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.
RILEY CITY LIBRARY is delighted to announce two Sunday Special Presentations March 8 at 2 pm with an encore presentation at 4 pm called “A Ramble through Riley a Hundred Years Ago” by Riley County Historical Museum Director Cheryl Collins. It promises to be a very interesting presentation. Also the opening of the exhibit “Riley County Relics”. …View full post
NCKLS Is Hosting a Watch Party for the Free and Affordable Apps for Accessibility Webinar When: Thursday, March 26, 2015: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is presenting a webinar to help librarians learn about the apps that can make libraries more accessible to patrons with disabilities. NCKLS is …View full post
Faster than a speeding toddler! More reliable than a Google search! Able to leap tall shelves at a single bound! Look! Up in the stacks! It’s fiction! It’s nonfiction! It’s Super Librarian! Don’t forget to signup for the 2015 Summer Reading Workshop! When: Thursday, March 12th from 9:30 to 3:15 Where: Manhattan Public Library’s secret …View full post
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.
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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 .
Check out this Early Literacy Idea
The 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.
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
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.
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Zero to Three Shares Key Research Findings
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.”
Another resource to look at is Screen Time: How Electronic Media–From Baby Videos to Educational Software–Affects Your Young Child by Lisa Guernsey.
NCKLS was SOOOO Excited to Host Jan Thomas!
NCKLS was very lucky to get multiple venues with Jan Thomas as she toured Kansas to promote Kansas Reads to Preschoolers.
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.
Following 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.
The next morning, Jan performed 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.