1. IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2020 

    Kansas is Reading to Preschoolers 
    A statewide initiative encouraging early childhood literacy 

    Topeka, KS —The opportunity to obtain copies of the children’s book, Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs, has been made available throughout Kansas and many are preparing to read to Kansas preschoolers during this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month. This title is also available digitally through the State Library’s digital book eLending site, Bookflix. 

    The State Library’s 16 th annual one-book/one-state reading initiative, Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, highlights the importance of reading to children with a goal that every Kansas child from birth to age five is read to throughout the month of November. 

    Each year, one age-appropriate book is selected for storytime in libraries, preschools, childcare centers and homes throughout Kansas. Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs, by Eric Litwin, is this year’s title. Kansas librarians have pooled together learning resources and tools that will be shared throughout the state during the entire month of November. 

    The State Library of Kansas is committed to increasing reading readiness and on-grade reading while promoting reading, literacy and libraries. For storytime ideas, activities and more information on this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschooler’s title, visit

  2. Kansas Libraries Report One Million Minutes of Reading

    Since early June, more than 200 Kansas libraries have been carrying out summer reading programs that have allowed patrons of all ages to record their reading progress.

    As of July 17th, the numbers are:
    • 1,008,456 minutes read
    • 19,088 books completed
    • 264,911 pages read
    • 2,825 literacy activities completed

    For more information, view the full press release or visit the State Library of Kansas website.

  3. Announcing Titles for Kansas Notable Books 2020
    Topeka, KS – State Librarian Eric Norris announced today the 15th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. The fifteen books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, written either by a Kansan, set in Kansas, or about a Kansas related topic.

    See full press release and more information at
  4. Library Closing Information

    Regional Library Systems have created a spreadsheet to gather limited information on Library Closings across the state.

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