Weekly Wrap-U.P.! March 25, 2022

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST)

March 29 : Registration closes for the April 6th workshop: “Becoming Agents for Change in DEI” in-person only / Link

March 30, 2020 – 10 am -3:00pm Spring Workday at Protection Township Library/Registration Link

March 31, 2022 10am – Digital Archive Platforms/Registration Link

April 1, 2022 – FoKL Challenge Grant Deadline/Application Link

April 6, 2022 – Workshop: Becoming Agents for Change in DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – See below.)

April 12, 2002 – 2PM Train U.P.! – Two Topic Tuesday! How to use VERSO to print item barcodes; SWKLS can now print our own patron library cards.

June 9, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Intellectual Freedom”

September 8, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Cultural Humility”

December 8, 2022 – After Lunch Course “Lead From Where You Are”

September 14 -17, 2022 – ARSL Conference in Chattanooga, TN

October 21, 2022 – Tentative date for our 3rd annual “Crafting Your Collection” – This cataloging workshop will be 100% online.

October 26-28, 2022 – KLA Conference in Wichita

System Spotlight

If you would like to highlight your library, we’d like to hear from you. Whether it’s about your activities, programs, or anything else that is going on that you’re proud of we can hold a spotlight on your library here in the Weekly Wrap UP if you email Jody at jhattrup@swkls.org

Dudley Township Celebrates Pi(e) Day

The Dudley Township Library in Satanta is having its 5th annual Pi(e) Day Fundraiser at the library on Friday, March 11th. All pies are donated to the library, resulting in a highly profitable fundraiser, bringing in upwards of $1,000 to be used for their various programming and other library needs! 43 pies are lined up so far. Pi(e) Day is a highly anticipated day for their patrons far and wide and they usually sell out fast! 

Music with Friends

The Friends of the Grant County Library sponsored a concert on March 10th for adults and young adults. A free will donation and membership were encouraged. The library displayed pictures of Friends/library events and offered a spring atmosphere, even though it was snowing!


Friends of Kansas Libraries Challenge Grants

The FoKL Challenge Grant is now open with a submittal date of April 1 if your library’s Friends group qualifies and would like to apply to the grant.
To qualify you need to first have an established Friends Group for your library with a current membership to FoKL.  Your Friend’s Group is who will be applying for the Challenge Grant.  
The next qualifier is that your Library Friends group cannot have received a FoKL Challenge Grant in the previous three (3) years.  
Then as mentioned above your Library Friends group will need to submit the FoKL Challenge Grant application by April 1, 2022.
For the Library Friends that qualify the application form is here for download.

SpongeBob SquarePants Reservations

If your library is interested in reserving the SpongBob SquarePants costume please call Tandy or Richard to place a reservation. We have 3 libraries that have done so already. With the Calendar filling up we don’t want your library to miss out of a chance to use the costume.

Remember the costume can be used at anytime of the year, not just during your Summer Library Programs.

As always you can have Richard come to your library, so all your staff can be available to visit with your patrons or you can just receive the costume. If you decide to receive the costume, for someone else to wear, remember it is sized to fit Richard.

Senate Bill 496 & House Bill 2662

I visited with the System Board last Friday about SB 496 & HB 2662. A quick update for both of them. As of this writing HB 2662 is not above the line for discussion in the Kansas House. However, SB 496 has passed on Final Action with a vote of 24-15.

The Senate Bill is the more abbreviated of the two bills and does not require that School Districts create a WebPortal to view all teaching and library material.

If you would like to read both bills here are the two links to do so: Senate Bill 496House Bill 2662

The Kansas Library Association has also put out an informational piece through the Governmental Affairs Committee that you can read at this link.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

United Wireless Conference Center in Dodge City, 9:30 – 3:30. Registration closes on March 29th. $10 at the door. / Register here

This workshop will be held exclusively in-person.

We are unable to provide recordings, due to nature of this workshop.

“Llano County librarian loses job after not removing books” / Link

Texan Librarians promote freedom of speech and protest censorship: #FReadom Fighters

To show your support, visit: https://www.freadom.us/

Perfect for SWKLS:

Kansas true crime
Link to Amazon

Available now!

Local interest
Link to Amazon

Available in May!

Local interest
Link to Amazon

Available in May!

Coming soon to the SWKLS StoryWalk(R) Collection:

Kansas Reads 2021
Perfect for summer!
High local interest

To the many libraries who donated their unused CatExpress units,

we send our sincerest gratitude!

Multi-Copy ILL Requests

To simultaneously order 1+ copies of a title for a book club, please use a multi-copy request. Obtain the total count from the book club’s leader–add a couple extra copies, just in case. If the lenders are on the courier, this won’t cost any fees. If you need a refresher, call Kelly.


Good News From Google

Do you want to hear some good news? Google has pushed back when they will start charging for Google Workspace Business Starter. September 16, 2022, is now the date they have announced when the charges will begin. To add to the good news the charge is half the price for the first year. From September 16, 2022, to September 16, 2023, the fee will be $3.00 for each user. Remember to add one more user to your total count for SWKLS admin. Google continues to state that on September 16, 2023, the fee will be $6.00 per user.

Photo credit goes to Hamor

Digital Archive Platforms

Join Steve Andrews on Tuesday, March 31, 2022, at 10 a.m. in a Zoom meeting to discuss digital archive platforms that are available. Click here to register.

Osmo Kit is Available with Amazon Fire and IPad Now

Are you thinking about purchasing an Osmo Starter Kit? Try out SWKLS Osmo Kits first then decide if the IPad Osmo Kits is what you need or the Amazon Fire Osmo Kit will be sufficient. SWKLS purchased the Osmo Starter Kit and Osmo Monster for an IPad. We have just got in the Osmo Starter Kit for Amazon fire. Any library that wants to test out before purchasing is welcome to use these kits. If you are on a tight budget SWKLS has a solution to making these kits affordable. Maybe you just want to do something different and new in your library for kids. These kits are perfect for small groups and kids between the ages of 8-10 years of age. If interested in borrowing the Osmo kits, please contact Jody at SWKLS and she will deliver and do a short training with you on the Osmo kits.