12 Things SWKLS

Welcome to 12 Things SWKLS! Over the next 12 months, we’ll be learning a new thing or technology skill each month.   For those of you that participated in 23 Things Kansas this program will be similar, but we’ll only have one topic or thing per month.    All of the topics will be online on …

6 by 6

Ready to Read Kansas Statewide Early Literacy Library Program What is 6 by 6? This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read, at about the age of 6.   The 6 by 6 program was created by the Johnson County Library  based on the PLA program- Every …

6 by 6 Recipe Cards

6 by 6: Ready to Read Early Literacy Recipe Card Activities The 6 by 6 Recipe Cards created at the NWKLS are now located on the Kansas State 6 by 6 website.  You can download all 25 cards to use in your libraries or simply hand them out weekly at storytime to your preschool age families …

Accreditation Program

The Library Development Accreditation Program is intended to encourage and recognize attainment of the standards for public library service in the Southwest Kansas Library System. All fully participating public libraries are invited to participate in the accreditation program. Applications for accreditation will be accepted from November 1 – 30 and notification of accreditation will be …

Bookvan Schedule

Find the bookvan schedule here

Digital Book eLending

The State Library of Kansas works with Kansas libraries to provide digital library books for all residents, which includes downloadable audiobooks and ebooks. Most require a Kansas Library eCard for use. First Time User? Please see their new user page for brief notes, or the Instructions & Devices page if you want to know which services …

HTML Generators

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ILL Request

Mileage Chart


The Southwest Kansas Library System publishes newsletters quarterly in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Current and past newsletters can be found on the pages below. Newsletter 2013 Newsletter 2014 Newsletters 2015 Newsletters 2016 Newsletters 2017

Original Cataloging Request

Story Time Bootcamp Resources


SWKLS now has StoryWalk® books for member libraries to borrow.  To find out more information or signup click on the links below. StoryWalk® Book Signup StoryWalk® Collection Information

Summer Reading

To find out more information about Summer Reading please click on the links below: Collaborative Summer Library Program SWKLS Summer Reading Blog CSLP Evaluation (will be updated at the end of Summer Reading)

SWurl Resources

  Remodel your website from Robin Hastings as presented at NEKLS Technology and Innovation Day.   Images KLOW Websites and Images Google Forms How to Create a Google Form (some libraries have used these for Summer Reading Registration, Recipe Exchanges, etc)  Once the form is created link it from your site or embed it on a page or …

Talking Books

Talking Books Service provides books and magazines to eligible Kansas residents.  This library service is available for those who are unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairment.  This includes blindness, low vision, physical impairment such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, or a reading disability.  There …

Tech Day 2013 Resources

The Conversation Business: Learning, Listening, and Connecting in Libraries Today (and Tomorrow) – Brenda Hough  Presentation Resources  Creating a Culture of Innovation in Your Library and Community – Heather Braum Slides to be posted soon  Kansas EZ Library Update – Lianne Flax Resources for Librarians – Here you can find the Librarian Cheat Sheet, …

Tech Day 2014 Resources

Duct Tape, Circuits, and Knitting, Oh my!  Maker Culture at Your Library – Dan Alexander, Heather Braum, and Erin Downey Howerton Post on NEKLS Sites (has additional resources and the slides) Presentation Slides Squishy Circuits Handout Your Digital Multi Tool – Dan Alexander Presentation Slides Presentation Notes Google Drive:  Your Online Filing Cabinet – Janelle …

Tech Day 2015 Resources

  Tablet Slinging Librarians – Leah Kulikowski Presentation State Library Databases – Lianne Flax Presentation Handout Audiobooks and eBooks through the State Library – Lianne Flax Presentation Handout The Internet of Things – Steve Andrews The Internet of Things: Dr. John Barrett at TEDxCIT Raspberry Pi Arduino  VERSO 4.0 Cataloging – Charlene McGuire, Sara McFarland, …

Tech Day 2016 Resources

Windows 10 – Charlene McGuire Windows 10 Handout Mobile Photo Tips – Julie Mead Shooting Great Images Shooting Great Images2 Free Picture Editing Tools: and Irfanview – Steve Andrews Explora – Allie Lockwood Below are the links to the different versions of Explora, links to the promotional and training documents, and a …

The Power of Play Resources