The library is more than just books

The beginning of the library’s annual book sale during Aug. 2020. Books, audiobooks, movies and more were available for purchase. These books included many that were weeded out from the library collections. // By Richard Landreth

Most people walk into the library thinking only of books. The word library is associated in the minds of Americans with books, but there is so much more offered to the public.

The Lincoln County Library definitely has books, audiobooks and e-books. They even have a book of Wyoming brands, which is checked out more than you think, according to Richard Landreth, Lincoln County Library System director. Did you know they also have a telescope now? October Dunford, Lincoln County Library Kemmerer branch manager, said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic the reward for the summer reading program was a community prize. The community chose a telescope for the library.

One thing most people don’t know the library has is an online database filled with research material, test prep and more.

Want to learn about automotive repair? They have tons of online manuals and guides. In need of homework help? The database has that as well. Want to take a practice test before you take your driving test? That is online through the library database as well.

“We are working on classes to post online so people will know more about [the database],” Dunford said. “People don’t realize we have all of this other stuff.”

The staff also produces virtual story times and other various other online classes through out the month.

“We usually do book talks for school about award nominees so students will read and vote for them,” Dunford said. “This year we are working on recording book talks that we can send to schools in Lincoln County or even the state.”

Dunford said that the library has been busier since before the COVID-19 pandemic shut it down.

“It’s like people didn’t know what they had until it was gone,” Dunford said. “We will keep doing virtual programs so the community can stay engaged and not forget about us.”

Dunford said the one thing the staff is looking forward to is when they can have in

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