News and Announcements

January 1-February 10, 2017: Annual State Report Online

Each public library in Kansas completes and submits the Annual State Report to determine if they qualify for State Aid. While the dollar amount for State has dwindled, eligibility for State Aid also determines eligibility for the CKLS Basic System Grant. The report opens on January 1, 2017, but you can view last years information here to help you gather the statistics you will need in January. Megan Schultz at State Library of Kansas reports that the changes this year will be mostly visual because librarians found portions of last year’s report to be somewhat confusing. Checks go out February 15, so February 10th is a hard deadline .

February 3-16, 2017: CKLS Annual System Grant Questionnaire

All tax-supported public libraries in CKLS are required to submit the System Grant Questionnaire, Certificate of Eligibility, and Grant Spending forms annually. These forms determine eligibility for CKLS Basic and Incentive Grants. Use the 2016 System Plan to help guide you in answering each of the three forms. Incentive grants change from year to year. For 2016, each library is required to submit a table of contents for their New Trustee (Library Board member) Recruiting and Orientation Information (value $100), and to conduct a Library Director evaluation (value $100). Libraries will not submit the evaluation, just note if the evaluation was done or not.

February 7, 2017: LibraryAware Workshop for School Libraries, CKLS Headquarters (email Christie Snyder for more information and to register)

February 21, 2017: Pathfinder Central 1st Quarter Meeting, Hays Public Library, Hays

February 24, 2017: Big Talk from Small Libraries Watch Parties, CKLS Headquarters, Port Library, Beloit.

March 2, 2017: Summer Library Program Workshop, CKLS Headquarters

March 30, 2017: CKLS Bus Tour to Topeka & Shawnee County Library, Manhattan Public Library, and Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Junction City for Public Libraries

Visiting other libraries gives you great ideas to implement in your own library.