Wednesday, June 28, 2006

July eBook of the Month

Climate Change: Turning up the Heat

It's been on NPR's "Fresh Air" this past Monday, and Parade Magazine the day before with 25 tips to combat global warming...

Is climate change really happening and does it matter? The answer from the scientific community is a resounding yes, yet debates about the reality of climate change and what measures to take are slowing our response. In NetLibrary's July eBook of the Month, leading climate researcher Barrie Pittock argues that we need to act urgently to avoid increasingly severe climate change.

Climate Change: Turning up the Heat looks at the controversy around global warming and other predicted changes, examining the scientific basis of the changes observed to date, how they relate to natural variations and why the evidence points to larger changes later this century. The effect of these changes on our natural systems and our lifestyles will be considerable and could include wild weather, shifts in global ocean circulation, decreases in crop yields and sea-level rises.

Access to this e-book is available on Butler's campus. Contact us for more information: 316-322-3234

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Book Festival for Kansas announced

Isn't this cool?

September 29-30, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Created to showcase our state's rich literary talent is the first-ever Kansas Book Festival, Celebrating Books, Art & Kansas Heritage. This festive, family-friendly event will be held 9 am. - 3 pm Friday, September 29, 2006 and 9 am - 5 pm. Saturday, September 30, 2006 in Wichita and is free and open to the public.

"The Kansas Book Festival will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance cultural appreciation and awareness within our state," said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "Literature, art and music are an important part of our history, and the Book Festival will allow Kansans to reflect on our heritage and appreciate our past."

The festival will celebrate Kansas by exploring the books, arts, films, and history of this great state! The three stages will showcase continuous performances, readings, and workshops. A special activities area will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and families.

Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with noted Kansas authors; listen to traditional music; enjoy cowboy poetry and western literature; hear stories of haunted Kansas; experience American Indian storytelling; meet characters from Kansas' literary and historic past; attend tributes to Gordon Parks, Langston Hughes, and other great Kansans; play games; and participate in hands-on activities.

The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library will host a large pavilion under canvas with informational booths, bookseller vendor booths, and author appearances. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with authors and have books autographed.

Friday events will emphasize education and entertainment activities, especially for school. The "Black, White, and READ All Over Ball" will honor notable Kansas authors on Friday evening at Exploration Place. Saturday events include the announcement of 2005 Notable Book Awards.

The 2006 Kansas Book Festival is the signature event of the Countdown to Kansas Statehood and is produced by the Governor's Cultural Affairs Council and the Kansas Center for the Book in cooperation with state and local organizations.

For more information about the 2006 Kansas Book Festival, visit or the Kansas Center for the Book at or 1-800-432-3919.

Kim Harp, Legislative Reference

State Library of Kansas

300 SW 10th Ave Rm 343-N

Topeka, KS 66612


Legislative Hotline: 800-432-3924

I am really looking forward to this... Kansas has some wonderful authors. Kudos to the Center for the Book, KS, for getting this underway.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Academic Library design

"The library has moved from a place to get information to a place to gain knowledge. The library must compete for students' time; it does this by providing superior of hard-to-find technology, group and individual spaceconducive to study and research, and librarians to guide and vacilitate access to knowledge."

David C. Martin, design principal at A.C. Martin Parners, about the $91-million renovation and expansion at Cal Stat U at Fresno, quoted from pg 21 of American Libraries, April 2006.