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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,, 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 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)


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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).

2016 & 2017 Summer Reading Slogans & Themes

481781_336225553160220_367576310_sAt the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) annual meeting in Biloxi, MS last week, the group voted on the 2016 summer reading slogans and 2017 summer reading theme. The slogans for 2015 are listed, also, to help with planning.

2015 Theme:  Heroes

  • Children–Every Hero has a Story
  • Teen–Unmask!
  • Adult–Escape the Ordinary

2016 Theme:  Sports/ Health/ Fitness

  • Children–On your mark, Get Set, Read
  • Teen–Get in the game–Read
  • Adult–Exercise your mind–Read

2017 Theme:  Build a Better World/ Construction/ Architecture

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As of April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available from Microsoft.microsoftlogov3

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do-later-procrastination-concept-big-red-dice-options-34979925Time Flies…But Where? Time Management Tips and Tools” is a workshop offered. It is an excellent resource for helping you focus on analyzing your time, and weighing to see if where you are spending your time, is where you want your time spent.   Read the rest of this entry »

Results of KU Evaluation of 6 by 6: Ready to Read

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In 2012, the State Library contracted with the University of Kansas to conduct an independent evaluation of how well 6 by 6: Ready to Read works in child care progra

The study compared two groups of child care providers and children. All child care providers attended brief meetings at their local public libraries where they learned about the six skills children need to have by about age six to be ready to learn to read. All attendees left with printed information that described 6 by 6 and gave practical tips on how to use 6 by The pilot study involved seven library locations (rural and urban), 17 child care programs and 88 children under age six.

After the meeting, approximately half of the childcare providers were randomly assigned to be in the group that received no further contact from library staff. The remaining child care providers, those in the “enhanced support” group, received three or four visits at their locations from library staff. Staff demonstrated age-appropriate literacy activities and provided child care sites with books and educational activities to use during the study.

 Researchers found that:

  • Inviting small groups of child care givers in to the library for a brief 6 by 6 training session presented by library staff is an effective way to give early literacy information to community members.

Researchers state: “Child care provider response to the training was overwhelmingly positive.” After the training sessions, “all of the participants felt that they were able to explain the (early literacy skill) terms and plan activities for the children related to at least five of the six key literacy skills.” (p.12-13)

  • A short provider training at the library is just as effective as 3-4 teaching outreach visits to child care programs. Researchers recommend “that local libraries in Kansas continue to offer 6 by 6 introductory meetings to small groups of child care providers in their areas.” (p.21)
  • Six months after attending meetings at their libraries, child care providers reported using the library more often, including checking out materials for use with children in their care.
  • There was an increase in children’s reading readiness approximately two months after their caregivers were introduced to 6 by 6. Children continued to show gains when assessed four months later. (p.22)

The full report is available at:

Anna Foote, the state Early Literacy/Lifelong Learning Coordinator, will be holding a webinar to talk about how librarians can use these findings to benefit their libraries and to share ways the State Library can support libraries across the state. In the meantime, feel free to contact Anna at 800-432-3919.

Help with Tech Plans

Planning the budget requires all aspects of the library’s operation be considered and evaluated. Though technology is not the largest budget line item, planning for technology has become more important since computer and Internet access has become a significant part of library service. Technology takes many forms but a short list of the major components in need of frequent evaluation or periodic replacement to be considered should be: the Internet connection, the ILS or automation system, computers, monitors and printers. A written Technology Plan is maybe the best way to keep track of the library’s current technology and plan for future improvements, additions and replacements. We have created templates to help NCKLS libraries create their technology plans. The “Tech Plan Templates” are composed of a word document for a “Four year” plan and an excel spreadsheet for inventory. Both will require editing to make your resulting Technology Plan fit your library’s specific needs.

Download the “2014-Inventory Template“, save it to your computer then use it to create a current inventory of your library’s technology equipment and services.

Download the “2014-Technology Plan Template“, save it then use it to summarize technology needs and schedule purchase of computers and other technology.

Please contact Richard Miller (or other NCKLS Technology staff) if you would like assistance as you work to create or update your library’s Technology Plan.

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