Fun programming idea

Need some thing to perk up the season of winter doldrums?  How does getting your library patrons involved in a town-wide scavenger hunt sound?  Here is a Library Journal article from February, 2014 that tells how Darien, Connecticut pulled this off.

Pinterest Workshop Offered

Learn how to use Pinterest and why you might want to use Pinterest in your library, in our new workshop offered Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  It will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please register if you would like to attend.


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 your device to use Zinio.  You can also access promotional materials for your library, and see usage information for your area.

If you have questions, feel free to give us a call.

Those pesky passwords

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 compromising the security of any users? That’s a story in itself. It’s secret data worth knowing, especially if your password is 123456 .


Early Literacy Calendar 2015

Check out this Early Literacy Idea

2015_Early_Literacy_CalendarThe 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 of Every Child Ready to Read 2 (Read, Sing, Play, Write, and Talk) or on a Math or Science skill.

Start sharing the calendar with your patrons today! For a link, visit 2015 Early Literacy Calendar, or download the calendar and print it up for your storytime families.

We Learn…

10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss
80% of what we experience
95% of what we teach to others

—William Glasser

Facebook Interests Lists

Interests lists are an optional way to organize and view content you are interested in on Facebook. You can create your own interests lists based on the things you care about, or follow other people’s lists. For example, you could create an interest list for other libraries in NCKLS.

When you create or follow a list, you may also see some posts from that list in your main News Feed.

How to Schedule a Post in Facebook

If you don’t have time to update your static  page every day, consider using Facebook’s scheduling feature to schedule posts in advance.  Planning ahead makes your life a little easier.

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Screen Sense: Research Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old

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There are many mixed messages about screen time and young children. Yet many libraries are adding apps and other screen media to storytimes and programming for young children. If you’re trying to navigate these waters, the new research from Zero to Three can help!

Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, has published a free resource written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children that contains an “authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.  It is designed to serve as a tool for guiding parents and professionals in making informed decisions about screen media use.”

The Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight document, as well as a Key Findings summary and Tips for Using Screen Media with Young Children are available at the Zero to Three website.

Another resource to look at is Screen Time: How Electronic Media–From Baby Videos to Educational Software–Affects Your Young Child by Lisa Guernsey.

Jan Thomas Kicks Off Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2014

NCKLS was SOOOO Excited to Host Jan Thomas!

Soooo Excited


NCKLS was very lucky to get multiple venues with Jan Thomas as she toured Kansas to promote Kansas Reads to Preschoolers.


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First she spoke at Kansas State University to their Children’s Literature track students. During this  intimate session, Jan described how she came to write her first book, What Will Fat Cat Sit On? and her inspiration for Rhyming Dust Bunnies. The students had lots of good questions, and everyone enjoyed the lively discussion.


SigningFollowing her talk, Jan had a book signing at Manhattan Public Library. Claflin Books sold copies of many of Jan’s books, and Jan graciously personalized her signatures with new illustrations. There were many families and librarians hoping to get books signed and have a bit of conversation with Jan.Melendra_Jan_Jenn







The next morning, Jan Ft RileyCroppedperformed at the Fort Riley Post Library. Following her presentation, two of the Manhattan Public Children’s Librarians acted out Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. The library was packed with families, and everyone had a great time meeting Jan and partaking in the hot chocolate and cookies provided by the library.


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