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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Oct 06

Niche Academy Trial until October19

We are looking at the possibility of purchasing Niche Academy for the library system.  Niche Academy is a collection of tutorials to teach patrons and STAFF how to use the resources available to us through the state library and other places.  We can even create our own.  Take some time before October 19 to test drive the tutorials at https://my.nicheacademy.com/nckls.

Niche Academy also allows for us to place our own tutorials on the  site.  Exampled from other libraries include a couple of emergency policy and procedure tutorials.

We will send out a short survey on October 19 to see if you think we should spend $3800 to give our system access to this.

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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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Aug 11

Kansas Literacy Week September 3-9, 2017

On August 18th, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Governor Brownback will sign a proclamation declaring September 3-9 Kansas Literacy Week. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center (KMLC), working with Kansas Libraries, Kansas Masons, and professional literacy associations invite all residents of Kansas to join in highlighting the economic and societal importance of literacy.

Kansas Literacy Week coincides with National Read a Book Day (September 6th), and International Literacy Day (September 8th).

Communities, schools, libraries, and other organizations are encouraged to use this week to recognize and celebrate the importance of literacy for all Kansans. Feel free to share your plans, ideas, and excitement using #KSliteracyweek and #kmlc.

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Aug 02

Promote Your Library with a Painted Rock Hunt

Heard of Friendship Rocks?

 

Sort of like geocaching, this fad has people hiding painted rocks around their communities. When someone finds a painted rock, they can share a picture on social media and then re-hide the rock at a new spot. Some libraries are turning this into a PR campaign, and it’s super easy to do.

 

  1. Paint some rocks. You can do this yourself, with volunteers, or as a program. Be sure all the rocks have the name or initials of your library somewhere on them.
  2. Hide the rocks around your community. Again, you can do this by yourself, with volunteers, or as a program.
  3. Make a splash on your library’s website and Facebook page about the rocks.
  4. Offer a small prize to people who find the rocks and bring them into the library. This can be something simple like, taking their picture with the rock and posting it to your website/Facebook page.
  5. Ask them to hide the rock somewhere new.

Need some rock painting ideas? Check out these websites:

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Aug 01

Rural Libraries: The lifeblood of small towns

And #10, Libraries are safe places……Gone are the days when a person goes to the local library to do nothing more than check out a book and return it or renew it later. Small town libraries have become a provider of numerous services to their communities. Their future will be one of expanding those services even more. The communities that support those services will be more vibrant, educated and engaged.

Phil Hardwick is coordinator of capacity development at the John C Stennis Institute of Government in Mississippi, and he shared the 10 things he learned about rural libraries.  Same applies to Kansas rural libraries.

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May 05

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month: “a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.” To learn more about NFCM, visit the USA Child Welfare website.

Since it’s difficult to know if a child is a foster child or if a family is a foster family, this group may seem invisible within your community.

If you want to do something in your library to honor foster kids and foster parents, a book display would be a great start. Laura, at the blog Literacious, has posted a book list that focuses on children in foster care: 20 Titles for National Foster Care Month.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has a wiki focused on serving diverse teens that includes resources for Teens in Foster Care. The shared links lead to library program ideas and information about best practices in serving foster children.

Finally, check out the new title from Melanie Crowder, Three Pennies, which stars a protagonist who is a foster child.

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May 01

A Machine to Dust Books, is like a ‘waterless carwash”

Book cleaning spotlight by Library Journal, highlights an Italian-made machine, The Depulvera, as an automatic book cleaning system that dusts about 12 books per minute. It’s compact, simple to use, and can be operated in small spaces—even within stack aisles.  The Boston Public Library tweets about their use of it.  See the company website http://depulvera.com/ for more information.

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