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Library Tentatively Scheduled to Reopen on Wednesday, June 3rd

posted May 26, 2020, 10:06 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (May 26, 2020) – The Director and Board of the Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) have been closely monitoring recommendations by local, state, and national officials regarding the COVID-19 virus, in addition to other Alabama Public Libraries. After careful consideration, the library is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10 a.m. Please note the Children’s Library will not reopen as that room is designated as the book quarantine room. 

Listed below are service changes the library is making during this time. Please understand these changes are subject to additional changes at any time.

Library Services shift to Circulation Only to limit public assembly

• Library becomes holds pick up, checkout & return, and quick browsing only.
• The Children’s library will be closed to the public as it has been designated the quarantine room for returned items. Returned items must be quarantined for a period of no less than 72 hours.
• Patrons may check out no more than five (5) items of which no more than 2 may be video items. This is because the library lacks sufficient space to safely quarantine multiple patrons returns who checkout the maximum 25 items.
• Library will be limited to no more than 15 non-staff members at a time. Others must queue in a line outside to enter the building.
• Library facilities are open under limited use. This includes reduced hours of operation. Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday. Library requests the public to respect 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. as the designated time for our senior patrons or those at moderate to high risk.
• Staff have access to the building from 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. to facilitate sanitizing areas and collection or as directed by the director. Items that have been quarantined for the designated time may be shelved at this time.
• Programs, meetings, or prolonged use of any kind; including study, reading, and public computer use are cancelled. If limited computer use can be arranged to comply with health department recommendations, efforts will be made to provide computer use on a limited basis not to exceed one (1) hour with an emphasis on the essential tasks of tax filing, census reports, unemployment benefits, legal forms, etc. No more than two public computers will be available to facilitate social distancing. Please understand library staff cannot provide assistance as staff must keep a minimum of six feet away from patrons. 
• Public wifi is accessible from our parking lot. Patrons may use their devices outside the building, but must maintain a six foot distance from others.
• Seating areas will not be available to the public.
• Library will be unable to provide fax, copy, or scan services during this stage.
• No physical donations can be accepted during this stage.
• Public is informed about limited access and measures being taken via web and social media.
• Patrons must wear a mask to enter the building. As the library only has access to a limited number of masks, patrons are responsible for providing their own masks. Staff will not provide services to patrons refusing to wear masks with the exception of ADA accommodations. 
• Public restrooms are closed to the public as the library lacks the manpower and supplies to sanitize restrooms between usages.
• Management begins preparations for Stage One or Three as appropriate and keeps all staff informed. 
• The library reopening or remaining open is contingent on having the appropriate items and staff to sanitize the library. Without those supplies, the library will be unable to open.

Library Closes to the Public for COVID-19

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:09 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (March 18, 2020) – The Director and Board of the Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) have been closely monitoring recommendations by local, state, and national officials regarding the COVID-19 virus. Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for the safety of our citizens and staff, the Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Check our website and social media for updates.

During this time the LCPL book drop will be closed. Please hold all materials until the Library reopens. Fines will be waived on materials during the Library closing.

While closed our digital library, camellia.overdrive.com is open for use. A PIN will not be required while we are closed.

At present, staff will work modified hours during this period on special projects.

Changes Due to COVID-19 PANDEMIC

posted Mar 17, 2020, 12:47 PM by Lawrence County Public Library

Effective today, 3/17/2020:

Lawrence County Public Library will be enacting temporary policy in the wake of Covid-19. We will be open until 5 p.m. today. However, we will be offering modified and limited services. The Library Board will meet today to discuss and enact other temporary measures.
The following guidelines are in place:

No computers, print/fax/copy services, reading areas, or reference books are available at this time.

Following today's Children's Story Time, ALL programs, meetings, and seminars are cancelled until further notice.

We ask patrons not remain in the library for a prolonged amount of time.

No public restrooms available.

No children without a guardian present.

We strongly encourage patrons to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and the recommendations of the federal and state government in regards to hygiene, social distancing, and self-isolation.

There is a drop box located on the side of the library and patrons are welcome to deposit items there throughout the day to avoid social interaction.

In order to limit your exposure we will renew all items over the phone. Items that typically have a renewal limit will be waived until further notice for your safety and convenience.

We strongly encourage our patrons to utilize our resources available at www.lawrencecpl.com and camellia.overdrive.com.

If you have any questions please call 256-974-0883.As this is a rapidly evolving situation, this policy is subject to change and updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

Fourth Annual Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser

posted Feb 14, 2020, 8:37 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (February 10, 2020) – The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library has come up with a fun way to raise money to benefit the Lawrence County Public Library, as they will be hosting the fourth annual adult spelling bee on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Moulton Middle School’s Old Gym. Teams may register by visiting the library’s website, www.lawrencecpl.org. The registration deadline is Monday, February 24th at 12:00 p.m. There is a $100 registration fee per team. There will be a $20 late entry fee for those who register after the Monday deadline.

As funds for the library have shrunk over the past few years, library staff and volunteers are doing anything they can think of to try and raise money to keep the library open the 40 hours a week the state requires. 

Friends of the Library president Vickey Lundy said she came up with the idea after her sister, who lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., told her of a library there that hosted an adult spelling bee. 

"I started doing some research on adult spelling bees and thought it would be a good idea," Lundy said. "It is a lot of fun for the adults." 

Unlike school spelling bees, where students take turns spelling words given to them by the moderator in a very serious and studious manner, Lundy said adult spelling bees are all about having fun. 

First of all, instead of a single person spelling words, there are teams of three to five people, called hives, who will be working together to spell each word given them.  A team should consist of three to five adults aged 19 years or older with an entry fee of $100 per team. Teams can be co-workers, family or friends and multiple teams from the same organization are eligible. Each hive will pick a team name and dress up in costumes with that theme, Lundy said. 

"Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, everyone dresses up in costumes," Lundy said. "If you have a team of doctors, dress like doctors, if you're butterflies, then wear butterfly wings. I think it's going to be a lot of fun." 

Audience admission tickets/pass are $5. Free admission for those under 19. Popcorn and drinks will be available. This event promises great fund and entertainment for everyone. 

Library director Rex Bain said fundraisers such as the adult spelling bee are vital to keeping the library up and running. 

“Any event that can raise money is important to the library," Bain said. "The state wants us to be open 40 hours per week since the population we serve is over 25,000 people. It is hard to keep the library open 40 hours a week when payroll has gone down so drastically." 

If the library does not remain open 40 hours per week, it risks losing state funding. 

Bain said five years ago, the annual appropriation from the county to the library was $32,000. The appropriation for the library this year was $12,650. 

"That makes it very difficult to keep the library running 40 hours a week," Bain said. "The appropriation goes to the payroll. We have plugged holes with some volunteers where we can, which is helping us get a little bit of flexibility. But at some point, you get to the point where you don't have enough volunteers to fill those holes." 

The Friends of the Library wish to acknowledge and thank Moulton Middle School Principal Talitha Shelton and her staff for making the Old Gym available for this annual event.

Last year’s adult spelling bee raised approximately $1,500 for the library.


Library Participates in 2019 #GivingTuesday Campaign

posted Nov 8, 2019, 10:24 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (November 8, 2019) – The Lawrence County Public Library and Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library will participate in Facebook’s annual #GivingTuesday Campaign on Tuesday, December 3, 3019.

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is a global day of giving celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. To help raise awareness of charitable causes and amplify donors’ generosity, Facebook will match eligible donations up to the full match amount that are made on Facebook during Giving Tuesday 2019.

To be eligible for the matching funds, all donations must be made through the following link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/458503298124942/. The link will be posted to our website, lawrencecpl.org.

Facebook’s match for Giving Tuesday 2019 begins at 7:00 AM Central Time on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Please support our cause, and your donation can be doubled! Last year, the matching funds were exhausted in less than 15 minutes. If you would like to see your contribution doubled, please beginning donating at 7 a.m. on 12/3.

Funding for your county library has dropped significantly over the past several years. We have responded by cutting staff, closing the library 4 weeks per year, and reducing our budget for new books and materials by 50%. We have tightened our belt, but still need your help.

As libraries have an ever growing impact in their communities as a source of information access, employment searches, and activity centers, your donation will allow us to apply your gift where it is need most.

For more information, please visit lawrencecpl.org.

Library Adds Newspapers.com Southeast Collection Database

posted Sep 25, 2019, 9:23 AM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Sep 26, 2019, 12:24 PM ]

(Moulton, AL) – September 25, 2019 – The Lawrence County Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Newspapers.com Southeast Collection to its database collection effective immediately. This database is made possible through an August 2019 Community Development Grant funded by TVA-in-lieu-of-tax payments. The addition of the database is one of the Lawrence County Public Library’s contributions to Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Newspapers.com is the largest online newspaper archive on the internet with other 14,400 newspapers from the 1700s-2000s. The Southeast Collection contains approximately 1,900 newspapers, and will serve as an invaluable tool to local genealogical researchers. 

The Community Development Grant was awarded by Lawrence County’s Alabama State Legislative Delegation. The legislators serving the Lawrence County Public Library’s district are: Senator Garlan Gudger Jr. and Representative Proncey Robertson. The library wishes to thank our entire Lawrence County State Legislative delegation in funding this project.

Due to licensing restrictions from Newspapers.com, the database is only accessible at the Lawrence County Public Library. This database was licensed for one year. The continuing availability of this database will depend on patron usage and continued adequate funding.

Library Adds GrantStation Database

posted Sep 25, 2019, 9:21 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL) – September 16, 2019 – The Lawrence County Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the GrantStation.com Library Patron Partnership program to its database collection effective immediately. The LPP program is made possible through an August 2019 Community Development Grant funded by TVA-in-lieu-of-tax payments. The Library Patron Program (LPP) allows full access to GrantStation for library staff and patrons. Through this program, patrons can obtain up-to-date information on private and government grantmakers, as well as resources for writing and securing grant awards.

GrantStation.com, Inc. serves all grantseekers: nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, religious organizations, and independent grant professionals. GrantStation offers the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. GrantStation gives grantseekers the ability to find new grant opportunities in their databases, build a strong grants strategy with their planning tools, and write powerful proposals with their step-by-step tutorials. This gives grantseekers the resources to win their share of the grant funding available to them.

The Community Development Grant was awarded by Lawrence County’s Alabama State Legislative Delegation. The legislators serving the Lawrence County Public Library’s district are: Senator Garlan Gudger and Representative Proncey Robertson. The library wishes to thank our entire Lawrence County State Legislative delegation in funding this project.

Due to licensing restrictions from GrantStation, the LPP database is only accessible at the Lawrence County Public Library. This database was licensed for one year. The continuing availability of this database will depend on patron usage and continued adequate funding.

ONLINE DAY OF GIVING ESTABLISHED TO SUPPORT LCPL

posted Mar 22, 2019, 12:51 PM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 1:10 PM ]

(Moulton, AL) – March 22, 2019 – Lawrence County Public Library is raising funds through an inaugural Library Giving Day campaign. This one-day online fundraising event will occur on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and will encourage patrons and Library lovers to make a gift to their individual library system. 

This campaign reminds us that libraries, small and large, serve as a cornerstone for our communities. Beyond well-loved books, many libraries offer innovative programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge. Rex Bain, Library Director shares, “fundraising fills a critical hole in the library budget. With the county budget cuts over the past few years, fundraising and grant funding is more important than ever.” 

Donations can be made through the library’s website via PayPal or through their Facebook fundraising page. For donations of $100 or more, the library will be giving donors a commemorative #LibraryGivingDay stylus gel pen as a thank you. 

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Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that helps the Library build its collection and resources, offer programs for patrons of all ages and better serve the needs of our community. The Friends do this by securing and managing donations from the community to support the Library beyond what public funding provides. To learn more about #LibraryGivingDay or to join the celebration of libraries, please visit: 

Public Computers to be Taken Offline for Updates

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:02 AM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 11:07 AM ]

(Moulton, AL) – March 11, 2019 – In order to update all public access computers, the Lawrence County Public Library will take all public computers offline the week of March 25 – 29, 2019. Computers will not be available for public use until all updates are completed. This also means the library will not be able to provide print services to the public during this time. We regret any inconvenience this causes our patrons, but as we have software which prevents anyone from making changes to our computers, staff needs time to process updates on each computer.

Patrons will continue being able to use WiFi as this service will not be impacted by the updates.

Third Annual Adult Spelling Bee

posted Feb 21, 2019, 11:39 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (February 21, 2019) – The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library has come up with a fun way to raise money to benefit the Lawrence County Public Library, as they will be hosting the third annual adult spelling bee on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Moulton Middle School’s Old Gym. Teams may register by visiting the library’s website, www.lawrencecpl.org

As funds for the library have shrunk over the past few years, library staff and volunteers are doing anything they can think of to try and raise money to keep the library open the 40 hours a week the state requires. 

Friends of the Library president Vickey Lundy said she came up with the idea after her sister, who lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., told her of a library there that hosted an adult spelling bee. 

"I started doing some research on adult spelling bees and thought it would be a good idea," Lundy said. "It is a lot of fun for the adults." 

Unlike school spelling bees, where students take turns spelling words given to them by the moderator in a very serious and studious manner, Lundy said adult spelling bees are all about having fun. 

First of all, instead of a single person spelling words, there are teams of three to five people, called hives, who will be working together to spell each word given them.  A team should consist of three to five adults aged 19 years or older with an entry fee of $100 per team. Teams can be co-workers, family or friends and multiple teams from the same organization are eligible. Each hive will pick a team name and dress up in costumes with that theme, Lundy said. 

"Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, everyone dresses up in costumes," Lundy said. "If you have a team of doctors, dress like doctors, if you're butterflies, then wear butterfly wings. I think it's going to be a lot of fun." 

There was fierce competition between three competing teams last year: Dr. Beech’s Doctors, Patsy Lang’s CBS Bankers, and Donna Hughes’s Los Alamos. The CBS Bank team dressed as bees, replete with a queen bee, won bragging rights. The plaque is on display at CBS, and is to be relinquished to this year’s winner. The Doctors came in a close second.

Tickets for admission to the event are a suggested $1 donation each. Popcorn and drinks will be available. This event promises great fund and entertainment for everyone. 

Library director Rex Bain said fundraisers such as the adult spelling bee are vital to keeping the library up and running. 

“Any event that can raise money is important to the library," Bain said. "The state wants us to be open 40 hours per week since the population we serve is over 25,000 people. It is hard to keep the library open 40 hours a week when payroll has gone down so drastically." 

If the library does not remain open 40 hours per week, it risks losing state funding. 

Bain said four years ago, the annual appropriation from the county to the library was $32,000. The appropriation for the library this year was just $12,650. 

"That makes it very difficult to keep the library running 40 hours a week," Bain said. "The appropriation goes to the payroll. We have plugged holes with some volunteers where we can, which is helping us get a little bit of flexibility. But at some point, you get to the point where you don't have enough volunteers to fill those holes." 

The Friends of the Library wish to acknowledge and thank Moulton Middle School Principal Talitha Shelton and her staff for making the Old Gym available for this annual event.

Last year’s adult spelling bee raised approximately $2,000 for the library.

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