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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.

May 13

Financial Literacy Education Resources

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Understanding the workings of personal finance, financial planning, lifestyle flexibility and locating helpful services become important tools in life. This includes starting at a young age and learning to make wise decisions about earning and spending, then moving on to thinking about how to prepare for retirement.

To help with financial literacy education, the State Library of Kansas has put together resources that might be helpful in education for all individuals, regardless of current life phase or economic status. For more information, please see our Financial Literacy for Kansans page. 

If you are a librarian or educator who wants to create a financial literacy program, the State Library has created a resource page that contains links to various curriculum resources, programming ideas, and possible grant opportunities.  The programming section has several links to free financial education publications that can be ordered for libraries. Also, be sure to check out the additional resources in the left hand column.

Feel free to use these helpful and knowledgeable links to find information on different topics of financial literacy and personal finance.

State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3919
Apr 27

¿Habla Usted Español?

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brett Rurode

Many Kansas residents feel more comfortable using Spanish resources.  The state provides various choices for this community.  Below are some government websites and documents in Spanish.

Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission:

Library Databases:

Instructions to Register to Vote / Instrucciones Para Registro de Votante:

Kansas Benefits:

Government Housing (HUD):

Department of Children and Families: Spanish.pdf

Department of Health – Applications for Vital Statistics:

Department of Labor:

Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program applications:

Department of Revenue:
785-368-8222 Oprima numero 6

Apr 06

Sign Up for a State Library Card and See the Materials Available

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois

Any person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Kansas can come into the State Library to check out, or use, the resources the library has available.
In order to check out materials, patrons do need to apply for a card and present a valid Kansas ID, a process that takes just a few minutes. The cards are good for three years, which are then able to be renewed. Materials can be checked out for three weeks, but can be renewed up to two additional times if there are no holds for that particular item.

The State Library has an interesting collection of books within our general reference section. There are quite a few biographies on presidents, and their papers, in this collection. Also, the State Library provides the option for inter-library loan (ILL), which is handy if patrons who come and look for something we might not have in the collection. If that is the case, the library can ILL another title for the patron. The option for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is also available for non-Topeka residents through the patron's local library.

Another area of interest is the Floating Playaways collection located to the right of the circulation desk. The Playaways portion of the library’s website offers more detail about them, as well as links to lists of all the available Playaways throughout the library system in Kansas. Just contact your local library if you would like to listen to a particular title on the list.

Of course, the State Library also has federal documents, and state documents, for patrons to peruse and check out. The library also has a collection of legislative documents that are available to be read in the library, since not all circulate.
Not wanting to check out print books, or travel to Topeka to view the collection?  Check out the library’s Digital Book eLending webpage, which are available for all Kansas residents across the state, and requires a Kansas Library Card. Information for the card is available at the First Time User page. Talking Books are also available for reading help for anyone with a visual impairment, physical impairment or reading disability.

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