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: https://goo.gl/forms/pIKkgbJyqOQbKavd2

For online teen & adult registrations, go here:https://goo.gl/forms/8GivwSnao7q3TkuE3

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!

Tournament of Books 2018


We’re holding at Tournament of Books at the Library! Top circulating book titles from the previous year have been selected to compete in our tournament in two division brackets: Adult Fiction & Non Fiction and Children’s Section. A few wild cards have been added as well based on merit.

Voting by Patrons opens each Monday in March – both in person at the LIbrary and online options are available. Voting for both brackets is open to all Library patrons.

To vote on the Adult Fiction & Non Fiction Bracket, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GN5MM6D. First round voting will close Monday, March 12, 2018.

To vote on the Children’s Section Bracket, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTTGV6R. First round voting will close Monday, March 12, 2018.

Help your favorite books win! Submit your vote today!

Teen Squad Recruitment Open

The Library is currently in search of teens who want to…

  1. Serve in the Lindsborg community
  2. Help the Library (and be appreciated for it!)
  3. Gain volunteer experience for their resumes
  4. Or all of the above!

Teen Squad members will attend orientation, help plan teen program events, and volunteer 1 hour per week. To join the Teen Squad, teens must be in grades 7-12 and submit an application form to the Library. Five positions are Open for the Winter/Spring Session, which will run February – May 2018.

Applications are available now at the Library front desk and are due January 29, 2018.

Questions? Contact Library Director Suzanna Swenson for more information at lindsborglibrary@sbcglobal.net.

Library Holiday Hours 2017


Do you need movies to watch with friends and family? Perhaps a book (or three or four) to be well stocked with plenty of reading material to last through the colder weather? Maybe even a cake pan to try one of those character shapes over your break? Come to the Library! We are open regular hours Friday & Saturday before closing Monday, December 25 for Christmas.As the holiday season continues, we will be open regular hours Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30, so if you are in need of audio books to help pass the hours of holiday travels or more movies to celebrate the New Year, come on in! We will be closed Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day, which will complete our Holiday closings.

Best wishes to you all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2017 National Friends of Libraries Week, part 3

Today we highlight perhaps the most obvious Friends of our Library – the Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL) group. FoLL consists of a governing board and many more general members. Through fundraising projects such as the annual book sale and membership dues, FoLL supports many Library events. In 2017, examples of FoLL sponsorship include movie nights and Taste of Travel evenings, Cook & Eat classes for children, Makerspace supplies, Rolling Hills “Zoo to You” program, book bags, new books and DVDs, support for our window replacement fund, and more.

The Library greatly benefits from the continued sponsorship of FoLL – and that sponsorship is growing. As of October 2017, the Friends group is comprised of 4 Patrons, 19 Families, 41 Individuals, and 1 Student – and 25 of those memberships are new this year! We are greatly encouraged by the growth of this group whose primary function is support for our Library. Thank you so much!

This week we have been celebrating Library Friends – and any such listing will surely remain incomplete at best. Beyond the highlighted groups there are many more friends, volunteers, and donors whose contributions all support our Library’s goal of always improving service that provides continued education, enrichment, exploration, and enjoyment in our patrons’ lives. All Library Friends make our Library a better place and we would not be as excellent without contributions large, small, and every size between.

Many thanks for your continued support!

2017 National Friends of Libraries Week, part 2

Continuing in our celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, we extend our sincere thanks to the Local Businesses and Community Organizations who have supported the Library in 2017. These groups provided sponsorship of our summer reading program, book bags, new books & materials, and our window replacement fund. Thank you so much for being Friends of the Library!

Celebrating Library Friend, David J. Nutt


The Lindsborg Community Library is pleased to begin our celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week by highlighting the generosity of former Lindsborg resident David J. Nutt. At a press conference last week, the Lindsborg community announced that a total of $15.1 million had been given to Lindsborg entities, primarily the McPherson County Community Foundation, Bethany College, and Lindsborg Community Hospital, with gifts also given to the Library, McPherson County Old Mill Museum, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Bethany Home.

In his estate, Mr. Nutt designated a gift of $100,000 to the Lindsborg Community Library “to celebrate the benefits a good library bring to the community.” More of his connection to Libraries continued, as he made care to especially note his gratitude for the kindness provided by Bethany College Librarians Vendla and Edla Wahlin.

Mr. Nutt grew up in Lindsborg before World War II and moved on to other communities after he returned from his military service. Though he never benefited directly from the Lindsborg Community Library in his youth, as the Library was not formed until 1960, we are honored to be given the opportunity to continue in the tradition of librarians who nurture our town’s young people, encouraging them to further education and growth, wherever their lives lead.

Today we express our deepest thanks and gratitude for David J. Nutt, donor and friend of Lindsborg Community Library.