Wednesday, August 17, 2016
CKLS Headquarters, 1409 Williams Street, Great Bend
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Lunch will be a free potato bar and soup.

Immediately after lunch a short business meeting will pass the CKLS budget.

Libraries not sending their voting official CKLS representative should send a proxy. More information on proxy voting is available here.

Here are some presentations at this year’s event.

  • Downloading inappropriate content (movies) in the library – Shannon Reid-Wheat, Council Grove Library

One day, Shannon’s internet provider called and said a porn movie had been downloaded in her library. The Internet provider insisted Shannon do something to prevent this from happening again. Hear the story of Shannon’s detective work, confrontation with the patron and his mother, and the response of the library board, city attorney and police.

  • Improving Collection Development with Ingram’s iMatch and Library Aware – Gail Santy, CKLS

Spring Forward introduced cooperative purchasing of materials. iMatch allows CKLS members to see what other CKLS members are purchasing to facilitate cooperative purchasing. Library Aware is a tool for promoting recent purchases.

  • Backup and online storage options – Maribeth Shafer, CKLS

Maribeth will explain the value and options for backing up your computers and storing documents online.

  • MedlinePlus and more online resource – Alicia Lillich, University of Kansas

Alicia will demonstrate National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resources and Web sites.

  • Library catalogs are becoming more important than ever – Crystal Hutchinson and Kathy Rippel

Cataloging creates “access points” for finding materials in the collection. Computers increased the number and types of “access points” for finding stuff. New methods of cataloging, e.g., Bibframe, will make library catalogs searchable by Google. In other words, people will search Google for a book and Google will tell them that your library has it. Awesome!

  • Can Goodreads ratings and award winners suggest better books that circulate well? Yes – Chris Rippel, CKLS

Discover the relationship between Goodreads ratings and award winners and circulation in Pathfinder Central.

  • Chris Rippel’s brief retirement party at the end of the day

Download and print the schedule here

Handouts are available here after the event.
Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Osborne Public LibraryWindows 10 logo
Thursday, July 7, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Burr Oak Community Library (231 S. Pennsylvania, which is 2 blocks east of Main)
Contact Person: Chris Rippel
Many libraries are upgrading to Windows 10. Windows 10 combines known, comfortable features of Windows 7 with some powerful new features.This workshop begins reviewing Windows basics. The Windows 10 part focuses on improving efficiency and productivity. Participants will use Microsoft or Open Office software to learn a number of skills and learn and will learn how to store documents on Dropbox.

Lunch is on your own.

Many libraries are upgrading to Windows 10. Windows 10 combines known, comfortable features of Windows 7 with some powerful new features.

This workshop begins reviewing Windows basics, which apply to all versions of Windows:

  • Start menu
  • Taskbar
  • Opening, closing, minimizing windows
  • Cut, copy, paste
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Saving documents
  • Personalization of screens, mouse, etc.

The Windows 10 part focuses on improving efficiency and productivity.

  • Placing programs and documents on the start menu, start icon area, desktop and taskbar for quicker access
  • Quick ways to switch between documents
  • Grouping together documents and programs for each project on a separate virtual desktop.
  • Saving documents in different locations for quicker access.
  • Asking Cortana intelligent assistant for help.

Along the way, participants will use Microsoft or Open Office software to:

  • Format letters
  • Download new fonts from
  • Make bulleted and numbered lists
  • Indent and align paragraphs
  • Create formulas in a spreadsheet
  • Draw shapes

We will also store documents on Dropbox.

Come prepared to work and learn.

CKLS mobile lab has eight laptops (with mice) with Windows 10.

Bring your laptops. We will be teaching Windows 10, but many functions work with other versions of Windows.


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Thursday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: CKLS
Tuesday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: CKLS

Open to CKLS members only
Contact Person: Gail Santy
Participants should bring:
The URL, username, and password to the library’s Facebook account
The URL and login to the library’s website, if you have one
Several ideas for a marketing campaign, i.e. fall story time programming, adult programming series, special library event

Gail Santy will present a practical, hands-on workshop where participants will learn to create and publish print and digital promotional items, edit images and content, create stunning bookmarks, use newsletters to cross promote content, programs, and services, use social media, and more. This workshop is held at CKLS so that we can utilize the big color printer/coper. Participants will leave the workshop with print copies of the promotional materials!

Lunch is on your own.

To whet your appetite, here is how one librarian uses LibraryAware to market new fiction books in the collection of Facebook. She also uses that same information to create a quick monthly email newsletter that her local schools send home to parents.

Here is a link to LibraryAware examples created by the Marigold Library System.

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Tuesday, June 14: Burr Oak 231 S. Pennsylvania St. (2 blocks east of Main)
Wednesday, June 15: Plainville Library, 200 SW 1st Street
Thursday, June 16: Minneapolis Library 519 Delia Street


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This workshop is free.
Meals and travel: The $700 CE grant libraries already have received as part of the CKLS incentive grant can be used to pay for trustee and meals to attend this workshop. CKLS is not providing meals at this workshop.

New library trustees start in May. This workshop is for new trustees, experienced trustees, and librarians wanting to learn about being a good trustee. This workshop describes basic trustee responsibilities. 

The following topics will be covered.
What is the proper relationship between librarian and library board?
What is the source of library funding?
What is the budget cycle?
What are the eligibility requirements for receiving the System grant?
If boards have seven members, why is a quorum now five?
What is an executive session?
What are the ethics board members should follow?
What is a Capital Improvement Fund.
Who should sign library checks?
If someone asks to see board documents, how soon must you supply them?
What should you be telling your local government officials?
What are the goals of the CKLS Strategic Plan?

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

Monday, June 13, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Smoky Hill Education Resource Center, 1401 Main St, Hays
Monday, June 13, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.: CKLS, 1409 Williams St, Great Bend
Tuesday, June 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Smoky Hill Education Resource Center, 605 E Crawford, Salina
Cost: Free to CKLS members, $10.00 for Non-members
Contact Person: Christie Snyder
Presenters: Barbara Graves

The cost of this workshop is $10.00 for non-CKLS members.
Please send in payment by June 8, which covers the cost of a supply kit. Write your check to Central Kansas Library System. Mail your check to Central Kansas Library System, ATTN: Christie Snyder, 1409 Williams St, Great Bend KS 67530

Participants should bring an empty shoe box, a pair of good scissors, and several books to practice on.

This workshop is sponsored by the Central Kansas Library System.

Barbara Graves, long time employee of Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library and book repairer extraordinaire, will present a practical, hands-on workshop where participants will learn and practice basic repairs for both hard and soft bound books. Emphasis will be placed on becoming familiar with techniques and materials for economical in-house repair of materials. Additionally, protective measures which will extend the life of new materials will be demonstrated and discussed. Long-term preservation of archival materials will not be addressed.

This workshop is useful for anyone involved in repair of library materials and participants will gain skills that can be shared with other staff or volunteers. Participants are provided with a supply kit at a cost of $10.

Registration for this event has closed.
There will be no on-site registration for Spring Forward.
Registration deadline is Monday, April 25th.
Do You Believe in Library Magic?
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10-11, 2016
Ringneck Ranch (Map and directions to the Ranch)
655 Solomon Ln, Tipton, KS 67485
Contact Person: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Presenters: CKLS Librarians, Consultants

Refreshments, two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast are provided. Staying overnight costs $30.00

Fun and learning, learning and fun!
On-site sign in from 8-9 a.m. on May 10.
Business Meeting on May 11.
Door prizes at 3:20 pm on May 11.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Library Magic”.  Sessions combine presentations and discussion. What you think is as important as what the presenters say.

  • What is library magic? Discussion
  • Programming magic presentations: Collaboration with schools, coloring in the library
  • Booktalks: Sharing the magic
  • 2016 Materials Competitive Grant: CKLS’ magical wand for boosting your collections
  • Pathfinder Central meeting: A new feature brings the magic of Amazon to the Pathfinder catalog
  • The most magical place in your town – the Library is about creating a magical atmosphere in the library
  • Ethiopia Reads – share the magic of books with the children of another country
  • What’s on your mind is a question and answer session. You provide the answers - Everyone provides the answers
  • Library Aware - Marketing magic simple, easy, effective
  • The evening activity for the first day will be a Kansas Humanities speaker

Find the Agenda/Schedule for Spring Forward here.

Find the PROPOSED 2017 SYSTEM PLAN here.

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Idea Swapballs
Games, Crafts & More

 Thursday, April 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Learning Center
Salina Public Library
308 W. Elm
Salina, Kansas   67401

Contact Person:  Patty Collins, CKLS Youth Services Consultant
Contact Phone: 800-362-2642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Light refreshments will be served at no charge.  Lunch is on your own.  
Join your library colleagues for a  day of sharing and brainstorming.  We know that often the best ideas you learn at a workshop are not from the presenter, but from the conversation with your table mates or while standing in line for lunch.  Here is your chance to discuss, plan, and play as your finalize the details for your summer program.   
Each participant should bring a craft and/or a game to demonstrate.   Bring suggestions of favorite past programs, presenters, and great reads.  
Plan to leave with a list of program ideas and instructions to use this summer and beyond.  

For those sharing crafts, please bring a completed sample.  Clear instructions and materials needed should be emailed to CKLS by April 21st.  If the craft is from the CSLP Manual, please include the page number.
Playground games, indoor games, string games, all kinds of games.  If you would like to teach or demonstrate a game, please email CKLS Youth Services the instructions.  A copy of all instructions will be provided to each library.
Bring along your lists, plans, dreams, you never know what might come out of an idea exchange.
9:30 a.m. Idea Swap
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. More Idea Swap
2:45 p.m.  Prizes and Wrap Up

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Kansas Library System
1409 Williams Street  
Great Bend, KS 67530

Contact Person: CKLS Consultants
Contact Phone: 800-362-2642

“I took my time, running my fingers along the spines of books, stopping to pull a title from the shelf and inspect it. A sense of well-being flowed through me as I circled the ground floor. It was better than meditation or a new pair of shoes- or even chocolate. My life was a disaster, but there were still books. Lots and lots of books. A refuge. A solace. Each one offering the possibility of a new beginning.” ― Beth Pattillo, Jane Austen Ruined My Life 
Join your fellow librarians for this learner-centered workshop and come away with tools to will help you suggest fiction and nonfiction titles to patrons using a variety of tools.

9:00 a.m. Registration/Refreshments/Book Give Away

9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Morning Content

Book Walk – Patty Collins

Join Patty as she walks you through the stacks of the Great Bend Public Library and demonstrates how to do readers advisory on the fly. Use this technique with in your own library as you learn which questions to ask to find out more about what will appeal to different readers.

Readers Advisory Tools- Gail Santy

Learn about an amazing new enhancement coming soon to the Pathfinder Central catalog.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Content

Book Talks

CKLS consultants will conduct book talks on a number of books and genres. Learn about different book talking techniques by viewing and discussing YouTube book talk videos. Bring your favorite book and learn how to "talk it up" in a friendly, small group setting. Practice amongst friends before you roll out this wonderful skill at your library.

3:00 p.m. - Closing Activity

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Central Kansas Library System
1409 Williams Street  
Great Bend, KS 67530

Contact Person: Christie Snyder, CKLS School Library Consultant
Contact Phone: 800-362-2642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet the staff of Central Kansas Library System, mingle and make connections with other librarians.  Best of all come away with a "tool box" filled with FUNdraising ideas, knowledge of some of the best books from 2015, best practices in library organization and useable blueprints to market your collection.  Throw in a chocolate fountain with can return to your library ready to construct a library program that can't be beat!

9:00 a.m. WelcomeFundrasing

9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Tour of CKLS
Meet the staff who serve you and find out what they can do for you
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Grants & FUNdraising - Christie Snyder, CKLS
Is the book fair model the only fundraiser you've used? Learn about easy grants for libraries and other FUNdraising ideas.
Promoting Your Collection like a Pro - Gail Santy, CKLS
Easy marketing tools that will make your PR efforts shine!
11:30 a.m. - Noon Mixer
Get to know the librarians, both school and public, who attend this workshop. You have more in common than you realize. You are not alone!
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided by CKLS) Delgado's Taco/Tostada Buffet
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Kansas-connected author shows how a virtual visit works and promotes her new book, Lost. Found.

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Promoting Your Collection Like a Pro- Gail Santy (repeat session)
Easy Marketing tools that will make your PR efforts shine!
Three Perspectives on Managing School Libraries - Harry Willems, CKLS Director and former high school librarian, Crystal Hutchinson, CKLS Consultant and former high school para, Christie Snyder, CKLS Consultant and certified library media specialist
What burning questions can we help you with? Ask the experts!
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Children's Young Adult Reader's Advisory, Julie Tomlianovich
Library Consultant and Storyteller extraordinaire book talks her favorite new children and young adult books.





Legos = Learning

What About Art?: Origami Flower, Kite Star, Sunburst, and Torn Paper Landscapes

Popsicle Stick Palozza

Paper Airplanes and Things That Fly

Puzzles & Games

This is a list of items to borrow from Youth Services. You are able to download, print, or email this list. When you click on an individual title in the list, it will take you to the record for that item. Use this information to place a hold on the item following the instructions here.

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An APPLE a month keeps your library healthy:Apple graphic

Continuing Education experience for learning, networking, and bonding with other librarians

APPLE is a statewide program for new directors. The information is delivered through Webinars provided by system consultants and librarians from around Kansas. CKLS is making these morning Webinars available to all CKLS librarians through one-hour “watch parties”.

After lunch activities are designed to learn, network, and bond with fellow librarians.

First, we will answer questions about the content of the Webinar and review the homework. Only official APPLE students must do the homework. However, the homework is very practical and useful.

Next, we will move onto other topics not connected to the Webinar. System consultants will have some topics for discussion some afternoons. We will be announcing these topics in the future.

At all events there will be time for sharing, discussing issues and problems.

The system consultants already scheduled to participate in these events are Gail Santy, Patty Collins, Crystal Hutchinson, and Chris Rippel. Other system consultants will participate as they are available.

Morning refreshments will be provided.

Lunch will be on your own.

Agenda for each watch party: Everyone in the system is invited to attend.
All watch parties will be held in CKLS libraries.

10:30 am Sign in

11:00 to 12:00 Webinar learning

12:00 Lunch on your own

1:15 After lunch learning, networking, and bonding

Discuss content, answer questions, discuss homework assignments


Discuss other topics, sharing, etc.

Free discussion

3:00 Adjourn

May 6, 2015 Budgeting (1), Laura DeBaun, NEKLS Minneapolis
May 20, 2015 Budgeting (2), Laura DeBaun Beloit
Jun 3, 2015 Technology, Robin Hastings, NEKLS Ellinwood
Jul 8, 2015 Facilities, Harry Willems, CKLS
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Aug 5, 2015 Laws, Carol Barta, NCKLS Hoisington
Oct 7, 2015 Boards, Gina Millsap, Topeka PL Russell
Nov 4, 2015 Collections, Chris Rippel, CKLS Great Bend
Dec 2, 2015 Planning, George Seamon, NWKLS Logan
Jan 6, 2016 Youth Services,  
Feb 3, 2016 Ethics, Recorded Webinars Location TBA
Mar 2, 2016 Customer Services, Savannah Ball, SWKLS Osborne

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Central Kansas Library System
1409 Williams Street  
Great Bend, KS 67530

Contact Person: Patty Collins, CKLS Youth Services Consultant
Contact Phone: 800-362-2642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Red light, STOP. Green light, GO! Get in the car and head straight to the Summer Library Program Workshop!"
Join your fellow librarians for a day of fun, exciting games and team challenges that will get the ball rolling toward a great summer. Plan to leave with easy, inexpensive ideas that will help you present a first-place summer program.

8:30 a.m. Registration/Refreshments/Photo Booth Funbanner

9:15 a.m. Welcome - Patty Collins, CKLS

9:30 a.m. On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! – Cheryl Sylvester

Join presenter, Cheryl Sylvester, for book and program ideas that will take you beyond the manual. She will send you home with Summer Library Program activities, ideas and tools that will help you “Get In the Game” and go for the gold this Summer at your library.

Cheryl began as a preschool teacher after graduating from Emporia State University with a BSE with an emphasis in early childhood. She taught preschool in San Francisco, Germany, Oklahoma and Kansas. Cheryl, much to her surprise, was fortunate to land the children’s librarian position at Ottawa Public Library. Twenty five years, four libraries, and an MLS later, Cheryl’s first love remains children’s services, but also loves the administrative side of libraries and is currently the Director of a small library in Winchester Kansas.

12:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided by CKLS)

1:00 p.m. On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! (continued) – Cheryl Sylvestertrading card

2:00 p.m. Table Talk Sessions

Participants will choose the topics they want and need to talk about regarding their summer programs or library work in general. Several CKLS consultants will be on hand to chat with as well.

3:00 p.m. Table Talk Wrap-up

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stockton Public Library
Thursday, February 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
JH Robbins Memorial Library, Ellsworth
Thursday, February 11, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Snow Day in location snowed out, only if needed
You've heard about the maker movement and now is your chance to learn more! At this workshop you will learn ideas to "make it work" in your library, with your staffing constraints, and within your budget. In the afternoon we will have hands-on stations where you get to be the maker.

9:30 - 12:00 Let's talk about the maker movement and makerspaces

What is a makerspace and why do I want to do this in my library?
STEAM, is where it's at!
How much space do I need?
Do I have to do all the work myself?
Where will I store all this "stuff"?
How much will it cost?
Where can I find out more?
Hi and Low Tech? What's the difference?
12-1:30 Lunch on Your Own
1-3:00 Let's do this! Hands-on low and high tech maker sessons where you are the maker. Explore new skills! Create something meaningful!
What About Art?
Squishy Circuits
Makey Makey
Popsicle Sticks
And More!
Maker Day


Pathfinder Central 1st Quarter Meeting
Technology Workshop: Excel
SLP Workshop
Readers Advisory Series Kickoff
Terrific Tools, Telling Tales, and Tempting Treats


Summer Library Idea Swap
Active Games 1: See Ya Later Alligator, Pass the Hat, Dragon's Tail, Kickin' Kick Ball
Active Games 2: Body Balance, Frogs on the Lily Pad, Beanbag Bucket Brigade
Active Games 3: Indoor Fitness Trail, Non-Elimination Simon Says, Fruit Salad
Active Games 4: Go Fish, Hospital Tag, Toilet Tag, Wylie/Wilma & the Scary Monster
Active Games 5: Read Set Go, Making it Happen, Use What You Have
Delphos Library Craft: Marshmallow Catapult
Outdoor Games: Toy time, Leapin' Lizards, Statues, Over Around & Through, Shoe Race, Ring-A-Ling, Through the Hoop, Onion Golf, Balloon Basketball, Catch-it, Turkey Trot, Snow-Tag, Pony Express, Motoring Around, Paddle Race, Color Run, X Marks the Spot, Kangaroo Hop, Solid as a Rock, Draw a Shapre Relay, 
Indoor Games: Batter Up, Cat Antics, Walk the Plank, Rally 'Round the Circle, Pick and Exercise,
Glasco Library Craft: Wooden disk memory game
Olympic Theme: Head Wreaths, Poem, Visor
Palco Library Craft: Sports Ball Magnets
Stockton Library Game: Use Your head Bowling


Spring Forward and Business Meeting
How to Be a Good Trustee: Basics for New Trustees and Others
LibraryAware: All-in-one marketing
Technology Workshop:
Fall Assembly and Business Meeting
Reader’s Advisory Series (Online tools, Koha lists, Zoom training, Skype training, Book talks)
Pathfinder Central 3rd Quarter Meeting
LibraryAware: All-in-one marketing
Youth Services Back to Basics: Storytime
Pathfinder Central 4th Quarter Meeting
Trustee Special Training With Dinner


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Monday, November 16, 2015, Osborne, Methodist Church, 105 N. 3rd StreetDinner Meeting
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Beloit, Plum Creek, 121 W. Court Street
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Ellis, Arthur’s, 103 W. 9th
Thursday, November 19, 2015, Great Bend, CKLS Headquarters, 1409 Williams Street

This year’s topics are:
    •    Developing a new trustee orientation program
    •    Evaluating the library director

5:30 p.m.: Gather and sign-in
5:45 p.m.: Free dinner (Please register by November 10 to get a meal count.)
7:00 p.m.: Presentation
8:30 p.m.: Adjournment
Contact Person: Chris Rippel
The 2016 CKLS System Plan contains two incentive grants.
    •    New Trustee Recruiting and Orientation Information
    •    Annual Library Director Evaluation

Both requirements improve libraries by providing frameworks for stepping back and thinking about and discussing what trustees and library directors need to know and should be doing. Such activities provide direction for trustees and directors. This workshop prepares library boards and directors to meet this requirement during 2016. We will provide and discuss examples you can use.

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Friday, November 6, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Kansas Library System
Dane G. Hansen Computer Lab
1409 Williams Street
Great Bend, KS 67530
Contact Person:Gail Santy, CKLS Consultant

Light refreshments will be served at no charge. Lunch is on your own.

If you are a veteran library marketer, this may not be a workshop for you. If you struggle with boring flyers, low program attendance, and a library that is, for all intents and purposes, invisible in your community, you will want to attend this workshop. Gail will show you how to hit the EASY button for marketing your library.

In this intensive, hands-on workshop you will learn the EASY way to make bookmarks, flyers, posters, table tent cards, trifold brochures, and more. Draft a marketing plan that saves you time and energy, yet makes sure the library is front and center in your town.

Each library attending the workshop will receive a Flashdrive pre-loaded with a number of Microsoft Publisher templates. 

This workshop is intended for librarians and trustees who have already attended one of Gail's Signage workshops, or who have a good working knowledge of Publisher basics. This is not an introductory 101 class. If you want to attend, but need to learn how to use Publisher, please work through this tutorial at GCF Learn Free.

8:30 a.m. Registration & Light Refreshments
9:00 a.m.
Let's talk marketing: why and where
What can CKLS Print Services do for you?
Make a plan
Learn how templates save you time
11:30 a.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. Back to work.
Working with templates
3:00 p.m. Whew! We are finished. Grab your snack and head on home.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Kansas Library System
Lower Level Meeting Room
1409 Williams Street
Great Bend, KS 67530
800-362-2642 ext. 134

Contact Person: Patty Collins, CKLS Youth Services Consultant

Light refreshments will be served at no charge. Lunch is on your own.

Looking to put a little “Wow” into your program? Whether this is your first or your 81st storytime, you might need some inspiration and fresh ideas to make your story program exciting for the children and for you.

Miss Patty will share some tricks to engage little people, explore ways to offer early literacy activities in your library, and show ways to get your little ones movin’ and groovin’.

The afternoon will highlight the talents of CKLS librarians who have volunteered to show some of their best Storytime material. Plan to leave with a bag of awesome freebies and brand new children’s books from the free book giveaway.

Please bring a favorite craft or activity (with instructions) to display at the workshop.

The list of materials to bring to the workshop will be sent out on the CKLS Googlegroup.

8:30 a.m. Registration & Refreshments/Book Giveaway/Make & Take Activities

9:15 a.m. Put the “Wow” in Your Storytime

10:30 a.m. CKLS Resource Collection Show & Tell 

11:30 a.m. Even more “Wow”

12:15—1:25 p.m. Lunch   (On Your Own)

1:30 p.m. Round Robin Storytime

Librarians from across CKLS will share the best of the best of their Storytime program.

3:00 p.m. Prizes, Prizes, Prizes (and Workshop Evaluation)


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9:00 am to 3:30 pm
September 16, 2015
CKLS Headquarters
1409 Williams Street
Great Bend, Kansas
Keynote: How to Use Circulation Reports to Increase Your Circulation by Spencer Smith, Director of Little Elm (TX) Public Library. Spencer demonstrates how analyzing circulation reports increased circulation 300% in 3 years.

Concurrent sessions cover the following topics.

Facebook & Library Marketing = WOW! by Patty Collins and Gail Santy, CKLS

89% of public libraries use Facebook. This session teaches how to jazz up Facebook pages with optimized photos and videos, great feeds, shares, posts, and calls to action.

You Can Go Anywhere on the Web by Debby Gore, Jordaan Memorial Library, Larned

Through Websites, Larned’s   kids had a virtual American Girl fashion show, saw the T-Rex named Sue at the Chicago Field Museum, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, visited the home in Grant Wood’s American Gothic, walked down Broadway and watched Liza Minnelli sing “New York, New York”, and visited the San Francisco Symphony.

Using the 3D Printer in My Library by Christine Sander, Stockton and Jocelyn Soupkup, Lang Memorial Library, Wilson

Chris and Jocelyn are the first two librarians to borrow CKLS’ 3D printers. They will share their experiences and patrons’ reactions.

LibPAS Reports and Graphs by Megan Schulz, State Library

LibPAS uses our annual statistical reports to produce graphs and charts for revealing trends and making cases to library boards or city councils for change and support.

Statewide eBook Lending by Lianne Flax, State Library

Learn about the Kansas’ eBook collections from the state’s expert.

Statewide Online Resources/Databases by Lianne Flax, State Library

Learn about the new online resources from the state’s expert.

Be All You Can Be: An Introduction to Building a WordPress Website by Maribeth Shafer and Gail Santy, CKLS

The My Kansas Library project provides easy, high-end, online tools to develop awesome library Websites.

Lunch: Potato bar, free to all. Registration Deadline for Lunch Wednesday, 9/9/2015

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Come and Play! Programming Play
August 6, Courtland Community Center
August 11, Hays Public Library
August 12, Salina Public Library Community Learning Center (across the street from the library)
All workshops are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: CKLS Consultants
Light refreshments will be served at no charge. Lunch is on your own.

CKLS offers an annual programming workshop based on the upcoming year's summer library program theme. We present programming ideas for Pre-K, grade school, young adult, adult, and family age groups. This year we will present a variety of ideas on health, fitness, games, and play. Come and Play and exercise your body, mind, and spirit. These ideas are inclusive and are for all abilities and levels. Best of all, the ideas are affordable, use materials available locally or items that can be borrowed from CKLS! 

In the morning we will brainstorm resources and ideas, share how one CKLS librarian took what she learned at last year's programming workshop and planned an entire year of community programming, and offer additional ideas for easy programming you can offer in your library!

After lunch we will offer 12 different hands-on stations where participants will dive into programming ideas for different age groups. Between stations we will have activity breaks and do fun stuff that you can duplicate at your library.

Make stress balls. Learn about instant recess. What are Ungames? How do I conduct a laughter workshop? Are there any phone or tablet apps to help me relax? Make your own board games. Learn how to brew up your own relaxing chocolate bath. Zentangles are for all ages. Passive programming with an active theme. Messy Twister. Story Walk with Movement. Let's have a summer snowball fight!


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Starting a LEGO Robotics Club in your library LEGO Robotics

By Rachel Jones, Glen Elder Library

Glen Elder Library

105 S. Mill Street on Town Square

Monday, August 31, 2015

9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Rachel Jones runs a growing LEGO robotics club in Glen Elder Library. The club contains preteen boys and girls. The club has done well with other clubs in competitions at Fort Hays University.

This workshop will help librarians, library staff, and library volunteers start a LEGO robotics program. CKLS’ CE grant can be used for anyone including volunteers to attend this workshop.

Rachel will answer questions about starting a LEGO robotics club.

Rachel plans to have one or more robots already constructed before the workshop.

This workshop teaches how to use LEGO command boxes to program LEGO robots, load programs into the robot, and then watch it act. LEGO language basics are easy to learn and teach to kids. Rachel says this an essential skill for the person running a library’s LEGO Robotics Club.

Lunch is on your own.

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These YouTube videos introduce LEGO MindStorm robotics.

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Wednesday, July 22  9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Lunch on your own. Screen Shot 2015 06 19 at 11.03.53 AM
CKLS Headquarters
1409 Williams Street
Great Bend, Kansas

Every 20-minutes CKLS staff will be teaching up to five sessions in CKLS headquarters. There will be at least 40 learning experiences in all. You choose which experiences to attend. Each CKLS department will have special sessions introducing their departments to new librarians. Lunch is on your own.

35 pieces of furniture are available for take away: file cabinets of all sizes, regular cabinets, office desks, computer desk, chairs, wooden shelf, etc. Bring your trucks.

Twenty shelves of adult books will be given away: inspirational fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, and romance.


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