Learning Express Library

learn express windowsAccess to Learning Express Library V2.0 will end June 30th, according to the State Library. How do I get an updated link, and what is Learning Express Library?
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Beach Early Literacy & STEM Activities

Shell-SortingSummer Programming Ideas 2014

Early Literacy

From No Time for Flash Cards:

From Spoonful: Sand Mosaics Sand Art (Could also use the sandpaper to write letters or numbers.)

From Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten: Sand Writing Bin


From No Time for Flash Cards:

From Kids Activities blog: Memory Game with Shells

From the Imagination Tree: DIY Salt Dough Shell Fossils

CNN Article on Libraries


Reinventing libraries for ‘hanging out, messing around and geeking out’


Learn what libraries around the country are doing to encourage young people to visit..  Click on the title to open the article in a new window.

Google Chrome Tips

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, maybe these 5 tips will help you:

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Governor Brownback’s Read Kansas Read


As you’re promoting your library’s summer reading program, don’t forget to tell your patrons about Governor Brownback’s Read Kansas Read summer reading challenge. The program runs from June 1st through August 4th, and Kansan from newborns to 12th graders can participate.

For materials, visit the Read Kansas Read website, or you can download the reading log here.


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Is Everyone Ready for Fun?

Is Everyone Ready for Fun cover imageThe Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 title is Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. This humorous title will appeal to babies and toddlers, as well as the traditional 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers. Is Everyone Ready for Fun? has simple text and bold illustrations that feature three cows who jump, dance and wiggle their way to fun on Chicken’s sofa—to Chicken’s growing frustration.

The title is published by Scholastic and the company is offering a great discount–$2.99 each for paperback copies that will be given to children. Unfortunately, the title is currently not available in Spanish or bilingual versions.

Ordering information and the event website will be available soon.

The official 2014 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week is November 16-22. This year, the committee encourages participation throughout the month of November, so please keep track of the number of children who hear the book during the entire month. Committee members made this change in recognition of the busy time of year, and of the impact weather might have on some scheduled events.

The 2014 committee members are:

  • Jennifer Adams, Manhattan Public Library
  • Barb Bahm, Kansas Association of School Librarians, Tonganoxie School District
  • Tammie Benham, Save the Children
  • Patty Collins, Central Kansas Library System
  • Tracey DeShazo, Silver Lake Public Library
  • Anne Harris, Wichita Public Library
  • Judy Kleinsorge, Pioneer Memorial Library, Colby
  • Donna Knoell, Educational Consultant
  • Beth Nichols, Head Start of Shawnee Mission
  • Vanessa North, Coffey County Library
  • Janet Reynolds, La Cygne Library
  • Sam Sulsar, Child Care Aware of Kansas

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected week and month. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas.

For more information about Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, contact Anna Foote, Early Literacy/Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the State Library, anna.foote@library.ks.gov, 800-432-3919.

NCKLS’ Storytime Kits Have Science!

When you’re planning your Fizz, Boom, READ storytimes for summer, keep in mind that these NCKLS’ Story Time Kits and 6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits have great science tie-ins. Click Fizz, Boom, Storytime! for a complete listing of science related materials plus online resources and ideas. To reserve a kit or folder story, contact Melendra at msanders at nckls.org or call 785-776-4741 ext. 143.

Story Time Kits:

  • Farm #1
  • On the Go #2
  • Colors & Shapes #3
  • In the Garden #6
  • Ocean #7
  • Zoo #8
  • Bath Time #19

State 6 by 6 Kits:

  • Click Clack Moo
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Blue Sea
  • Little Cloud
  • Mushroom in the Rain

NCKL also has some science themed folder stories:

  • How an Apple Grows (plant life)
  • Mouse Paint (color)
  • Don’t Worry Bear (metamorphosis)
  • Mole’s New Pet (animal life)


GMail Help

If you are a Gmail user, Google has some resources to help organize and utilize your Gmail:
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New Additions to Story Time Kits!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s something new in every NCKLS’ Story Time Kit: Folder Stories!

Not sure what a folder story is, check out this sample: Dinosaur Skin.

Folder Stories are super simple to use. Just hold up the folder, use the included script to tell the story, and pull out the sheets of paper to change the color or image at the appropriate time. Since you hold them in your hand, you don’t need a feltboard or story time stand.

Folder Stories are a great way to get your audience to help you retell a story. They can also be used in place of a book or flannel board story.

Interested in creating your own folder stories? NCKLS is hosting a DIY Folder Story session at our Youth Services Workshop (Thursday, August 21st).

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