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 number of different United Way groups in the NCKLS region. The Konza United Way works with Clay, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee, and Washington Counties. Other counties United Way organizations include United Way of Junction City-Geary County and the United Way of Dickinson County. There are two United Way groups located in Emporia, the United Way of the Flint Hills and the Kansas State Professionals Association.United Way Logo

Story Time Resource Display

summer reading displayWhen you come to the NCKLS offices, check out our display area right around the corner on the east entrance.  Story Time resources are showing currently.

WebJunction Course Catalog

webjunction imageBeginning on July 1, 2014, access to WebJunction’s library-specific courses became available for free to all library workers and volunteers across the nation. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S., WebJunction will continue to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere.
All learners will need to create a new account.

  1. To get started visit- http://learn.webjunction.org/ and select Log in at the top right of the page, then Create new account.
  2. Once you’ve created your new account, explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar that you enroll in from the catalog.

Make Your Summer Reading Program More Inclusive

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) had a good post today with ways to improve your Summer Reading program by making it more accessible to patrons of all abilities: 10 Ways to Make Your Summer Reading Program Inclusive

Libraries Make Space for 3D Printers

At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D3dprinter printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY “maker spaces.”

Superhero Training Program

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Even if you didn’t win a Superhero Training Camp kit at one of the Summer Reading Craft Workshops, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Superhero Training Program!

Here are all the signs, templates, and other printables for a superhero training program:

If you have questions about any of the materials or activities, please contact Melendra at msanders at nckls.org or 785-776-4741 ext. 143.

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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)

Then: 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.

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