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 12, author Crystal K. Green takes Ronni, Pete and Julia back to the assisted living facility. They have to get past Ronni’s uncle, the police officers, and the facility staff just to get Julia home, and although everyone looks helpful it is impossible to know who they can trust.
Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts and Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her preschool children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved "Swordspoint" by Ellen Kushner, "Love and Other Perishable Items" by Laura Buzo and "The Reluctant Assassin" by Eoin Colfer and is looking forward to "Homeland" by Cory Doctorow.
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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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) is one of the first stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race, focusing on the adventures of a man and his brothers outside London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Discuss at the library on Monday, July 8, 2013, 1:30–3:00 pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101C.
Positive? Negative? Not sure? Take the Test. Take Control. At the Free HIV Testing and Health Fair on Thursday, June 27 from 11:00 am—2:00 pm visit the FREE health fair booths in the Library Rotunda for confidential HIV tests, STD clinic nurses & counseling, resources for safer sex, mental health, drug abuse, and personal health information from community experts, plus lots of free goodies!
Sponsored by the Library’s Health Information Neighborhood, along with Positive Connections, Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) and the Shawnee County Health Agency.
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 […]
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.
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.