Continuing Education News

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

CE Roundup - July 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

CE Roundup - June 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: April 29, 2015

CE Roundup- May 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

CE Roundup- April 2015

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

CE Roundup- March 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: January 29, 2015

CE Roundup- February 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

CE Roundup- January 2015

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

CE Roundup- December 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

CE Roundup- November 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

CE Roundup- October 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: August 28, 2014

CE Roundup- September 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

CE Roundup- August 2014

Check out the recently added no cost online continuing education opportunities which have been posted to the Librarian Events calendar.

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Digital Book of the Week

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Unusual Chickens - Jones

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly A. Jones (3M ebook). Sophie feels like a fish out of water when her family mores to the farm they've inherited from a great-uncle. She soon realizes that the farm's chickens are pretty strange - should a hen be able to move things with its tiny mind? Determined to keep the unusual chickens safe, Sophie begins to learn everything about caring for chickens (even those with superpowers).

A Kansas Library eCard is required to check out books from 3M Cloud Library.Read on...

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Digital Books News

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

Freading - checkout changes.

Freading eBooks has decided to change the way checkouts are limited. This change will take place tomorrow, July 1!

Instead of having an allowance of 10 tokens per week to "spend" on checkouts as you choose, the limit will now be 5 checkouts per wee...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

OneClick-Holds Odd

If your OneClickdigital holds list looks odd this morning, the company is aware of the problem and working on it. This is affecting all libraries that use OneClickdigital, not just Kansas!

Most people are seeing that they are "zero" in line for their holds. You have not lost any holds. We'll update the blog post when this error is resolved. Read on...

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Grant & Discount Opportunities

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

Newly added opportunities

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Deadline: ContinuousShell supports K-12 programs that boost math and science skills. They are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethni...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Newly added opportunities

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (NEH)
Deadline: September 11The National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program awards grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects of benefit to the humanities. Their f......Read on...

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Posted on: June 20, 2014

USDA- Community Connect Grants

The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.

Eligibility

The following entities are eligible for funding:
Incorporated Organizations;Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defin......Read on...

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Posted on: June 15, 2015

The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2015 Kansas Notable Books

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The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2015 Kansas Notable Books
15 books celebrating Kansas cultural heritage

Topeka, KS — The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce 15 books featuring quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting our lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

A committee of Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) Affiliates, Fellows, librarians and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 12, 2015, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.

Throughout the award year, KCFB promotes all the titles on that year's List electronically, at literary events, and among librarians and booksellers.

For more information about the Kansas Notable Book project, call 785-296-3296, visit www.kslib.info/notablebooks or email infodesk@library.ks.gov.

2015 Kansas Notable Books

999 Kansas Characters: Ad Astra, a Biographical Series by Dave Webb, Terry Rombeck, and Beccy Tanner
Published by the Kansas Heritage CenterThis fact-filled, fully illustrated book features biographical articles about 161 characters with Kansas connections: adventurers, astronauts, discoverers, explorers, pilots, pioneers and scientists. Their adventures and discoveries have helped define the Sunflower State and its colorful heritage. Includes well-known Kansans such as George Washington Carver and Charles and George Sternberg — plus dozens more, like physicist Worth Seagondollar, Elmer McCollum, the discoverer of vitamin B, and cancer researcher Carol Fabian. This is the first in a 3 part planned biographical series.

Bluebird
by Lindsey YankeyPublished by Simply Read Books
The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it. Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend--she finds confidence too! This debut book by Lawrence author and illustrator is sure to capture the hearts of children with their enchanting illustrations.

A Carol Dickens Christmas: A Novel by Thomas Fox Averill
Published by University of New Mexico PressIt's Christmas and Carol Dickens's life is in a major transition. Her son Finn, a talented trumpeter player, is about to leave for college. Her ex-husband, a real-estate wheeler-dealer, wants to sell their properties in Kansas and move to Arizona. Her wheelchair-bound friend, Laurence, has fallen in love with her. To top it all off, Scraps, the family dog, is dying. As her world spins out of control, Carol seeks refuge in her research on the use of the semicolon- and in her ritual of cooking the perfect series of Victorian holiday meals inspired by A Christmas Carol.

Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image
by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Stephen LockePublished by Ice Cube Press
“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” writes Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Weather subtly shapes our day, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant world more visible. This book pairs Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s evocative poetry with photographer Stephen Locke’s stirring imagery for a unique collaboration.

The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873 by Ronald D. Parks
Published by University of Oklahoma PressBefore their relocation to the Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, the Kanza Indians spent twenty-seven years on a reservation near Council Grove. This is the story of those years of decline in Kanza history following the loss of the tribe’s original homeland in Kansas. The Kanzas’ story is not reduced to one of hapless Indian victims maligned by the American government, but rather demonstrates how the Kanzas persisted in their struggle to exercise political autonomy while maintaining traditional social customs up to the time of removal and beyond.

The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
by Alex GrecianPublished by G. P. Putnam's Sons
London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad—and his family. And that isn’t even the worst of it. During the escape, the killers have stumbled upon the location of another notorious murderer: Jack the Ripper is loose once more.

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska
by Iralee BarnardPublished by University Press of Kansas
From the more familiar, like buffalograss, to the less recognized, such as ticklegrass, each of the seventy species profiled in these pages appears in full-color to aide both novice and expert in identifying field grasses. Features such as a handy system of “finding lists” allow quick navigation for identification of an unknown grass. An illustrated glossary, leaf comparison section, and table of flowering dates provide additional information for recognizing and appreciating various species.

Girl in Reverse
by Barbara StuberPublished by Margaret K. McElderry Books
With the Korean War raging and the fear of "Commies" everywhere, Lily's Asian heritage makes her a target at school. She is sick of the racism she faces, a fact her adoptive parents won't take seriously. Then her brainy little brother, Ralph, finds a box containing clues to her past that lead them to rare Chinese artifacts at the art museum. With help from Ralph, the school janitor, and an artistic genius named Elliot, Lily summons the courage to confront her own remarkable story.

The Kansas Relays: Track and Field Tradition in the Heartland by Joe D. Schrag
Published by Adina PublishingThis is the first book devoted to the rich history of the classic track and field celebration that makes up the Kansas Relays. The author introduces readers to historic events, talented people, and unique moments that have made Lawrence, Kansas a springtime destination for track and field enthusiasts since 1923. This well researched collection of compelling stories, both familiar and new, is illustrated with photos of people and memorabilia from the Relays. Includes six appendices of historical information.

Michael Pearce's Taste of the Kansas Outdoors Cookbook
by Michael PearcePublished by the Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing Co.
This undeniably Kansas cookbook contains more than 50 proven recipes mixed with some of outdoor journalist, Michael Pearce’s favorite hunting and fishing stories and photographs. These recipes with accompanying photos encourage readers to experience the unique flavor of the Kansas Outdoors. The recipes range from simple to complex and often include step-by-step procedures on how to prepare the game. Venison Hawaiian Sliders, Pheasant Macaroons, Mustard Fried Crappie — you won’t find these recipes on the menu at...well, pretty much anywhere. But make no mistake, it’s Kansas dining at its finest.

Music I Once Could Dance To
by Roy J. BeckemeyerPublished by Coal City Press
This first collection of poetry by Roy Beckemeyer uses the theme of music to poetically travel to the interior and across the prairie and the earth. Whether writing about the cold morning moon of January (“the glossy white 20-pound bond moon/ the cotton-ball moon”) or how “center-pivot sprinklers/ dance a spindly-legged/ ballet around the fields” in August in western Kansas, he helps readers see the extraordinary in the ordinary. He instinctively trusts the image of the poem to convey the poem’s layers of meaning, and he also leaps off any familiar edge to try new forms and inspirations.

The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning by Julene Bair
Published by Viking/PenguinJulene Bair has inherited part of a large farm and fallen in love with a rancher from Kansas’s beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, she means to provide her son with the father he longs for and preserve the Bair farm for the next generation, honoring her own father’s wish and commandment, “Hang on to your land!” But part of her legacy is a share of the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family—like many other irrigators—pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer. The rapidly disappearing aquifer is the sole source of water on the vast western plains, and her family’s role in its depletion haunts her.

Railroad Empire across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey by James E. Sherow, photographs by John R. Charlton
Published by University of New Mexico PressPhotographer Alexander Gardner documented the construction of the Union Pacific Railway across Kansas in 1867. This book presents 90 pairs of recent photographs by John R. Charlton paired with scenes Gardner recorded, duplicating the exact location and time of day of the originals. James E. Sherow uses the paired images to show how Indian and Anglo-American land-use practices affected the landscape. Charlton’s rephotography captures the transformation of the grasslands, harnessed by the powerful forces of the railroad.

Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War's First African American Combat Unit
by Ian Michael SpurgeonPublished by University of Oklahoma Press
Composed primarily of former slaves, the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry saw major combat in the trans-Mississippi theater of the Civil War. The author draws upon sources such as pension applications to chart military service, and to reveal the regiment’s role in countering white prejudices by defying stereotypes. Despite naysayers’ bigoted predictions, these black soldiers proved themselves as capable as their white counterparts, and so helped shape the evolving attitudes of leading politicians. This long-overdue reconstruction of the regiment brings to life the men of the 1st Kansas Colored as they battled both the Confederate forces and skepticism within Union ranks.

Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays by Cheryl Unruh
Published by Quincy PressIn this collection of 72 essays, Cheryl Unruh once again connects with Kansas on a personal level. She writes about growing up on this open land, seeing the Arkansas River at flood stage in 1965, the virtues of wing windows in cars, and about telling ghost stories with her brother and cousins in the spooky upstairs of her grandmother’s farmhouse. The Kansas sky and weather are characters in her lifelong story. “We who live on the prairie love our sky. It is as much a part of the landscape as the land itself. While the earth gives us roots … the sky gives us flight, imagination…”

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Posted on: April 23, 2015

Are you preparing for the GED®?

GED

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. It can help open the door to a better job or career, and a college education.

The State Library of Kansas provides GED practice exams, eBooks and tutor...Read on...

http://tinyurl.com/ks-ged
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Small Business Reference Center

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Download startup kits (with pre-made Excel files), watch Harvard Business School lecture videos, and read up on business basics (including human resources). The article search also lets you limit to "forms" - so if you are a landlord, for example, and nee...Read on...

http://kslib.info/SmBiz
Posted on: March 10, 2015

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Special Irish Course

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Special Irish Course

Mango Languages offers a specialty course in St. Patrick’s Day Irish. This course will allow you to connect with your Irish traditions to the fullest. You’ll be able to ask the bartender for a refreshing and authentic Irish beverage, impress your friends with your knowledge of just who the heck St. Patrick is, what he did to deserve his own day, and engage in all sorts of practical St. Patrick’s Day conversations.

Access Mango Languages
http://tinyurl.com/MangoLNGLook for the Specialty Courses inside Mango Languages

Mango Languages is available through the State Library of Kansas. You can access this link from any Kansas IP address but if you’re outside of Kansas or on a mobile device, you’ll need to sign up for an eCard. At no charge, Kansas residents can obtain a Kansas Library eCard, provided by the State Library of Kansas, by visiting your local library.

Access trouble? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.govRead on...

Mango Languages
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Talking Books Week: March 1-7, 2015

TB Machine

The State Library of Kansas Talking Books Service (KTBS) will celebrate library services to Kansas residents who are unable to read or use standard printed materials, March 1-7, 2015.

KTBS provides library services for the blind and physically handicap...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2015

Check Out the Internet at the Library

wifi

A pilot project administered by the State Library of Kansas is allowing 19 Kansas libraries to lend portable Wi-Fi Hotspot devices to patrons wishing to expand the library’s Internet access.

“Many Kansas residents rely on library Internet for job sear...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2015

Toll-free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents

brian

Kansas residents can access information on state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Inaugural Celebrations for 2015

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We have put together some historic articles and photos from past inaugurations. Check out the latest post to the State Library's blog, From the Reference Desk: http://kslib.info/ReferenceBlog.

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Posted on: October 21, 2014

Government Information on Ebola

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The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been one of the significant stories of late 2014. Federal and state government efforts have focused on preventing Ebola from entering the United States, quarantining confirmed and potential Ebola patients, a...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2014

The Bicycle Fence

bicycle fence

To celebrate America Recycles Day, on November 15, the State Library is adding a copy of “The Bicycle Fence” to each Kansas library collection. This book is a fun and educational way to provide kids with a positive message about recycling and encouraging ...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2014

Winter Road Condition Resources

winter road

From the Reference Desk talks about getting ready for winter by knowing resources to check on road conditions. To read more, please click on this link, http://kslib.info/ReferenceBlog.

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Posted on: September 26, 2014

Kansas Recycling Websites

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For some helpful Kansas recycling websites, check out the latest post to the State Library's blog, From the Reference Desk: http://kslib.info/ReferenceBlog.

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Posted on: September 22, 2014

Read Kansas Read Winners

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$500 Kansas Book Festival Library Grant Winner

Clearwater Public Library
109 E. RossClearwater, KS 67026

2014 Kansas Notable Readers

Slade Cawley, Great BendMegan Roy, Palco
Vasumathi Raghavan, ManhattanCourtney M. Elbert, Americus
Jes...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Vote now for a new library card design

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The State Library of Kansas is getting a new catalog and a new library card design! Please take a moment to vote for your favorite. Voting will be open through Library Card Sign-up Month (September) and we’ll announce the winning design in October.

VOT...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Bring your mobile devices to the Kansas Book Festival

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The State Library of Kansas will open its doors to festival goers wishing to access library material electronically at this year’s Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Library staff will be on hand to sign residents u...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Kansas Elementary School Students Get Britannica eBook Library

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The State Library of Kansas announced today that it has acquired a library of more than 500 e-books on major school subjects for grades K-5 from Britannica Digital Learning (BDL) and is making them available to all residents statewide.

The Britannica ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

Back-to-School Refresher for Librarians

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Welcome back! Here is your back-to-school refresher from Statewide Services. Please call or email if you have any questions about databases, digital books, the Kansas Library eCard, or the updated State Library site, etc. 800-432-3919 or kslc@library....Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2014

Talking Book programs to distribute currency readers to blind and visually impaired

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The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is partnering with Talking Book programs to distribute currency readers to residents that are blind and visually impaired individuals.

BEP will provide one iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier to interested...Read on...

Kansas Talking Books
Posted on: July 28, 2014

The State Library of Kansas announces unlimited access to children’s online ebook program

Book Flix

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce the addition of BookFlix to the library’s statewide ebook collection. BookFlix is an online e-reading program from Scholastic that combines classic fictional video storybooks with similarly themed nonfict...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Public libraries give away books to kids

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Thanks to a grant from the State Library of Kansas and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), in partnership with Scholastic’s FACE program, 112 public libraries gave away books to children during summer reading programs.

“Adding to a child’...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Check out the Internet

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Two public libraries will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library’s Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas and will include the op...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2014 Kansas Notable Books

15 Notable Books

The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce 15 books featuring quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting our lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

A committee of Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) Affiliates, Fellows, librarians and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 13, 2014, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.
Throughout the award year, KCFB promotes all the titles on that year's List electronically, at literary events, and among librarians and booksellersRead on...

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Posted on: February 28, 2014

Traveling art show features works by visually/physically impaired Kansans

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The State Library of Kansas will celebrate Talking Books Week, March 3 – 7, by hosting the traveling art show, “Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective.” The exhibit will feature artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairmen...Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Toll-free legislative hotline available to Kansas residents

Hotline

Kansas residents can access information on state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines ...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Have you checked out this online tool designed specifically for young learners?

Britannica Learning Zone

Britannica Learning Zone
Grade Level: PreK-2

Have you checked out this online tool designed specifically for young learners? Britannica Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2014

The State Library’s Annual Report for 2013 is now available online

2013 Annual Report

In it you will find highlights of our agency’s accomplishments in the past year, the organizational structure of our agency, and information on some of our highlighted programs at the State Library and across the state.

We look forward to hearing your...Read on...

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Posted on: January 23, 2014

New LearningExpress Library Interface

LearningExpress

Easier navigation and enhanced interfaces with the same high-quality content.

Kansas LearningExpress Library
http://www.tinyurl.com/kansaslel

Career Center
http://tinyurl.com/kansaslel-careercenter

High School Equivalency Center (replaced ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2013

124 computer workstations for children now in Kansas public libraries

AWE

The State Library of Kansas (SLK) has awarded grants to 124 Kansas public libraries to help fund the purchase of one AWE Early Literacy Station (an all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8) in each recipient’s library.

In September o...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

New Talking Books Application

Talking Books Machine

A new Talking Books application is now available. The new application, designed by the State Library of Kansas, is streamlined and easier to use. The application also includes the Talking Books return address, making it more apparent for individuals and p...Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2013

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) App Now Available

BARD

The State Library of Kansas Talking Books is pleased to announce the newly available Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app. The free app (available through the Apple App Store) allows readers to download and access nearly 50,000 books, maga...Read on...

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Posted on: September 5, 2013

Library Learning Centers Available at the Kansas Book Festival

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The State Library of Kansas will open its doors to Kansans wishing to learn new library skills at this year’s Kansas Book Festival, Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival goers can visit three learning stations in the State Library: gene...Read on...