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Save Your Family Treasures!

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Preserving Collectibles: Some Basic Tips These tips all come from the book Saving Stuff: How to care for and preserve your collectibles, heirlooms, and other prize possessions by Don Williams—who is a senior conservator for the Smithsonian Institution.   TSCPL has this book in our collection—check it out if you need more detail on preserving just about […]

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Boost Reading Skills with Playaway® Bookpacks

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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 […]

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Poems to fit every mood

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One of the things I like best about poetry is that no matter how you are feeling, there is a poem that will speak to your mood. Here are some examples: Happy?  Try Poems for a Good and Happy Life compiled by Myrna Reid Grant  or perhaps you are also a bit hungry and Eat […]

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Topekans share their Beatles memories…

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“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 […]

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Ornaments Bring Special Memories to Collectors

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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: […]