Library Newsletter September 2020

Thank you for 15 years, Lynn!

A lot has changed since Lynn Lewinski began as a Library Trustee in 2005.  Netflix was brand new (we still had Blockbuster!). Myspace was the most popular social media. At our library, we were helping people use the new computers just donated by the Gates Foundation. Classes in 2005 were limited to Story Time once per week and a few Travelogues. Since then, Lynn has pushed our library to better serve our community in numerous ways. As a parent, she knew it was important to expand our programs to include Tweens and Teens. We started new, engaging adult programs like movie nights and Doing Democracy. Lynn helped revise our Strategic Plan and Capital Improvement Plan. She was instrumental in convening the new Building Committee, and she worked closely with industry experts to prepare a library expansion that nearly came to fruition with an overwhelming 64% yes votes!

Lynn served as Secretary of the Board, which all her fellow Trustees much appreciated. One Trustee thanked her for her service and said: “Lynn can think outside the box. She has a wide set of local contacts and friends. And, she is willing to push for what is best for our community library.” And on top of all that, she is a voracious reader and keeps recommending books to us. Lynn, we wish you the very best in your new endeavors and look forward to your continued participation in the library!

We had a great Library Card Sign-Up month this year! We had 57 new patrons added, all of which got special limited-edition Wonder Woman Library cards and were also automatically entered to win a free Kindle! This year's winner:

Peter Solorio!  Congratulations Peter!

Friends of the Library Labor Day Book Sale brought in record profits this year! Thank you to everyone for shopping, and we hope you enjoy your $5 bags of books! Thanks to the FOL for great work organizing a COVID safe environment on the historical grounds near the Pump House. Happy books found happy homes, and that makes all of us happy!


A message from the President:

          The Friends of the McCall Public Library (FOL) would love to invite you to join our organization! FOL is independent but cooperates with the library board and library director, to promote the library as a center for learning by implementing community programs and projects. This includes raising and expending funds and accepting gifts. To finance programs and projects, FOL sells donated books at the Pump House and holds larger community wide book sales.  As a service organization, we rely on our members to volunteer (if physically able) in a variety of ways, such as selling books in the Pump House, sorting donated books, re-stocking books, working online, or working at book sales. And, we have a lot of fun doing it!  We are fortunate to have a creative and innovative library staff and director who develop interesting educational programs for our community, and we are privileged to be able to financially contribute. We welcome anyone who has an interest in books, wants to support our library and community, and is willing to participate. We are now finding new ways to generate revenue from donated books. If you have a crafty side, this way to contribute might speak to you! We will make gift bags, bookmarks, and other creations and sell them. The only supplies needed would be an exacto knife, glue scissors, and band-aids (just joking!) I am happy to get people started with short instructions!  Our youngest member is 10 years old, and the oldest…well, “seasoned” puts it best. Please contact me (Pat Ager) by email: and be sure to put FOL as the subject so it doesn’t go to junk mail.  Looking forward to hearing from you!  -Pat

Summer Reading Winners!

Jonah Brown and Brynlee Caldwell were this year's raffle winners for the Summer Reading Program! The new scooter was donated by Serhiy Stavynskyy from McCall Outdoor Exchange, and the SUP paddleboard was donated by McCall Fire Dept from Gravity Sports. This year, 224 books were read in 664 hours by the 80 kids that were enrolled! What a community of readers! Thanks to all who read and contributed.

National Voter Registration Day at the Library was a success! We can still help you during open hours to register to vote until October 9th or request an absentee ballot by October 23rd.

NEW on OverDrive!
This month we have purchased extra copies of high-demand titles, so there is less wait time for you. Plus, here is a sampling of the many new books added:


The Goldfinch

Cilka’s Journey

One by One

The Last Story of Mina Lee


Tortilla Curtin

Camino Winds



Me and White Supremacy


Vesper Flights

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Camping Idaho: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds

USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events and Festivals

White Fragility

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Erosion: Essays of Undoing



Midnight Sun

Turtles All the Way Down



Mango, Abuela and Me

Brian’s Winter: Hatchet Series

Beezus and Ramona

Harry Potter      

And…coming soon…brand new releases from Jodi Picoult, Janet Evanovich, Alice Hoffman, Barak Obama, Bill O’Reilly, Christopher Paolini and Don DeLillo.