I know it's hard to believe, considering how easily I've transitioned into your blogosphere, but I'm actually pretty new here. And by "here", I mean not only to K-State Libraries, but to the entire state of Kansas. After spending two and a half decades in lovely North Carolina, I packed my bags, drove nineteen hours, and declared myself a resident of the Sunflower State back in July. Now that the weather's finally cooperating, I've decided that it's the perfect time to explore my new home. But where to begin? Luckily, I work in Hale and thus have millions of books just a short walk away. So, I searched our Libraries' Catalog for Kansas guidebooks to see what I could come up with. You can do it, too -- just go to the homepage, click the Catalog link, type in Kansas Guidebooks and search by Subject Heading (this is also a good strategy for finding guidebooks for other places -- just replace Kansas with Bahamas, for instance). Cilck on the linked number to the left of the Kansas Guidebooks subject heading in your results list (it should be the first one) and voila! (If you've never tried a subject heading search before, or if I'm making no sense, just Ask a Librarian to help you out.)
I've got a few on my list to check out already, like Daniel Fitzgerald's Ghost Towns of Kansas: a Traveler's Guide (F679.3 .F58 1988) for when I'm feeling solemn, Catherine M. Hauber's Hiking Guide to Kansas (GV199.42.K2 H38 1999) for when I'm feeling active, and Bobbie Pray's Let's Go Eat!: the Kansas Guide to Good Dining (TX907.3.K2 P73 1991) for when I'm feeling hungry. Some of these guidebooks are in places other than Hale Library Stacks, like Special Collections or Kansas Documents, so you might have to do some pre-exploration right here in Hale. Whether you're a lifelong Kansan or a newbie like me, you've got plenty of material to help you go forth and explore!