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A Really Awesome Mess

An angry girl and a depressed boy, both sixteen, are sent to a therapeutic boarding school. This succinct description summarizes the book, but it does little to capture the complete JOY of this new story from authors Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. If you like quirky teen characters with real honest emotions, this is the book for you.

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Get Your Health Fix at MAKIN' MOVES Wellness Conference

MAKIN’ MOVES – Balance Your Life Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 9am–12pm Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Wellness is not just about food and exercise. At this wellness conference, learn how to balance your life with intellectual and spiritual growth, healthy eating, and exercise. Make health connections during lectures and […]

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Behind the Scenes Author Interview with Dennis E. Smirl

Find out author Dennis E. Smirl’s greatest lesson he has learned about writing, and what connection mowing the lawn has to writing great fiction in this interview — then check out Dennis’s chapter in the community novel project – SpeakEasy.

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SpeakEasy Chapter 11 by Dennis E. Smirl

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 11, author Dennis E. Smirl takes Ronni, Pete and Julia to a quiet interlude to share information. Their plan must be abandoned in a hurry, and Ronni calls in a favor to try to escape the approaching threat.

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Learn Origami at the Library

Enjoy an origami class Tuesday, June 18 or Tuesday, July 9 from 1-3 pm in the Menninger Room 206. Download the handouts from the class. Find more origami books in the Arts and Crafts Neighborhood at Call Number 736.982

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Author Interview Chapter 10 Diana Marsh

An Interview with Diana Marsh Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project? I participated last year and thought it was such a fantastic, creatively energizing experience that I didn’t have to even think twice about participating again. There’s just something amazing about getting a group of people together, under the auspices […]

Speak-Easy Chapter 10 Diana Marsh

SpeakEasy Chapter 10 by Diana Marsh

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 10, author Diana Marsh has Julia unveil the surprising contents of the bottom compartment of her jewelry box. Ronni and Pete take Julia out to dinner, where they engage in equal parts historical research and banter, until a shocking phone call cuts short their conversation.

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HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 41 – SpeakEasy: 2013 Community Novel Project

Hear from 6 of the 20 local authors who are contributing a chapter to this year’s Community Novel Project. What is it like to write just one chapter and then trust other people with “your” characters and plot? How do 20 creative types successfully work together to write a novel? Find out as Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley wrangle a roomful of writers to get you the behind-the-scenes gossip on SpeakEasy in this podcast.

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Behind the Scenes Author Interview with Marian Rakestraw

Read Marian’s SpeakEasy: Chapter 9 or learn more about the Community Novel Project. Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project? I joined NaNoWriMo for the first time last November and had a fabulous time, but after my novel was done I didn’t let anyone read it. Zero people. Committing to writing […]

SpeakEasy Chapter 9 Author Marian Rakestraw

SpeakEasy Chapter 9 by Marian Rakestraw

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 9, author Marian Rakestraw lets Ronni give Julia a brief recap of recent events, and in return Julia shares the details of how she disposed of Billy’s body, which is just the beginning of the mysteries from her past….Having Julia’s trust is crucial for Ronni, without it all of her goals are out of reach. Can Ronni reveal just enough of her own truth to forge an alliance with Julia?

Speak-Easy Author Interview with Stacy Spilker

Behind the Scenes with Author Stacy Spilker

Read Stacy’s Chapter 8 online or learn more about the Community Novel Project Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project? Lissa seemed a little desperate, and I’ve never let anyone read my writing before, so it seemed like a safe way to start. What do you like about the premise and […]

Speak-Easy Chapter 8 by Stacy Spilker

SpeakEasy Chapter 8 by Stacy Spilker

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 8, author Stacy Spilker races Ronni back to Topeka to confirm Julia’s personal safety at the Manor, but when Ronni meets someone from Julia’s past, she has more questions than answers.