Teen romance and boarding school hijinks

The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook is a journey of self-discovery, in the form of a life spiraling out of control. Going along on her adventure, and her romance, is a ton of fun!

Hush, a Podcast from your library

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 24 – Great Summer Reads

Not satisfied with bringing you just one or two people’s recommendations for great summer reads, Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (34:57) discussion with FOUR guests about what books they recommend as great summer reads, and what they are looking forward to reading this summer. What’s on your summer reading list?

Journaling with Words and Images: travel and exploration

A monthly journaling workshop offers ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts about travel and exploration are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 23 – TV on DVD

In what might be our FUNNIEST podcast EVER, Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (34:57) discussion with our guests Megan and Kelli around an engaging and interesting topic — TV on DVD. What television do you like to watch or rewatch on DVD?

Kids will rock out. Parents will sing along. And it's FREE!

Download 3 songs per week with your library card–Freegal selections for kids and parents include Justin Roberts, the Kidz Bop Kids, Cedarmont Kids, Dan Zanes, Shel Silverstein, The Wiggles, The Laurie Berkner Band, and tons more. Under genres, try browsing Children’s to get more ideas of music to download — for FREE!

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Perry’s parents force him to take Gobi, an unattractive Lithuanian exchange student, to prom. But as Perry ditches the prom and heads with Gobi into New York City in Perry’s father’s Jaguar, he is in for a series of surprises — the most shocking of which is that Gobi is an assassin with a busy agenda planned for prom night in this action-packed story.

Escape with “Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots”

During high school, we have the chance to redefine ourselves — to distance ourselves from our parents and experiment with defining ourselves through our friends, our music, our activities, our beliefs.

In Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald, the author cleverly confronts the idealism of high school environmental activism in a real world situation, and we all learn from the experience.

Celebrate Screen-Free Week at the library – April 30-May 6, 2012

For one week, turn OFF your TV and TUNE IN to your family, friends and community. The library is offering events for all ages, including storytimes for children, special afterschool programs from 4-H and the Topeka Zoo, weekend specials like a multicultural book celebration, an outdoor challenge for kids, an art exhibit, board games for adults, drawing class for adults, and FREE comic book day. And of course, we’ve got many, many books for reading!

Journaling with Words and Images: personal growth and gardens

A monthly journaling workshop offers ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts about personal growth and gardens are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.

Winter Wheat: a vivid sense of place, in 1940’s Montana

“September is like a quiet day after a whole week of wind.”

The opening line of Mildred Walker’s most popular novel, Winter Wheat, sets the tone for the metaphors of the farming and natural worlds that bring this book to life.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 21 – Medical Memoirs

Listen or download the library’s premier podcast – HUSH! In Episode 21, enjoy a discussion (26:27) about Medical Memoirs — books by doctors, nurses and patients about their experiences in unique or compelling situations. Have you read any of our recommendations? Plus continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!