Monday, April 20, 2015

Money Smart Week -- State Library Supplies Resources

April is the official National Financial Literacy Month, and this week is Money Smart Week. With that in mind, the State Library has gathered together some information for librarians and patrons...

Finance related books in the statewide Digital Book eLending platforms: http://kslib.info/1176/Financial-Literacy-Digital-Books

LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator: Find resources to help you brush up on your basic math skills, prepare for a new career or take vocational practice tests.
• Self-guided Tutorial: http://www.kslibplus.info/articulate/LearningExpress/story.html
• Webinar: http://www.kslibplus.info/meetings/2015MarLearningExpress.mp4

Online Self-Paced Financial Literacy Reference Course: This no cost online course is available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources. The goal of this course is to promote confidence and competence in responding to your library patrons’ questions on personal finance and investment. http://ifpmedia.org/onlinelearning/sccld_smart_investing/index.html

***Look for more information to come about a Financial Literacy webinar in May***



Thanks,
Allie Lockwood
Resource Sharing Specialist
State Library of Kansas
Phone: 800-432-3919
allie.lockwood@library.ks.gov

Eric McHenry of Lawrence Named the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas

The Kansas Humanities Council announces that Eric McHenry of Lawrence has been named the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas. In this role, McHenry will promote the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans through public readings, presentations, and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

"Eric brings to the Poet Laureate of Kansas position an abundance of talent and enthusiasm," said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. "As a writer, his words seem effortless, although we know how meticulously and thoughtfully he deliberates on each one. As a teacher, his intelligence and humor make poetry come alive. The combination of these qualities will make Eric an exceptional poet laureate for our state."

"There's nothing I love more than sharing poetry with people, and I look forward to doing that in every corner of Kansas over the next two years," said McHenry. "I think we're all grateful when we encounter language that's equal to life's richness and complexity. Poetry can provide that."

Eric McHenry is a nationally known poet and associate professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka. His work has been featured in publications such as Poetry International, Slate, Yale Review, and Topeka magazine, among many others. He also contributes poetry reviews for the New York Times and Columbia magazine. Odd Evening, his third book of poems, will be published by Waywiser Press in 2016.

A fifth-generation Topeka native, Eric has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times and received the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, the largest American prize for a first book of poetry.

Outside of the college classroom, Eric has taught poetry in various settings, including K-12 teacher workshops, adolescent service agencies, local authors' groups, and libraries.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Butler Theatre Presents “Urinetown: The Musical”

El Dorado, KS- Butler Community College Theatre will present “Urinetown: The Musical” with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music and lyrics by Mark Hollman, Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm and a matinee performance Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm in the College Theatre on the El Dorado campus.

“Urinetown: The Musical” is part satire, part spoof, part love story, and part musical comedy. The musical takes a self-reflective look at a Gotham-like world in the near-future where, because of a 20-year drought, residents are forced to pay to use public toilets and private urination is prohibited. In this world two idealists meet, fall in love, and foment revolution. “Urinetown: The Musical” is a three-time Tony Award winner featuring a wide array of songs including witty ballads, rousing marches, upbeat jazz songs, and clap-worthy gospel-style numbers.

The cast features Ari Chandler of Augusta as Hope Cladwell, Daniel Nelson of Hillsboro as Bobby Strong, Daniel Reep of Maize as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Kevin David Norfleet of Wichita as Officer Lockstock. Other cast members include: Brandon McKinney of Wichita as Officer Barrel, Christy Collins of Valley Center as Little Sally, Angie Thompson of Augusta as Penelope Pennywise, Haylee Couey of Wichita as Josephine “Ma” Strong, Andrew Meaders of St. John as Joseph “Old Man” Strong, Keith Renteria of Emporia as Mr. McQueen, Tyler Isbell of Wichita as Senator Fipp, Joshua Harris of Wichita as Hot Blades Harry, Brooklyn Hamilton of El Dorado as Little Becky Two-Shoes, Eileen Price of Minneapolis as Soupy Sue, Tarah Pearson of Emporia as Mrs. Millenium, Valen Pray of Augusta as Dr. Billeaux, Alli McCoy of Andover as Mr. Cladwell’s Secretary, Joey Defore of Arkansas City as Billy Boy Bill, Donte Ross of Wichita as Tiny Tom, Sierra Ardanche of Andover as Old Woman. Various roles are played by Cassidy Puderbaugh of Coldwater, Jay Dee Schafers of Marion, Cole Fields of Junction City, and Heather Burger of Argonia.

Bernie Wonsetler of the theatre faculty is the scenic and lighting designer, Matthew Udland of the music faculty is the music director, and Henry Waters of the music faculty is the choreographer. Sophomore Nikiya Green of Wichita and freshman Tad Gilbert are the stage managers.

“This smart high-energy musical will make you think and make you laugh,” said director and costume designer Samuel Sparks. “We’ve assembled a great company of students who bring energy and creativity to the process.”

The Butler Fine Arts Box Office is open 1-5 pm Monday-Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 316-322-3262 or online by visiting www.butlercc.edu/boxoffice. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Obama Appoints James Patterson 'Book Czar'



Newly appointed Book Czar James Patterson

"The President has asked Mr. Patterson to take on the task of coordinating the administration's efforts in promoting independent bookstores," the White House official said.
Full story compliments of Shelf Awareness:
Obama Appoints James Patterson 'Book Czar'

Monday, March 30, 2015

Are you preparing for the 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 tutorials through LearningExpress Library at no charge for all Kansas residents. This resource can help you every step of the way, from finding out if you’re ready to take the test, to building your academic skills, to preparing for your high school equivalency exam.

Direct Link to the High School Equivalency Center
http://tinyurl.com/ks-ged

LearningExpress Library 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.

Trouble logging in? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.gov.


Many Thanks,

Candace LeDuc
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 312N
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 291-3230

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Erdrich Wins Library of Congress American Fiction Prize

News from the media, about the author of our first "Talk about Literature:Native American Writers," March 25, 2 pm, Butler of El Dorado library



Author/bookseller Louise Erdrich has won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, which will be awarded at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 5, the New York Times reported. The award recognizes writers with "unique, enduring voices" whose work deals with the American experience. Erdrich is the author of Love Medicine, The Round House and Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, among other books, and owner of Birchbark Books and Native Arts in Minneapolis, Minn.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said that Erdrich "has portrayed her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has. Her prose manages to be at once lyrical and gritty, magical yet unsentimental, connecting a dream world of Ojibwe legend to stark realities of the modern-day."

(From Shelf Awareness, http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2464)

Join us for "Talk about Literature:Native American Writers," March 25, 2 pm, Butler of El Dorado library by coming and checking out the "Tracks" book at the library to read before the event. Retired WSU English Professor Diane Quantic, who specializes in Plains literature, leads the discussion.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Poetry Potluck - Bring Your Dish

Good Morning, Kansas,



This year’s KHC Pin-Up Poetry theme is POETRY POTLUCK. April is just around the corner and Pin-Up Poetry is an easy, free way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

The statewide project encourages Kansans to write, read, and share their own poetry and the poetry of others.

For more information, including Pin-Up Poetry postcard templates and samples, visit KHC’s website: http://kansashumanities.org/2015/03/poetry-potluck/

Questions? Contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC's director of programs, at leslie@kansashumanities.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

*DEWEY Award - Be the First to Nominate a Faculty Member!

This is your chance to recognize an instructor for:
• Innovative, consistent, effective library use in classes
• Actions that bring students or others into the library
• Promotion, encouragement or support
• Helping select thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resources
• Awareness of information literacy, and helping the library improve it at Butler

Entries will be judged on the five points above. Submit the short nomination form by March 20:
Our past winners include
• Jane Watkins, 2010
• Gina Austin-Fresh, 2011
• Michelle McClendon, 2012
• Jeff Tymony, 2013
• Janice English, Butler Custodial Staff member and Adjunct Instructor in Behavioral Science, who was honored as our 2014 Dewey Award recipient.

Rules: No self-nominations. Not open to previous winners. Nominations open March 6 and close March 20. Winner to be announced on Institutional Development Day April 2, and receive some great prizes!

Questions? Call or write Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services, 316-322-3235, mayers@butlercc.edu

*DEWEY: “Deepening Education with an Excellent Library – Yours”

Thank you for your help in selecting our winner in 2015!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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

If you have a few spare moments:

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

Look 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.gov.


Many Thanks,

Candace LeDuc
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 312N
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 291-3230

Monday, March 09, 2015

Scholar Series at the Library 2015 -- Lorraine Madway Presents....

Ok, the headline wasn't much:

Madway Presents Presentation on Persuasion, Propaganda - See more at: http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20150307/NEWS/150309500#sthash.76MJBx1e.dpuf

...but it was a pretty good writeup. We also held the event in Andover 5000 at 6 pm. Next time I'll know better - all of Butler's history classes in Andover are held on the 6000 building. :-(



Our thanks to the Kansas Humanities Council, and particularly the funding from a gift from the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust.

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