Mural Reception

When we celebrated the Library’s 60th Birthday in 2020, we commissioned a mural for the east entrance of the Library building. Local artist Meghan Klaassen completed the mural in June 2021 and now we want to celebrate!

Please join us for a reception Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 1 to 2 PM. Weather permitting, we will be outside for photo opportunities with your favorite larger-than-life book, chatting with artist Meghan Klaassen, and enjoying Library art! A short program will be presented and refreshments served at this come-and-go style event.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

08.24.21 Library Visit Guidelines

The Library Board decided to update the guidelines for Library visits as of August 24, 2021:

  1. Maintain social distance of 6 feet between yourself and others when visiting the library.
  2. Masks are recommended when you are unable to maintain social distance. Free masks continue to be available at the front desk for anyone who would like one.
  3. Masks are required when 2 or more patrons are using the computer stations since social distancing is not possible.
  4. Stay home if you are sick. If you are unwell or don’t feel comfortable visiting in person, please ask for curbside or delivery service. Both of these services continue to be available on request as long as patrons have need of them.

We know that many in our community have strong opinions on multiple viewpoints regarding mask usage. Be kind and respectful to everyone.

Thank you!

July Community Conversations

The Library celebrated 60 years of service in 2020; now we are looking forward to what stays the same and what changes by the time we celebrate 75 years!

As part of our strategic planning process for the next 15 years, we want to hear from you. What do you value most about the Library? How do you want to see Library services grow?

Join us for a 90 minute conversation to share your input on Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM, Saturday, July 24 at 10:30 AM, or both. Both sessions will have the same agenda to answer the question: “How can our Library serve our Community in the next 15 years?”

We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This project is made possible through funding from Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

05.10.21 Library Visit Guidelines

The Lindsborg City Council has decided to rescind the mandatory mask ordinance as of May 10, 2021. The total number of individuals within the Library at one time is less than the recommended limit given by McPherson County Health Department and in most sections of the Library, social distance can be easily maintained.

With these things in mind, the Library will have the following guidelines for Library visits as of May 10, 2021:

  1. Masks are recommended for those with health concerns. Masks will no longer be required for all individuals to wear during the entire length of their library visit, but masks are still welcome. Free masks will continue to be available at the front desk for anyone who would like one.
  2. Maintain social distance between yourself and others when you have differing comfort levels of mask usage. We know that many in our community have strong opinions on multiple viewpoints regarding mask usage. Be kind and respectful to everyone.
  3. Stay home if you are sick. If you are unwell or don’t feel comfortable visiting in person, please ask for curbside or delivery service. Both of these services will continue to be available on request as long as patrons have need of them.

Thank you!

Libraries Transforming Communities Grant

If you follow the American Library Association (ALA), you may have noticed that they recently announced their Libraries Transforming Communities grants. We are excited to let you know that Lindsborg Community Library is included in those Small & Rural Libraries!

For this grant project, we will be conducting community conversations on how Library resources can support the economic development goals presented in the City of Lindsborg’s 15-20 year Comprehensive Plan. We are brimming with ideas on how we could do this; we will be seeking your input on how you would like to see the Library serving our community as well. With the information gathered from your participation, this grant will fund the purchase of library resources that our community determines are most important.

More details will be announced later.  For now, please join us in thanking our sponsors, the American Library Association (ALA) and South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS)!

National Library Week 2021

It’s National Library Week! Celebrate with us the many ways that Libraries add value to our lives, offering opportunities for education, exploration, enrichment, and enjoyment. There are three days with special highlights:

Tuesday, April 6 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administration, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Celebrate by telling the Librarians that you appreciate their work!

Wednesday, April 7 is National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Have you appreciated receiving delivery services? Let us know!

Thursday, April 8 is Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries. Libraries need adequate funding in order to provide services to all in our communities. Take action by telling elected officials the importance of providing funding for Library services!

Volunteers Needed March 13!

We are close to finishing our recovery from having burst water pipes February 16 – now all that remains is some repainting, carpet cleaning, re-stretching & replacement! The work on the carpet starts Monday, and many of our books and bookcases will need to be moved in advance.

If you are willing to help with this project, please contact our Library Director! We plan to move books and 20+ bookcases starting at 2pm on Saturday, March 13.

March 2021 Library Updates

March has arrived and we look forward to having you visit the Library in person this month! We are continuing to work through the results of water pipes breaking in February and want to share our tentative schedule.

Saturday, March 6: The Library reopens! While two rooms (the Heritage Room and Story Time Room) will be closed due to carpet that needs replacement, we plan to reopen everything else. The children’s area will be in a slightly different format than usual in order to allow access to all the books; thanks for your patience while these collections remain a bit mixed up.

Saturday, March 13: Volunteers needed! Many of our books and bookcases will need to be moved in advance of the carpet cleaning and replacement. If you are willing to help with this project, please contact our Library Director! We plan to move books and 20+ bookcases starting at 2pm.

Monday-Wednesday, March 15-21: Library Closed. These dates are scheduled for carpet cleaning and replacement required from the water damage done in February.

Thursday-Saturday March 17-21: Volunteers needed! After the cleaning and replacement is finished, we will need volunteers to help reset the Library for reopening to the public. Volunteer times are not yet determined; please contact the Library Director if you would be interested in helping.

The Winter Library Program ends March 20. Tickets must be submitted by 2pm Saturday to be eligible for the final prize drawings; thanks to everyone who has participated!

The Spring Library Program starts March 22. All ages are welcome to participate in the Spring edition of our Library program, a booklet filled with self-paced activities and challenges for March 22-May 29. Booklets will be available to pick up starting March 20.

Tuesday, March 30: Library Closed. The Library staff are getting much needed updates to our computers. Since this will mean our system is down while the changes take place, we will be closed that morning for installations. If all goes according to plan, we plan to open later in the day at approximately 2pm.

Edited March 3, 2021 for updated tentative reopen date.

Edited March 16 for updated closure length and volunteer needs.

02.26.21 Tentative Reopen Date Set

After being closed for extreme cold, then being closed for burst water pipes, we are glad to announce that the Library has a tentative reopen date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021. While we will need to be closed again later in March for carpet cleaning and replacement, we look forward to seeing patrons inside the Library again!

The Children’s Area will be a bit mixed up, since access to the Story Time room will be closed until the carpet pad can be replaced and the carpet re-stretched. We thank you for your patience while the books are in slightly different locations.

Since the Library has been closed for the past two weeks, we have decided to not draw for prizes in our Winter Library Program this Saturday, February 27. We will instead draw for more winners at the end of the program when you have had the opportunity to have your booklets stamped and your tickets placed in the drawing.

02.17.21 Library Building Closed; Curbside and Delivery Available

The Library building is currently closed to the public as we clean up and assess damages done by burst water pipes, found Tuesday, February 16.

Although we do not know how long the building will need to be closed, we are planning to provide curbside and delivery services, starting Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Here’s how it will work:

1. Log in to the Library Catalog and place reserves for what you want to check out. To sign in, your username is the number underneath the barcode on the back of your card and your password is preset to the last four digits of your phone number.

When you find the item you would like to check out, click on it to display the full record. There will be a button that says “Reserve this item.” Click it to place your request.

If you need assistance, you can also call a Librarian at 227-2710 on Monday – Friday, 10 – 6 or Saturday 10 – 2.

2. Librarians will check out your items, place them in Ziploc bags with your name on the front, and set them out on the bookcase in the front entry way.

3. Come to the Library front entry to pick up your items. The front entry will be open during regular library hours, Monday – Friday, 10 – 6 and Saturday, 10-2. If you are unable to pick up your items in person, we will also have delivery service available.

If you are sick, please request delivery service.

4. Return your items to the book drop when you are finished.

5.  All materials will be quarantined before returning to the shelves. This process includes a three day isolation before items are checked in and returned to Library shelves.

Delivery Service Also Available

If you are sick or are unsure if you be able to pickup your items in the time the front entry will be open, we are also offering delivery service. In order to receive this service, simply add these steps.

1. After you have placed your requests, call or email the Library with your address to request delivery. If we are unable to answer the phone, leave a message on our answering machine. Our phone number is 785-227-2710 and our email is lindsborgcommunitylibrary@gmail.com.

2. Librarians or volunteers will deliver items Monday – Friday afternoons. Your items will be placed near your front door or another weather-protected location you suggested when giving your address.

4. If you would like someone to pick up your items when you are finished, call or email the Library for a pick up appointment. Place your items in a weather-proof bag, such as the Ziploc bags they were delivered in, and put them in the designated pick up location near your front door.  You may also return library items to the book drop at your convenience.

We thank you for your understanding! If you have any questions, please contact a Librarian at 785-227-2710 or lindsborgcommunitylibrary@gmail.com.