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We offer support to our member libraries in planning and implementing services to children and young adults. Melendra Sutliff Sanders is the Youth Consultant, available at (1-800-432-2796 ext. 143) or by e-mail at msanders@nckls.org

Services offered:

  • Collection development, weeding, and programming assistance
  • Children’s & Young Adult policy consulting
  • Checkout of Story Time Kits, Maker Kits, and Easy Reader Kits
  • Annual workshops: Summer Reading Program workshop and Fall Youth workshop related to Children’s & Young Adult services
  • Die-cuts – listing of shapes available here
  • Professional collection Children’s & Youth Services books available for checkout to individual libraries
  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) assistance:
    Every year, the CSLP produces a national reading program that spans early literacy through adults around a particular theme. Libraries may order posters, bookmarks, reading logs, completion certificates and other basic marketing supplies from us each year in Fall. Then, in February/March the materials are distributed at the annual Summer Reading Program Workshop. Each library receives a free programming manual from us by the end of the calendar year that provides all kinds of craft, program, kickoff and other ideas around the theme. The manual comes on DVD, but a print manual can be provided upon request.Libraries can also order additional incentives (water bottles, pins, t-shirts) with the annual theme through the CSLP by signing up for a free account. Each library pays for any additional incentives.




  Diecuts from the North Central Kansas Libraries NCKLS has the following die-cuts available for system libraries. To place an order, contact cbarta@nckl.info or call 1-800-432-2796 x140. You will need to send the paper to us, and we will make the die-cuts you ordered and we’ll send them back to you. The images are each …

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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

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 in November. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas. Each year the Kansas …

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Programming Kits

Our programming kits provide the materials needed for running a program with children of a variety of ages. Story Time Kits NCKLS’ Story Time Kits contain books, folder stories, and interactive toys focused on a topic. They are for use as either a passive programming resource or to enhance library storytimes. There are 20 Story …

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School Library Resources

Need to Convince Your Administration. . . School Board. . . Legislature. . . that School Librarians Make a Difference? Check out these reports: School Librarian Staffing Levels and Student Achievement as Represented in 2006 – 2009 Kansas Annual Yearly Progress Data from Mirah J. Dow, Jacqueline McMahon Lakin, and Stephen C. Court. Informational Brief: …

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STEM & Maker Space Resources

Remember how much fun your patrons had with the Fizz, Boom, Read! science activities? Well, even though the Fizz, Boom, Read! theme is over, libraries across the nation are still adding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) activities to their storytimes and elementary and teen programs. NCKLS has a number of resources to help you …

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Summer Reading 2016

The 2016 Summer Reading Workshop with Cheryl Sylvester was a hit. Cheryl shared lots of great ideas and the books to go with them. If you weren’t able to make the workshop, you can always watch this video of it to catch up. We’ve also completed the 4 craft workshops focused on this summer’s theme, and all the …

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Youth Continuing Ed

Want to know more about presenting storytime? Need some new program ideas? Wonder what the difference is between a picture book and an easy reader? Check out these Continuing Education Resources: Storytime Training Videos Children’s Book Formats   Program Ideas & Resources: Superhero Program Ideas Hero Crafts and Program Ideas Passive Program Ideas   Professional Collection …

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