Boost Reading Skills with Playaway® Bookpacks

The library has added a unique item to our collection–Playaway®  Bookpacks. What are they? You may be familiar with Playaway® audiobooks, small portable players with a recording of a single book on them.  Playaway® bookpacks combine a Playaway®  player with a print copy of the same book that is recorded on the player.  The player allows the listener to listen […]

Topekans share their Beatles memories…

“I thought it was going to be a novelty act” “We begged our landlady to let us come to her apartment and watch them on her TV” “Everyone said Paul was the cute one, but when I saw George Harrison through the binoculars …”. These are quotations from some area residents who were sharing their […]

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 […]