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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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!
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2017/01/11/readers-advisory-to-children/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/12/21/flipped-learning/
Looking for some Programming Inspiration?
Look at these dates for great event themes:
- November 11th is Origami Day (check ou t the Repurposing Books Maker kit for some book origami ideas; or visit these sites for program ideas: Straight Origami at The Show Me Librarian or Origami Yoda at Z Before Y & BayViews and More)
- November 12th is National Pizza Day (Pizza storytime program ideas can be found at Storytime Katie, Abby the Librarian, Storytime with Miss Tara & Friends, Jen in the Library, & Librionyian.
- November 19th is International Games Day @ Your Library (Find more ideas at the Programming Librarian)
- November 20th is Universal Children’s Day
- November 21st is World Television Day
- Of course, November 24th is Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving storytime program ideas can be found at Sunflower Storytime, Storytime Katie, Library Village, The Loudest Librarian, & Jen in the Library)
- And, November 29th is Giving Tuesday
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/10/25/upcoming-programming-opportunities/
The Collaborative Summer Library Program catalogs are on their way to you!
early literacy theme poster
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.
teen theme poster
children’s theme poster
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/10/13/cslp-2017-summer-reading-catalogs/
With 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.
The 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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/21/sphero-color-maze-challenge/
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!
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/13/talk-like-a-pirate-day-september-19th/
Cari (@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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/06/gum-ball-poetry-station-idea/
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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/08/04/7-inspiring-mobile-libraries/
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I know, I know. . . You may be getting tired of hearing about Pokémon Go. But, if your patrons are still interested, I found some more resources for you.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/08/01/another-pokemon-go-post/