Friday, August 30, 2013

Why Teach and Study English? --the Gropnik argument

...To have turned the habits of reading and obsessing over books from a practice mostly for those rich enough to have the time to do it into one that welcomes, for a time anyway, anyone who can is momentous. English departments democratize the practice of reading. When they do, they make the books of the past available to all. It’s a simple but potent act.

...No civilization we think worth studying, or whose relics we think worth visiting, existed without what amounts to an English department—texts that mattered, people who argued about them as if they mattered, and a sense of shame among the wealthy if they couldn’t talk about them, at least a little, too. It’s what we call civilization.

The New Yorker
August 27, 2013
Why Teach English?
Posted by Adam Gopnik

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two new online resources from Kansas Legal Services


Moving people out of poverty often requires dealing with work barriers. Transportation and issues of getting to and from work are barriers addressed in new online resources on the Kansas Legal Services website.

Since July 1, 2013, persons with a Suspended Driver's License can apply to convert to a Restricted License for one year. Information on eligibility and access to the required application form are on the KLS website at: http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/node/1648 Over 30,000 people each year receive a suspended license for failure to pay a traffic ticket or to appear in court. Those with the financial means pay up and keep their license. Those without financial resources need an opportunity to work, raise the money and pay off those fines. This program gives them that opportunity.

When you buy a car, motorcycle or mobile home in a private transaction, there are sometimes questions about the transfer of the title. The option often given for dealing with a title transfer when the "owner" is not available to sign is a Quiet Title Action. An instruction packet and required forms are available on the KLS website at: http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/node/303

Thank you for helping make these resources known to library users.
Marilyn Harp
Executive Director
Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
Visit our website at: http://www.kansaslegalservices.org

Monday, August 26, 2013

Celebrating Equality Day Today

Where Credit Is Due
Remember the days when a woman couldn’t get a credit card without the permission of her husband, her father or some male relative?

Gail Collins notes the anniversary of 1920's Women’s Equality Day, the celebration of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote.

And for me - it was years before I held a card in my hand with MY name on it...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Week One is Done



Congratulations to all our students and faculty who have completed the first week of the semester. I hope it was a great start for everyone.

...yet if it was a little overwhelming, consider that you have friends and family who want to encourage you to keep going. And pets, too! And since some of you will be missing your pets until you travel home, here's a reminder of what living with them is all about:

Cat friends and dog friends!



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Need Health Insurance?

Need affordable health insurance?
Get answers!

Join us for this exciting event
to learn more about the Health
Insurance Marketplace.

The Health Insurance Marketplace
is a new way to find coverage that
fits your budget and meets your
needs. Whether you’re uninsured,
or just want to explore your
choices, the Marketplace will help
find coverage that’s right for you.

Dates/Topics:
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:
August 22 – Overview of the Affordable Care Act
September 12 – HealthCare.gov Marketplace
September 26 – Demonstration of website

This online presentation will be held as a
Watch Party and will allow time for questions
and answers.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Library Card Project at American Craft

From Sculpture, jewelry, and a quilt to gift wrap, a lamp and a book: fourteen creative artists answered the open call to turn library catalog cards into craft in the Library Card Project.


Thursday, August 08, 2013

Common Core

New York’s Common Core Test Scores

A look at the results from the first round of exams linked to new learning standards show that the state has a long way to go in adequately educating students.

The significance of these results for New York may be simply that we can anticipate the same for Kansas, just adopting the Common Core (although state legislators are fighting the standards to the dismay of state educators).

How important the common core standards will be in preparing students to attend college? Very important, I hope. We will know in a few years...