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Nov 20

Putting the Turkey in “Turkey Day”

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brett Rurode

If you like to eat as much as I do, Thanksgiving is a holiday you look forward to all year.  Here are various links to the “Turkey Basics” provided by the United States Department of Agriculture:

In keeping with the turkey theme, I've found a few articles in Kansas Wildlife and Parks.  If you would like to see the entire article, please contact the State Library Reference Desk at

King Strut / by J. Mark Shoup.

F 1.9:v.66 no.2


The wild turkey story / by Bill Hlavachick and Mike Miller.

F 1.9:v.54/no.3


Turkey man / by Randy Hennen.

F 1.9:v.58 no.3



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Nov 25

Kansas Fire Marshal

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

This time of year we hear a lot about fire prevention in homes and businesses.  Both Thanksgiving and the Christmas/Winter Holiday seasons bring with them lights, candles, cooking, baking and  more electrical power use that increases the possibility of fires.

The Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal has been and continues to be a leader in promoting fire safety and investigating fires and explosions in our state.  The mission statement of the Office says it all:

"The Office of the State Fire Marshal is dedicated to protecting lives and property from the hazards of fire or explosion and will promote prevention, educational, and investigative activities to mitigate incidents, promote life safety and deter crimes."

The State Library's Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library has an excellent collection of current and past online publications of the State Fire Marshal's Office, both past and present.  We invite you to take a look at these documents and in doing so come to a better appreciation of the extent that the Office goes to in protecting us all.


Sep 11

Britannica E-STAX: new batch of MARC

Posted to Librarian News by Lianne Flax

Information below is mostly for school libraries.  While public libraries are welcome to download the MARC records for Britannica E-STAX, please realize direct access can only work in-house-only.  Patrons at home will not be able to use the 856 link in these MARC records from your catalog.  Schools benefit from direct access & MARC records as it allows teachers & students an easy way to get to specific titles at school.  Britannica E-STAX is the only kids ebook system without school use restrictions. 

Not signed up for direct access yet?  Get your school’s public IP address(es) and email us at If you signed up last year and your E-STAX links no longer work, please also send us your IPs.  They probably changed over the summer, this can be updated fairly easily.

New titles were added to Britannica E-STAX in July. 

Just want to take a peek at Britannica E-STAX, or place the main statewide link on your library website?  Please use  This link has geo-location authentication built in.  Patrons recognized as being inside Kansas by their internet service provider will not need to login for access.