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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
After a very busy Summer Reading Program, we have paused library programming events in order to make some much needed updates!
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!
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.
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!
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!
LEGO™ Club… Story Time… Computers… Books… There’s something for everyone to love at the library!
Our first LEGO™ Club for the month had a Valentine’s Day focus – be sure to take a look at the creativity of our builders before their creations are dismantled for the next meeting on February 25.
Story Time – both Tales for Tots on Tuesdays and Books & Babies on Fridays continue to be popular – and new kiddos are always welcome to join! Both Story Times are at 10:30 AM, Tuesdays tend toward the 2-5 years, Fridays tend toward 2 and younger, but try both to see which you prefer.
Our three adult patron computers are always free to use, with black & white printing costing only $0.10 per page. In addition to these public internet access computers, we now also have a children’s computer specifically designed for ages 2-8. Come check out this new addition, provided thanks to generous grant support from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation!
And books… whether you prefer those that are always available with our 24/7 Sunflower eLibrary or like to borrow traditional books or audiobooks, we want to hear about your favorites! On your next visit to the library, add your current reads to our display by the Library Desk. This month we also want to extend special thanks to the Lindsborg Lions Club for their donation of 20 children’s books – thank you!