Have you ever needed to connect with an elected official, but just were not sure how to go about it? The library can help. We received an LTC Grant in conjunction with the American Library Association and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries to increase civic engagement.
By far the most exciting part of our grant is the opportunity to invite an elected official to hold a meeting in the library. I can now announce that Representative Jerry Schillinger will be speaking at McCone County Library on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00pm. We will have limited seating in the library but will also offer invites on Zoom if that is your preference. Questions can be submitted in advance through our website, on our Facebook page, by calling the library, or dropping them off in person. Light refreshments will be served. We hope that you will join us on May 13th. Please call the library or contact us on our Facebook page or at our website www.mcconecountylibrary.org for more information, to request a Zoom invite, or to reserve your seat today.
In conjunction with this speaking event, we have purchased a collection of books that feature topics ranging from “How the Government Works” to “Topics in American History”. It contains books suitable for all ages from infants to adults. This collection will be available to preview in the library starting April 1 and will be available to check out on April 19th. The reason we are not making it available for checkout immediately is so that everyone who is interested can view the entire collection and get to view every title, before the collection gets checked out and scattered to the winds, so to speak. There were pictures featured in The Circle Banner and here on our website. The collection is now complete and I am so excited to be able to share it with you.
I have also created a handy brochure for all residents of McCone County that contains all the contact information for our local city, county, state, and even some national elected officials. I wrote to every individual listed on the brochure and asked them the most effective way to contact them. I am hoping that at least a few will respond, and that information can be added to our brochure to make it an easy central resource for our residents. We will be making these available to library patrons at the event and we envision them as a permanent resource that the library can update as needed.
We look forward to engaging with Representative Schillinger and to sharing the collection with you.