April is Autism Awareness Month

autism_awareness_monthWant to add a Sensory Storytime to help meet the needs of autistic children in your community? Looking for ways to help that autistic patron feel comfortable in the library? Wondering what training library staff needs in order to best accommodate patrons on the Autism Spectrum?

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it’s a good time to check out some resources.

  • The Autism Society has a great deal of information about autism, and this guide to Autism through the Lifespan is a great place to start learning more about autism and treatments that help individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has a wealth of information about Sensory Storytimes and other programs for children on the autism spectrum.
  • The Kansas Librarians for Children and Youth (KLCY) group has also created a resource for helping libraries find and use resources for patrons with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. This resource is housed on the Kansas Regional Library Systems website under Disabilities Resources for Librarians.

Configure the Browser for best use of Auto-Graphics VERSO


You may use Chrome or Firefox to run Verso but if settings are changed in IE then Firefox and Chrome should pick up those settings.

The basic settings that need to be checked and changed include:

  1. Set Pop-ups to: Always open pop-ups in a new window
  2. Set Browsing history (cache) to: Every time I visit the webpage
  3. Add auto-graphics.com to Trusted Sites
  4. Set the security level for Trusted Sites to Medium-Low
  5. Set Pop-up blocker to not block auto-graphics.com


Auto-Graphics has made a video for making the settings changes and it is available on line at



The steps to check or change browser settings are:

First:  Open your Verso in Internet Explorer (IE)…


Tools menu > Internet Options.

On the  General tab:

  1. “Tabs” Tabs button: Click radio button for “Always open pop-ups in a new window”, OK
  2. “Browsing history” Settings button:  Click radio button for “Every time I visit the webpage”, OK

Then on the Security tab:

  1. Click “Trusted Sites”, Click “Sites” button to open “Trusted Sites” dialog box. Un-check “Require server verification”.   Then If  ‘http://mvpl-verso.auto-graphics.com’  is in the “Add this website to the zone” box, click the “Add” button.  Then “Close”.
  2. Drag the “Security levels for this zone” bar down one notch to “Medium-low”, then click “Default level” button.  Click the “Apply” button to keep the new settings.

Then on the Privacy tab:

  1. In “Pop-up Blocker” section, confirm “Turn on Pop-up Blocker” is checked, then click “Settings”. In the “Address of Website to allow” box type:         auto-graphics.com     then click “Add” button.  You should now see  *.auto-graphics.com   in the “Allowed sites” box.  Click “Close” button.



What Can I Say. . .It Was Super!


The 2015 Summer Reading Workshop was a big success! You can access the documents and resources shared by Kathy and NCKLS here: Every Hero has a Story Workshop.

“Riley County Relics:” A new exhibit

Riley City LibraryRILEY CITY LIBRARY is delighted to announce two Sunday Special Presentations March 8 at 2 pm called “A Ramble through Riley a Hundred Years Ago” by Riley County Historical Museum Director Cheryl Collins. It promises to be a very interesting presentation.

Also the opening of the exhibit “Riley County Relics”. The exhibit is a collection of historical items from our immediate area and will be on display through the first week of April.
Don’t miss a chance to learn about the history of our town and the surrounding area.

Free and Affordable Apps for Accessibility Webinar

NCKLS Is Hosting a Watch Party for the Free and Affordable Apps for Accessibility Webinar

ipadWhen: Thursday, March 26, 2015: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is presenting a webinar to help librarians learn about the apps that can make libraries more accessible to patrons with disabilities.

NCKLS is offering this webinar onsite in Manhattan. We will also offer a CE grant of $25 towards covering the $38 individual login fee for librarians who are unable to attend in Manhattan.

Please register for the event with Melendra Sanders by Monday, March 16th.

Webinar Description: This webinar focuses on free or low cost apps useful in serving special populations of all ages. Such apps add an option to library services already in place to serve special populations. Library staff can use special needs apps such as a communication board, understanding and using sign language, and magnification to provide services. Many apps are useful in training library staff to better serve adults and youth who are blind or have low vision, those who are deaf or hard of hearing, those with communication issues, those diagnosed with autism, and so on. For more information about the webinar, visit the webinar description on the ASCLA website.

Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge

Dr Seuss Reading ChallengeWant to do something to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday?

What about a  Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge for the month of March?

Council Grove Renovations

Director, Shannon Reid-Wheat talks about the renovations to the Council Grove Public Library.  She refers to the process as a ‘refresh.’  Read how the refresh went.

Calling All Super Librarians!

Super Book Man copyFaster than a speeding toddler!

More reliable than a Google search!

Able to leap tall shelves at a single bound!

Look! Up in the stacks!

It’s fiction!

It’s nonfiction!

 It’s Super Librarian!

Don’t forget to signup for the 2015 Summer Reading Workshop!

When: Thursday, March 12th from 9:30 to 3:15

Where: Manhattan Public Library’s secret lair

(a.k.a. the auditorium)Super Librarian copy

629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS


(Identification of super powers begins at 9:00 a.m.)

To signup visit:


(Please note: In order to preserve secret identities, masks will be provided.)




robin clarkWe are proud to welcome the new Director of the Emporia Public Library, Robin Clark.

New Cricut Cartridge Available for checkout

We have a new cartridge for the Cricut that you can check out if you like.  It is the “My Community” cartridge.

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