LINDSBORG — The Lindsborg Community Library is overdue — on a handful of renovations expected to begin soon.

The library, located at 111 S. Main St. in Lindsborg, will start renovations with new carpet in August and new windows in the fall.

“The carpet we have currently is original to when the library was a wellness center. It was put in 1988,” said, Suzanna Swenson, library director. “We’re replacing it with carpet tiles, so if there’s ever a problem, we can replace that spot and not the whole area. This will cover a majority of the library, as most of the space is one large room.”

Ironically, the library’s theme this summer is “Build a Better World.” Patrons have engaged in activities like Lego Club and Library Makers programs, which range from sensory tasks for young patrons and circuit-building for older readers.

“With our summer reading program for children, we’ve encouraged them to think of ways they can build a better world. We’ve heard ideas like building birdhouses or recycling, or different ways to build a better community even in Lindsborg,” Swenson said. “It’s an excellent theme to encourage community service and volunteering. I think the our renovations help build the excitement and gain momentum for applying the theme.”

The library will be closed from Aug. 10 to 23 for carpet installation and a few other projects.

“We’re looking for volunteers to move books and bookcases beforehand, and we’re also looking to get some volunteers to help paint while we still have the old carpet. There’s a few walls that could use some refreshing. Since we’re already getting the bookcases out of the way, might as well take care of that at the same time,” Swenson said. “A lot of the walls are cream-colored, and that shows a lot of wear. We’d like to paint while we still have the old carpet so we don’t have to worry about getting paint on the new carpet.”

In the meantime, the library is raising funds to replace three windows in the non-fiction section.

“We have four windows that have failed. One had cracked the whole way through, but an anonymous donor came forward and that one has been replace. We’re raising funds for the remaining three,” Swenson said. “The windows are not scheduled because we’re waiting on funding. We have about $700 raised so far after only three weeks and that’s been very encouraging.”

The library is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

To volunteer or donate, contact the library at 785-227-2710, in person, or online at

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