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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.

Dec 04

Print Your Own Pocket-Size Version of the Kansas Constitution

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 9:36 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

The Wyandotte Constitution was the fourth and final version voted on by the people of the Kansas Territory. The Wyandotte Constitution is the present Constitution of Kansas, although now with many amendments, voted on and approved upon statehood in 1861.

The Constitution, along with the Kansas Bill of Rights, is available to print in a pocket size version from the State Library’s website. Just click on the image on that page to download and print a booklet. There is also a helpful chart to help you see the steps for folding and cutting.

If you are interested in more information on the Kansas Constitution, please visit the following websites:

Kansas Secretary of State Cyber Civics
Kansas State Historical Society Online Exhibit
Kansas State Historical Society Kansapedia
Kansas Memory Wyandotte Constitution copy
Nov 20

Putting the Turkey in “Turkey Day”

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 10:27 AM 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



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

Nov 03

Fun Websites for Kansas Kids

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM by Brett Rurode

Several Kansas and Federal government agencies have fun webpages for young patrons.  Below is a list kid-friendly websites with games, puzzles, and creative learning activities.

Kansas Kids
(Provided by the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State)

Kids' Zone
(Provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment)

Kids' Zone (State Treasurer)
(Provided by the Kansas State Treasurer's Office)

Kid's CURB
(Provided by the Kansas Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board)

Kansas Kids Kan
(Provided by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education)

(“A safe place to learn and play.”  The US Government’s official web portal for kids)

Government Documents Kids Group

(Government information for children, teachers, librarians, and parents.)

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