Nov 23

Swogger Foundation

If your library is looking for grant money for a small progect, you may want to contact the Swogger Foundation.  Their granting priorities are listed as “Arts and culture, education and libraries.”  Applications are accepted year-round.  Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Funding is limited to non-profit organizations.

Contact them at:

Swogger Foundation
c/o Kaw Valley Bank
1110 N Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66608

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Nov 20

And while we’re on the subject of weeding

Two librarians from mid-sized libraries in Michigan have created a blog called Awful Library Books.  If any of the books that appear on their site are in your library…it’s time to weed tham out.  This site has gotten so many hits, the librarians appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  THere is a link to their interview on their blog. Click the title of the blog to view it in a new window.

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Nov 20

Great Article on Weeding

Here is the link to an article in the November 15, 2009 edition of Library Journal.  All you reluctant weeders, please read Get To Effective Weeding.  You cen view the article by clicking on the title.

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Nov 16

“We the People Bookshelf” Grant opportunity

Dear Librarian:

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the seventh We the People Bookshelf project. This year’s theme, “A More Perfect Union,” invites reflection on the idea of the United States as a “union,” a “One” as well as a “Many,” and will complement library programs observing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. To stimulate programming, the Bookshelf features a DVD edition of “The Civil War,” the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns, including the rights to show the series to public audiences..

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online through January 29, 2010 at A single application may be submitted on behalf of multiple libraries within a library system, school district or community. Individual branch and school libraries are also encouraged to apply.

In spring 2010, NEH will award 4,000 libraries a collection of 17 classic hardcover books for young readers, related to the theme, “A More Perfect Union”, as well as the option to receive Spanish translations of three titles, and bonus materials for readers of all ages. Successful applicants will also receive accompanying materials for programming, including bookplates, bookmarks and posters.

For programming ideas and tips, access to the guidelines and application, book titles, and further details, visit With questions, contact


American Library Association
Public Programs Office
50 E. Huron – Chicago, IL 60611

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Sep 03

Ruling on Lead in Children’s Books


As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law. CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead. According to our conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks.

While we await the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions. If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a danger to children, it should remove it from public access, for instance by moving it to the non-circulating collection. We would also ask that if libraries do learn of any books containing lead to please let the ALA – Washington Office know so that we might share that information with other libraries. When the Statement of Policy is released, we will promptly notify our members.

So, until we get further instructions, unless you know for certain that a book has lead in the pictures, you do not need to pull any children’s books from the shelves.  When a list of books becomes available we will post it. –C.B.

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Apr 09

Scholastic Literacy Partners

If your library, friends group or another service organization in town purchases books to give to children free of charge condsider becoming a Scholastic Literacy Partner.  Partners receive deep discounts and free shipping.  Scholastic’s goal is to put new books into children’s hands and promote their love of reading.

To find out more about this program or to apply to become a literacy partner, click here.

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Aug 05

Community Resource Act (CRA) Grant

Community Resource Act (CRA) grant applications are due by October 15, 2008

This program is designed to help organizations develop education programs for their community.

UFM is the model that is use by many communities to develop their programs. UFM Community Learning Center was started in 1968 in Manhattan by a group of K-State students and faculty. Based on the philosophy that everyone can learn and everyone can teach, UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development.

This program provides state mini-grants and technical support for a uniquely Kansas approach to community development and joint learning.  The program is designed to meet the educational, recreational, social, and cultural needs of a community.

Eligible organizations are local non-profit organizations, institutions, service agencies, or groups primarily concerned with the general welfare of the community which are organized for the purpose of establishing and operating community resource programs, and community education programs.

The Community Resource Act (CRA) Program is administered by Kansas State University, Division of Continuing Education, through UFM Community Learning Center.  As an outreach program of UFM and the Division of Continuing Education, CRA strives to promote life-long learning throughout the state of Kansas.

For more information about UFM and the CRA Program, call (785) 539-8763 or e-mail Charlene Brownson at

Thank you,

Charlene Brownson


Community Outreach Coordinator

1221 Thurston Street

Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone: (785) 539-8763

Fax: (785) 539-9460


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Jan 11

Strategic Planning for Results

We now have 2 copies of Sandra Nelson’s Strategic Planning for Results available for loan from the NCKL office.  This is a fully revised version of Planning for Results, which was the first of ALA’s successful “For Results” series.

According to the ALA Editions catalog, the author “focuses on the essential steps necessary to draft a results-driven strategic planning process that libraries can complete over the course of four months, regardless of organizational structure or size.”

The books are available on a first come, first served basis and can be checked out for 30 days.  Please call or email Carol to have one of these mailed to your library.

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