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Are you on Pinterest and looking for Summer Reading ideas or have several to share?    We’re here to help!  SWKLS has a Pinterest account.  You can find us at http://pinterest.com/swkls/.

We also have collaborative boards setup for Summer Reading.  A collaborative board is a shared board that several can pin to.  If you would like to be added to these boards so you can pin to them please email Janelle at pinterest@swkls.org.

 

SWKLS Summer Reading SWKLS Pinboards:

New to Pinterest? Check out Mashable’s Beginner’s Guide to the Pinterest and NextWeb’s Everything you need to know about Pinterest.

Interested in learning about more ways to use the site in your library? Check out 5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library.

 

 

Federal Benefit Checks Changing: What Libraries Can Do To Help

Laura DeBaun – NEKLS  – March 23, 2012

The U.S. Department of the Treasury needs your library’s help in getting out the word on changes to Federal Benefit Checks.

The Treasury Department’s Go Direct® campaign provides free materials to help you share this important information in your library outlets. For more details or to order free materials, contact GO DIRECT at 800-333-1795, GoDirect@webershandwick.com OR visit http://www.godirect.org/partners/order-materials/.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that all federal benefits will be paid electronically. Anyone applying for federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method at the time they apply for their benefit, while anyone currently receiving paper checks must switch by March 1, 2013. People already receiving benefit payments electronically do not need to take further action. They will continue to receive their payment as usual on their payment date.

The Treasury Department issues approximately 9.8 million federal benefit checks each month, including 366,553 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income checks in California alone. This change makes it more important than ever for organizations such as libraries to encourage Senior Citizens/Veterans/People with Disabilities to sign up for electronic payments now.

Have a bank or credit union account? Americans can sign up for direct deposit of their benefit payments directly into their checking or savings account by going to www.GoDirect.org, calling (800) 333-1795, or visiting their local bank or credit union.

Prefer a prepaid debit card? The Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card is a prepaid debit card that provides a safe, low-cost alternative to paper checks for federal benefits payments. Funds on the Direct Express® card are FDIC-insured (up to the legal limit). Cardholders can make retail purchases, pay bills and get cash back. No bank account or credit check is required. To sign up for the card, or to learn about its fees and features, people can go to www.GoDirect.org, call (800) 333-1795, or contact their federal agency.

People who do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, or at the time they apply for federal benefits, will receive their payments via the Direct Express® card so they will not experience any interruption in payment.

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Summer Reading Workshop

 
This year’s Summer Reading Workshop, Dream Big-Read! will be held at the Dodge City Public Library on Thursday, March 29, 2012.  If you’re looking for ways to put the fun back in your summer and a spring into your programming step for the rest of the year, you don’t want to miss this workshop!  Join Marge Loch-Wouters, storyteller, children’s librarian and blogger (http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com/) as she takes you on an eye-opening journey into ways to re-examine your SLP and make the most of scarce time, scarce money and scarce staffing to create summer wonder and fun for kids – and you – at your library.  You’ll get ideas for the upcoming Dream Big-Read summer library planning as well as explore fun ways to enhance your program mojo year-round.  Be ready to share a favorite program for kids or teens (in-house, outreach, or collaborative) that has been easy, fun and can be easily duplicated by colleagues!  Be sure to bring your ideas and projects along with you!   (Lunch will be $6.50 — pizza, veggies, chips and cookies — checks payable to Southwest Kansas Library System).
Please register by going to: http://workshops.swkls.org 
Looking forward to seeing all of you there!!
Sara Mc

KLA Conference 2012

Taken from email written by Mickey Coalwell

Have you registered for KLA Conference in Wichita, April 11-13?  It’s going to be amazing!
http://kslibassoc.org/2012Conf/reg.php

This year, KLA is proud to present R. DAVID LANKES of Syracuse University as our Opening Keynote speaker. David most recently wowed the crowd at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Dallas. Check out this two-minute video, where you get a sense of his energy and intelligence.

http://youtu.be/CyD-hXybqJ0

He is a tremendously articulate spokesman for library transformation and the positive future of libraries. David is the author of THE ATLAS OF NEW LIBRARIANSHIP. You won’t want to miss him in person at KLA Conference 2012!

If that weren’t enough, CORY DOCTOROW is coming to Kansas for a one-day-only special engagement! Here is your opportunity to see the renowned science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger (co-editor of of the wonderful website, Boing Boing), courtesy of the School of Library & Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University, K-State Libraries, KU Libraries, and Wichita State University Libraries and Emporia State University Libraries. Cory Doctorow is the bestselling author of DOWN AND OUT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM, LITTLE BROTHER, and the short story collection WITH A LITTLE HELP. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London, England.

http://craphound.com/?page_id=1638

Cory will be presenting three times, morning, afternoon and evening, on Wednesday, April 11.

Joining David Lankes and Cory Doctorow as featured Conference speakers will be Notable Kansas author CLARE VANDERPOOL and popular TV news anchor LARRY HATTEBERG, both of whom will both be presenting on Friday.

Stay tuned for more Conference announcements as we highlight this year’s 2012 Kansas Library Conference!

See you in Wichita,
Mickey