that I wasn’t able to prepare a monthly book, craft and snack for the children. I’ve missed those visits, and hope I can begin them again during the 2018-2019 school year.

In lieu of the photos of preschoolers, you would have seen photos of our new library cardholders, holiday decorations and book displays on Facebook. We also receive messages from visitors asking if we have certain books, and if we are open during bad weather. More recently, we’ve added occasional photos of new books that are ready for checkout.

We also have a web site hosted by our district library in Iola. These Linn County News library columns are archived there. You can find the names of our library trustees, dates of their board meetings, library hours, and even see links to many other web sites you may find useful.

If there is other information you would like to see on either of these sites, please let us know. While we don’t mail a monthly newsletter, that’s not beyond the realm of possibility. The main reason we haven’t provided post office boxholders with a newsletter is the expense.

Social media is not your thing? You are always welcome to visit us in person. We love to locate hard-to-find books and movies for our visitors, and cardholders can access them through our affiliated libraries if we don’t carry them. It’s a librarian’s second nature to research information, so don’t hesitate to contact us with reference questions. Not everything is on the internet, but if it’s out there we may be able to locate it for you. If you are a Kansas resident, we can also provide you with a state library card. That would allow you to access e-books and a plethora of information stored on the site. Registration only takes a few minutes, and the time is so worthwhile.

Thanks for supporting your local library!