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!
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.
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!
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.