Holiday Ornaments and Collectibles: Display them, treasure them, preserve them

You may not be a collector–but do you have holiday ornaments and family mementos that you enjoy every year?  Then-guess what-you do have a collection that is worth preserving and displaying well.  Here are some tips: PRESERVING & ORGANIZING  Tips for preserving hand-crafted ornaments: Store in sealable plastic bags and containers NEVER cardboard,  Use confetti/shredded […]

Six Degrees Challenge

When a certain theme in a book makes your eyes light up with joy, there’s nothing better than to follow that theme to another book that will expand upon that same concept. One way of doing this is to take the idea of “six degrees of separation” and apply it to books by noting the connections […]

Save Your Family Treasures!

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 […]

Seven Ways to Celebrate Audiobook Month During June

I hope you have already discovered the joys of listening to audiobooks. If you haven’t, June is the perfect month to discover a whole new way to read–since June is Audiobook Month. Here are seven ways to celebrate this month: 1. Download free audiobooks via SYNC. SYNC is a program that lasts all summer long […]

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 […]

Poems to fit every mood

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 […]

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 […]