Grant Writing Workshop

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Summer Reading Workshop

Summer Reading Workshop 2019

Parking Information:
Methodist Church Parking

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Hour of Code 2018

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 , 2018.

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., one of the event sponsors, has additional activities and ideas for patrons who fall in love with coding and want to learn more.’s free curriculums are perfect for creating an after-school coding club for any age range.


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Cell Phone Coverage for Kansas

Coverage Map of USAKansas Farm Bureau (KFB) was recently granted a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to challenge the legitimacy of coverage maps from various major cellular carriers in Kansas.

Although phone carriers say nearly all of Kansas is covered with reliable, fast cell phone coverage, we know that isn’t true. Help us get the cell phone coverage you deserve no matter where you are in Kansas by running speed tests throughout the state.   Run the speed test in your area.

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Newest Resource added to LearningExpress!

The newest resource to be added to LearningExpress is the Student Success Skills Center!

This is a resource for study skills, classroom skills, life skills, and more for young people going to high school and college.

Check the training calendar to register for a LearningExpress workshop near you.   There is also a video within LearningExpress of how to use the tool.  Go to Help, then Video Guides.  It is a very informative, 19 minute video.


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New Maker Kit available

NCKLS has added a new maker kit to the collection.  The new kit is the Rube Goldberg Kit.  This kit will enable you to put on programming that allows kids to make Rube Goldberg machines.

Rube Goldberg Kit #15

Who is Rube Goldberg and What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and artist with a degree in engineering. He is known for creating incredibly complicated machines that performed a simple task. A Rube Goldberg machine is a really complicated way of doing something simple.

How do you use what is in this kit?

This kit will allow you to use everyday objects such as marbles, building blocks, paper towel tubes, etc. all together to produce a task that is linked to another and another to perform a simple task like ringing a bell or popping a balloon. The fun is in the creativity. Part of the interesting thing about a Rube Goldberg machine is the silliness. A Rube Goldberg machine is more than just a simple chain reaction. The Rube Goldberg machine uses convoluted chain reactions to accomplish any number of mundane and simple tasks. Get creative! Use the items in this kit in conjunction with things from your library to make the most of your Rube Goldberg Machine.

If you would like to check this kit out click here.

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Passive Programming

If you are like many directors, you may be overwhelmed by the thought of hosting a Summer Reading Program at your library. Not every Summer Reading Program needs expensive presenters or time consuming programming.  With limited time and limited help, you may be tempted to forgo the effort.  However, passive programming may be able to help.  Your CSLP Summer Reading Program catalog has programming ideas that will allow you to participate in Summer Reading without a lot of costly preparatory time or planning.  For example, p. 59 of the Teen section has an idea for a passive program called “Book Spine Lyrics.”  This program requires little effort and fits perfectly with the “Libraries Rock” theme.

Additionally, there are many resources online that provide great ideas for passive programming.  Check out this article from The Programming Librarian about the ease of passive programming and for some great ideas.

Here are some other resources to assist you in coming up with engaging passive programming at your library:

As always, if you want to discuss passive programming or any other youth-related topic you can contact me, Nikkie Sierra  at or 800.432.2796 x 804.

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

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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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Niche Academy

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

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