Libraries Transform: April Renovation

To celebrate 60 years of the Lindsborg Community Library – and look forward to the many years ahead – we have received grants from the South Central Kansas Library System and Smoky Valley Community Foundation to make improvements at our library. Additional funding has been provided by the estate gift the Library received from David J. Nutt.

On March 30, the Library continued our building closure and discontinued curb-side and delivery service in order to comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. At the same time,  deliveries for our grant projects were received. Here are just a few of our pictures from the remodel.


These grants have transformed multiple Library spaces & we are excited to share the process with you. Most of all, we look forward to when we reopen and share our transformed library with you again!


3.30.20 Library Update

In order to comply with Kansas Governor Kelly’s Stay at Home order, the Lindsborg Community Library building will be closed to the public and both curb-side and delivery services will be discontinued indefinitely.

All library materials currently checked out are now renewed through April 27, 2020. Please do not return items while the Stay at Home order is in place. This will be re-evaluated April 20, 2020.

More details will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

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

3.17.20 Library Updates

EDIT March 30, 2020: In order to comply with Kansas Governor Kelly’s Stay at Home order, the Lindsborg Community Library building will be closed to the public and both curb-side and delivery services will be discontinued indefinitely. All library materials currently checked out are now renewed through April 27. Please do not return items while the Stay at Home order is in place.

This will be re-evaluated April 20 and more details will be posted on both our website and Facebook page as they come available. Thank you for your understanding and hope you stay healthy!

The Lindsborg Community Library will be offering curb-side service while social-distancing measures are in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If you were not able to stock up on Library books or movies in advance, we will still be at work to provide these for you!

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, 11 – 3.

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. The outer door will be unlocked while Librarians are onsite. 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 cleaned before returning to the shelves. This process includes sanitizing covers and edges with 70% rubbing alcohol and 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 volunteer 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

2. Librarians will place your requests in a designated location for our volunteers deliver on Monday afternoons, 1-3.

3. 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 volunteers to pick up your items when you are finished, call or email the Library. 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. Volunteers will pick up items on Thursdays, 1-3 PM, so please have them ready at that time. You may also return library items to the book drop at your convenience.

Many thanks to the Bethany College Criminal Justice Department for providing our delivery service!

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

Edited 3/20/2020 for updates in times these services are available.

Edited 3/30/2020 for updates regarding closures due to Stay at Home orders.


3.16.20 Library Updates

In order to follow government recommended social distancing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Lindsborg Community Library will be closed to the public through Saturday, March 21, 2020. All events are currently cancelled through March 31.

Announcements regarding dates the Library will return to regular hours will be posted on our website and 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!

Thanksgiving 2019

As we approach Thanksgiving, there are many things that we are thankful for at the Library. While we are thankful for Library services, check outs, and programs, the people are certainly at the top of our list. Thanks to our volunteers, our sponsors & friends, and our patrons we serve! Our library is the great place that it is because of you.

We will be closed Thursday so that our librarians can spend the holiday with family and friends; Friday we will be open our regular schedule. Happy Thanksgiving!




How to Access Your Library Accounts

The Library circulation system changes are now active and you can explore what your account has to offer!

First, any changes you made to your account information has been reset with the new system. This means that your account username has been reset to the number under the barcode on the back of your library card and your password is the last four digits of your phone number. If you changed it to something easier to remember, you will need to change it again.

Access to the library catalog at is available with the reset information. Sign in at the login boxes at the top right corner to change your account information, set up your preferred notification methods, renew or reserve items, and access your reading history. This reading history starts with the new system; if you are interested in a printed list of the history you had in the old system, please contact the Library for assistance.

Access to the Sunflower e-Library should be available to you with the reset username and password. If not, please contact the Library for further support.

Thank you for your continuing patience as we adjust to the changes!

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!

Automatic Doors Provided by Edward G. Griffith’s Memorial

Pictured with the new automatic doors and memorial plaque are three of Ed’s five children: Corey Griffith’s, Carla Wilson, and Cindy Akagi. Not pictured are Chris Campbell and CJ Griffith’s.

Memorials given by the friends and family of Edward G.  Griffith’s have provided funding for automatic doors at the east entrance of the Lindsborg Community Library.

Adding automatic doors to the Library has been an improvement desired for many years. Both entrances require patrons to open two doors in close succession, which previously reduced ease of access for patrons with wheelchairs, reduced mobility, and families with strollers, among others. Automatic door openers were added to the west entrance in 2013. While installing automatic doors at both entrances was not possible at that time, improving accessibility at the east entrance remained a goal for Library improvements.

Now having both entrances fully accessible to all patrons is a wonderful gift. The Lindsborg Community Library greatly appreciates honoring the memory of Lindsborg resident and library patron Ed Griffith’s in this way.


Edward G. Griffith’s, 1934 – 2019

Lindsborg 150: Round 1D Results

In honor of 2019 being Lindsborg’s 150th birthday, we are on the search for Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorite books! In April we voted on the 40 nominations of favorite adult fiction titles and received votes on an additional 15 favorites.

  • 13 votes: The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
  • 8 votes: The Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box
  • 8 votes: The Sisterchicks Series by Robin Jones Gunn
  • 7 votes: The Sensible Shoes Series by Sharon Garlough Brown
  • 7 votes: The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
  • 7 votes: The Annie’s Attic Mysteries Series by Multiple Authors
  • 7 votes: The Heart of the Frontier Series by Tracie Peterson
  • 6 votes: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • 6 votes: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • 4 votes: Horowitz and Mrs. Washington by Henry Denker
  • 3 votes: Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
  • 3 votes: Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  • 3 votes: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • 3 votes: The Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury
  • 3 votes: The Source by James Michener
  • 3 votes: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • 3 votes: Payment in Full by Henry Denker
  • 2 votes: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • 2 votes: One SUmmer by David Baldacci
  • 2 votes: The Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child
  • 2 votes: A Painted House by John Grisham
  • 2 votes: The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marilier
  • 2 votes: The Novel by James Michener
  • 2 votes: Fifty Fifty by James Patterson
  • 2 votes: …And the Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmeyer
  • 2 votes: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
  • 2 votes: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • 2 votes: The Covenant by James Michener
  • 1 vote: The Amos Decker Series by David Baldacci
  • 1 vote: The John Puller Series by David Baldacci
  • 1 vote: The Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown
  • 1 vote: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  • 1 vote: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • 1 vote: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • 1 vote: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • 1 vote: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • 1 vote: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • 1 vote: Go Down Together by Jeff Guinn
  • 0 votes: The Camel Club Series by David Baldacci
  • 0 votes: The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  • 0 votes: The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
  • 0 votes: Stories by Garrison Keillor
  • 0 votes: The Alex Delaware Series by Jonathan Kellerman
  • 0 votes: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • 0 votes: The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • 0 votes: Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

Votes for books in previous sections of Round 1 have been added to the earlier totals. Votes for books in Round 1E will be included in the May vote.

Thanks to everyone who has voted so far! As of May 1, more than 200 individual books and book series have been included in the voting. The 150 individual books or series of books with the most votes across all five heats of Round 1 will advance to Round 2 which will narrow Lindsborg’s Top 150 favorites to the Top 25.

In May, we have the final heat of voting for Round 1. Round 1E is now open and everyone is invited to vote as many times as they would like throughout the month. 40 nominations of favorite adult nonfiction & classics have been received; if your favorite was not submitted before December 31, 2018, you still have time to write-in your vote this month.

To vote in person, visit the Library’s Lindsborg 150 display; to vote online, click here.

Submit your vote today & help your favorites win!