Annual Meeting 2021

The Annual Meeting of the SEKLS System Board will be held via Zoom on Friday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m.  The agenda and minutes of the 2020 annual meeting are available here.  The Zoom link will be available here beginning on June 3

Fall Grants 2020

The fall SEKLS grant programs are now open. Guidelines and applications are available at

The academic/school extended service grant is due October 15. A report on the 2019-20 grant (if any) must be completed before this year’s grant is issued.

Apple Graduates 2020

SEKLS is proud to recognize four library directors who graduated from the APPLE program this year. They are:

                Andrea Bresee, Johnston Public Library (Baxter Springs)

                Julie Kent, Erie City Public Library

                Bonnie Palmer, Weir Public Library

                Jennifer Rosson, Caney City Library

                Shirley Franklin, Hepler City Library


Excellence Awards 2020

Two Excellence Awards were announced at the Annual Meeting on June 5.  Bonnie Palmer of the Weir Public Library received a Rookie of the Year Award, and Susan Willis, recently retired from the Chanute Public Library, received a Distinguished Service Award.  It’s the first time for an award in both categories.

To be eligible for Rookie of the Year, a recipient must have been at their library for less than two years at the time of nomination.  Bonnie Palmer was recognized for doing an exemplary job in developing programs, providing quality service, forming community partnerships, and perking up the library through rearranging and acquiring new furniture.

To be eligible for the Distinguished Service Award, a recipient must have provided exemplary service, sustained over a number of years.  In addition, a hallmark of distinguished service is to provide service beyond the local library.  Susan Willis’ service beyond the local level included serving as president of the Kansas Library Association and of the SEKLS Executive Board, teaching at SEKLS workshops, and attending KLA and ALA Legislative Days.




For recipes to make the soups at the Summer Reading Workshop, please click on the link below.
2020 Summer Reading Soups






The Academic/School Extended Service grant is now open.   Find the guidelines and application here.


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.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