2018 National Libraries Week

When you think of the value you receive from your library, what comes to mind?

Do you think of all the materials that you were able to borrow instead of purchase? The books, movies, audiobooks, e-books, cake pans? Considering that new books range from $10 – $30 each depending on type (paperback, hardcover, board books, and Large Print are just a few formats available at the Library), audiobooks often start at $30, and movies can be $5 – $25 each, being able to simply borrow rather than buy definitely helps stretch your budget.

Or maybe you think of the programs – opportunities provided where you can learn new things or meet up with others who enjoy the same activities. Book clubs meet at the Library – and more are helped along by ordering multiple copies so everyone in the group can read the same title to aid the discussion. Story Times start children on an early path to enjoying books and the  time spent becomes a social event as well for parents and caregivers. Elementary aged children are challenged to grow their creativity at LEGO™ Club, and the Summer Reading Program brings a variety of opportunities to explore cooking, building, travel, art, learning, and more. All free admission, programs at the Library provide valuable service.

But maybe it’s simply the opportunity to visit the Library. To come and browse the collections, to read in one of the seating areas, to play in the playroom with your children, to use the computers or free wifi. To read the newspapers, meet up with a friend, or use the printer to make copies of documents that you need. To browse the Used Book Store for a $0.50 paperback to take on your trip or a $4 coffee table book to give as a gift. To study at one of the tables, to research your family history, or to take a proctored exam. These are all reasons to celebrate having a local library as well.

This week, April 8-14, is National Library Week and we are thinking of the ways many people in our community have used the Lindsborg Community Library in the past year. So many materials borrowed, events attended, and visits took place in 2017… and we continue to build on that as we go forward in 2018.

There are many reasons to celebrate your Local Library — what is your reason?

2018 Tournament of Books Champions

Throughout March 2018, we held a Tournament of Books at the Library. Top circulating book titles from the previous year, along with a few wild cards, were selected to compete in our tournament in two division brackets: Adult Fiction & Non Fiction and Children’s Section. Each week, patrons could vote in the Library or online to help their favorite books win.

Thanks to everyone who voted in our Tournament! Many of the matches were close and in case of a tie, a coin was flipped to determine the winner. After four rounds of voting, the champions have been chosen: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean.

Have you read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah? The Library added this novel in March of 2015 and has circulated 36 times since then (an average of being checked out once every month since it arrived). Interested in this “epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II”? Come by the Library to check it out!

Have you read the Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean? This picture book was added to the Library in August 2015 and has circulated 29 times since then – nearly once every month that it has been available. Pete the Cat is a popular character in both picture books and easy readers, so be sure to check out Pete in I Love My White Shoes or one of his other fun stories!

Tournament of Books 2018

 

We’re holding at Tournament of Books at the Library! Top circulating book titles from the previous year have been selected to compete in our tournament in two division brackets: Adult Fiction & Non Fiction and Children’s Section. A few wild cards have been added as well based on merit.

Voting by Patrons opens each Monday in March – both in person at the LIbrary and online options are available. Voting for both brackets is open to all Library patrons.

To vote on the Adult Fiction & Non Fiction Bracket, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GN5MM6D. First round voting will close Monday, March 12, 2018.

To vote on the Children’s Section Bracket, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTTGV6R. First round voting will close Monday, March 12, 2018.

Help your favorite books win! Submit your vote today!

Teen Squad Recruitment Open


The Library is currently in search of teens who want to…

  1. Serve in the Lindsborg community
  2. Help the Library (and be appreciated for it!)
  3. Gain volunteer experience for their resumes
  4. Or all of the above!

Teen Squad members will attend orientation, help plan teen program events, and volunteer 1 hour per week. To join the Teen Squad, teens must be in grades 7-12 and submit an application form to the Library. Five positions are Open for the Winter/Spring Session, which will run February – May 2018.

Applications are available now at the Library front desk and are due January 29, 2018.

Questions? Contact Library Director Suzanna Swenson for more information at lindsborglibrary@sbcglobal.net.

Library Holiday Hours 2017

 

Do you need movies to watch with friends and family? Perhaps a book (or three or four) to be well stocked with plenty of reading material to last through the colder weather? Maybe even a cake pan to try one of those character shapes over your break? Come to the Library! We are open regular hours Friday & Saturday before closing Monday, December 25 for Christmas.As the holiday season continues, we will be open regular hours Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30, so if you are in need of audio books to help pass the hours of holiday travels or more movies to celebrate the New Year, come on in! We will be closed Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day, which will complete our Holiday closings.

Best wishes to you all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2017 National Friends of Libraries Week, part 3

Today we highlight perhaps the most obvious Friends of our Library – the Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL) group. FoLL consists of a governing board and many more general members. Through fundraising projects such as the annual book sale and membership dues, FoLL supports many Library events. In 2017, examples of FoLL sponsorship include movie nights and Taste of Travel evenings, Cook & Eat classes for children, Makerspace supplies, Rolling Hills “Zoo to You” program, book bags, new books and DVDs, support for our window replacement fund, and more.

The Library greatly benefits from the continued sponsorship of FoLL – and that sponsorship is growing. As of October 2017, the Friends group is comprised of 4 Patrons, 19 Families, 41 Individuals, and 1 Student – and 25 of those memberships are new this year! We are greatly encouraged by the growth of this group whose primary function is support for our Library. Thank you so much!

This week we have been celebrating Library Friends – and any such listing will surely remain incomplete at best. Beyond the highlighted groups there are many more friends, volunteers, and donors whose contributions all support our Library’s goal of always improving service that provides continued education, enrichment, exploration, and enjoyment in our patrons’ lives. All Library Friends make our Library a better place and we would not be as excellent without contributions large, small, and every size between.

Many thanks for your continued support!

2017 National Friends of Libraries Week, part 2

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!

Celebrating Library Friend, David J. Nutt

 

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.

Library Circulation Upgrade

On Monday, October 2, we will be upgrading to the latest version of our circulation system, which includes an improved online catalog. Most of the changes will be ways that we as Librarians can serve you better.

This upgrade will not require the Library to close. You will be able to check out items even in the middle of the technology updates, however, please be sure to bring your card. We will not be able to access your account without your card while the circulation system is changing to the latest version.

If you use the eLibrary, you may experience blocks Monday while the upgrade is in progress. If it does not allow you to borrow eBooks Monday morning, wait and try later in the day. Blocks associated with the upgrade should be removed by the end of the day Monday. If the problem persists Tuesday, let us know and we will help restore your eLibrary service.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to improve the service provided at the Library!

Improvements are Coming!

This summer, we’ve been looking to build a better world starting right here in Lindsborg. Each child participating in the reading challenge was encouraged to take on their own “Build a Better World” project as a part of their weekly activities in the reading blueprints. Some examples we’ve heard at the library have included building bird feeders and bug traps! For adults, we have highlighted ways even ordinary people can improve the world – by donating food to feed needy children through “We Care in the LBK” or by becoming involved with “Circles at Lindsborg” to be a part of building community to end poverty one family at a time.

We will be celebrating Thursday, July 27 at 4pm at our “We Built a Better World” event. There will be fun, prizes, and everyone is invited to share the projects they have done and contribute to a display of how each of us has been building a better world starting in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our town. There is no such thing as a deed too small when it is better than before!

But Building a Better World doesn’t stop just because Summer Reading comes to a close for 2017! Definitely not – we are only getting started at the Library! We are always looking to improve our library into a continually better service for our community and this fall that includes carpet replacement, fresh paint, new bookcases, and replaced windows.

The improvements will start with our carpet replacement project. Library staff and volunteers are already working on preparing for this major project, which will require the library to be closed August 10-23.

During this time, the majority of library furnishings will be moved, walls in the Adult and Large Print sections will be painted, carpet will be removed and replaced, and the library will be reset in anticipation of new bookcases coming in September.

No library materials will be due during the two weeks the library is closed, so enjoy a little longer lending period while we renovate.

 

Sign up lists are now available at the library front desk for anyone interested in volunteering to help box books, move library furnishings, or paint walls before the new carpet is installed. After the carpet is in place, there will be needs for help to reset the library by moving furniture back and shelving all the books in the proper collections to make our library usable for patrons once again. If you are able and willing to volunteer in one of these ways, please come join us!

Later this fall, library appearances will continue to improve as bookcases are anticipated to arrive in mid September. The new bookcases will be placed in the Nonfiction and Large Print sections, improving entrance impressions. These will replace some worn cases as well as add more shelf space in other locations in the library when replaced cases are put to better use to store other collections.

 

Finally, we are making plans to replace windows in the Nonfiction section of the library. This project is not yet fully funded, but we anticipate that it will be soon! Three windows remain in need of replacing and we need only $1100 more in order to make that possible. Thanks so much to our donors who have already brought the total amount raised to over a third of the way towards our goal!

 

 

There are so many ways to continue Building a Better World, starting right here at the Library in Lindsborg, Kansas. As we continue making progress towards a better tomorrow, we are honored to encourage all of our library patrons to do the same in so many ways throughout our community!