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Jun 20

Highlight: Summer Reading Skill Builders & Architecture eBooks

Posted to Statewide Online Services News 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.

Jun 02

Summer Kids Book of the Week

Posted to Librarian News on June 2, 2017 at 12:06 PM by Lianne Flax

This summer the State Library will (again) be providing easy access to a Kids Book of the Week from our summer reading page. The new title will be posted on Friday mornings to the page, our Facebook, and Twitter for easy sharing and use in storytimes if you wish, then remain linked there through the summer.

No login is needed as long as you access the books from the SRP page (short link:! All of the books promoted are used in the internet browser, there is no need to setup apps or download files to enjoy these books. The first is posted and available on the page now.

Reminders that these are available will be posted to Kanlib-L every Friday morning. If you have not yet joined the Kansas Library listserv, see notes here.
Mar 08

Summer Food Program

Posted to Librarian News on March 8, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Lianne Flax

This morning we hosted Kelly Chanay of the Department of Education for an informational webinar on the Summer Food Program.  Libraries can be sponsors or locations for providing food to children during the summer.

Recording of the webinar
Slides from webinar

A few points:
  • Any child ages 1-18 is eligible to receive food. There is no tracking of specific children, names, etc.
  • Libraries are neutral places, and kids already congregate there!
  • Don’t think your library can manage being a sponsor on its own? Check with your local school & food bank (Harvesters, 2nd Harvest, Kansas Food Bank) and become a new site for a current program.
  • School librarians –ask your public library if they are a sponsor or location, so you can help promote program locations before kids leave for the summer.
  • See the Summer Food Service Program page from:

Questions welcome:
Kelly Chanay
Assistant Director, Child Nutrition & Wellness
Department of Education
(785) 296-2276