Weiser Public Library has access to more books through ‘Libby’

This last weekend Cathy and I decided to get out for a little bit and take a day trip. We didn’t decide this until about 11 a.m. so our options were limited. Lucky for me, Cathy keeps a list of potential places she would like to check out, just for situations like this.
 We hopped in the little roadster of ours and ended up going to a hot spring in Crane, Ore., just this side of Burns. It was a very nice facility with plenty of room to spread out for the few people there.
 The weather was perfect for a top-down drive. Dinner was outdoors in Ontario on the way back. It was just a nice quick get-away.
 Now for a little more serious business. Our official COVID number for new cases was 89 last week. However, the Health District let us know our numbers are very understated. Because of how quickly this surge has come on, our 6-county Health District is 3,500 cases behind in allocating the daily totals. We also had three more deaths last week, bringing Washington County’s total since the beginning of the pandemic to 28.
 At this time, Washington County has the third highest COVID incidence rate in Idaho. It is time to resume the preventative measures we became used to earlier in the pandemic – wearing masks, distancing, and sanitizing.
 As stated in last week’s article, the current surge is expected to be five times larger than the worst that Weiser experienced last winter.
 In City business this week, Weiser’s new head librarian Timbra Long would like me to let you know about a new way to access books. Her name is Libby. Or should I say its name is Libby.
 Libby is a free online service through the library to access electronic books from any device. All you have to do is have your library number available, type “libby” into your browser, find the Libby app by Overdrive, then follow the instructions. With this app, your Weiser library can provide you with an additional 26,000 books, besides those that are kept on the shelves. So, give it a try.
 Also, the Citizens-On-Patrol or COPs program is looking for volunteers. These volunteers assist the police department with a few extra sets of eyes to call in out-of-the-ordinary situations they observe as they cruise around town.
 The program has been on pause for a while due to the lack of available vehicles from the police department. The City should have the car problem resolved within the next week or so. So, if you are interested in helping out, just contact the Police Department at 208-414-2244 for more information.  
 On another note, the parks department would like to strongly request that if you enjoy watching football games at Memorial Park, please be respectful and clean up after yourselves. For some reason, it is an issue this year and is causing your City employees a considerable amount of extra work to make the park and the stands a nice clean environment for you to enjoy the games.
 Well, that’s it for this week. Please stay safe out there.


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