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Santa Tracker Online!

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The elves at Google have created several activities for those following Santa’s progress over the next few days, including a look at Santa’s dashboard and the “technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey.” The site will also feature the latest technology in Google Maps technology while you follow Santa’s progress around the world, with little tidbits about some of his stops along the way. Track Santa as he journeys around the world!

Balancing the State’s Budget

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Governor Sam Brownback outlined the initial actions to address a projected budget shortfall in fiscal year 2015. The Governor released his allotment plan for FY 2015 on December 9. The following documents detail his plan: Governor’s Budget Report and FY 2015 Allotment Plan  

Basehor-Linwood Patron Survey – Please Help!

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Beginning on November 7, phones will be ringing across the Basehor-Linwood School District, as a comprehensive survey of patron opinion will begin. USD 458 officials said the survey of nearly 400 households will provide insight into what residents think about the Basehor-Linwood School District‘s strengths, challenges and priorities. “This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our patrons their opinions about our performance, and… Read more »

Are you ready to vote in November?

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Need election information? We have it ! There is a Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: Senate Concurrent Resolution 1618 (SCR 1618), otherwise known as “Kansas Charitable Gaming Measure.”   Here is a link to complete information about the ballot question.  Voters can vote “Yes” or “No”. http://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_Charitable_Gaming_Measure,_SCR_1618_%282014%29 The measure is designed to allow Friends of the Library groups, quilt guilds, veterans organizations and other non-profits to hold legal raffles… Read more »

Learn More About the Majestic Monarchs

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Monarch Watch in Lawrence is world-renowned as a central source for information about these beautiful butterflies. Check out their website for tons of information about Monarchs. Why do Monarchs fly to the same spot in Mexico every fall? What’s causing their population decline? How can you help? Find out on the Monarch Watch website.

Why can’t I download bestsellers from the Library?

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Nearly all the most popular books on the market today are published by six major publishers. The so-called “Big Six” are making it difficult (and expensive) for libraries to purchase these popular books as e-books. NPR’s Morning Edition’s report on the problem includes an interview with Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler. To learn more about why you can’t get the books you want for your e-reader, “like” the State Library’s… Read more »

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show

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  Looking for something fun to do? Visit Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show! Sylvia makes creations like robots, crafts, and electronics. Sylvia tells fellow kids to “just get out there and make something!” Her dad James helps make Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show for MAKE Magazine (which is available at the Library).  

Now Open: The Digital Public Library

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The  U.S.’s first public online-only library is now open! The DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) combines a number of digital collections and archives available in one free, open-source resource.  The database is easily searchable and includes text, photos, and audio recordings from its many partners  including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, and Harvard.

It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy and Laura Marano, star of Disney’s “Austin and Ally,” discuss the value and opportunities available at libraries.

Need to write a resume?

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One of the best Resume Wizards is available FREE through Learning Express Library. Click Our Services at the top of this page, then click Learning Express. Resume help can be found by clicking “Job and Career Accelerator” in the top left corner. Hint: Create your account in Learning Express right away; it’s quick, easy, and it will remember you when you come back. Click “Write my Resume” and the wizard will… Read more »