September Presentation to USD 500 Board

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Information about September Presentation to USD 500 Board

Published on September 30, 2014

Author: PatriciaBrune



Presentation by KCK Public Library Executives about the status of the libraries.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Main Library

Old Carpet New Carpet The Main Library received new carpet throughout the first floor and in the second floor auditorium.

Newly configured computer lab. Three new adult study rooms. Additional meeting room for up to 10 people.

Young Adult Study Rooms now for youth only. New Young Adult computer lab for teens only. Children’s computer lab now for youth under 12 only.

Life-long Reading • Storytimes • R.E.A.D. to a Dog • Summer Reading

Outreach Activities Staff share stories, do booktalks, promote the library, provide instruction and issue library cards. •Visit 26 different Head Starts and Preschools •Visit 10 schools in our area. •Conducted 34 HeadStart visits in September 2014 •Reached out to 14,076 children in 2013 6 x 6 area to support parents in applying the concepts of 6 x 6 when reading to their children. •Have fun with book •Notice print around you •Talk Talk Talk •Tell stories about everything •Look for letters everywhere •Take time to Rhyme, Sing and Play word games.

Adult Summer Reading Program Book Groups • Common Grounds • Next Chapter • New Graphic Novel book group Fiction Newsletter - quarterly Author Signings E-Reader Classes

New Family Reading Program in cooperation with Literacy Kansas City. • Parents receive literacy training • Children engage in library program activities and homework help. • Children receive healthy snacks courtesy of Harvesters • Regular family reading nights to teach parents to read to their kids • Parents can earn a computer with completion of the program.

Life-Start Reference Kids a Cookin’ with K-State Extension Services STEM Programs Maker’s Space programs The Write Stuff Drama Club

Kids Café Children and teens served a healthy meal each day after school at 4:00 and during the noon hour over the Summer courtesy of Harvesters. • 3,157 meals served to children since we began the program in 2013 • Stories and music are shared with kids while they eat • Teen volunteers frequently help with this program • Students are better able to focus and do homework and participate in library activities

Library Classes and Instruction ESL Classes Computer classes •English and Spanish Instruction •Basic and Intermediate Classes Offered Practice ACT Testing •Library patron, Lawrence Abdulla pays for selected students to take the actual ACT Working Wednesdays Two hours of one on one support for patrons needing assistance with : • Resume writing • Job searches • Online job applications • Online school applications • Online forms for government assistance

Plaza Comunitaria Classes •Taught by staff from Main and South •Students earn their primary and secondary certificates from the Mexican Department of Education. •86 students have enrolled in the program since 2009 •20 students have earned a secondary or primary certificate. Since January 2014, 373 people have attended Spanish Language Classes at the Main Library including: •Plaza Comunitaria •ESL •Spanish Language Computer

Project Strength I & II • Harvesters program taught by AmeriCorps volunteers. • Instruction in nutrition and healthy living • Hands on instruction in cooking with basic ingredients and basic equipment • Class cooks a full meal each week • Guidance on feeding a family on a budget • Each week participants receive a free bag of food staples and a bag of produce • Over 100 students have gone through the program

Kansas Collection Wyandotte County History Kansas History Used by • Genealogists • Authors • Developers • Unified Government • Researchers • Federal Reserve Digitizing Projects •Yearbooks – ongoing •Possible Cooperation with Digitizing the Connolley Collection with the assistance of the Wyandotte Nation of Kansas.

Partner Agencies Reach out and Read YMCA Project Eagle Kansas City Storytelling Celebration Western Wyandotte Early Child Resource Association YouthBuild Upward Bound Educational Opportunities Center KC SourceLink Safe Harbor – Salvation Army KCKCC Entrepreneurs Class Mexican Consulate Harvesters Keeler Women’s Center Next Chapter Unified Government Downtown Shareholders

Community-Life Entertainment Music •Summer Concerts •Goldenberg Concert •Forte Records Listening Party Film Series •Monthly Adult & Children’s Film Series •Monthly Family Spanish Language Film Series. •Annual Bad Film Festival Adult Craft Programs

Star Wars Program Ringling Brother’s Clown Visit Zoomobile Dancers Lego Night Teen Video Game Night Kids and Teen Craft Programs Holiday Programs

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