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!

     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.


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.


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.


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.