Weekly Wrap-Up! – March 1, 2024

System Spotlight

By Staff

Summer Reading Workshop 2024

Future Dates & Training Opportunities (All Times in CST)

March 5, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm – Tech Workshop: Social Media at Dodge City Public Library in the Lower Level Meeting Room/Registration Link

March 6, 2024 – 1 pm – 2 pm – Providing Accomodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patrons in Your Library Webinar/Registration Link

March 12, 2024 – 10 am – 11 am – Mango Languages Webinar with Mango trainer Cruz Pardo & the State Library of Kansas/Registration Link

March 12, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm – Twosday Takeaway: BookTok, Bookstagrams, & YouTube Book Trailers/Registration Link

March 13, 2024 – 2 pm – 3 pm – Creating a Person-Centered Library: Supporting Patrons While Avoiding Burnout Webinar/Registration Link

March 15, 2024 – 10 am – SWKLS Hybrid Board Meeting at Jetmore Public Library/Registration Link

March 15, 2024 – SWKLS Sampler Day following the board meeting at Jetmore Public Library

March 21, 2024 – 2 pm – 5 pm Library 2.024: AI and Libraries Online Mini Conference/Registration Link

March 26, 2024 – State Library of Kansas and Bibliotheca Cloud Library Webinar/Access Link

April 5, 2024 – 10 am – 3 pm – #TrendyLibrarian Workshop/Registration Coming Soon


By Sara Wilson

March’s Twosday Takeaway

BookTok, Bookstagrams, & YouTube Book Trailers

Are you wanting to find new ways to connect with your patrons online? Let SWKLS Technology Trainer Chris Dressler get you geared up to facilitate Book Discussion Groups on your social media pages! Register here!

Fun St. Patrick’s Day Craft w/Free Printable

2024 KLAEF Scholarship Opportunity!

From Mary Boller, KLAEF President:

The Kansas Library Association Educational Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2024 KLAEF Scholarship.  One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be available for this program in 2024.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:   

  • Must be a current member of the Kansas Library Association   
  • Must be enrolled as a graduate library school student or a student pursuing a library media specialist endorsement as part of a graduate degree program  
  • Must be at least enrolled in the second semester of the program  
  • Must be a student in good academic standing, i.e. not on probation  

Applicants should review the guidelines before completing and submitting the application.  Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, April 19th 2024.   

Summer Library Program Slideshow Print-Outs

We still have plenty of slideshow print-outs of Will Stuck’s presentation from the Summer Library Program last week. If you would like one, please contact the system office and we will be glad to send it to you on the courier.

Cataloging, Collection Development, and ILL

By Sara Wilson

Collection Development Inspiration

Adult Fiction

Children’s & YA Fiction

Shelf Care

Managing shelf space in a library is no easy task. How full is too full? Do you fill every shelf, top and bottom? What do you do when one section is fuller than another – how do you balance it out? One school librarian recently faced these questions and more. Read her solutions and if you need help shifting, give me a call or email me and I’ll be glad to come out and help!

Free Art Books for Public Libraries, Schools, and Prisons!

[From Art Resources Transfer]:

Art Resources Transfer’s Library Program provides free books on art and culture to public institutions nationwide.

We warmly invite all public libraries, public schools, prisons, and reading centers to place an order of free books.

To get started, simply create an account on our website: https://www.artresourcestransfer.org/register

You can then browse our book catalog, which offers 300+ titles published by leading museums, galleries, and independent presses nationwide: https://www.artresourcestransfer.org/library-program

You can order as many titles as you like, at one copy per title, once per year. Books are entirely free and shipped free of charge.

We also offer free online teaching guides and other resources to help you use books in your educational work: https://www.artresourcestransfer.org/resources/guides

If you have any questions about participating or placing your order, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at libraryprogram@artresourcestransfer.org.


by Christopher Dressler


Create your own customized library cards. We offer design assistance and remember, your first 50 are free! Full-color printing front and back. Our library cards come on rugged PVC and are manufactured to the most rigid specifications ensuring long lasting durability. Design children’s library cards or cards for special promotions and programs like Summer Read Punch cards so you can track reading goals. Will ship using courier. A variety of barcoding, personalization and signature area configurations are available – all printed underneath the card laminate for maximum protection.

Please call Chris @ 620-225-1231 for more information.

SWKLS Tech Workshop @ DCPL

SWKLS is hosting a Tech Workshop at the Dodge City Public library in March. Sign up at https://www.ubmeevents.com/event/3d9417f9-b3cd-4940-af1a-eebb9620e313.

As always, if you have specific needs for a video or an in-person training, please feel free to reach out via phone or email.