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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.

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

Aug 19

Kansas Laws on Child Vaccinations

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM by Brian Herder


In the last several years, the subject of child vaccinations has become a contentious topic. The issue typically boils down to balancing parents' rights to raise their own children as they see fit, and society's desire to keep individual children and the public as a whole as safe as possible from preventable illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a web page addressing immunizations under the Kansas Immunization Program. An additional KDHE web page hosts school-related immunization brochures.

If you'd like to check out the nuts-and-bolts legal stuff, the Kansas Legislature has passed numerous laws addressing childhood vaccinations:

KSA 65-508. Equipment, supplies, accommodations; competent supervision and care of children; rules and regulations; immunizations.

KSA 72-5208.   Health tests and inoculations; definitions

KSA 72-5209.   Same; certification of completion required, alternatives; duties of school boards.

KSA 72-510.   Same; duties of public health departments and officers; fees, exception to payment.

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