Schmaling + Pizza Ranch = Love (and $)

We are so pleased to announce that once again Schmaling Memorial Library has the privilege of participating in a Pizza Ranch Clinton Iowa COMMUNITY IMPACT fundraising event! This year it is scheduled for Monday, January 30th from 4:30 – 8pm.
Schmaling staff, board members — and any other welcome volunteers! — help serve guests , then receive donations and/or a percentage of sales from that night.
We encourage all our patrons to come on out of the cold that night for a healthy serving of some delicious food and fun times!
Anyone who may be interested in serving that evening — either 4:30 – 6pm, or 6 – 8pm — may contact Britni at the library at (815) 589-2045. Thank You!

New Automation System

Schmaling began participation in a new automation system in October.  We upgraded from a Union List member of the library consortium, PrairieCat, to a Basic Online member. This move creates increased patron autonomy.  Patrons now have 24 – 7 online access to their patron accounts; allowing them to place holds, order materials via inter-library loan, renew materials (until renewal limits are reached), pay library fees and fines with a credit or debit card, make reading lists, and more!

For complete instructions on searching, placing holds, and utilizing all the benefits of your personal account in PrairieCat: please see our PrairieCat Catalog page, or pick up a printed brochure at the library.

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For Days Long Ago . . .

Please be reminded that the library will be CLOSED this Saturday for New Year’s Eve.

image that reads "Auld Lang Syne -by Robert Burns

And in order to assist any fellow parties (or maybe more appropriately: partyers), who like myself have always wondered what the actual words to “that-song-people-in-movies-sometimes-sing-on-New Year’s Eve”, the entire  lyrics to this infamous Scottish tune/ poem are as follows:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And auld lang syne!

     Chorus: 
     For auld lang syne, my dear,
     For auld lang syne.
     We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
     For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
     And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
     For auld lang syne.

     Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes,
     And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
     Sin’ auld lang syne.

     Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
     Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
     Sin’ auld lang syne.

     Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!
     And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught,
     For auld lang syne.