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09.10.2020 Library Update

We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating 60 years of the Lindsborg Community Library with a Book Sale & Birthday Party September 28 – October 3! You are invited to explore our 2020 renovations, browse our book sale, and join our birthday party activities for all ages.

Special features in come-and-go format will be highlighted each day of the week. For details, check out our dedicated Celebrate 60 page here!

Many thanks for your continued support of our local library!

07.22.2020 Library Update

At the July 20, 2020 City Council meeting, Ordinance 5240 was adopted requiring the wearing of masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Lindsborg. Although the ordinance will not become effective July 30, 2020 upon publication in the Lindsborg News-Record, we have decided to start following the ordinance at the Library in advance to get into the habit of wearing our masks as directed by our City.

If you arrive at the Library and realize that you forgot your mask, please ask a Librarian for a free disposal mask.

Children under 5 are exempt from this order and children under 2 are advised to not wear a mask. We also recognize that there are other groups of people who cannot or should not wear masks for other reasons, as mentioned in the ordinance exemptions. You are still welcome at the Library.

In addition to being open regular hours of Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we are still offering curbside and delivery services as requested. You can learn more here or call us at 785-227-2710 for assistance.

We thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

07.08.2020 Library Update

The Library is continuing to progress through our gradual reopen plan; today we are glad to announce that we will be open full regular hours again: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM.

While this is a return to full hours, it is not yet a complete phase out of our plan. We will continue to quarantine returned items for 72 hours and continue to offer both curbside and delivery services as requested. If you are sick, please use this service rather than visiting the Library in person.

Considering both Governor Kelly’s recent order about mask usage and the McPherson County Commission’s decision to opt out of enforcement, the Library has come to the following decision: when you visit the Library, we request that you maintain social distance of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when you cannot.

For your reference, the recommended social distance of 6 feet is the length of 3 carpet tiles within the Library building. If you have children visiting with you, we are following Governor Kelly’s precedent for exempting children younger than 5 from this request and advising that children younger than 2 years not wear a mask. We also acknowledge that there are other groups of people who cannot or should not wear masks for other reasons; you are still welcome at the Library.

In order to help you follow our request,  we have disposable masks available for free at the front desk if you do not have one with you. These have been provided by Lindsborg at Work, funded by the Smoky Valley Community Foundation and all of our local banks in Lindsborg. Additional masks have been provided by your donations to the Library’s Summer Reading Program – thank you!

As a final announcement, we have been receiving questions about when our in-person events such as Story Times and LEGO Club will resume. In our reopening plan, restarting these events is tied to when the McPherson County Health Department recommends that our county can move into a Phase Out of their reopening plan. At the time of this posting, the estimated date could be July 20; however, that date is subject to change dependent on numbers of active cases. We will keep you updated regarding our final decisions if program events in the Library will restart later this summer or wait until our usual school year session begins after Labor Day.

We thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

07.02.2020 Library Update

In order to comply with Governor Kelly’s recent executive order, we request that you wear a mask during your Library visit. If you have children visiting with you, children younger than 5 years are not required to wear a mask and children younger than 2 years are advised to not wear a mask. Disposable masks are available at the front desk if you do not have one with you.

We thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

Celebrate 60: Writing Contest

We are celebrating our 60th Birthday! The Lindsborg Community Library first opened our doors on June 2, 1960 as a summer reading program for children and we plan to hold our 60th birthday party on August 1, 2020 at the end of this year’s summer reading program. As part of our celebrations, we are creating a commemorative booklet that includes Library history and photographs along with book reviews, stories, and poems from Library patrons like you!

Winning submissions to our writing contest will be included in our booklet and all submissions will be posted at the Library to share with our community. All ages of adults, teens, and children are invited to submit in the following categories: book review, poem, short story, and short essay. Very short submissions by our youngest writers are welcome. Winners will receive a free copy of the published booklet at our Library’s 60th Birthday Party on August 1, 2020. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Submission Requirements: Submissions in all categories should be inspired by libraries, books, or reading. Submissions may feature the Lindsborg Community Library or the writer’s lifelong experience with libraries in general.

Book Review: Write a review of 100 words or less one of your favorite books. All book reviews are welcome; we are especially interested in reviews of our Top 10 Lindsborg 150 Books: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, the Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis, the Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini, and the Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott.

Poem: Write a poem of 100 words or less. Poetry can have a set structure (such as haiku: 3 lines long, 1st line 5 syllables, 2nd line 7 syllables, 3rd line 5 syllables) or free verse. Rhyming lines are welcome but not required.

Short Story:  Use your creativity to craft a short story of 200-750 words. Short stories may be inspired by true events or completely products of your imagination.

Short Essay: Craft a short essay of 200-750 words. Articles in this category can be history, memoir, or opinion pieces.

Please submit your work typed or printed legibly along with your name and, if younger than 18, your age. To be considered for publication in the Library’s 60th Birthday Commemorative Booklet, submissions must be turned into the Library by Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

We look forward to reading and posting your work!

06.08.20 Library Update

We are glad to announce that the Library is moving forward with the next stage of our gradual reopen plan! At this stage, we will begin providing access to the building Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM while continuing curbside and delivery services as requested.

If you would like more information about how curbside and delivery services work, please see our earlier Library Update here.

Here’s how Library Visits will Work:

We will continue to monitor the number of patrons to be sure we stay under the 45 person maximum guideline. In order to help with this, we ask that you check in with the Librarian when you arrive. If you have a large group of 15 or more people, we ask that you call ahead to schedule your visit.

During your visit, you are welcome to browse the shelves as normal. If you are bringing materials to return, please continue to use the outside book return. If you bring your returns inside the Library with you, please place them in the blue tubs near the entrances rather than at the Library desk. Since we are continuing to quarantine items, this helps us keep that temporary system working well.

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances, the computer stations, the newspaper table, and the front desk. Librarians will be wearing masks while patrons are onsite; patrons are welcome but not required to wear masks.

If other patrons are also here during your visit, please allow 6 feet of social distancing, which is the length of 3 carpet tiles at the Library. For those using the computers, we will be cleaning computer keyboards and mice after each use.

This current stage will continue for at least 2 weeks; updates on our gradual reopening will continue to be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. We thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

05.26.20 Library Update

We are glad to announce that the Library is moving forward with the next stage of our gradual reopen plan! At this stage, we will begin providing access to the building by appointment along with continuing curbside and delivery services.

If you would like more information about how curbside and delivery services work, please see our earlier Library Update here.

Here’s how Library Appointments will Work:

A limited number of patrons will be allowed onsite at a time. Appointments for 30 and 60 minute lengths will be offered while Librarians are onsite Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM.

1. Call the Library at 785-227-2710 to schedule your appointment. You can request a 30 minute or 60 minute length; appointments currently start every half hour.

2. When you arrive, please use the front entrance. The exterior door will be open, but the interior door will remain locked. Please knock or call the Library so that we can let you in.

If you require entry from the alley entrance, let us know when scheduling your appointment.

3. During your visit, you are welcome to browse the shelves as normal. If you are bringing materials to return, please continue to use the outside book return. Hand sanitizer is available at the front entrance, the computer stations, and the front desk. Librarians will be wearing masks while patrons are onsite; patrons are welcome but not required to wear masks.

If other patrons have overlapping appointment times, please allow 6 feet of social distancing, which is the length of 3 carpet tiles at the Library. For those using the computers, we will be cleaning computer keyboards and mice after each use.

This current stage will continue for at least 2 weeks; updates on our gradual reopening will continue to be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. We thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

05.20.2020 Library Furniture Sale

In order to reopen our building, the Library needs to sell pieces of furniture that we no longer need. To assist with this, we will be holding an online sale through Facebook on Wednesday, May 20, 11 AM – 3 PM. If you are interested in purchasing items and do not have a Facebook account, please call the Library at 785-227-2710 to submit your bids.


Items available for free include shipping pallets and large cardboard boxes.

Items available for freewill donation include a play kitchen, wooden puppet stage, various types of chairs, a folding desk, two desks with cubicle dividers, and metal shelving.

A silent auction will be held for the reading bath tub. Final bids must be submitted by May 27. Pick up arrangements must be made by May 29.

05.05.2020: Library Update

Starting Wednesday, May 6, the Lindsborg Community Library will be offering curb-side and delivery services while social-distancing measures are in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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. 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. 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 will place your requests in a designated location for delivery on Monday and Friday afternoons, 1-3.

3. Librarians or volunteers will place your items near your front door or another weather-protected location you offered 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 and hope you stay healthy!

06/08/2020: Edited for update in quarantine procedures and hours of Librarian availability.

07/22/2020: Edited for updates in curbside service procedures, hours of Librarian availability, and contact information.

05.01.2020 Gradually Reopening the Library

We are glad to announce that we are beginning the process to gradually reopen the Library! We currently have a four stage plan that has been reviewed by the McPherson County Health Department that we would like to share with you.

Stage 1 begins with all Library staff returning starting Monday, May 4 to prepare for our reopen by training on updated procedures and catching up on Library tasks from the past month. Patrons are welcome to return their books through the book drop for Librarians to check in.

Stage 2 is set for May 6: a return of curb-side and delivery services. Librarians will be onsite Monday – Friday 11AM – 3PM to fulfill requests and reference services. Stage 2 will last at least 2 weeks.

Stage 3: Librarians will be onsite Monday – Friday 10AM – 6PM and patrons will be allowed into the Library by appointment. Curbside and delivery services will continue as requested. Stage 3 will last at least 2 weeks.

Stage 4: Full re-open.

The complete reopen plan includes cleaning, quarantine, and sanitation procedures along with other details of how our services will be updated to keep staff and patrons safe. More details on how Stage 1 & 2 services will work will be posted next week.

Our reopen plan is subject to change, following guidance from State and Local Authorities. Updates will be posted on both our website and Facebook page.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Director at lindsborglibrary@sbcglobal.net. We thank you for understanding and hope you stay healthy!