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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seeking Health Information from a Trusted Source? Kansas Libraries Help!

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Covering all areas of health and wellness, you will find everything from fact sheets and full-text articles on diseases and conditions to nutrition and fitness. Sections for physician-created videos, medical images and diagrams, and even alternative therapies are available. Did your doctor prescribe a new medication? Recently diagnosed with diabetes? Struggling with seasonal allergies? Look it up here.

You can access this link from any Kansas IP address but if you’re accessing outside of Kansas, you’ll need to sign up for an eCard at your local library. The State Library is located in the north wing, on the third floor of the Kansas Capitol Building and serves state government, librarians, and every Kansas resident. Find us online at

Access trouble? Call 785.296.3296 or email

Many Thanks,

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

And you can sign up for the eCard at Butler Community College libraries in El Dorado and Andover, KS!

Micaela Ayers, Director, Library Services.

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:

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:
• Webinar:

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.

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

Allie Lockwood
Resource Sharing Specialist
State Library of Kansas
Phone: 800-432-3919

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 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'