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
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!View full post
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 …View full post
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 …View full post
Recently, The Washington Post ran this article “Why We Should Let Kids Choose Their Own Summer Reading Books” highlighting research that demonstrates that the best way to combat summer slide is to let children select their own reading materials!
We’ve long known that reading over the summer helps children retain their literacy skills, but this study shows that what they read matters too. . .and in an unexpected way. It’s not about reading quality literature; instead, it’s about reading for fun. Children who were allowed to select their own reading materials were more likely to read than those who had materials selected for them.
Then on the ALSC blog, Abby Johnson, Children’s Services Manager at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, shared her Kid’s Choice program. The post discusses some of the issues with letting children make their own selections, such as parental disapproval of books they deem “too easy” and the stress teachers and other adults place on children to read “at their level.” Johnson explains how her library supports reading for fun and how she encourages children to recommend books for their peers.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) posted
Check it out if you’re looking for hero books for your teens!
The list was created by Molly Wetta, who describes it this way, “These books explore the moral ambiguities that come with superhuman abilities as well as the line between hero and villain, all with lots of action and adventure!”
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. TheÂ 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.
Beginning 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.
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
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.
Want 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.