National Library Week 2021

It’s National Library Week! Celebrate with us the many ways that Libraries add value to our lives, offering opportunities for education, exploration, enrichment, and enjoyment. There are three days with special highlights:

Tuesday, April 6 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administration, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Celebrate by telling the Librarians that you appreciate their work!

Wednesday, April 7 is National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Have you appreciated receiving delivery services? Let us know!

Thursday, April 8 is Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries. Libraries need adequate funding in order to provide services to all in our communities. Take action by telling elected officials the importance of providing funding for Library services!

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.

March 2021 Library Updates

March has arrived and we look forward to having you visit the Library in person this month! We are continuing to work through the results of water pipes breaking in February and want to share our tentative schedule.

Saturday, March 6: The Library reopens! While two rooms (the Heritage Room and Story Time Room) will be closed due to carpet that needs replacement, we plan to reopen everything else. The children’s area will be in a slightly different format than usual in order to allow access to all the books; thanks for your patience while these collections remain a bit mixed up.

Saturday, March 13: Volunteers needed! Many of our books and bookcases will need to be moved in advance of the carpet cleaning and replacement. 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.

Monday-Wednesday, March 15-21: Library Closed. These dates are scheduled for carpet cleaning and replacement required from the water damage done in February.

Thursday-Saturday March 17-21: Volunteers needed! After the cleaning and replacement is finished, we will need volunteers to help reset the Library for reopening to the public. Volunteer times are not yet determined; please contact the Library Director if you would be interested in helping.

The Winter Library Program ends March 20. Tickets must be submitted by 2pm Saturday to be eligible for the final prize drawings; thanks to everyone who has participated!

The Spring Library Program starts March 22. All ages are welcome to participate in the Spring edition of our Library program, a booklet filled with self-paced activities and challenges for March 22-May 29. Booklets will be available to pick up starting March 20.

Tuesday, March 30: Library Closed. The Library staff are getting much needed updates to our computers. Since this will mean our system is down while the changes take place, we will be closed that morning for installations. If all goes according to plan, we plan to open later in the day at approximately 2pm.

Edited March 3, 2021 for updated tentative reopen date.

Edited March 16 for updated closure length and volunteer needs.

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.

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!