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Statewide Online Services News

Statewide Services covers Online Resources (databases), Digital Book eLending (ebooks, audiobooks, video storybooks) and the Kansas Library eCard. 

Questions: audiobooks@ks.gov or 800-432-3919

Jun 21

BoW: How to Build a Fire

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Lianne Flax

buildafire     How to Build a Fire
    by Erin Bried

    Format: Cloud Library ebook


A belated Father's Day post. Advice from grandfathers on those practical skills that adult should know, like changing tires and catching fish - with humor and illustrations. For the grandmother companion book, see How to Sew a Button.

A Kansas Library eCard is needed to checkout books on Cloud Library. Get an eCard at any library in Kansas, and see the Digital Book eLending page for instructions on using Cloud Library.

Questions: kslc@ks.gov
Jun 20

Highlight: Summer Reading Skill Builders & Architecture eBooks

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 11:03 AM by Lianne Flax

Since the Summer Reading Theme is “Build a Better World” we are pointing out two “Skill Builder” online resources to help you learn everything from Microsoft Excel to biology in addition to some "building" ebooks. Digital Books and Online Resources are available to all Kansans. Ask your local library for a Kansas Library eCard to check out ebooks, or access databases if you cannot get in from the Online Resources page or links below.

Note: both resources below need you to register for a personal account in order to save your place in courses, tests, and other materials. Just choose the registration option from the main page.

Universal Class: 500 Online Courses in 31 Study Areas
These are actual online courses with an instructor, assignments, and lecture materials. Lecture materials can be both text and video. At the end of the course, students with a passing grade will be issued a certificate. Video audit is available on many courses so you can view materials without taking the full class (no certificate for this option).

Course topics range from science to history; from pet grooming to coding & web development. There’s even parenting and cooking courses. Businesses may be interested in the human resources, accounting, and computer skills topics. Universal Class is accredited through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), but show UC to your employer to be sure they will accept it for professional development requirements.

Learning Express Library: Learning Modules at Your Own Pace

Need to refresh your math or writing skills? Learn use Microsoft Excel or Word? Practice for the ACT, GED, an occupational exam (postal worker, cosmetology, law enforcement, real estate)? Tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks are available for most modules. All are taken at your own pace and can be reused as many times as you need.

In addition to learning skills like interviewing, the Job & Career Accelerator section of LEL has a resume wizard and a job search feature. So, build your resume, save it, and apply for jobs directly inside the system. The page makes it easy to view what you have applied for already.

Digital Books on Architecture

If you’re more interested in the summer reading theme of “building” as architecture, three of our ebook systems have a number of materials available around that topic. See Digital Book eLending if you need instructions on setting up and using these materials.

Questions: kslc@ks.gov
May 24

BoW: WAW Award Winners

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Lianne Flax

The 2018 winners of the William Allen White Children's Book Award have now been released. The children of Kansas vote for their favorite from a list of nominees since 1952. To learn more about the award and even view the list of nominees for next school year, see the William Allen White Children's Book Awards website.

Both winners are on Cloud Library this year, so they are sharing a book of the week post. To learn to use Cloud Library, please see the instructions off of the Digital Book eLending page.  Questions: audiobooks@ks.gov

 lifeonmars    Grades 3-5 Winner
   Life on Mars
   by Jennifer Brown


   Cloud Library eBook

   Arcturus is twelve years old and on a quest to find life on other planets. His family's upcoming move to Las Vegas (and its light pollution) threatens his plans. To make it even worse, his parents are leaving him with the scary next door neighbor while they look for a house in Las Vegas. The neighbor isn't as scary as he seems - Maddox is a retired astronaut.
 millionways    Grades 6-8 Winner
   A Million Ways Home
   by Dianna Dorisi Winget


   Cloud Library eBook

   Poppy lives with her grandmother, but that life is turned upside down when grandma is hospitalized after a stroke and then Poppy witnesses an armed robbery. She's sent to live with a police detective's mother as normal slips even further out of reach.