Signs lead you to the library

March 16, 2023 — Have you seen these little green signs as you enter a town that point you to the library? Some just say library and have an arrow. Some have a person with a book or just a book. They are pointing you in the right direction. I love those signs because they […]

School Libraries are Key to Student Achievement

January 24, 2023 — Research shows that high-achieving schools have high-quality libraries. This starts with elementary schools and goes through colleges and universities. Just this week an article in the Peabody Journal of Education states, “School leaders can empower their entire school community by leveraging the expertise of their school librarian and the school library’s […]

Welcome 2023!

January 3, 2023 — Many people make New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes they work and other times they are forgotten within days. But if you are committed to a resolution this year, your library is the place to go for additional information and classes. Resolution:  Eat Healthier – Your Kansas library has cookbooks galore that can […]

Salina Public Library Adult Programs

Customers at the Salina Public Library showing their craft projects December 12, 2022 — Ben Johnson with the Salina Public Library is our guest blogger today. When I started here at the Salina Public Library, many of our programs and instructors had been working with the library for years. The library has been offering yoga […]

The Importance of Play at the Library

A young child at the Bonner Springs Library playing with musical instraments December 9, 2022 – From a white paper titled “The Importance of Play, Particularly Constructive Play, in Public Library Programming” Play is vital for early learning. It is not “recess” or a “timeout” from learning, rather it IS the way young children learn. […]

Why Story Time at the Library is Important

Children doing a craft after storytime at Morrill Library in Hiawatha December 8, 2022 — Storytime is when an adult reads out loud to a group of children. It could be a child’s first introduction to books and sharing of stories in a group experience. It is a critical activity for early learners. Storytime introduces […]

Kansas Libraries Excel at Early Childhood Literacy

A young library cardholder from the Salina Public Library December 6, 2022 – Public libraries often focus on childhood literacy. These crucial early years set the path for children’s future success in learning and in life. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they know how to read and write. It […]

Childhood Literacy Week — Kansas Libraries Set Your Children Up for Success

A young library user at the Seneca Public Library reads to large stuffed animals in the children’s section. December 5, 2022 – The most popular activities at Kansas libraries are programming and services for children and tweens. Why? Because a public library can set your children up for success in school and in life. Libraries […]

The Holiday Spirit Can be Found at Your Local Library

Christmas creations and good cheer at the Douglass Public Library December 1, 2022 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your local library. Across Kansas, public libraries are getting into the spirit of the holidays by decorating and hosting programming around holiday events and traditions. This is such a positive way to […]

Innovation Friday — Lawrence Public Library – A Free Spotify Alternative

December 2, 2022 – Last Monday the newspaper The Guardian posted an article called, “A free Spotify alternative? How US libraries became the place to stream your favorite band.” While there are many corporate streaming services outlined in the article, here in Kansas we have the Kaw Valley Jukebox (KVJ). Developed by the Lawrence Public […]