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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!

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!

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!

Library Celebrates 60 Years with Grant Projects in 2020!

 

The Library celebrates sixty years in 2020! Next year, we will be looking back to celebrate what has come before and looking forward to celebrate the future of continued excellent library service in our community. Today, we are excited to announce some of what we have planned to help celebrate our 60th birthday.

Thanks to a Libraries Transform matching grant of $25,000 from the South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS), the Library will be able to transform multiple library spaces for improved patron experience. This will include incorporating book storage at more child-friendly heights for collections targeted to our youngest patrons, improved layout of the adult fiction collection to become more intuitive to navigate the collection, expanding the young adult space for group game play, and more.

Additional funding for this project is provided by an estate gift the Library received from David J. Nutt in 2017. As the gift was given in celebration of the benefits a good library brings to the community, we are honored to use the funds towards a project that will improve library experience for patrons of all ages.

Thanks to a $3,000 Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund grant provided by the Smoky Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and additional support from a SCKLS General Technology grant, we will also be able to expand technology capabilities at the Library. Most notably this includes the addition of a fourth computer for patron use among other technology updates.

More details will come in the year ahead; for now, please join us in thanking the South Central Kansas Library System, David J. Nutt family, and Smoky Valley Community Foundation for their partnership in supporting improvements in Library service at our local library. We are thankful to have served the Lindsborg community for the past 60 years and look forward to continuing to bring you excellent service for many years to come!

Library Updates Coming November 12, 2019

The Library is changing circulation systems this week! Most of these updates will be for librarians, however, patrons will see the improved changes to our online catalog.

The switch starts today and the new system will be active tomorrow (anticipated time is 10 AM), so please call the Library directly if you want to renew materials, reserve items, or have any difficulties accessing your eLibrary materials this week. More information on how the new catalog can serve you will be coming soon!

Thank you for your patience during the transition!

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 ThadBeachMusic.com. 

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 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?

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!

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!