Capitol Journal article on Blue Rapids Library

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

Historic Blue Rapids Library Doubles Its Space


Combating Summer Slide Research & Program Idea

Kids ChoiceLet Them Choose!

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.

Make it a Program

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.

Superhero Books for Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) posted

The Ultimate Superhero, Supervillain, and Superpower YA Reading List

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!”

I am princess x V is for Villain Illusive

Looking for Community Partners?

Look to the United Way!

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. The 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.United Way Logo

Story Time Resource Display

summer reading displayWhen you come to the NCKLS offices, check out our display area right around the corner on the east entrance.  Story Time resources are showing currently.

WebJunction Course Catalog

webjunction imageBeginning 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.

  1. To get started visit- and select Log in at the top right of the page, then Create new account.
  2. Once you’ve created your new account, explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar that you enroll in from the catalog.

Make Your Summer Reading Program More Inclusive

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

Libraries Make Space for 3D Printers

At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D3dprinter printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY “maker spaces.”

Superhero Training Program

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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 or 785-776-4741 ext. 143.

Justice League

April is Autism Awareness Month

autism_awareness_monthWant 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.

  • The Autism Society has a great deal of information about autism, and this guide to Autism through the Lifespan is a great place to start learning more about autism and treatments that help individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has a wealth of information about Sensory Storytimes and other programs for children on the autism spectrum.
  • The Kansas Librarians for Children and Youth (KLCY) group has also created a resource for helping libraries find and use resources for patrons with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. This resource is housed on the Kansas Regional Library Systems website under Disabilities Resources for Librarians.

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