Lindsborg 150: Round 1B Results!

In honor of 2019 being Lindsborg’s 150th birthday, we are on the search for Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorite books. In February we voted on the 40 nominations of favorite juvenile & young adult books, received votes on an additional 11 favorites, as well as early votes for 6 books in later votes. All together, more than 500 votes were received this month!

  • 40 votes: A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • 39 votes: The Chronicles of Prydain Series by Lloyd Alexander
  • 39 votes: The Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini
  • 36 votes: The Secrets of Droon Series by Tony Abbott
  • 33 votes: The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
  • 28 votes: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • 26 votes: The Great Illustrated Classics Series by Multiple Authors
  • 19 votes: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • 17 votes: The Hank the Cowdog Series by John R. Erickson
  • 16 votes: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • 14 votes: The 39 Clues Series by Multiple Authors
  • 13 votes: The Moffats Series by Eleanor Estes
  • 11 votes: The How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell
  • 11 votes: The Chicago Years Series by Nancy Rue
  • 11 votes: The Prince Warriors Series by Priscilla Shirer
  • 9 votes: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  • 9 votes: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • 9 votes: The Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke
  • 8 votes: The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
  • 8 votes: The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull
  • 7 votes: The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Series by Ann Brashares
  • 7 votes: Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • 7 votes: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • 7 votes: The Beyonders Series by Brandon Mull
  • 7 votes: The Dragonwatch Series by Brandon Mull
  • 7 votes: The Five Kingdoms Series by Brandon Mull
  • 7 votes: The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
  • 6 votes: This Must be Love by Tui T. Sutherland
  • 5 votes: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  • 4 votes: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • 4 votes: The Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
  • 4 votes: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • 4 votes: The Five Little Peppers Series by Margaret Sidney
  • 4 votes: The Dragonbreath Series by Ursula Vernon
  • 2 votes: The Voyage of the Basset by James Christianson
  • 2 votes: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • 2 votes: Prairie School by Lois Lenski
  • 2 votes: The Big Nate Series by Lincoln Peirce
  • 2 votes: The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • 2 votes: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • 1 vote: The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
  • 1 vote: The Giver Series by Lois Lowry
  • 1 vote: Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • 1 vote: The All-of-a-Kind Family Series by Sydney Taylor
  • 1 vote: The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
  • 0 votes: To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Series) by Jenny Han
  • 0 votes: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • 0 votes: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • 0 votes: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • 0 votes: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Early votes for books on the Round 1C, 1D, and 1E sections will be added to the March, April, or May voting records.

Thanks to everyone who has voted so far! The 150 individual books or series of books with the most votes across all five heats of Round 1 will advance to the next round, narrowing Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorites to the Top 25.

In March, we have the third heat of voting for Round 1! Round 1C is now open and everyone is invited to vote as many times as they would like throughout the month. 39 nominations of favorite adult fiction and children’s classics have been received; if your favorite was not submitted before December 31, 2018, you still have time to write-in your vote this month.

To vote in person, visit the Library’s Lindsborg 150 display; to vote online, click here.

Submit your vote today & help your favorites win!

Lindsborg 150: Round 1A Results!

In honor of 2019 being Lindsborg’s 150th birthday, we are on the search for Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorite books. In January, we began voting on the 33 nominations of favorite books for the young & young at heart, and we are excited to announce the results.

  • 15 votes: The Llama Llama Series by Anna Dewdney
  • 12 votes: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Series) by Laura Numeroff
  • 12 votes: The Fancy Nancy Series by Jane O’Connor
  • 12 votes: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • 11 votes: The Winnie-the-Pooh Series by A.A. Milne
  • 10 votes: The Pete the Cat Series by James Dean
  • 10 votes: Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • 10 votes: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • 9 votes: If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
  • 8 votes: Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton
  • 6 votes: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • 5 votes: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner
  • 5 votes: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
  • 5 votes: There are Cats in this Book (Series) by Viviane Schwarz
  • 5 votes: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
  • 4 votes: Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
  • 4 votes: Mossy by Jan Brett
  • 3 votes: The Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
  • 3 votes: Hot Rod Hamster! by Cynthia Lord
  • 3 votes: The Brown Bear, Brown Bear Series by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • 3 votes: The Five Busy Bears by Sterling North
  • 3 votes: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley
  • 3 votes: The Splat the Cat Series by Rob Scotton
  • 3 votes: Demolition by Sally Sutton
  • 2 votes: My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
  • 1 vote: Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
  • 1 vote: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • 1 vote: I Want to be a Jedi (Star Wars)
  • 0 votes: Sleepover Surprise by Ruth Benjamin
  • 0 votes: Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli
  • 0 votes: Moby Shinobi: Ninja at the Pet Shop by Lue Flowers
  • 0 votes: Meet the Super Hero Squad! by Lucy Rosen
  • 0 votes: I am Superman by Michael Teitelbaum
  • 0 votes: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Thanks to everyone who voted in January! The 150 individual books or series of books with the most votes across all five heats of Round 1 will advance to the next round, narrowing Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorites to the Top 25.

With a new month, we begin the second heat of voting for Round 1! Round 1B is now open and everyone is invited to vote as many times as they would like throughout the month of February. 40 nominations of favorite juvenile and young adult books and series have been received; if your favorite was not submitted before December 31, 2018, you still have time to write-in your vote this month.

To vote in person, visit the Library’s Lindsborg 150 display; to vote online, go to: 

Submit your vote today & help your favorites win!

The Lindsborg 150 Begins!

2019 is Lindsborg’s 150th Birthday and we will be celebrating at the Library all year long with Lindsborg’s 150 favorite books. When we asked for titles of your favorite books, we received 268 responses, many of these being so beloved that they received nominations from more than one person.

These 268 nominations amounted to a total of 192 individual books or series of books to consider for the honor of being Lindsborg’s Top 150. Round 1 of voting will be held in 5 heats, January – May 2019 with the 150 books with the most votes across all heats will advance to the next round. In Round 2, 4 heats of voting will narrow our 150 to 25 favorites; Round 3 will narrow to our top 10, and the Final Round will determine Lindsborg’s Favorite Book. With voting all year long, we are excited to be celebrating the wide variety of books loved in our Lindsborg Community!

This month voting starts with 33 favorite books for the young & young at heart. Vote as often as you like at the Library or online now through January 31.

To vote online, go to:

Submit your vote & help your favorites win!

Job Opening October 15, 2018

The Lindsborg Community Library is taking applications for a Library Clerk to work Mondays 2-7PM and Thursdays, 2-6PM weekly and Saturdays 10AM – 2PM as assigned. Responsibilities will cover a variety of library tasks, including circulation, patron services, basic technology assistance, library material processing and repair, and other duties as assigned.

Interested in joining our team? Check out the job description here: Library Clerk

Applications are available here: Job Application Form and at the Library.

Submit applications in person at the Library, 111 South Main, Lindsborg, KS by the end of the day Monday, October 22, 2018. For more information, contact Library Director Suzanna Swenson,

Edit: As of 11/26/18, the Library Clerk Position has been filled. Thanks so much for your interest in working at the Library! When positions come available in the future, they will be announced on this website, through our Library Facebook page, and/or onsite at the Library. 

World Environment Day – June 5

Tomorrow (June 5, 2018) is World Environment Day and one of the very first resources that comes to mind is water. We need water for so many things: good drinking water to keep our bodies healthy, plenty of water to help our crops and gardens grow, water safe enough to play and swim when summer heat arrives, and much more.

At the Library, we are glad to announce that providing good drinking water is a major component of our current Sustainable Living grant project, funded by Friends of the Lindsborg Library, McPherson County Community Foundation, and Smoky Valley Community Foundation. As you may have noticed on previous visits to the Library, our water fountain needed to be replaced. The basin was no longer able to be cleaned and the water pressure was not easily controlled. That has now changed.

The new water fountain was installed May 21, 2018.

We knew we needed a new water fountain so the Library could provide drinking water to our patrons. Thinking of our we could do our part to choose more environmentally friendly options, we decided on a model with a bottle filler. This eliminates the need for single use plastic bottles (which we had been using), reducing our demand for plastic while still providing plenty of good drinking water.

As part of our grant, more resources have been added about Sustainable Living choices. What simple change could you do that makes your choices a bit more environmentally friendly? Need ideas on better water conservation for your garden? How to move towards having a waste free kitchen? How reducing, reusing, and recycling could actually work in your house? Books giving examples of everyday choices that you might find useful are now added and ready for you to check out to see if they might have ideas that work in your home.

This World Environment Day, the Library is celebrating having good drinking water and our new ability to reduce plastic by bringing our travel cups instead of single use water bottles. How might you participate?

So far we have eliminated the need for 26 single use water bottles. How many do you think that could be by the end of the Summer Reading Program?

Library Summer Music Begins!

We are excited to announce that this year’s Summer Reading Program will include Library Summer Music, sponsored by the Lindsborg Arts Council! Two concerts and two workshops will be presented as part of this series which starts with Thad Beach & The Musical Chair on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:30 PM at the Library.

It’s time to “Rock Your Imagination” as musician and songwriter Thad Beach transforms a common wooden chair into a musical accompaniment to his original creations and traditional songs. His concerts provide lots of opportunities to participate and he demonstrates a variety of musical instruments. Thad draws from a diverse background in musical styles ranging from traditional, folk, old-time, and country blues to roaring 20’s. His programs feature a variety of string and percussion instruments. Lots of fun for all ages!

In addition to performing, Thad works with children in the schools each year as a teaching artist for preschool through high school, developing and presenting programs on curriculum-related topics. He also devotes time to preserving the history, heritage and cultural aspects of rural areas through song by conducting week-long songwriting residencies for elementary, middle and high schools.

Thad grew up in Ohio, has lived both on the coast and in the mountains of North Carolina and is currently at home in Salina, Kansas. He can be reached through his website at 

2018 Summer Reading is Coming!

Summer Reading Program starts next week! The Library has a schedule full of fun for all ages, babies to adults, to enjoy a variety of programs and self-paced reading challenges. For more information, check out our page dedicated to Summer Reading. For a .pdf schedule you can download, click here: 2018 Summer Reading Schedule

Registration this year can be done two different ways, whichever you prefer. When you next come in to the Library, paper forms are available now for you to sign up for both Children and Teen & Adult participation. New this year is online registration for those who prefer electronic submissions.

For online children’s registrations, go here:

For online teen & adult registrations, go here:

Either way you register, we look forward to seeing you for this year’s Summer Reading Program!

2018 Annual Book Sale

The Annual Book Sale, sponsored by Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL), takes place this weekend: the Members’ Preview is Friday, April 27, 6-8 PM and then the sale is Open to All Saturday, April 28, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Each year the library’s back room is filled with tables covered with books of all types and pricing is both simple and a great deal — the most “expensive” items are audiobooks and DVDs, each priced at $1 each; hardcovers are 2 for $1; paperbacks and children’s books are both priced at 4 for $1. Amazing sale!

The book sale is also the FoLL membership drive. Memberships levels are $5 for students, $10 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for patrons, and $100 for businesses. Memberships can be purchased or renewed both Friday and Saturday. As a special thank you for your support, Friends Members receive the best pricing available at the sale: only $1 per bag of books!

The library appreciates our Friends Members so much – your generosity in paying membership dues and purchasing at FoLL fundraising events like the Book Sale provides many things that simply would not be possible without your support. FoLL is a primary sponsor of our Library Summer Reading Program, provides the movie license that makes Library movies possible throughout the year, donates new books and movies to library collections, and also provides for special project needs as they arise. Thank you for all you do!

See you at the Book Sale!

2018 National Libraries Week

When you think of the value you receive from your library, what comes to mind?

Do you think of all the materials that you were able to borrow instead of purchase? The books, movies, audiobooks, e-books, cake pans? Considering that new books range from $10 – $30 each depending on type (paperback, hardcover, board books, and Large Print are just a few formats available at the Library), audiobooks often start at $30, and movies can be $5 – $25 each, being able to simply borrow rather than buy definitely helps stretch your budget.

Or maybe you think of the programs – opportunities provided where you can learn new things or meet up with others who enjoy the same activities. Book clubs meet at the Library – and more are helped along by ordering multiple copies so everyone in the group can read the same title to aid the discussion. Story Times start children on an early path to enjoying books and the  time spent becomes a social event as well for parents and caregivers. Elementary aged children are challenged to grow their creativity at LEGO™ Club, and the Summer Reading Program brings a variety of opportunities to explore cooking, building, travel, art, learning, and more. All free admission, programs at the Library provide valuable service.

But maybe it’s simply the opportunity to visit the Library. To come and browse the collections, to read in one of the seating areas, to play in the playroom with your children, to use the computers or free wifi. To read the newspapers, meet up with a friend, or use the printer to make copies of documents that you need. To browse the Used Book Store for a $0.50 paperback to take on your trip or a $4 coffee table book to give as a gift. To study at one of the tables, to research your family history, or to take a proctored exam. These are all reasons to celebrate having a local library as well.

This week, April 8-14, is National Library Week and we are thinking of the ways many people in our community have used the Lindsborg Community Library in the past year. So many materials borrowed, events attended, and visits took place in 2017… and we continue to build on that as we go forward in 2018.

There are many reasons to celebrate your Local Library — what is your reason?

2018 Tournament of Books Champions

Throughout March 2018, we held a Tournament of Books at the Library. Top circulating book titles from the previous year, along with a few wild cards, were selected to compete in our tournament in two division brackets: Adult Fiction & Non Fiction and Children’s Section. Each week, patrons could vote in the Library or online to help their favorite books win.

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Tournament! Many of the matches were close and in case of a tie, a coin was flipped to determine the winner. After four rounds of voting, the champions have been chosen: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean.

Have you read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah? The Library added this novel in March of 2015 and has circulated 36 times since then (an average of being checked out once every month since it arrived). Interested in this “epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II”? Come by the Library to check it out!

Have you read the Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean? This picture book was added to the Library in August 2015 and has circulated 29 times since then – nearly once every month that it has been available. Pete the Cat is a popular character in both picture books and easy readers, so be sure to check out Pete in I Love My White Shoes or one of his other fun stories!