Continuing Education News

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

CE Roundup- August 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: May 22, 2014

Smart Investing: Reference Strategies and Resources

Available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources.

The goal of the course is to promote confidence and competence in responding to your library patrons' questions on personal finance and investment. As a result of taking this course, you will understand the language and concepts in a variety of financial areas, including:

Personal financial planning and budgeting
Banking and banking productsBasics of investment
Investing in stocks, bonds (corporate and government), and mutual fundsEvaluating stocks using company and industry information
Mortgages, short sales, first-time home buying, and real estate as an investmentRetirement accounts, including IRAs and Read on...

Smart Investing @ the Library

Digital Literacy News

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

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From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 90 tutorials, including more than 1,000 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.


Grant & Discount Opportunities

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

Newly added opportunities

Deadline: ContinuousShell supports K-12 programs that boost math and science skills. They are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethni...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Newly added opportunities

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (NEH)
Deadline: September 11The National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program awards grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects of benefit to the humanities. Their f......Read on...

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Posted on: June 20, 2014

USDA- Community Connect Grants

The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.


The following entities are eligible for funding:
Incorporated Organizations;Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defin......Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2014

Newly added opportunities

Mazda Foundation Grants
Deadline: July 1The Mazda Foundation accepts applications for programs promoting education and literacy.

Mockingbird Music Education Grants
Deadline: August 1Do you incorporate music in your story times? Have you ever wanted to lend musical instruments? The Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations with a programmatic focus on music education for children.

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants
Deadline: August 31Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.

Lowe's Community Partners Grants
Deadline: August 29Do you need to improve your building? Lowe's Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Deadline: ContinuousDo you need technology products for your library? TechSoup's focus is connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with tech products and services. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, libraries can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec...Read on...

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development grant

All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014.

All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted....Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

Back-to-School Refresher for Librarians

kid on computer

Welcome back! Here is your back-to-school refresher from Statewide Services. Please call or email if you have any questions about databases, digital books, the Kansas Library eCard, or the updated State Library site, etc. 800-432-3919 or kslc@library....Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2014

Talking Book programs to distribute currency readers to blind and visually impaired

bill reader

The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is partnering with Talking Book programs to distribute currency readers to residents that are blind and visually impaired individuals.

BEP will provide one iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier to interested...Read on...

Kansas Talking Books
Posted on: July 28, 2014

The State Library of Kansas announces unlimited access to children’s online ebook program

Book Flix

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce the addition of BookFlix to the library’s statewide ebook collection. BookFlix is an online e-reading program from Scholastic that combines classic fictional video storybooks with similarly themed nonfict...Read on...

Digital Books...
Posted on: July 14, 2014

Public libraries give away books to kids

girl with book

Thanks to a grant from the State Library of Kansas and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in partnership with Scholastic’s FACE program, 112 public libraries gave away books to children during summer reading programs.

“Adding to a child’...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Check out the Internet


Two public libraries will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library’s Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas and will include the op...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2014 Kansas Notable Books

15 Notable Books

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce 15 books featuring quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting our lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

A committee of Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) Affiliates, Fellows, librarians and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 13, 2014, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.
Throughout the award year, KCFB promotes all the titles on that year's List electronically, at literary events, and among librarians and booksellersRead on...

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Posted on: February 28, 2014

Traveling art show features works by visually/physically impaired Kansans

art show

The State Library of Kansas will celebrate Talking Books Week, March 3 – 7, by hosting the traveling art show, “Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective.” The exhibit will feature artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairmen...Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Toll-free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents


Kansas residents can access information on state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines ...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Have you checked out this online tool designed specifically for young learners?

Britannica Learning Zone

Britannica Learning Zone
Grade Level: PreK-2

Have you checked out this online tool designed specifically for young learners? Britannica Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2014

The State Library’s Annual Report for 2013 is now available online

2013 Annual Report

In it you will find highlights of our agency’s accomplishments in the past year, the organizational structure of our agency, and information on some of our highlighted programs at the State Library and across the state.

We look forward to hearing your...Read on...

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Posted on: January 23, 2014

New LearningExpress Library Interface


Easier navigation and enhanced interfaces with the same high-quality content.

Kansas LearningExpress Library

Career Center

High School Equivalency Center (replaced ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2013

124 computer workstations for children now in Kansas public libraries


The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has awarded grants to 124 Kansas public libraries to help fund the purchase of one AWE Early Literacy Station (an all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8) in each recipient’s library.

In September o...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

New Talking Books Application

Talking Books Machine

A new Talking Books application is now available. The new application, designed by the State Library of Kansas, is streamlined and easier to use. The application also includes the Talking Books return address, making it more apparent for individuals and p...Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2013

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) App Now Available


The State Library of Kansas Talking Books is pleased to announce the newly available Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app. The free app (available through the Apple App Store) allows readers to download and access nearly 50,000 books, maga...Read on...

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Posted on: September 5, 2013

Library Learning Centers Available at the Kansas Book Festival

genealogy research

The State Library of Kansas will open its doors to Kansans wishing to learn new library skills at this year’s Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival goers can visit three learning stations in the State Library: gene...Read on...