Journaling ideas: reflecting back on the past year

A monthly journaling workshop offers hands-on projects, ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts for reflecting back on your year are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.

Library sponsors Blood Drive this Tuesday

Community Blood Center will be hosting a Blood Drive for whole blood donations on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 16 – Best of 2011

Listen to Thad, Lissa and Stephanie banter about recent best books in the HUSH podcast (44:40), Have you read any of our recommendations? What were your best books of 2011? Subscribe on iTunes and continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Doctor Shares Stories from New Book

Dr. Sue Hall, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Stormont Vail shared stories from her new book, For the Love of Babies: one doctor’s stories about life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Watch two videos from the program and check out materials from a recommended reading list.

Can the classics get better? YES – when they are FREE!

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  ~Clifton Fadiman
Discuss why the classics endure and find a printable list of classic literature titles that are available freely as ebooks.

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.