Central Kansas Library System with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation
AWARD ESSENTIAL SCHOOL LIBRARY GRANTS
Five CKLS school libraries were awarded the Essential School Library Grant funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through Central Kansas Library. This is the second and last year, where five CKLS school libraries are awarded $5000 to purchase current fiction and/or non-fiction reading materials and/or resurrect integrated library checkout systems.
As a part of this grant, CKLS will work with school library personnel on collection development and encourage the use of the CKLS 42% discount available when purchasing books. Depending on how much is spent on an ILS, up to $1000 in some cases, the grant will provide a minimum of 250 new books for the library.
The school library programs who were awarded the grant, demonstrated that staff and administration expressed a need and had a vision for their library. This group all had a common theme: updating and increasing their nonfiction collection. The expertise of and collaboration with CKLS consulting services, working in partnership with these libraries who show sufficient personnel and building principal support, will ensure a successful project.
USD 112 Central Plains-Wilson K-12 library staffer, Virginia Ptacek shares in the 2017-2018 school year CKLS brought a weeding team to the Wilson K-12 library. Over 6,000 books were discarded. An area heard it was the non-fiction section so there will be a concerted effort to purchase non-fiction books K-12. Being a Kansas school, there is an emphasis on early literacy. The school library will be able to support this new early literacy curriculum for pre-kindergarten classes with durable books. With input from students and staff they have been building a wishlist that would still be a wishlist, without the Essential School Library grant.