Kansas Talking Books Tour

Kansas Talking Books Tour

Michael Lang was kind enough to give the NEKLS staff a tour of the Kansas Talking Books facility in the Emporia State University Union. Here are a few highlights from our visit:

  • Libraries may apply for Kansas Talking Books equipment for patrons to try out. Having a demonstration unit helps spread awareness of their services. Contact Jessi at NEKLS if you would like an application.
  • Those experiencing temporary visual, or physical limitation may also qualify for Kansas Talking Books services.
  • Libraries can contact Kansas Talking Books for promotional materials (static clings, bookmarks, pamphlets, information sheets, etc.) and to request a tour.

Photos from our visit:

Michael Lang, Director of Kansas Talking Books

Recording Studio

Braille Magazine

Talking Book Player and USB

Talking Book Case


Required Labor Law Posters

Required Labor Law Posters

Happy New Year! Many of you may be receiving advertisements for ready-made labor law posters. Remember that libraries do not need to purchase labor law posters to meet state and federal requirements. You can print them out for free! You do not need to keep old, or outdated posters. As long as you have the current posters displayed, you are meeting the requirements.

Here is the link to the State of Kansas required posters:

Here is the link to the Federally required posters:

Printing the posters on standard-sized printing paper is perfectly
acceptable. Just be sure to display the posters where your employees can
easily view them.

If you would like to have NEKLS print the posters for you, email Jessi@nekls.org.

NASA STEM Workshop

NASA STEM Workshop

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center (Map)

Lawrence, KS 66046

February 26-27, 2019

Apply by February 12, 2019 to attend this FREE hands-on, space science-themed workshop that will provide activities and content to prepare public library staff for the 2019 Summer Reading program, A Universe of Stories.

 The workshop facilitators include NASA @ My Library team members from the Space Science Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

  • Learn how to conduct a dozen space science activities geared for children and teens
  • Discover resources to connect to NASA science and missions
  • Network with others facilitating science and technology programs, and
  • Connect to the broader online community through the STAR Library Network.

The workshop will begin on February 26 at 12:30pm at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, and include a Night Sky Viewing that evening (weather permitting). It will conclude at 3pm on February 27. There is no fee for the workshop and most meals will be provided.

Here is the agenda.

For more information, please contact Anna, or Jessi at NEKLS.

NASA@ My Library is based on work funded by NASA under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A.

School Library Grants

School Library Grants

NEKLS Staff and Executive Board are pleased to announce a new grant program exclusively for NEKLS school library members. We have allocated up to $50,000 to fund competitive collection development grants during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.

For full information on this program and application instructions, see the Program Description.

Applications require two parts:

  • Application Form
  • Administrator’s Certification

Both parts of the application will be completed online (at the links listed in the Program Description). Applications are due by 5pm (Central) on February 22, 2019.

To see an example of the Application Form, click here.

To see an example of the Administrator’s Certification, click here.

Assistance and Information

NEKLS staff will be available throughout the application and funding periods to answer questions and provide technical assistance. Contact Anna Foote, Youth Services and Continuing Education Consultant, at schools@nekls.org.

Sensory Storytimes: Inclusive Strategies for Reaching ALL Children

Sensory Storytimes: Inclusive Strategies for Reaching ALL Children

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, Lawrence

Sensory storytime techniques make programs more beneficial for all participants, regardless of ability and skill levels. Participants can expect to learn tips on storytime, sensory storytime and inclusion.

Our speaker, Sherry Norfolk, will present an interactive workshop, Sensory Storytime for All. If you attended any of the seven Kansas Summer Library Program Workshops in 2017, you may remember Sherry as a dynamic and knowledgeable presenter from St. Louis.

Participants will experience a wide variety of sensory storytime strategies, learn ways to make all library programs more inclusive and leave with at least one storytime ready to go, including props!

9:30-10am – registration and refreshments

10am-noon – Sensory Storytimes, Part 1

noon-1pm – lunch buffet

1-3pm – Sensory Storytimes, Part 2

3-4pm – optional work session (practice new techniques, swap ideas, network)

For full information on our topic and presenter, see this flyer.

Use this link to register.

The cost for this event is $10 for NEKLS members; $20 for non-members. To pay in advance, mail a check to the NEKLS office, or call with your credit card number. To pay the day of the event, bring cash, check or credit card. Please note that credit card transactions incur a small service fee by our vendor.

Register by Monday, October 29. Registration is limited and will be capped at 50 participants.