Feb 16

Ever Heard of the Pilcrow Foundation?

The Pilcrow Foundation: Sharing Books with Rural Public Libraries

The Pilcrow Foundation’s mission is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States.

We recognize that public libraries are often the center of their rural community, where people come together to learn and share ideas. Providing quality children’s books to rural public libraries ensures an opportunity for active engagement within the community and lifelong learning.

The Pilcrow Foundation supports rural public library communities through our Children’s Book Project. We ask libraries, in partnership with the Friends of the Library or other local sponsors, to raise one third of the funds used to purchase the new books which become part of the library’s permanent children’s book collection, thus ensuring children’s access to quality books for years to come.

For more information about the Pilcrow Foundation, visit their website The Pilcrow Foundation. Grant specific information can be found here.

Feb 08

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is February 16th!

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.

If your library wants to participate in World Read Aloud Day, visit LitWorld’s website and find out more. The site has free downloadable materials, like a banner and activity packs, as well as a link to register your event.

Jan 27

Library of Congress: Young Readers Center

The Library of Congress is opening a Young Readers Center!

January 28th is the grand opening of the new Young Readers Center at the library of congress. The event will feature a ribbon cutting with Dr. Carla Hayden and the Teen Board representatives, story time with award-winning authors, crafts, book accessibility demonstrations, and a special guest parade.

The Young Readers Center will host a weekly storytime every Friday, as well as a monthly teen reading meeting.

To find out more, visit the Young Readers Center website or take a look at their Grand Opening Flyer.

Jan 23

ALA Youth Media Awards

The Youth Media Awards have been announced!

For a full listing of the medalists and honor winners, visit the American Library Association listing. To learn more about specific awards, visit ALA’s Youth Media Awards page.

Jan 18

Capitol Journal article on the State Library of Kansas


Jo Budler’s calm, hospitable workplace is one of the most unusual and architecturally pleasing public libraries in Kansas.

On the third floor of the Capitol in Topeka, beyond the hustle and bustle of politicians, a set of double doors open to a two-story collection of reference materials that include a law book published more than 275 years ago. The State Library led by Budler spreads gospel of literacy far beyond the Statehouse by offering the state’s readers access to a massive online ebook service.

Read more here.

 

Jan 11

Readers’ Advisory to Children

Tool for Readers’ Advisory to Children

Providing readers’ advisory to children and parents can be both difficult and intimidating. If you want a little help, check out this great site created by the Mobile Public Library: Choosing Books for Kids.

It contains information about each age range’s reading needs and short descriptions of types of books a given age range typically enjoys, as well as suggestions of authors to try. This is a great training tool for staff and volunteers. Also, the site is easy to use and could be shared with parents. However, be sure to let them know that if they search an author, it is looking at the Mobile Public Library catalog, not your library’s catalog!

Dec 21

Flipped Learning

Ever heard of Flipped Learning? It has been around about ten years but the benefit of this learning model is the ability to demonstration real world applications and engage students with interactive projects.

It is called ‘flipped’ because the traditional definition was, “what used to be classwork” (the lecture) is done outside of class (usually with videos), and “what used to be homework” (assigned problems) is now done in class.

However, flipped learning has evolved to describe any situation in which technology is issued to time-shift the delivery of content.  It is where active learning meets technology.

Oct 25

Upcoming Programming Opportunities in November

Looking for some Programming Inspiration?

national-pizza-dayLook at these dates for great event themes:

Oct 13

CSLP 2017 Summer Reading Catalogs

The Collaborative Summer Library Program catalogs are on their way to you!

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early literacy theme poster

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adult theme poster

Some of the catalogs have already been delivered, and some are on their way. Be on the lookout for yours.

Order your materials here: 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Materials Order Form. All orders must be placed by October 31, 2016.

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children’s theme poster

 

Sep 21

Sphero Color Maze Challenge

sphero-chariotWith the final Fall Youth Workshop fast approaching, I thought I’d share a short video of some of the fun system librarians had coding Sphero.
sphero-danceThe final workshop will take place at the Emporia Public Library on Friday, September 23 from 10:00 to 12:00. It’s not too late to register.

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