Safety Check: Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight

Did you know that more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms every year because they get into medicines when their parent or caregiver isn’t looking?
Find out why I just took the Up and Away pledge to store medications safely, make sure the safety cap is locked in place, teach children about medication, and program the Poison Control number 800-222-1222 in my phone.

When ebooks & ereaders are on your holiday shopping list…

You may be shopping for yourself, or considering a purchase of an ereader or tablet as a gift for someone else. While I can’t recommend a particular product for you to purchase, librarians can help you learn more about your options and the pros and cons of each for your needs. Research is one of our favorite things after all, right up there next to helping you find a good book!

This Girl is Different

As a social experiment to complement her years of homeschool experience, Evie decides to attend the local public high school for her senior year. Culture shock!

Make reading a part of your holiday!

Yes, the library is closed on Thanskgiving Day, but you can still make reading together or watching movies together a special part of your holiday celebrations. Find eight engaging ideas to make your holiday special!

Celebrate the Great American Smokeout (by NOT lighting a cigarette!)

Despite all the publicity about the dangers of smoking, many Americans haven’t given up their cigarettes. And thousands of kids start smoking every day. Find local support, hear from a librarian who quit smoking, and check out library books on smoking cessation.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 14 – What’s on Gina’s Kindle?

Listen to the HUSH podcast (33:53) about books and movies. This episode focuses on what Library CEO Gina Millsap is reading on her Kindle. Reading is becoming situational — with ebooks, audiobooks, print books all meeting people’s needs in different ways. Have you read any of our recommendations? Plus continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

Two adventurous reads, so clever they are practically criminal

15 year old Kat Bishop is a thief. She can pick a pocket, sneak into a house at night, or steal something right from under the nose of her mark. But can she be a “normal girl” at an exclusive boarding school? And can she clear her father’s name by stealing back the painting that he is accused of stealing?

Think of the Children and Think about Halloween Safety

BOO! Late October is plenty scary, but without reflective tape, flashlights, flame-resistance, and adult supervision, some Halloween traditions are downright dangerous! Review safety tips, plus find out all of the local trick-or-treat events in Topeka with the Halloween Round Up from XYZ Topeka

Nanowrimo 2011 – You can write a novel in November

The annual local Kickoff Event for people writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November 2011 is Monday, October 24 from 7-8 pm in Marvin Auditorium Room 101BC. If you can’t attend, many of the resources are provided online here.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 13 – William Allen White awards

Listen to HUSH -a podcast discussion of books and movies. This episode (33:48) focuses on WIlliam Alen White award winning books for children– have you read any of our recommendations? Or do you remember voting for William Allen White books when you were in school? Continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

Innovative book display puts covers under wraps

With their display “Take a chance on me, I’ve gotten rave reviews,” two librarians are trying to give a second chance to some fiction books that customers might have overlooked.