If your library is interested, call or send an email to anyone in the NCKLS offices.
Limit of 3 per library.
Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from the collection of selected titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download…free! If you are not currently using Zinio, click the Zinio page on this website to see how to setup …View full post
This short TED talk might convince you to redo some or all of your passwords. Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users — and secured sites — make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without …View full post
Check out this Early Literacy Idea The Youth Services Shout-Out-YSS!, a blog supported by Wisconsin librarians, has created a fabulous early literacy tool. Their calendar provides suggestions of activities that support literacy. The activities are fun, short, and simple. But the true beauty of the ideas is that each one focuses on either a tenet …View full post
“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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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
North Lyon County Library District #1, Pottawatomie-Wabaunsee Regional Library, Wamego Public Library
Budget Hearing 10:00 am
System Board Meeting
Program: Friends are like pockets…everybody needs some! Sue Blechl
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 www.nonprofitvote.org for information about registering, up-to-date information from election officials for every state, and resources for every level of involvement!’
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.
Upper Case/Lower Case Matching Activity from No Time for Flashcards
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
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!