The Public Library Section of KLA is pleased to announce that Clare Vanderpool, winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal for her book Moon over Manifest, is speaking at the Kansas Library Conference in Wichita. Vanderpool has also been declared the Distinguished Kansan for literary arts!
A bit about Clare from her Web site:
If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I have a very strong connection to place. I live in Wichita, Kansas, about four blocks from where I grew up, in an old neighborhood called College Hill. From my house I can walk to my parents’ house, my sister’s house, the school I went to and where my kids go now, the pool, the sledding hill, and two bookstores!
Interested in what’s happening in libraries across the state?
Read all about it in the Fall 2011 KLA Connects! newsletter.
Editors Jessica Gagnon and Sarah E. Valesquez have gathered stories and pictures and articles from libraries of all shapes and sizes, including:
- Johnson County Library – “Puzzles: A Simple Year-round Program for All Ages”
- CULS – “Academic Librarians in Manhattan”
- Scott County Library – “We are Where?” Children’s Programming
- Dodge City Public Library – “Dodge City Public Library Holds ‘Geek the Library’ Event”
- Andover Public Library – “Andover Public Library Recreates Vietnam Era for ‘Big Read’ Program”
- Book Reviews
- MidAmerica Nazarene University Library – “Changing Spaces”
- Sabetha Library – “Mary Cotton Public Library Recipient of Dollar General Grant”
- Meet Your New Editors
- Millsap for ALA President
- Friends University Library – “Friends University Library Hosts Open House”
- 2012 KLA Conference = “2012 Kansas Library Conference: I Geek Kansas Libraries”
- Message from the KLA President
- “Cory Doctorow to Speak at KLA Conference”
Send In Your News! Sarah and Jessica can’t write the newsletter alone, so send them your news!
They are always looking for stories, events, pictures, book reviews and anything else you think would be valuable for the newsletter. You can send your submissions to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I GEEK KANSAS LIBRARIES
KLA Conference 2012
The call is going out for program proposals for the 2012 KLA Conference to be held in Wichita April 11-13, 2012. Using the theme I GEEK KANSAS LIBRARIES, the conference again promises to be the place for Kansas Librarians to share, network, learn, and have a good time. You can be an important part in this conference by submitting a proposal for a program. So, Sections, Roundtables, Librarians and others, put your thinking cap on and send us a proposal.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Wichita next spring. Put the date on your calendar. And send in those proposals.
Dodge City Public Library
KLA adopts Geek the Library campaign for 2012 Wichita Conference:
I GEEK KANSAS LIBRARIES
As many of you know by now, GEEK THE LIBRARY is a high-profile public awareness campaign sponsored by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, and by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign is dedicated to spreading the word about the vital role of public libraries and raising awareness about the funding issues many public libraries face.
The State Library of Kansas has co-sponsored this important initiative since December 2010, and many libraries throughout the state have rolled out their own GEEK THE LIBRARY advocacy campaigns in 2011.
The Kansas Library Association, representing over 500 public, school, academic and special librarians, as well as trustees and Friends, is eager to encourage local libraries to participate in this campaign, which will run through 2013.
KLA is proud to announce that it is the first state library association to adopt the GEEK campaign for its official 2012 Conference theme. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, April 11-13, 2012.