NeCessary KnowLedge 2018
Manhattan Public Library Auditorium
November 8, 2018
Small Spaces with Big Reach - How Tiny Libraries Can Help Rural Communities Thrive
The Deepest Roots: Writing in the Heartland
Everybody Needs Friends! Friends of Kansas Libraries (FOKL) Can Help
Lunch in the Lower Atrium
Firehouse Subs Box Lunches
1:15 – 2:00
Kansas Notable Books
2:05 – 2:50
Tech Update and Door prizes
Duane Mayer and Kim Scaler
Please submit your choice of box lunch at http://lib.nckls.org/ . Lunch deadline is November 4, 2018. Please bring $5 to cover your box lunch.
Title: Small Spaces with Big Reach - How Tiny Libraries Can Help Rural Communities Thrive
Description: All libraries provide vital services to their communities, but tiny libraries in small, rural communities can be an even more critical source of information and access for their populations than those in more urban areas. Tiny libraries face challenges that are very different from libraries in larger communities, but any tiny library can find more ways to support the needs of their community by thinking strategically and creating new connections with their community stakeholders, patrons, and other librarians.
Bio: Allie Stevens is the Director of the Calhoun County Library, a very small, rural library in southern Arkansas. While her current position requires her to serve all age ranges, her heart belongs to teen literature and services. Allie was selected as a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker - Community Builder for her Facebook group Tiny Library Think Tank. Allie was also a member of the 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders Class, and she is the coordinator for YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers blog team. Allie is on Twitter @alphabeticallie, and can be also be reached at email@example.com.
Title: The Deepest Roots: Writing in the Heartland
Description: Miranda Asebedo will present the inspiration and writing process behind her debut young adult novel, The Deepest Roots, published by HarperTeen in September 2018. Asebedo will describe her writing strategies, including letting characters “take the wheel” during the drafting process and her approach to revisions. She will also discuss the importance of strong female relationships and rural communities in her novel and read from selected passages.
Bio: Miranda Asebedo was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her B.A. and M.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal. Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack Wobbles.
Title: Everybody Needs Friends! Friends of Kansas Libraries (FoKL) can help you with your Friends group.
Bio: Judy Burgess is a retired high school librarian, retired public library director, and a life-long library lover. She has found that being involved with Friends groups keeps her involved with the library world. Judy believes libraries are the hub of the community.
Title: Ditching Dewey
Many librarians are looking to ditch Dewey for a more relevant 21st century system, but the undertaking seems overwhelming. Is moving away from the Dewey Decimal System right for your library?
Bio: Crystal Hicks has been an Adult Services Librarian at the Manhattan Public Library for over two years, and before that she worked in the Circulation Department. In her spare time, she’s knitting, reading, or walking her cranky Schnauzer.