For recipes to make the soups at the Summer Reading Workshop, please click on the link below.
2019 Summer Reading Soups

US Highway 169 Detour – May 2018 to August 2019

Mound Valley

Mound Valley Public Library is now the 47th library to join SEKnFind. Welcome to SEKnFind as today is their go-live date.

Hoopla Digital

Hoopla service for SEKLS public and academic participating libraries officially launched Nov. 27. Hoopla allows your patrons to borrow (stream or download) digital materials to enjoy on their computer, tablet, phone, or smart TV. Hoopla has about 650,000 titles, including movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows.

For the initial period (until funds deposited in 2018 are exhausted) SEKLS will pay the entire cost. After that, SEKLS will place funds in library accounts monthly. You will pay for charges monthly for your patrons beyond what SEKLS funds cover.

SEKnFind News

Photos from today’s SEKnFind User’s Group meeting, where we celebrated the 10th anniversary of SEKnFind, our regional shared ILS.


Mound Valley will be the 47th library to join SEKnFInd. Retrospective conversion work will begin later this month with a go-live tentatively planned for early next year.

SEKLS Excellence Awards

The Southeast Kansas Library System is happy to announce a new award program: the SEKLS Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards recognize exemplary library service or support of libraries in southeast Kansas. Categories for awards are:

  • Library
  • Library Director
  • Library Staff
  • Trustee
  • Supporter
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Special Projects
  • Distinguished Service

No more than five awards will be given in any year; fewer may be given. Any staff member, trustee, or supporter affiliated with an SEKLS library may make a nomination, including for their own library. Awards will carry a $1,000 cash award to the library, a trophy for the winner, and the winner’s name attached to a traveling plaque. Click here to find the complete guidelines and the nomination form .

Revised Academic-School Extended Service Grant

Academic-School Extended Service Grant guidelines have been revised. Grant amounts are now determined by two factors: the number of FTE students enrolled at the institution, and the percentage of total circulation which is to non-students and non-staff of the institution. For the complete guidelines, go to Academic/School Guidelines.

2018 Allocation Grant Changes

For 2018 allocations, the amount which may be earned above base is going from 85% to 95%, and two new criteria are being added. One is completion of a Continuing Education Implementation Project, which can earn 5% above base. The other, also worth 5% above base, is meeting the standard for Internet bandwidth as set out in the 2016 Public Library Standards for Kansas. For 2018 only, libraries can qualify for the 5% above base by meeting the bandwidth one level below the standard for your library (for the lowest category, 1 to 5 Internet computers, libraries would need to have bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps). For 2019, libraries will need to meet the full standard in order to qualify. To see the bandwidth requirements, go to Recommended Internet Bandwidth.
The 2018 allocation criteria is available here.

Continuing Education Implementation Project

The Continuing Education Implementation Project guidelines have been revised. The main changes are that libraries can now have up to 6 months after a workshop before deciding to do an implementation project, and continuing education other than SEKLS workshops can be used. Click on these links for the guidelines and the proposal form.

K.A.R. 54-4-1 Children’s Internet Protection

Click the following link for the public library internet access policy requirements for children’s internet protection.
Public Library Requirements