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!

2017 Summer Reading is Coming!

It all starts May 30: two months full of reading and fun as we Build a Better World!

This summer, a variety of events and activities return for babies, children, teens, adults & all ages in June and July. Story times, art days, LEGO™ Clubs, movie nights, the Family Adventure Challenge and Rolling Hills Zoo all return for 2017. For more information on returning programs, click here.

New this year are three levels of Library Makers, programs sponsored by the Smoky Valley Community Foundation. For the very youngest, there will be Messy Makers events, special sessions of Tales for Tots and Books & Babies Story Time programs that focus on more in-depth hands-on learning. Both Tots and Babies will have water sensory days; Tots will also have Kinetic Sand sensory days. For Kindergarten – Sixth Grade, there will be Library Makers events in the new Makerspace, a new addition to the Library featuring both new and recycled materials available for crafting and building challenges. Some projects will be “Make & Take,” others will be “Leave at the Library.” For 5th & 6th Grades, there will be Library Maker Circuitry events building projects with Snap Circuits.

Also new is A Taste of Travel for adults, Wednesdays at 7PM on June 7 & July 5. Light snacks native to our destination will be served along with a television travel log and discussion. In June, we will visit Israel; in July, we will travel to Italy.

See you at the Library in June & July for a summer of reading and fun as we build a better world!

More information on all our Summer Reading events is here.

If you would like a printable schedule, click here: 2017 Summer Reading Schedule

2017 Annual Book Sale

At the Library, we are often asked, “When is your annual book sale?” The wait is nearly over, the book sale is next weekend: Friday April 28, 6-8 PM for the Members’ Preview and Open to All Saturday April 29, 10 AM – 4 PM.

The Book Sale is the main fundraising event for Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL). Each year the library’s back room is filled with tables covered with books of all types and pricing is both simple and a great deal — the most “expensive” items are audiobooks and DVDs, each priced at $1 each; hardcovers are 2 for $1; paperbacks and children’s books are both priced at 4 for $1. Amazing sale!

The book sale is also the FoLL membership drive. Memberships levels are $5 for students, $10 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for patrons, and $100 for businesses. Memberships can be purchased or renewed both Friday and Saturday. As a special thank you for your support, Friends Members receive the best pricing available at the sale: only $1 per bag of books!

The library appreciates our Friends Members so much – your generosity in paying membership dues and purchasing at FoLL fundraising events like the Book Sale provides many things that simply would not be possible without your support. FoLL is the primary sponsor of our Library Summer Reading Program (Rolling Hills Zoo visit, cooking classes, art classes, LEGO™ Clubs, reading prizes, and more!), FoLL provides the movie license that makes Library movies possible throughout the year,  FoLL also donates new books and movies to library collections, along with meeting special project needs as they arise. Thank you for all you do!

See you at the Book Sale!

Moving Forward into 2017

Recently at the library, a survey has been available for all interested patrons to aid our decision making processes. We always want to be making our library better for our community and want to know what our patrons considered important.

In the surveys we have received so far, 32% came from patrons under 20, 8% from patrons in their 20s & 30s, 24% from patrons in their 40s & 50s, 24% from patrons in their 60s, and 12% from patrons 70+. Given who we see in the library on a regular basis, we think those percentages are close to accurate of who uses our library.

Much of what we learned confirmed what we thought (all ages of patrons love reading!); we also learned new information (travelling is an interest – perhaps a topic for future library events). Our survey respondents enjoy mysteries, comedies, and nonfiction – as well as history, westerns, action, and adventure.

Why do patrons come to the library? To check out books, of course, but also to attend Story Times and LEGO™ Club, browse the Used Book Store, to talk to the Librarians, to read the newspapers, to browse the selection of movies, to request interlibrary loans, renew KS Library cards, to give donations of books or magazines, attend meetings, to use the internet, and play. As Librarians, we see these activities in action every week; when we see them listed on the surveys, we are encouraged to see that patrons value what the Library offers.

As a part of continuing to offer these excellent services to our patrons, the Lindsborg Community Library will be changing open hours of operation. 

Starting January 3, 2017, the new hours will be:

  • Monday, 10 am – 7 pm (new!)
  • Tuesday, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm (new!)
  • Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm (new!)

Thank you for your patience during the adjustment!

November 2016: We Are Thankful!

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.lego-volunteers

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.

Thank you.

Read a Movie & Watch a Book!

This month at the library, we’re highlighting book and movie connections, whether a fan-favorite movie led to many written books or if a well-loved novel turned into a movie adaptation.

Come join our Star Wars Party at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Find trivia challenges with three levels of difficulty to test your knowledge, a treasure hunt, bingo, Yoda puppets, Wookie Cookies, and more! And while you enjoy games from a galaxy far, far away, be sure to check out some of our popular Star Wars books!

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Is the Star Wars universe not quite your idea of fun? There are many other options for enjoying book & movie combinations! Find out if you prefer to read or watch Michael Crichton’s Timeline, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed. If non-fiction is your favorite, try Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, Robert Edsels’s The Monuments Men, or Wladyslaw Szpilman’s The Pianist. For these and other book and movie combinations, come browse the display next to the library’s new books!

August 2016 Updates

After a very busy Summer Reading Program, we have paused library programming events in order to make some much needed updates!

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First, the library was able to purchase five new double sided bookcases for the adult nonfiction collection. The new cases have wider shelves as well as dividing walls between the two sides, which makes a much better display for these large books on health, animals, cooking, home maintenance, and the arts.

With adding these five bookcases, we were able to move other existing bookcases into other places to make more efficient use of shelf space. The result: shorter bookcases for our juvenile fiction collection to further improve open sight lines in the children’s department, much needed increased space for the very popular audiobook collection, and additional shelves to display new and current books for adults.

Next, new flooring has been installed in the library entryways. This update replaces old tiles and laminate that had begun to crack. The new tiles are such a wonderful improvement!

Be sure to visit the library to see the changes in person! Hope to see you here!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program is Coming!

 

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School is out and summer is coming… which makes us excited for the Summer Reading Program at the Library!

New this year is the Family Adventure – encouraging families to get out and explore together this summer. There are eight challenges to complete throughout June and July; each challenge completed earns a badge for the family’s Adventure Map and a chance to win the Grand Prize Drawings held June 30 & July 30.

Our reading challenges return: Children K-6th grade have reading logs to track every 15 minutes spent reading and earn a small prize every time they complete 10 15-minute bubbles. Children under 5 have an Early Literacy Activity Sheet they can complete to earn a small prize.

Then there are fun summer programs: story times, movie nights, LEGO™ Club, art, cooking, and more. Check out our June schedule here: SRP June 2016

We hope you’ll make visiting the library part of your summer plans!

2016 Annual Book Sale

 

 

It’s coming soon — the Annual Book Sale at the Library! Mark your calendars: the Members’ Preview will be held Friday April 29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM and the Sale will be Open to All Saturday April 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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The Friends of the Lindsborg Library (FoLL) will host the Annual Book Sale, offering a wide variety of Children’s Books, Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, both hardcovers and paperbacks. The prices are excellent (Friends Members get an entire bag of books for $1) and the proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lindsborg Library – an organization that focuses on supporting the Library through Summer Reading Program events, new book donations, rotating community book collections, maintaining Lindsborg’s Little Free Library, and fundraising for special projects.

The Annual Book Sale is also the Friends Membership Drive – and we are looking for new and returning members! Yearly membership levels start at $5 for Students, $10 for Individuals, and $25 for Families, and you choose how your membership helps the library. Ask for more details on how you can be a Friend!

March 2016 Calendar

It’s a new month and Library programming events continue! In addition to all the usual events, we are celebrating Spring Break with a treasure hunt for kids – simply come by anytime during the week to play.

Update 3/4/16: We have realized that the initial announcement for March programs contained incorrect dates for LEGO™ Club. The corrected dates are now listed: Thursday March 10 & 24.

If you would like a .pdf file of the calendar to print off at home, click here: March 2016 Calendar

We hope to see you at the Library this March!