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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.

Jan 07

Inaugural Celebrations for 2015

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Candace Leduc

The Inaugural Ceremony will be held at the State Capitol on the south steps on Monday, January 12. This swearing in ceremony for the Governor and other statewide elected officials will begin at 11:00. An open house in the Governor’s Office will follow.

The traditional Inaugural Dinner and Ball are set for Saturday, January 10th.  The festivities will begin at 6:00 pm and will be held at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.  A complete list of events around the state can be found at

The Kansas statutes that requires an inauguration to take place is KSA 75-101: .

Celebrations surrounding the inaugural ceremony are customary.  The tone of the event will often reflect the era when it took place.  Below are a few articles and pictures from historic inaugurations. 

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919

Dec 19

Falling Gas Prices

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Brett Rurode

In the last few months, gas prices have fallen considerably.  Although this is a normal trend for this time of year, the drop is more significant than we have seen in years.  Here are a few governmental and private websites on the topic of gas prices.

Facts on why gas prices have gone down:

Government statistics on gas prices:

US Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy website:

Fuel cost calculator:

Kansas gas prices:

Kansas gas prices organized by county:

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919

Nov 21

Kansas Hunting Information

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Kansas has a diverse game population, including pheasant, quail, and turkey, waterfowl, small game, and two types of deer, just to name some of the common animals to hunt. That being said, the season for deer hunting with regular firearms is right around the corner, which runs from Dec. 3-14, 2014.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has information and news about hunting in Kansas in general, and as well as downloadable hunting guides and hunting atlases. See the left hand column of their website to access the hunting menu.

Dates for hunting seasons can be found at the KDWPT’s website as well. On the Seasons webpage, dates along with the type of animal are listed.  By clicking on the animal name, you can find other information, such as the daily limit, and possession limit.

Hunter Education is important to keep hunters safe and informed. The KDWPT’s Hunter Education portion of their website offers class schedules, tips, and basic information for individuals wanting to become certified.

Hunting license information can be found at the KDWPT’s website under Hunting Applications and Fees. Lifetime hunting license information is also available at this website. If you don’t have internet access, just go to your local public library to download the application.

Kansas statutes and regulations concerning hunting are offered at the KDWPT’s website. A PDF of all statues and of all regulations are available to download, but visitors can break the information down to individual categories, based on their need.

Most of Kansas is not available for hunters to use without permission from a land owner.  Check out the KDWPT’s page about private land hunting, and information about needing written permission. However, Walk-In Hunting Areas (WIHA) are made available by KDWPT by leasing private properties, and turning them into public hunting. Visitors can find information about WIHAs and the online map for Kansas at KDWPT's website. Also, controlled shooting areas are private fee-to-hunt areas that have been licensed by KDWPT. Information for CSAs can be found at KDWPT, and Hunt Kansas.

For more information on hunting, and hunting seasons in Kansas, please see additional menu items on the KDWPT's website.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919