Tax season is here!

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes–Benjamin Franklin The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library receives and distributes Federal and State tax forms and instruction booklets.  We are also a host site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program which will begin Saturday, February 1st Read more […]

Ornaments Bring Special Memories to Collectors

A holiday ornament can be more than a pretty bauble to hang–it can be a treasured part of a collection that may not be worth much but  that brings to mind priceless memories.  When asked “are there holiday ornaments that you have collected that are of worth to you?” here is how some people responded: […]

Tough Times And Spiritual Journeys: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Deb recently read a couple of books that she suggests to readers who like to experience history while reading about people who are on a journey of faith. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers Rivers is a favorite author of mine and she does not disappoint with this tale about a woman named Marta who […]

Caught Between Two Worlds–Meet Willa Obenchain from Burning Sky by Lori Benton

Review of Burning Sky by Lori Benton “I am the place where two rivers meet, stilted with upheaval and loss“.  So begins the narrative of Willa Obenchain–also known as Burning Sky–with these words spoken to herself as she is on her way to her first home.  Taken from that home when she was 14 by […]

Don’t Throw Away That Cowboy Hat…Western Fiction lives on

For those who have been reading and re-reading  Zane Grey, Ernest Haycox, Max Brand, Luke Short, Will Henry, and of course, Louis L’Amour, here is a list of other Western novels to explore.  Some are more traditional, some have a strong element of romance, and some combine fantasy with the Western theme. Camp Ford by Johnny Boggs […]

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fiction…Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

A review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo I would have sworn I was listening to a novel as I followed the saga of Abdul, a “trash-picker”, and his neighbors–all of whom live in Annawadi, a slum that sits right next to the airport in Mumbai, […]