02.17.21 Library Building Closed; Curbside and Delivery Available

The Library building is currently closed to the public as we clean up and assess damages done by burst water pipes, found Tuesday, February 16.

Although we do not know how long the building will need to be closed, we are planning to provide curbside and delivery services, starting Thursday, February 18, 2021.

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. The front entry will be open during regular library hours, Monday – Friday, 10 – 6 and Saturday, 10-2. 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 to request delivery. 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 or volunteers will deliver items Monday – Friday afternoons. Your items will be placed near your front door or another weather-protected location you suggested 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! If you have any questions, please contact a Librarian at 785-227-2710 or lindsborgcommunitylibrary@gmail.com.

Storage Shed for Sale

The Library Board has decided to sell our storage shed so that the full mural will be seen and we can have more room for parking. The shed is approximately 10.5 feet wide and 14 feet long. The buyer will be responsible for moving.

Offers will be accepted through Monday, January 25, 2021 and the Library Board will determine which offer will be accepted at the January 26 meeting.

Offers can be submitted in person, by mail at 111 S Main Street or online to lindsborgcommunitylibrary@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or phone at 785-227-2710.

Edited 01/14/21 with additional pictures.

2020 We Are Thankful

Even in 2020, We are Thankful! However, instead of our usual soup & chili meal, we have chosen to celebrate by building our gratitude display at the Library and collecting non-perishable food items to benefit Lindsborg’s Dala Pantry.

We’ve started our gratitude display with a few of the many things we are thankful for at the Library: the more than 17,000 physical items currently available to check out, nearly 14,000 physical materials and more than 2,800 e-books checked out over the past year, continued Library services such as interlibrary loan, public computers, and free wifi as well as the new curbside and delivery services, and the many grant sponsors, donors, volunteers, partners, and patrons. We are thankful for Library Friends like you!

We are inviting you to add your thanksgivings to our display as well. There are blank leaves, pens, and tape available at the display ready for your next in-person visit. You can also drop a note in our book drop and our Librarians will add your thanks to our gratitude display for you.

To celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas, we will be collecting non-perishable food items November 21 to December 21. All donated items will benefit Lindsborg’s Dala Pantry food bank. Any non-perishable food will be accepted; special requests from the Dala Pantry include canned meats like tuna, chicken & vienna sausages and canned pasta sauces such as alfredo, parmesan, and all types of spaghetti sauces.

Thanks for your continued support of our local library! We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

10.08.2020 Library Update

While we are not yet holding children’s events in person at the Library, we are excited to announce that we have started a YouTube channel to have story time online! There are currently three videos uploaded that you can access today: Story Time: Dinosaurs, Story Time: Ocean, and Songs & Rhymes for October 8.

Because of the varying permission levels from our children’s authors and publishers, some of our videos will be public and some will be unlisted. If you are interested in having access to all of our videos, please contact the Library at lindsborgcommunitylibrary@gmail.com to get on the email list for notification when new videos are posted.

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!