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2022 National Library Week

Come join us to celebrate National Library Week! This year’s theme is “Connect with Your Library,” reminding us how our Library is a place to get connected: to technology by using public access computers, printers, copiers, and free wifi; to program events for all ages including story times, LEGO Clubs, and author visits; to books, movies, audio books, cake pans, games, puzzles and more. Most importantly, our Library also helps our community members connect to each other.

To celebrate this year’s National Library Week, we will be hosting both come-and-go style activities and events at specific times including:

  • A Mega treasure hunt
    • Available April 4-9
    • Open to all ages, come seek out the 50 pictures celebrating our values to educate, enrich, explore, and enjoy library services. If you find at least 10, come pick out a scented bookmark. If you find them all, win a $1 gift certificate to the Library Used Book Store.
  • Library BINGO Sheets
    • Available throughout April
    • Customizable for all ages, complete Library themed activities to make BINGOs and earn tickets for entry into our prize drawings that will be held April 30. Prizes will include $15 gift cards to Trollslända Toy Store, Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, and The White Peacock.
  • William Allen White booklist voting
    • Available throughout April
    • Read 2 or more books from the William Allen White Master Lists & vote for your favorite! Votes by 3-8th graders received by April 14 will qualify for the official voting; our local vote is open to all ages for all of April.
  • Library Tech Talk
    • Tuesday, April at 7:00 pm
    • Join us for this repeat of our March 19th Library Tech Talk: Bring your devices and your questions to this discussion over how to make full use of the Library’s online catalog & e-Library platforms! As time permits, we will help set up and/or troubleshoot your specific account needs.
  • Volunteer Fair
    • Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 am
    • Come learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities for adults & teens! There are a variety of ways volunteers can support the Library; please join our conversation to find out which options would work for you!
  • Library Social Media Celebrations
    • Daily posts April 3-9
    • A series of “Librarians’ Favorites” recommendations will be shared on the Library’s Facebook & Instagram accounts. Join the conversation by tagging the Library & using hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek to show your appreciation and support for libraries!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association to celebrate the essential role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

We are Thankful 2021

Thanksgiving is November 25 and we will be celebrating with our We are Thankful event at the Library November 22-24. Join us for bagged treats, a mini book sale, and more!

One of those “more” items will be the kick off for our food drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items November 22 – December 22 to benefit a local food pantry for those in need. Please consider joining our giving!

There will also be gratitude prompts and activities for all ages: come find the Thanksgiving items hidden in the Children’s section, add to our gratitude displays, help us put together our fall puzzle, or build something to expand our LEGO Club’s Thanksgiving creations!

We are Thankful treats and activities will be available Monday, November 22 to Wednesday, November 24. The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 25. Activities may be available again when we open Friday, November 26 as supplies last.

There is much to be thankful for this year at the Library! Donations, grants, services, and materials are all on the list, but our gratitude continues to start with you, our Library friends and patrons. Thank you for your support in 2021!



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)!

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.

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.

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!