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!
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)!
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!
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!
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.
For many years, the Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL) has hosted a meal in November called “We are Thankful.” The tradition continues this Saturday, November 19 as all are invited to enjoy warm chili or soup, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goodies from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the library. Cost is a free will donation that will benefit FoLL, or a canned good donation to benefit TACOL.
In preparation for this, we have new displays at the library: one highlighting ways you can continue to help build a better library and one highlighting our thanks for donors who have given to the library in 2016. The numbers are accurate to what individuals and organizations have given January 1 through November 12, and thankfulness is surely the appropriate response! Although we can often see waves throughout the year, seeing the totals is a fresh awareness of your support: 127 books for adults, 105 DVDs, 103 books for children, 24 audiobooks, 14 books for young adults, and 14 cake pans! Thank you!
However, a post on thankfulness cannot stop without mentioning another very valuable donation made: donations of time.
The picture above is a sneak peak behind the scenes of one of the library’s most popular programs. LEGO™ Club currently meets twice monthly with an average of 25 children, Kindergarten through sixth grade. We read a book, we build, we display our creations.
Then it all needs to be taken apart again for the next round of creative building.
We have two volunteers who faithfully donate their time each Wednesday before LEGO™ Club meets to take apart buildings and reset our tubs of bricks. Though it varies depending on how complicated the building designs were for the previous challenge, they usually donate more or less an hour of their time before each program in order to make LEGO™ Club possible.
They are not the only library volunteers. Others shelve books, create displays, provide program event support, inventory collections, and more. Our library would not be nearly as nice if not for the many donations of time we receive.