Rising to the Challenge

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Are You Ready for Summer Reading?

Get inspired by Clay Center Carnegie Library’s awesome bulletin board!Get in the Game Read


Evolving Libraries

Evolving libraries ‘less about collections, more about connections.’

The long-held stereotype goes something like this: When you walk into a library, you can hear a pin drop.

Muted glares from fellow patrons and crotchety librarians prone to “shush-ing” deter even the slightest whisper.

But such environments, central Ohio library officials say, simply don’t exist anymore.

The focus of the 21st-century library is “less about collections and more about connections,” said Ben Zenitsky, a spokesman for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

2016-2017 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards Reading List

El DeafoNow that the WAW awards for 2016 have been announced, get your patrons reading from the 2017 nomination list!

 Grades 3 to 5

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown
  • The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
  • Courage for BeginnersAbsolutely Truly:  A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by G. Neri
  • Josephine:  The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • Neighborhood Sharks:  Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
  • Separate is Never Equal:  Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Meaning of Maggie
Grades 6 to 8

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  • Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  • Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. HolmRain Reign
  • The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberly Griffiths Little
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
  • Loot:  How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson
  • A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget

Neighborhood Sharks

William Allen White Award Winners for 2016

wawcoinThe William Allen White Children’s Book Award winners for 2016 have been announced!

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech won for the grades 3 to 5 category, and Escaping from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein won for the grades 6 to 8 category.

For more information about the books and authors, visit the WAW website.


Kansas Association of School Librarians Shares Great Resources

KASLKASL, the Kansas Association of School Librarians is a non-profit, educational organization that promotes the interests of school libraries in the state of Kansas, encourages professional growth of library media specialists, and develops cooperation among all types of libraries and educational organizations to enhance library service.

They have fabulous resources for school librarians and for anyone interested in promoting libraries. If you want to strengthen your partnership with your local school library staff, or if you provide your local school with library services, check out these links:

Notable Children’s Books 2016

Notable BooksThe Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has announced its 2016 Notable Children’s Books!

Each year an ALSC committee selects the best children’s books published during the previous year. According to the ALSC criteria, “as applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.” The Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Siebert, Geisel, and Batchelder award and honor books are automatically added to the Notable Children’s Books list.

Check out the complete list of Notable Children’s Books here.

Planning Events for National READATHON Day?

Graphic for National READATHON day 2016The American Library Association and Penguin Random House have partnered to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

“It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. This year, Readathon Day is presented as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, and will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation” (Accessed from ALA.org).

For more information about how the program works, visit the official Readathon2016 page.

Read Across America Day

RAAlogoHave you made plans for a Read Across America Day program?

Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America Day takes place on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd. Time may seem short, but the NEA has a lot of resources you can use on their website. Their posters, images, web advertisements, certificates, and other program materials are all free!

You could also use this Seuss Reading Challenge or play Seuss Bingo. Another great resource is Random House’s Seussville. It has online games, author information, and printable activities.

Privacy & Confidentiality Policies

At the NCKLS directors’ meeting on February 11, we discussed privacy and confidentiality policies. The American Library Association’s model policy may be found here.

In addition, you may find this supplemental checklist of best practices, created by the Illinois Library Association, helpful in reviewing or developing a policy for your library.

Día Turns 20 Mini-Grants from ALSC & Dollar General

Dia_webbadge1_vert_2pHave you considered planning a Día event at your library? Día, the library event celebrating the connection of children and books, turns 20 April 30, 2016, so the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a funding opportunity to help you celebrate!

Applications for 20 mini-grants of $2,000 are now open an available here. ALSC members in public libraries within 20 miles of a Dollar General retail or corporate location are welcome to apply. Start thinking about how your library would like to celebrate 20 years of connecting children with diverse books and apply now!

For more information about Día, as well as downloadable activities, visit the website: Día! Diversity in Action.

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