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Do you live in Linn County? Are your children receiving free books in the mail? If you missed the initial sign up, you still have time!

animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion

Before the corona crisis hit, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s latest book tour was garnering standing-room only crowds. For readers eager to learn more about her new book, titled animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion—written in collaboration with bestselling Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone—a “virtual book talk” is now available.

The book guides readers on ways to ensure animals are respected and protected from needless harm. Ingrid’s stories are interesting and fun, including accounts on how geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, how fish “sing” underwater and how elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals to alert other herds miles away to danger. Those who have already read the book or watched the virtual book talk are posting positive reviews online and on social media. 

Ingrid is also the author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can DoMaking Kind ChoicesThe Compassionate Cook or, “Please Don’t Eat the Animals!” and other books available in multiple languages. Gene Stone has written, co-written, or ghost-written more 45 books, including Forks Over KnivesHow Not to DieLiving the Farm Sanctuary Life, and The Engine 2 Diet. He has reached millions of readers with important ideas about ways to work, live, and thrive.

Free e-book access to MidAmerica Books

The links above were offered by MidAmerica Books. They include FREE access to all of their eBooks and databases through June, 2020. The first one is for Elementary Digital Bookshelf Kindergarten through 8th grade. Click on the topic of your choice, which even includes a Spanish option. The second one is Secondary Digital 5th grade through 12th grade. The third link is an ABDO Research Database. When you click on a link you’ll see buttons below each item. The lower case “e” allows you to click for digital access, and the “i” allows you to get more information. Enjoy!

Current information during COVID-19

Pleasanton Lincoln Library is currently closed to the public.  We will continue limited services during the closing. Staff members will be working limited hours in the building as necessary. We may check out books to patrons in some manner (such as curbside delivery, but only within a limited radius). 

Communication:  Please communicate with us by e-mail (, not by telephone.  There will not always be someone to answer the phone, and the person you are calling may not be here.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) and courier: Courier service is suspended and we will no longer be filling holds or ILL requests. 

Technology Services:  Our Wi-Fi is active, and is available from our parking lot on the north side of the building.

We will address fines issues once the library has returned to normal operations.

Library closed through 3/31

In order to keep our patrons and staff safe, we are closing the library through the end of March. Prior to that time, we will reevaluate the issue and determine if this date needs to be extended. You will be able to get updated information on Facebook as well. Thank you and be well!

Once upon a time …

In libraries across the land, the ladies and gentle men who serve the kings and queens are making ready for a special summer festival. This is to be a very special time in the lives of the young children in their realm. The craftsmen and craftswomen have begun planning well in advance, dreaming of beautiful gowns and castles. Lovely fairies and kind dragons are all invited to join in the festivities. Delicious meals will be determined and storytellers and magicians from far and wide will arrive to entertain the populace.

Of course, there will be many tales of wonder, and children will be encouraged not only to listen but read from books as well. The books can be found in these libraries, or arrive from across the land when requested by special messengers.

All are invited to this summer of fun, frolic and fantasy. Watch for postings throughout the realm, and  messages provided by other means.

For the elves and fairies who reside close to their own library, you are welcome to share items to help build a magical realm with our walls. We hope to create castles from cardboard tubes and other containers. Perhaps a craft session to make fairy gardens would be of interest, as well. We would love to receive small gowns for little princesses of various sizes. Perhaps you drink fizzy sodas and could save us the large vessels in which they arrive. We are using our imagination to create a world of wonder at your library, so please join us in providing a magical summer for those in our realm!

Coming to a library near you

For those who didn’t sit through three-and-a-half hours of the Oscar Awards Sunday evening, I’m happy to share some results. These include some of the names of the major winners and films, but you might need to check online for details. Soon a number of these movies will be available for checkout at your library.

Of course, the show includes many commercials, comments from the presenters and musical interludes. But we’ll cut right to the results here and get on with our day. You’ll see the highlights on television and online, I’m sure.

The show always begins with the supporting efforts of film makers, and leads up to the finale announcing Best Actor and Actress, and finally the winning movie. These may not be in exact order and I may have missed one or two for a short break, so bear with me, okay? We’ll start with the only winner I actually saw at the theater: The Animated Short Film, “Hair Love.” I had hoped Pixar’s “Kitbull,” might win. The Animated Feature Film was “Toy Story 4.” The Documentary Short Subject was “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone.” Live-Action Short Film was “The Neighbor’s Window.”

Original Screenplay “Parasite” was the big winner of the night with three additional awards. Adapted Screenplay was “Jojo Rabbit.” Production Design was Quentin Tarentino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Costume Design was “Little Women,” while the contemporary movie “Bombshell” won for Hairstyling and Makeup. “Ford vs. Ferrari,” won for both Sound Editing and Film Editing. The Sound Mixing award went to the film “1917,” which also won for Visual Effects and Cinematography.

Documentary Feature film award was won by “American Factory.” Best Original Score was from the film “Joker,” and Best Original Song was from “Rocketman” and sung on stage by Elton John. He and Bernie Taupin accepted the award and were pleased to receive it after 53 years of musical collaboration.

Back to the big winner, “Parasite.” It also won for Best International Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Movie of the Year. According to its director, it was the first time a non-English-language film had won the Academy’s top honor.

The Best Supporting Actor was Springfield, Missouri’s hometown boy, Brad Pitt, for his part in the Movie “Once Upon a time in Hollywood.” He sat beside his longtime manager Cynthia Pett-Dante, in the front row. Best Supporting Actress was Laura Dern for her part in the movie “Marriage Story.” During her acceptance speech she thanked her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Lane, who sat beside her in the audience.

And finally, Best Actress Award winner was Renee Zellweger, who won for her portrayal of Judy Garland, in the film aptly named, “Judy.” Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor Award for his part in the movie “Joker.” I can’t wait to see what happens at next year’s Oscar Awards!

How about those CHIEFS!

Here at the library where all the employees are female, we were not unaware there was a Super Bowl Game this past weekend. Nor were we unaware which teams were in contention for the title. Those of us working Friday wore red, and greeted everyone leaving the library with a hearty, “Go Chiefs!”

Berta Willis, formerly of Kansas City, was one of the team’s biggest fans here at the library. She put together a red book display, including one of our newest children’s books, a Chiefs neck brace and a “We Bleed Red!” sign. She has been a fan for years, and the shirt she wore Friday was even signed by a former player. I have only attended a few professional baseball games, but have watched Chiefs’ games on television.

I was in Springfield, Missouri over the weekend to visit grandchildren and attended a local church where those attending the service looked like a sea of red. Even the babies and youngest children were wearing Chiefs garb. I barely managed to see Sunday nights’ game, at the home of a friend. She admitted she was not a sports fan, and almost bailed on her offer to have me over. During the first half she did laundry, walked her dog, and fixed a salad and pizza for our halftime meal. As we sat in front of her television to eat she became a fan. She was actually on the edge of her seat! The team was on fire in the fourth quarter and screamed away from the competition for the big win.

When I stepped outside to leave her house, I heard fireworks. I drove past the huge Mercy Hospital adorned with red lights along the roof’s edge. The news coverage included post-game interviews with Springfield fans who attended. News from Kansas City showed wildly cheering fans in the Power and Light District. The Springfield channel’s weather report even showed Kansas City and the surrounding area brilliant with lights from fireworks – from a satellite!

I left bright and early this morning to drive home, but it was worth the trip to introduce my friend to the exciting world of football. We congratulate library board member Kathy Secrest and her husband, Jesse, who were there in person after winning tickets from Midwest Ford Dealers. I expect we’ll hear some details at the board’s February meeting.

Like millions of others who cheered for the Chiefs, we’re all proud to live in Chiefs Kingdom!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

After a busy fall season that included maintenance work inside and outside the library, we finished putting the finish touches on our holiday decorations. We invite you to visit us to see them and check out the new books and movies we’ve putting adding to the system.

Most recently I visited LeaAnn Davenport’s preschool classes to read “Snowmen at Christmas” and help them with a snowman craft. While there the class was visited by Santa Claus! As he said his goodbyes and headed out the gym door, one of the students followed him to call out “I know you have a sleigh!” Then the class ran to the outside door to try to see his sleigh. It couldn’t have been any cuter.

While the library is closed Christmas Day, we will reopen Thursday. The students will be out of school until January 6, so after the excitement of new gifts wears off, send them to the library to watch a new Christmas movie on Friday, December 27. It will be shown on our big screen and we’ll have big fun.

We’re already in the planning mode for our Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story” and have a lot to look forward to. Can’t wait to share our ideas with you!

Have the most wonderful holiday and come see us soon!

Festivities continue at the library

Last Thursday evening we had a big crowd at our 4th Annual Chili Jam Session. We had three large crock pots of chili and the musicians took a short break to share a meal with friends before returning to play some of their favorites songs and even a few Christmas carols. We were even graced with a banjo player this time A big Thank You to our visitors who brought a dish to share. The food was wonderful!

We continue to decorate the “halls” of the library, hanging glittering things from anything hanging from the ceiling. The tree will go up this week and the photos can begin. I’ll be visiting the preschool next week to share a story, “Snowmen at Christmas,” with a snowman craft and a surprise snack. It’s been the greatest joy of my time here to visit the classes over the last seven years and then greet new cardholders at the library when they hit their fifth birthday and can get their very own library card for the first time.

Lia continues to visit a local daycare to read to the children, and then follows that with a Story Time at the library. It’s wonderful to hear the laughter of the children as they get to know each other and play after the story. Our Board meeting next week will be a meal for board members and staff. It’s the only time all year that we are all together.

As you rush around buying gifts and serving meals to your families, please remember those who are alone during the holidays, and don’t have as much as we do. We have a donation box near our front desk for items for Cookee’s Passionate About People (CPAP). They will deliver these items to the elderly to brighten their holidays. Please be generous in this activity.

Don’t forget to stop in a check out a Christmas movie to entertain your children, grandchildren and even the adults who visit you. We also have a new selection of large print Christmas books on display for those who just need to spend some downtime after all the hustle and bustle. We look forward to seeing you!

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