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Library Summer Music Begins!

We are excited to announce that this year’s Summer Reading Program will include Library Summer Music, sponsored by the Lindsborg Arts Council! Two concerts and two workshops will be presented as part of this series which starts with Thad Beach & The Musical Chair on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:30 PM at the Library.

It’s time to “Rock Your Imagination” as musician and songwriter Thad Beach transforms a common wooden chair into a musical accompaniment to his original creations and traditional songs. His concerts provide lots of opportunities to participate and he demonstrates a variety of musical instruments. Thad draws from a diverse background in musical styles ranging from traditional, folk, old-time, and country blues to roaring 20’s. His programs feature a variety of string and percussion instruments. Lots of fun for all ages!

In addition to performing, Thad works with children in the schools each year as a teaching artist for preschool through high school, developing and presenting programs on curriculum-related topics. He also devotes time to preserving the history, heritage and cultural aspects of rural areas through song by conducting week-long songwriting residencies for elementary, middle and high schools.

Thad grew up in Ohio, has lived both on the coast and in the mountains of North Carolina and is currently at home in Salina, Kansas. He can be reached through his website at ThadBeachMusic.com. 

2018 Summer Reading is Coming!

Summer Reading Program starts next week! The Library has a schedule full of fun for all ages, babies to adults, to enjoy a variety of programs and self-paced reading challenges. For more information, check out our page dedicated to Summer Reading. For a .pdf schedule you can download, click here: 2018 Summer Reading Schedule

Registration this year can be done two different ways, whichever you prefer. When you next come in to the Library, paper forms are available now for you to sign up for both Children and Teen & Adult participation. New this year is online registration for those who prefer electronic submissions.

For online children’s registrations, go here: https://goo.gl/forms/pIKkgbJyqOQbKavd2

For online teen & adult registrations, go here:https://goo.gl/forms/8GivwSnao7q3TkuE3

Either way you register, we look forward to seeing you for this year’s Summer Reading Program!

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?

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!

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!

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!

8.5.16 Library 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!

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.

Book Sale

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!