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This blog provides links to current resources to help you find what is new and noteworthy in the state of Kansas. State Library staff will highlight a topic of specific interest and supply links to important news and services in the state of Kansas.

Apr 26

Audio Streaming Available for Committee Meetings

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 1:52 PM by Brett Rurode

The Kansas Legislature has recently added audio streaming of certain committee meetings to their website.  Four committee rooms in the Capitol are currently equipped to stream audio: 112-N, 346-S, 548-S, and 582-N. 

Additionally, some of the audio has been archived for committees such as Ways and Mean, Appropriations, and Taxation and Assessment.  Live and archived proceedings can be accessed at the following link:

Audio/Video - Statehouse Live & Archived


State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3924
E-mail: infodesk@library.ks.gov


Apr 20

Travel Around Kansas: Ideas for Weekend Road Trips

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

With spring in full swing, the State Library of Kansas has several books that might help you plan a weekend road trip.

Want to see the oldest public library this side of the Mississippi operated continuously in the same building since 1876?  Plan a road trip to Blue Rapids.

Want to do a Post Rock country tour?  Check out the Post Rock Scenic Byway in Russell County.

Would you like to know more about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood home?  Head over to Independence.
 
These places are just a few examples of where you can experience getaways in Kansas.  There are unique places to learn more about, if you want to venture off the major highways.

Be sure to check with your local public library to see if they have similar titles. A few titles that might be helpful include:

Kansas Off the Beaten Path
 
Kansas Off the Beaten Path


Kansas Weekend Guide and Kansas Weekend Guide 2
Kansas Weekend Guide


Kansas Guidebook for Explorers
Kansas Guidebook for Explorers

Exploring Kansas
Exploring Kansas

8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook
8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook

Kansas Trail Guide
Kansas Trail Guide

Also, take a look at our book display to see if any other road trip titles sound interesting to you!
Road trip displays

Happy travels!

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919
E-mail: infodesk@ks.gov

Apr 04

Financial Literacy Month in April

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 10:59 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Financial Literacy is recognized in the month of April, and Money Smart Week begins on April 22 this year. Financial Literacy Month is a great time to highlight the importance of financial literacy, and learning how to manage personal finances can be achieved by being informed and having access to good resources.  

The State Library of Kansas has put together resources that might be helpful for financial literacy education for all individuals, including coverage for multiple age ranges and interest levels. For more information, please see our Financial Literacy for Kansans page. 

Additionally, be sure to check out the Resources at the State Library page. These are databases that have information available for residents of Kansas that deal with financial literacy. New this year is the addition of Universal Class, a database which offers online courses.  Users can search for finance related courses that include titles like Personal Finance 101, and Retirement Planning.  Also, the Financial Literacy Digital Books page has different titles available through several platforms that can help with personal finance.

For further information, some links to financial literacy resources are highlighted on the Financial Organizations in Kansas tab on the State Library’s website. These resources are from the state government, as well as other organizations and agencies.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919
E-mail: infodesk@ks.gov