Weekly Wrap-U.P.! October 22, 2021

Future Dates & Training Opportunities

All times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

October 27, 2021, 1:00 pm CT – ALA American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries “How to Apply” workshop/Registration Link

October 27-29, 2021 – Kansas Library Association Conference (Wichita) / Information Page / Registration Page Link / Hyatt Hotel Reservation Link

November 1, 2021 – Western Kansas Community Foundation grant applications are due / Video recording and notes on the Wiki from Aug. 3’s Train U.P.! Link

November 2, 2021, 2 PM – Train U.P.! Coding for Kids/Registration Link

November 5, 2021, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm MT – T3 “Connecting with Teens with Connected and Computational Leaning Facilitation & Workshop at Greeley County Library (Tribune)/Registration Link

November 9, 2021- Montage Digital Collection Solution/Registration Link

November 25 & 26, 2021 – Office is Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2, 2021, 11:30 am – CSLP Summer Symposium/Registration Link

December 7, 2021 – Train U.P. @ 2:00 PM

December 10, 2021 – 2nd Annual Crafting Your Collection 2021 at the G.C. Zoo

December 17, 2021 – SWKLS Full Board Meeting Online Only/


A Chance to Win Registration for PLA Conference!!

Would you like to win a free registration fee to PLA?  If you are interested in attending the PLA Conference (Public Library Association) in Portland, Oregon on March 23-25, 2022.  Let Tandy know by November 1 and we will hold a drawing.  This is just for the conference registration fee which is the value of $330. The winner of the drawing will be responsible for any other travel arrangements such as flights, and hotels. The previous winner was unable to attend so we are holding another drawing!!  Let us know if you are interested!!! 

ALA: American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grant for Libraries

Just a reminder that this grant was announced and that if you think you might be interested there is a webinar on October 27, 2021 that will go into: 1) An intensive look at the application; 2) Learn about the guidelines, requirements, and eligibility for the grant; 3) Learn how to submit your application via the ALA Apply Grants Management platform; and 4) Have the opportunity to ask questions of ALA Public Programs office staff.

Application timeline is open now and ends December 2, 2021. Selected libraries that are awarded the grant will receive: 1) $10,000 to support humanities functions of the libraries; 2) One print copy of “Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis” by Sarah Ostman for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2021); and 3) Online resources and support.

If you are interested follow this link to register for the online workshop.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Update

This update on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library comes from Tammie Benham, Youth Consultant for Southeast Kansas Library System that has been working with the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund to bring the program to all of Kansas.

Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund is expanding access to the Dolly Patron Imagination Library program in Kansas.  This first year is a planning year where they will work with existing affiliate programs throughout the state to coordinate efforts.  However, during the first year, some programs are being added in counties where there has never been an affiliate program. 
According to the Program Coordinator, Pam Hunsaker, those looking to become affiliate programs in counties where an affiliate has never been established will have their program subsidized at $12.50/per child per year, or half the $25 year/per child cost of the program, by the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.

In the second year, all programs in Kansas will receive the same $12.50 year/per child subsidy.
Consider how your community might support this program.  Do you have a business or club that might be interested in supporting early literacy development?  Could your library budget $120 to sponsor 10 children on a first come first serve basis?
For more information about becoming an affiliate program, please contact  Pam Hunsaker at phunsaker@imaginationlibrary.com.
You can check for an affiliate program in your area here: http://allinforkansaskids.org/imaginationlibrary

Seeking Southwest Region Representative for Talking Books

Michael Lang, Director of Kansas’ Talking Books Program wanted me to put out the call for a Southwest Kansas Talking Books Representative. If you happen to hear or think of someone in our area that would like to be the region’s Talking Books Representative please contact Richard with the person’s name and email. This information will then be forwarded to Michael to contact the person to visit about the position and see if they would be a good fit for the Kansas’ Talking Books Program Committee.

Collaborative Summer Reading Program Summer Symposium

  Collaborative Summer Library Program

 Summer Symposium

Who is this conference for? All library staff that are interested in summer programming.

Where is the conference? Virtuallyanywhere with an internet connection.

When is the conference? Thursday December 2, 2021 ~  11:30 am – 4:30 pm (EST)

When does registration open? November 1, 2021

How much is the registration fee for this virtual symposium? FREE!!!!

Where can I learn more? https://www.cslpreads.org/summer-symposium/


Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count

Keynote – Liz McChesney  

Elizabeth (Liz) McChesney is the 2021 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.  McChesney is the Outreach and Partnership Consultant for Laundry Literacy Coalition and the previous Director of Children’s Services and Family Engagement at Chicago Public Libraries. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Urban Libraries Council and as the Library Advisor to the National Summer Learning Association.

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Flyer: Library Summer Program Marketing Crash Course

Cari Hillman, Community Engagement Director of the MidPointe Library System shares marketing tips and tricks to help make your summer a success. Scalable to libraries of all sizes, this session will outline the power of a comprehensive marketing plan and ways to use CSLP resources for your marketing.

What’s Great About Your Community: Extending your connections to youth and families

Join us in an informal conversation about how you can connect with the assets in your community – people, organizations, and places – to build summer services that benefit youth and families. We’ll share examples and provide an opportunity for you to explore your own community’s assets and to get feedback from others.

Catch the Programming Wave (with Oceans of Possibilities)! 

Dive into new programming and display ideas with CSLP!  We will provide oversight to the new 2022 Oceans of Possibilities manual, highlight ideas for all age groups, and delve into display concepts.

Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees.

Mark your calendars. Registration Link

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

by your request…

Thank you for your suggestions! – DCPL, Dudley Township, Greeley Co., Kearny Co., Kismet, and Montezuma!

New eBook Purchases Include Titles By: Denise Grover Swank, Robert Dugoni, Melinda Leigh, Lauren Griffin, Paul Doiron, Eva Dolan, Val McDermid, Marc Cameron, Elin Hilderbrand, Susan Sleeman, Christy Barritt, Lisa Harris, Terri Blackstock, Colleen Coble, Irene Hannon, Nancy Mehl, and Alana Terry. (eBooks by DK Hood and Kendra Elliot were unavailable.)

New eAudiobook Purchases Include Titles By: BJ Daniels, JR Ward, Lauraine Snelling, Elin Hilderbrand, Susan Sleeman, Christy Barritt, Lisa Harris, Terri Blackstock, Colleen Coble, Irene Hannon, Nancy Mehl, and Alana Terry.

I’m happy to collect suggestions for children’s authors, too! Email your requests to keaston@swkls.org

We have a new local B&T representative: Christina Cotton Christina.Cotton@baker-taylor.com 706.423.2252

Recent Updates by Auto-Graphics

On Thursday night, 10/21, AG released updates for AgCat (VERSO’s cataloging software) and SHAREit (ILL). Here are a couple of notes:
– AgCat: The next time you click “edit bib record”, you may be prompted to perform an update. Please do so. If you have trouble, contact our Tech Team.
– SHAREit: For more details, check your email’s inbox. Nikki Hansen from the State posted a detailed list of the changes via the kan-ill listserv, and I forwarded it to all of our ILLers. Let me know if you did not receive this information.

New to the SWKLS Professional Collection!

…and available for ILL. To view the collection, use “SWKLS Professional Collection” as a subject search.






Train U.P. Coding for Kids

Wanting some different programming ideas for kids? Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Jody with be giving an introduction to the program called Scratch. It is a fun interactive way for kids to understand the basics of coding as well as the basic tools for graphic design. Scratch is the perfect program to bring to your library because they give you all the educational materials so you can guide your kids through new and fun projects. Please register at eventbrite.com click here for the link.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

Week 4 is all about making security a priority. For businesses, this means building security into products and processes. Make cybersecurity training a part of employee onboarding and equip staff with the tools they need to keep the organization safe. For individuals, keep cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind as you connect daily. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. When you set up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy settings and update default passwords. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought.

Google Will Auto-Enroll 150 Million Accounts into 2SV

Google has announced that they will automatically enroll 150 million Google user accounts into 2SV (two-step verification) before year’s end. See their article here: https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/making-sign-safer-and-more-convenient/

Montage Digital Collections Solution

On Tuesday November 9th at 11am CST,  Auto-Graphics will conduct a demonstration and QA for Montage, a cloud-based solution for the management and display of digital collections. With more of our members pursuing the creation and curation of digital collections, we are investigating options for a system-wide platform to meet those needs moving forward.

For a bit more information before the demo, please visit the AG Montage webpage located click here, as well as the Southern California Library Coop’s Montage website click here for their webpage.  

Click here to register for Montage Digital Collection Solution on Eventbrite.com

System Spotlight

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

Morton County Fall Fun!

Fall Crafts!!
Morton County has had a high attendance for Storytime
Meade County Library’s plants are growing.