Bill Snyder READ Posters

Read Poster Bill SnyderNCKLS has Bill Snyder READ posters to give away!

If your library is interested, call or send an email to anyone in the NCKLS offices.

Limit of 3 per library.

School-Aged Programming: Field Trips!

“The Hows and Whys of Our Successful Field Trip Adventures” from the Bryce Don’t Play blog has some great advice for making the most of inviting school groups into your library.

The article also includes some motivation for starting a field trip adventure of your own, specifically Bryce’s library statistics showed that “40% of all public school second graders returned at least once” and “25% of all public school kindergartners returned!” While field trips can be a lot of work, that sort of increase in library use makes it worth the work!

A Shocking Story for All Staff: Ground Yourself for Safety!

Library Computer Technician Dan Ross offers a word of caution about steps to take before turning on your computer or other electrical equipment—at work or home. A recent problem with a staff printer revealed that a buildup of static electricity caused sheets of paper to stick together, jamming the process.

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Interested in Adding a Summer Food Program?

The KSDE Summer Food Service Program Is Always an Option!

Renee Grassi posted this great article, “Serving the Underserved: Lunch at the Library” about adding a summer food program to her library’s summer reading activities. She discusses benefits of the program and how it fits into the library’s mission

I know many of the libraries in the NCKLS region were interested in adding the Summer Food Service Program to their own summer programming. You can find more information about the program at the Kansas Summer Food Service Program website.

Planning Your Fall Programs?

Pumpkin CoachHere are some fun ideas for Halloween:

Sasquatch Escape from Bryce Don’t Play (NCKLS’ Hint: The Friendly Monster Story Time Kit has some fun Sasquatch titles, as well as great Make Your Own Monster toys.)

Host a Halloween Bash from Movie Licensing USA: Public Libraries

For Tweens, Teens or Adults: Three Literary Themed Halloween Parties for ‘tweens and teens from Good Books for Young Souls

Make your own Mummy: Movable Mummies from Family Chic

This project would be fun any time of year. But add a little spooky music, and it’s perfect for Halloween: P.U.F.F.IN Library Lab: Light Painting! from Bryce Don’t Play

Storytime Rhymes for Halloween from Miss Tara and Friends:

  • “The Ghost”The Ghost
  • “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”

Interested in a Lego Club, but don’t know where to start?

The Library As Makerspace blog suggests that a Lego Contest Is a Sure Hit!

Another Lego program, LEGO Week at Homer Public Library by Claudia Haines, was so popular it became an annual event.

The fall is a great time to reach out to your local schools, too.

Partnering with schools can help your library, your school, and (of course) all those students. YALSA shares some advice for creating such partnerships, in Back to School: Making New Connections

If You’re Looking for the Sample Firearms Policy

If you are trying to reach the sample firearms policy that Teri Belin mentions in her New Concealed Carry Laws for Library Staff article in the August NCKLS Newsletter by copying and pasting the link, Adobe is taking out the hyphen between sample and policy. You can manually add that hyphen back into the link in your browser, or you can find the sample policy and FAQ sheet under the Resources tab.

Sorry for any confusion!

NCKLS Annual Meeting Agenda

Order of Business

North Central Kansas Libraries System

Annual Board Meeting

Hilton Garden Inn

August 7, 2014

9:30 – 1:00

Executive Committee Meeting:  9:30 am

      •             Call to Order
      •             Consent Agenda : Minutes of the May 29, 2014 meeting;
      •             Financial Statement & Approval of Bills
      •            Approval of 2015 service contracts for: Americus Township Library, Dorothy Bramlage Public, Elmendaro Township Library, Emporia Public Library,

 North Lyon County Library District #1, Pottawatomie-Wabaunsee Regional Library, Wamego Public Library

      •           Approval of Technology grant contracts for: Abilene Public Library, Axtell Public Library, Burns Public Library, Council Grove Public Library, and White City Public Library.
      •            Approval of Service Improvement grant contracts for: Blue Rapids Public Library, Council Grove Public Library, Hillsboro Public Library and Vermillion Public Library.
      •             Adjourn Executive Committee meeting

Budget Hearing 10:00 am

      • Presentation of the 2015 System Budget – Linda
      • Public Comment Period
      • Close hearing

System Board Meeting

      •  Call To order
      •  Roll Call – Mary White
      •  Collection of ballots for Executive Committee Elections – Carol
      •   Approval of minutes of the August 1, 2013 meeting
      •   Director’s Report — Linda
      •   Formal Adoption of Budget—Mary White
      •   Adoption of Resolution to Increase 2015 Budget
      •   Presentation and approval of the 2015 System Goals
      •   Establishment of a working committee to review contract services


      •  Results of Executive Committee Election




Program:  Friends are like pockets…everybody needs some! Sue Blechl

Informing Voters

From Mainstream, Inc.,  the Kansas Nonprofit association comes this resource for answering voters questions in a non-partisan way:


“With elections fast approaching, make sure that your nonprofit has the resources it needs to help get your community prepared for and involved in voting!  A great place to start is with Nonprofit Vote!  Nonprofit Vote provides nonpartisan information, ideas, support, and resources to America’s nonprofits in order to help them encourage the people they serve to participate and vote!  Visit Nonprofit Vote’s website at for information about registering, up-to-date information from election officials for every state, and resources for every level of involvement!’

Get Your Preschoolers Excited about the Alphabet

Learning to recognize upper and lower case letters is essential to learning, and there are so many ways to promote this skill!

Knowing that letters are different from each other and that they are made up of shapes is one of the first steps in learning ones letters. It is also important for children to recognize that even the same letter can look different, for example upper case Q and lower case q. Figuring out that individual letters are attached to unique sounds plays a part as well.

See the links below for some fun ideas for teaching children letter recognition:

Upper Case/Lower Case Matching Activity from No Time for Flashcardsapple-find-the-letter

Find the Letter on the Apple from Adventures in Learning

Letter Builders & Magnetic Alphabet Builders from Nurturing Naters with Learning Activities at Home

Learn to Draw the Letters of [Child’s] Name from Class Angelique (Translated by Google)

Build-a-Letter Templates from Tired, Need Sleep

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom from Pencils, Proverbs, Pandemonium, & Pins

Alphabet Matchup from Indulgy

Feed the Alphabet Monster from I Can Teach My Child

Feed the Alphabet Monster

Summer Reading Evaluation

It’s that time of the summer again!Madscientist

Time to start entering the statistics for your library’s summer reading program.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s numbers. This summer’s theme was so fun, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from many of you about events and activities you’ve tried.

You can access the evaluation here: CSLP Summer Reading Evaluation 2014. I need all your numbers by September 1st, so I can get them organized and submitted to the state. And, don’t forget, your comments are important too. The state always wants to hear as many details as possible about how the programs went, and they love to hear comments shared by library patrons. If you have a feel-good story, please share it!

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