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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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.

Sep 13

Talk Like a Pirate Day–September 19th

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Planning to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day at your library? Check out these program ideas:

And, don’t forget that you can learn to speak Pirate using Mango Languages on the Kansas State Library website!

Sep 06

Gum Ball Poetry Station Idea

poemCari (@myschoollibrary) from the Centered School Library tweeted a fabulous Pin recently. It was of this wonderful gumball machine that had been transformed into a poem dispenser.

She started an intense search to see how cheaply she could find a gumball machine that would really work. These are available for sale on amazon (and probably other places).Less than a week later she had a vending machine filled with jokes and riddles in the library! She was able to make the machine free spin so it can be used without quarters. She also keeps a jar out for students to recycle the capsules.

She hopes to mix up the content of the machine to try poetry, book recommendations, Dewey number suggestions, or trivia questions.

Aug 04

7 Inspiring Mobile Libraries

Here are 7 mobile libraries. Some of them were temporary projects and some are still going strong. From book bicycles and camels to DIY bookmobiles, mobile libraries are a great way to connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.Camelback

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