Feb 07

See what LearningExpress has to offer!

If a patron comes in and asks to get preparation materials for the ACCUPLACER® , LSAT®, PCAT®, MCAT®, CLEP®, TOEFL iBT® tests, are you aware you have these resources free, and all in one place for them?  These materials are in the same place you have preparation materials for the ACT®, SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, grade school algebra, and many more… in LearningExpress!

To see a video of how to use LearningExpress, go to Help, then Video Guides.  It is a 19 minute video covering LearningExpress.

Niche Academy has updated their LearningExpress tutorials to this new look.

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Jan 29

Summer Reading Craft Workshops

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Jan 19

Teen Tech Week

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Dec 20


NCKLS has purchased this canopy and weights and it can be checked out to you for library use.

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Dec 12

Website Tracking

Would you like to see your website traffic?

It is quick and easy to setup.  All you need is a Gmail E-mail account and WordPress.

Contact LaDonna

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Dec 12

Niche Academy

See our website for the new Niche Academy Online videos.  Please check it out!!

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Oct 20

Hour of Code

What is the Hour of Code? Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

When is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week; December 4-10 this year.

Hour of Code is a great program that is fun and easy to organize. The Hour of Code website has directions for activities both live and virtual and general advice for putting on a successful event. Code.org, one of the event sponsors, has additional activities and ideas for patrons who fall in love with coding and want to learn more. Code.org’s free curriculums are perfect for creating an after-school coding club for any age range.


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Aug 29

Active Shooter Policy

In light of the shooting in the Clovis, NM Public Library on August 28, it is a good time for libraries to review their evacuation and/or active shooter plans. If you and your board has not established one, now would be a good time to talk about it.  This VIDEO may be in a much larger building than most of us work in, but the overall message is useful wherever you are.  It was produced by the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Houston.  This is recommended by the Houston Public Library.


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Aug 28

How to travel the US from your armchair?

If you  (or your patrons) didn’t have time to travel around the country this summer, Literary Hub has a book list to take you to all 50 states.  You will find it at 100 Books Across America website.

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Aug 18

Adding Diversity to Our Collections

Illustration of diverse representation in children’s books published in 2015.

Yes, Mirrors, but also Windows

Anyone who is keeping up on trends in children’s and teen publishing knows that there has been a big push in the last few years to encourage publishers to print more diverse books and libraries to add these books to their collections. This “We Need Diverse Books” movement has been championed by ALA, ALSC, and YALSA, but there has also been push back.

Some communities question the value of having diverse books because their demographics aren’t diverse. And some libraries feel that books with non-majority characters are a waste of money because they don’t circulate well. Newbery Honor winning author Grace Lin discusses the impact diverse books have on both diverse and homogeneous communities and readers in this excellent TEDx Talk: The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.

For other resources on diverse books, visit some of these sites:

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