Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!
From September 15th through October 15th we celebrate the contributions and cultures of a very diverse people known as Hispanic Americans. The resources below provide information on Hispanic Americans in the U.S. and Kansas as well as a link to a display on Spanish speaking peoples around the world constructed by Kansas library volunteers within the virtual world, Second Life.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2009
(Web pages celebrating the month and the people)

National Hispanic Heritage Month (

National Archives (Hispanic records)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (National Park Service)

National Register of Historic Places (Hispanic heritage properties)

Facts for Features (U.S. Census Bureau)

Information on Hispanic Americans

Wikipedia article

A Cultural Identity, by Richard Rodriguez (1997)

Latino Legacies, by Lawrence M. Small (2002)

Who Are Hispanic Americans?, by Dr. José Jaime Rivera (1996)


Hispanic Americans in Congress

Hispanics in the U.S. Army

Hispanic American Veterans: Answering the Call

Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients

Demographics (U.S. Census Bureau)

U.S. Hispanic or Latino Origin by Specific Origin (2006)

Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States

Kansas Resources

Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC)

Hispanic Americans: 2009 Statistical Profile for Kansas
(Information sheet provided by the Kansas State Data Center, State Library of Kansas)

Hispanic American Heritage Month Celebrated at the University of Kansas

Hispanics in Kansas (Kansas State Historical Society)

Kansas Memory Resources on Hispanics

Kansas City Hispanic News

Second Life

Visit a special display on Hispanic American Heritage Month constructed by Kansas library volunteers within the virtual world/game, Second Life, by clicking on this link:
(NOTE: You must be a registered member of Second Life to enter Second Life. Click here for information on how to join Second Life.)

State Library of Kansas

Library resources on Hispanic Americans at the State Library of Kansas:
Hispanic Americans
Hispanic Americans in Kansas
Hispanic American Biography

Article contact: Bill Sowers
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Throwin' you a Lifeline!

Is your phone bill getting out of hand? Do you currently receive assistance through the State? Kansas is currently promoting the Kansas Lifeline Service Program (KLSP)- a federal and state telephone assistance plan that provides income-eligible consumers with a reduction in the price of basic local service. You may be eligible to receive up to $17.77 off your monthly local telephone bill through the Lifeline Program. If you don't currently have telephone service, you may also be eligible for a discount on your connection charge through Link Up America.

Governor Mark Parkinson's press release regarding the Lifeline program

Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Citizen Utility Rate Board

Federal Lifeline website

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website

For those living on tribal lands, there may be additional assistance

Call your local telephone company for more details on how you can cut your phone bill costs through Lifeline. The number is on your telephone bill or in the front part of the telephone directory.

Article contact: Kim Harp
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kansas State Fair

“Our state fair is a great state fair;
Don’t miss it, don’t even be late!
It’s dollars to donuts that our state fair
Is the best state fair in our state!”

OK, OK... that song by Rogers & Hammerstein is about the Iowa State Fair but heck, it rings true in Kansas as well!

From September 11-20, 2009 visitors at the State Fair in Hutchinson will have an opportunity to be entertained, engaged, enlightened, enthralled and "enlarged" by the sights, sounds, experiences and great food around them.

Below are some links to information on the upcoming State Fair as well as some interesting resources on State Fair trivia and history.

--About the Fair
--Ticket Information
--Daily Schedule
--Contact Information
--Maps and Directions
--Photo Gallery
--History of the State Fair
--Interesting Fair Facts
--Informacion en Español

Kansas State Fair Blog

Kansas State Fair on MySpace

Kansas State Fair Twitter Page

Fans of the Kansas State Fair (FaceBook)

K-State Research and Extension State Fair News Briefs

Kansas 4-H
(4-H exhibit placings from the Kansas State Fair will be posted here as soon as results become available)

Kansas Department of Commerce Events at the Fair

Information from Kansas Travel and Tourism

Kansas State Fair - Kansas' Largest Classroom
(YouTube Video)

Fairs in Kansas
(Kansas State Historical Society)

Kansas Memory
(A visual look at fairs in Kansas history)

Article contact: Bill Sowers
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall Harvest Means Farmers Markets!

More and more urban Kansans are wanting to know where their food is coming from, who grows it, and the methods the grower has utilized. There is no better way than to go to a local farmers market and meet and talk with the growers themselves. Last month, Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty challenged Kansans to add more locally grown foods to their menus in support of Kansas Farmers Market Month. September is a wonderful month to visit your local market for the beginnings of fall harvest! Want to know how you can bring homegrown foods to your table?

Svaty's press release regarding farmers market challenge

KSDA farmers markets page

Kansas farmers market official homepage- find a market near you!

Growing Local- by American Farmland Trust

Find more Kansas products at Simply Kansas!

Kansas Department of Agriculture-Division of Food Safety and Lodging

For growers and producers:

Learn more about marketing your wares from the Kansas Department of Commerce

K-State University Department of Food Science

Kansas rules and regulations for producers at farmers markets

Market your product online at the Simply Kansas! directory

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