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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.

Jul 20

KPERS information for 2015

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Robin Genschorck

KPERS blog

The 2015 Kansas Legislative session involved much discussion about KPERS, the Kansas public employees' retirement system. Quite a few KPERS-related bills were proposed. The KPERS bill that generated the most interest during session, HB 2253, was not passed this year, but remains alive for the 2016 session. In the end two KPERS-related bills passed: Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228.

Below are KPERS-related links to documents and resources that may prove helpful. First is the text for Senate Sub for HB 2095 and SB 228, along with their respective "Summaries of Legislation" published by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department.

After the 2015 legislation are links to the KPERS website and various KPERS documents and PDFs explaining KPERS-based retirement planning and issues.


Senate Sub for HB 2095
Senate Sub for HB 2095 (Summary of Legislation)

SB 228
SB 228 (Summary of Legislation)

KPERS Home Page

Working After Retirement Flowchart, based on 2015 Legislation

KPERS Steps to Retire

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KPERS Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KPERS Pre-Retirement Presentation

Getting Ready to Retire: Your KP&F Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

KP&F Pre-Retirement Presentation

Jun 16

Kansas Travel Information

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brett Rurode

Kansas Map
It’s been a long year already, and we are only halfway through.  Do you need a quick get-away?  Here are some travel websites with Kansas vacation ideas.  You don’t need to go far from home for an exciting escape.

The state of Kansas’ travel website:

Here is an independent travel website for the state of Kansas:

Famous Kansas attractions…and a few you’ve never heard of:

For outdoor vacations including camping, boating, and hiking:

Don’t forget about rural Kansas.  Small towns have great attractions too:

Roadside America provides information on some of the more off-beat things to see and do in Kansas:

The Kansas Historical Society in Topeka is a great place to visit:

If you come through Topeka, don’t forget to stop by the Kansas State Capitol:

Nathan Carr of Newton Public Library has put together a great webinar on Kansas Travel:


State Library of Kansas Reference
Reference: 785-296-2149
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-432-3924
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