Category Archive: Additional Resources

Why Public Libraries Matter

There are more public libraries in America—some 9,000 central buildings and 7,500 branch locations—than McDonald’s restaurants, making them one of the most ubiquitous institutions in the nation.

Win $10,000 for Your Library’s Afterschool Program!

Does your library have after school activities for youth that focus on helping them improve academics skills like reading, writing, and critical thinking skills? You may be eligible for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. To find out more, visit Afterschool Alliance website. Applicants are due August 27th, so hurry!

September is Library Card time!


September is a good month to feature library card sign ups.  ALA has lots of ideas on how to make a great library card campaign here.

Your Library’s Very Own Little Free Library

If you’ve heard about the Little Free Library movement that’s springing up around the nation, you may have felt like it was competition for your own library. But, perhaps, you could think of it as a branch? A number of libraries have created their own small libraries at locations outside the library walls, such as …

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Rural libraries have much in common with each other–no matter where they are

Libraries Increase Access to Online Services in Myanmar   As Myanmar’s government ministries offer more comprehensive e-government services, rural communities have the most to gain because of their geographic isolation and limited resources. But those communities tend to have limited access to technology and internet, and although some government information is currently available online at …

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A Little Weeding Anyone?

I know, you’re crazy busy with Summer Reading, but look at those books that don’t circulate in the summer. There may be a good reason nobody wants to check out those  ratty books! Created by  Dianne McKenzie, this visual guide to weeding nonfiction provides great tips on everyone’s favorite task. . .weeding.  

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough on the importance of librarians


NCKLS Programming Kits

They’re fun! They’re easy to use! They’re free!       Want to learn more about the Programming Kits NCKLS circulates to libraries? Check out this short video: NCKLS Programming Kits.

Capitol Journal article on Blue Rapids Library

There is a nice article in the June 22, 2015 Topeka Capitol Journal on the opening of the new addition to the Blue Rapids Library. You can read it here Historic Blue Rapids Library Doubles Its Space  

Looking for Community Partners?

Look to the United Way! The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) had a great post today about two different library partnerships with the United Way, one for early literacy and one for a tween one community, one book program. To read the article, click here: United Way–Partnerships that Create Partnerships. There are a …

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