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).

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

XP computers aren’t secure

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.

April Watch Parties at NCKLS



Why movement is part of early literacy skills development

Wed., April 9th from 12:00 – 1:00
Presented by Dr. Allison Kaplan

The ALSC early literacy initiative, “Every Child Ready to Read,” presents five practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing, as strategies for helping parents understand how to develop early literacy skills in their children. We tend to feel pretty comfortable with incorporating Talking, Singing, Reading, and Writing into storytime programming; but, what about Playing? In this webinar, participants will learn about the important role moving, playing instruments, and pretending have in helping children ages 0-4 develop early literacy skills and how to incorporate those into storytime programming.



Maker Programming for Kids: No Makerspace Required

Thur., April 24th from 1:00 – 2:00
Presented by Cindy Wall & Lynn Pawloski

Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski, two traditionally educated, but not traditionally centered children’s librarians introduce maker-based programming to librarians of all experience levels and tech-savviness. Maker, today’s DIY, encourages collaboration among participants regardless of library programming budget or designated Makerspace availability. The Maker Movement encompasses self-production of technology, crafts and more. In addition to a multitude of programming ideas, attendees will share a step-by-step, hands-on experience. Cindy and Lynn are co-authors of the upcoming The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Youth Library Programs published by Libraries Unlimited.



“Time Flies…But Where? Time Management Tips and Tools” is a helpful workshop. It is an excellent resource for helping focus on analyzing your time, and weighing to see if where you are spending your time, is where you want your time spent.


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SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

TopTen2013_Tech_logosIn Tech Trends, Joyce Kasman Valenza discusses the top technology trends in school and public libraries during 2013, sharing ideas, advice, and resources: SLJ2013 TopTechTrends.

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