NorthWest Kansas Library System

in association with the Library Services and Technology Act

as part of 2014 Special Projects Grant


Interactive kits for learning and play for young adults, teens, and 'tweens.

This website provides the content checklists, links for expanding learning, booklists, handouts, and helpful hints for this brand-new programming resource for the libraries in Kansas. You Try-It! Kits are available for checkout by school and public libraries for a period of 30 days, with an option to renew, provided they are not on hold for another library. There is no charge for use of the You Try-It! Kits, but return of damaged items or return of kits with lost or stolen items may require assessment of replacement fees.

Our goal is to provide libraries and their patrons with opportunities for creating safe, fun, and educational entertainment programming for the young adults of our region. Our pilot program will serve to address the needs of this young, important population, as a model on the local level that larger libraries will be able to imitate and that larger entities may be able to expand in the future. We seek to cultivate the next generation of lifelong library partners and users, providing them with self-directed games and play–along with ways to connect with each other, their educations, their communities, and the world at large.

It’s time that YOU TRY-IT!

You Try-It! Kits are available to librarians for 30-day checkouts with the following themes:

About You Try-It! Kits

Funding for You Try-It! Kits was provided by The LSTA Grant 2014, the Kansas State Library, and by the NorthWest Kansas Library System whose mission is to provide services to member libraries and those areas that are not served by a local library with a vision of leading the quest for information sharing through innovative services and technology for member libraries.

You Try-It! Kits are provided to libraries in Kansas by the NorthWest Kansas Library System in an effort to engage the young adult population in libraries. YT! Kits are varied in theme, requiring extensive technological savvy or none. The target population can learn by doing, by teaching, or by watching. We seek for YT! Kits to help engage young adults in creating their own programming and developing peer-to-peer relationships as well as strong bonds with their librarians and their communities.

The primary goal of You Try-It! is to give young people and their libraries the opportunity to grow together while they (you guessed it!) TRY SOMETHING NEW.

Rules and Procedures

To check out a YT! Kit, . Kansas libraries should go to ILL to check out all kits. Kits will remain checked out for 30 days with an option to renew one time, so long as no one has the particular kit on hold. We are coordinating a calendar in order for you to reserve YT! Kits in advance so that you may plan events in your library.  On occasion, we may ask for you to return kits early (once your event is completed) so that others may use them as well.

The contents of each kit are posted here, and we ask that you check the YT! Kit boxes when you receive them and prior to their return, using the Google Form linked on each contents page. Some items will need to be replenished (batteries, science kit supplies, pencils, etc.), and it would be helpful if you would make note of those consumable materials needing attention. There may be fees assessed for lost or stolen items, but not for those consumables.

We’ve created interactive lists of resources and ideas to help you expand the use of the YT!Kit you’ve checked out.

Under each YT!Kit Title, you’ll find a set of booklists (fiction and nonfiction), tips for using the kits as they are, and ideas for expanding your learning and play. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas that we’ve collected from around the Web!

We want to see your unique ideas, your work, and all your stories as well! Like us on Facebook and share with us how you’ve used the YT!Kits in your library. (And hey–don’t be afraid to tell us we messed up. If you have ideas on how to make YT!Kits better, we want to hear that, too.)

Use the YT!Kits in combination! Check out the Legos™ Challenge YT!Kit and make a stop-motion film — maybe you need the Explor-ience YT!Kit for some special effects — and then become aScreenMaster and host a movie night to showcase your work!

Use your time with the Advanced Lego™ Challenge YT!Kit to iron out some engineering details before you write a video game, get the Learn-to-Draw Kit for the graphics, and host a Wii U for UTournament!

There is an almost infinite number of combinations–You Try-It! Kits are made for you to PLAY without borders!

REMEMBER! These are only ideas, jumping off points for you. You’re only limited by your own imaginations. You’ll never know if you like something, or you’re good at something, or something is so much fun you can’t hardly stand it– until


Contact Us!

Contact Us!


Children’s Services Consultant



NorthWest Kansas Library System

#2 Washington Square

Norton, KS 67654

(785) 877-5148

NorthWest Kansas Library System

#2 Washington Square

Norton, KS 67654

(785) 877-5148