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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Last Day to Register to Vote in KS - July 17th

This just in from the State Library of Kansas!

Hello all,

Be sure to check out the latest blog post from the State Library of Kansas.

One week from today, July 17, is the last day to register to vote in the 2018 Kansas Primary. This time, From the Reference Desk includes handy links for the upcoming election.

Links to My Vote Info (registration information and polling locations), election FAQs, online voter registration, and more, can be found at

Cindy Roupe
Director of Reference
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Ave Rm 312-N
Topeka KS 66612
785-296-3296 ** 800-432-3919
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Over the past couple of days, the library has been getting a lot of inquiries about the solar eclipse.
The most frequently asked question is whether or not we will have eclipse glasses (yes, but in limited quantities; students and staff can get eclipse glasses at the welcome tables Monday as well as the library). Our full FAQ list is below.
If you have eclipse questions, you can visit, or call Ruth Harries, Public Services & Instruction Librarian, 316-322-3351.

Butler Libraries Eclipse FAQs

When is the eclipse happening?

The day of the eclipse is Monday, Aug. 21. In El Dorado, the eclipse will start at 11:37 am and will end at 2:33 pm. The peak time for the eclipse will be 1:05 pm. (This information came from Vox, which has a tool that will let you see animation of the eclipse in your zip code – see

Is Butler Community College in the path of the eclipse?

Yes and no. Butler County will not see a total eclipse, but approximately 94% of the sun will be covered at the peak of the eclipse (around 1:05 pm). This means that we will not be able to see the sun's corona, but we'll still see the moon cover most of the sun. (Source: Vox eclipse tool using zip code 67042 -

Will the library have eclipse glasses?

Yes. We will have limited quantities on Monday, Aug. 21, at the following locations:

> L. W. Nixon Library (El Dorado Campus, 600 Building, 2nd floor)and
> Andover 5000 Library (Room 5186N)and
> the Welcome tables around the El Dorado campus (Butler Community College students/staff only)

Can I take a pair of glasses for my friend?

Because we have limited quantities of eclipse glasses, there is a limit of one pair per person.

Can you hold a pair of eclipse glasses for me?

Unfortunately not. We will be handing out eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday only.

If I am unable to get a pair of eclipse glasses, how can I safely view the eclipse?

Never look directly at the sun. There are two easy ways to make a pinhole projector. The library will have materials available for the first method.

Method one: Poke a hole in a piece of white paper or cardstock. With the sun behind you, use the pinhole to project an image of the sun onto another piece of white paper or cardstock. The library will have materials to make this type of projector. See for more info.

Method two: Watch this video: or use NASA's written instructions: You will need a cereal box, aluminum foil, a piece of white paper or cardstock, scissors, a nail or thumbtack, and tape or glue. Wired has some excellent photos and directions here as well:

Where can I find more information about the eclipse?

NASA has a summary of eclipse info:


Micaela Ayers
Director, Libraries & Archives
Ruth Harries
Instruction & Public Services Librarian

Butler Libraries & Archives
Butler Community College, 901 S. Haverhill Rd, El Dorado KS 67042

Friday, July 07, 2017

From Bill Sowers, KGI Online Library:

Within the well dusted shelves of the State Library of Kansas' virtual KGI Online Library is an incomplete collection of newsletters, "Kansas Schools," covering the years 1952-1969.

These publications, issued by the then Kansas State Department of Public Instruction, could be seen as historical reflections of the changing face of public education and society in general in the Sunflower State during the post-WWII decades. These were changes that shaped the coming of age of the Baby Boomer generation... The Korean War, school integration, suburban development, the Vietnam War, the turbulent 1960s, gender equality, etc.

The collection is a great tool for social, historical and casual researchers interested in the development of public education and American society in the 1950s and 1960s. You can find "Kansas Schools" online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library at:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

That "Fake News" Infographic...

How to Spot Fake News

By IFLA ( [CC BY 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on’s 2016 article How to
Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Image credit and
more information: