Privacy & Confidentiality Policies

At the NCKLS directors’ meeting on February 11, we discussed privacy and confidentiality policies. The American Library Association’s model policy may be found here.

In addition, you may find this supplemental checklist of best practices, created by the Illinois Library Association, helpful in reviewing or developing a policy for your library.

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Día Turns 20 Mini-Grants from ALSC & Dollar General

Dia_webbadge1_vert_2pHave you considered planning a Día event at your library? Día, the library event celebrating the connection of children and books, turns 20 April 30, 2016, so the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a funding opportunity to help you celebrate!

Applications for 20 mini-grants of $2,000 are now open an available here. ALSC members in public libraries within 20 miles of a Dollar General retail or corporate location are welcome to apply. Start thinking about how your library would like to celebrate 20 years of connecting children with diverse books and apply now!

For more information about Día, as well as downloadable activities, visit the website: Día! Diversity in Action.

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Rising to the Challenge

Dialogue on Public Libraries: Rising to the Challenge  Continue reading

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ALA Youth Media Awards


The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced Monday morning.

If you haven’t had time to look at the list, check it out below.

John Newbery Medal:

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña

Newbery Honor Books:

  • The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan


Randolph Caldecott Medal:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and written by Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor Books:

  • Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy
  • Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña


Coretta Scott King Author Book Award:

Gone Crazy in Alabama, written by Rita Williams-Garcia

King Author Honor Books:

  • All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds
  • X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award:

Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor

King Illustrator Honor Books:

  • The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Hoodoo, written by Ronald L. Smith


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford


Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Jerry Pinkney


Michael L. Printz Award:

Bone Gap, written by Laura Ruby

Printz Honor Books:

  • Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick


Schneider Family Book Award (books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience)

(Ages 0-10):

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls

(Ages 11-13):

Fish in a Tree, written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

(Ages 13–18):

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, written by Teresa Toten


Alex Awards (10 best adult books that appeal to teens):

  • All Involved, by Ryan Gattis
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Bones & All, by Camille DeAngelis
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, by David Wong
  • Girl at War, by Sara Novi?
  • Half the World, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Humans of New York: Stories, by Brandon Stanton
  • Sacred Heart, by Liz Suburbia
  • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
  • The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, by Keija Parssinen


Andrew Carnegie Medal (children’s video):

That Is NOT a Good Idea, from Weston Woods Studios, Inc.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Jerry Pinkney


Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:

David Levithan


May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

Jacqueline Woodson


Mildred L. Batchelder Award:

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Batchelder Honor Books:

  • Adam and Thomas, written by Aharon Appelfeld, illustrated by Philippe Dumas, and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green
  • Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village, written by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski, and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin
  • Written and Drawn by Henrietta, written, illustrated, and translated from the Spanish by Liniers.


Odyssey Award (audiobook produced for children and/or young adults):

The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.

Odyssey Honor Recording:

Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award:

The Drum Dream Girl, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:

  • My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata, illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh


Pura Belpré (Author) Award:

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle

Belpré Author Honor Books:

  • The Smoking Mirror, written by David Bowles
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez


Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award:

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sibert Honor Books:

  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose
  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes


Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award:

George, written by Alex Gino

The Porcupine of Truth, written by Bill Konigsberg

Stonewall Honor Books:

  • Wonders of the Invisible World, written by Christopher Barzak
  • Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, written by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:

Don’t Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Geisel Honor Books:

  • A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
  • Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
  • Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes


William C. Morris Award:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli

Morris Finalists:

  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me, written by Leah Thomas
  • Conviction, written by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, written by Stephanie Oakes
  • The Weight of Feathers, written by Anna-Marie McLemore


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, written by Steve Sheinkin

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists:

  • Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, written by Margarita Engle
  • First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, written by Tim Grove
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, written by M.T. Anderson
  • This Strange Wilderness:  The Life and Art of John James Audubon, written by Nancy Plain

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Early Literacy Calendar 2016

EL Calendar 2016The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) has once again created an early literacy calendar!

This colorful calendar includes one suggested activity per day based on a combination of Every Child Ready to Read II, STEM, and fun. The calendar is free to download and print. Print up a bunch to give away to storytime families!

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Getting statistics from Verso for your annual report

If your library uses Verso– not just the Norcat Libraries– here are some ways to get the statistics you need for the annual report to the state library


To find out your circulation statistics on Verso


  1. Log in and go to the Staff Menu
  2. Select Statistics
  3. Select Circulation Statistics
  4. Select Item Location (this gives children’s and adult statistics separately)
  5. From the drop down menu choose your library
  6. Run statistics by year then click 2015
  7. View in HTML
  8. Add the totals from Checkout and renew for your total circulation.  DO NOT count the Checkin column


To see how many items were added to and deleted from the collection


  1. Log in and go to the Staff Menu
  2. Select Statistics
  3. Select Circulation Statistics
  4. Select Item Activity
  5. Select your library
  6. Enter a start date of 01/01/2015
  7. Enter an end date of 12/31/2015


You can also get the information on material added to and total size of the collection this way

  1. Log in and go to the Staff Menu
  2. Select Statistics
  3. Select Database Statistics
  4. Select Locations Collections
  5. Enter a start date of 01/01/2015
  6. Enter an end date of 12/31/2015

If you do not enter the start and end date, you get the numbers for your entire collection on the day you run the report.


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Autism Sensory Resource Kits Are Here!

Contents of Autism Sensory Kit

Autism Spectrum Disorder is on the rise, and more and more libraries are choosing to host events that accommodate the needs of patrons diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. With that in mind, some of the regional consultants have created Autism Sensory Resource Kits.

Autism Sensory Resources Notebook

These kits contain a plethora of information, from advice on sensory activities to accommodations for patrons with sensory sensitivity to recommended apps and online resources for these patrons and their families. The kits also include sample “fidgets,” sensory toys, an interactive storybook, and directions for creating your own soothing objects, like a calming bottle and a weighted lapbelt.

The kits are available for checkout by regional libraries and are a great resource for self-educating, making decisions about future program offerings, and trying out the resources you could add to your library to help your patrons on the Autism Spectrum.

Along with these new kits, NCKLS also has professional collection books on serving patrons with disabilities and with Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Barbara Klipper
  • Including Families of Children with Special Needs by Carrie Scott Banks
  • Making the Library Accessible for All: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Jane Vincent
  • “Language Fun Storytime: Serving Children with Speech and Language Delays” by Tess Prendergast & Rhea Lazar in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success Edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen
  • “Braille That Stands Out in More Ways Than One” by Deborah J. Margolis in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success Edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen
  • “Working with Special Populations” Chapter 9 in Crash Course in Library Services to Preschool Children by Betsy Diamant-Cohen

If you want to check out the NCKLS Autism Sensory Resource Kit or one of the available print resources, contact Nikkie.

Interactive book

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Free and legal Pictures…

If you are searching for pictures to use in a project and that are free and legal to use, consider this repository of free public domain pictures:


Dec 2015

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If it seems like I’m talking about the Hour of Code a LOT. . .

. . .that’s because I am!


It is such an exciting program:

Not convinced, check out this ALSC blog post promoting Hour of Code at libraries.



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Important Word Press Information

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