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Holiday Cookies

Teen program for 11-18 year olds Winter holidays = cookie making time! Bring a friend and learn to follow a simple recipe.Each person gets a portion of dough to be made into your own cookie creation to share or devour by yourself. All ingredients are provided. Lingo Story Room Friday, December 20 3:30-5:00 pm

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Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail

During the months of November and December the library has been inundated with bunnies. Library patron, Cheryl Swayne, donated her baby bunnies and rabbits for show & tell programs in Youth Services. The names given to the baby bunnies are from the book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The first Peter Rabbit story was […]

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Youth Services New Bird Feeder

There is a new bird feeder outside the east windows of youth services. The new feeder compliments the renovation of youth services with the green dinosaur, light house, octopus and yellow school bus. On the east wall by the windows is a bird identification chart that will help show which birds are using the feeder. Below are listed ten […]

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Ben Mikaelsen, Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week, Oct. 14-18, was a very busy week at TSCPL. On Wednesday, we celebrated with the award winning author, Ben Mikaelsen. On Thursday, the teens were challenged with the program, I Survived the Wilderness. Friday, was an educational, fun program, Books & Bites. The teens listened to the teen team talk about popular books […]

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A Walk-About the Topeka & Shawnee County Library

It is a beautiful Kansas day.The sun is shining and there is a light southerly breeze. What a great day to do a walk-about with Coop, the Library’s Maintenance Associate Extraordinaire. Coop has worked fulltime at the library since May 1996 taking care of the Library’s landscape. The Gilbraltar Bush Clover is a deciduous shrub that […]

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Digging Beneath the Surface

Digging Beneath the Surface was one of the teen summer reading programs. It featured archaeology studies of prehistoric people and their cultures. There were several activities where the kids could participate. Virginia Wulfkuhl from the State Historical Society talked to the teens about all the interesting artifacts that have been found in Kansas, like Indian pottery or […]

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Planting Beneath the Surface

The Summer Reading program, Planting Beneath the Surface, featured four different activities for the teens to participate in. The kids were required to listen to instructions and be creative. Making a plantable bookmark required getting your hands messy. One tablespoon of soupy paper mush was spread on a screen where the kids pressed as much […]

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Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

Portland has a climate similar to Japan which makes Portland an ideal city for a Japanese garden. When you enter a Japanese garden the desired effect is to have a sense of peace, harmony, tranquility and feeling apart of nature. Three of the essential elements are stone, the bones of the landscape; water, the life-giving […]

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No Military Working Dog Left Behind

  Between 1964 and 1973 around 4,000 war dogs and 10,000 handlers were deployed to defend South Vietnam from an invasion from North Vietnam. The success of the war dogs and handlers helped reduce the enemy’s capacity for suprise attacks. This result was the enemy placed a price tag on the heads of the war […]

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Roma, the Hound Dog

This story is told by Roma, Steve Madden’s beloved dog. We have a chair that is magic. If I sit on it, you come back, always. This ratty old chair was pulled out of the dumpster when you were living in student housing and had no money for furniture. Every time you leave you say, […]

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Nails with Bling

Rainbow, butterflies or daisies painted on your fingernails? Maybe you would like to experiment with bright blue or sparkly red nail polish – or both. We have the supplies; you bring your imagination. When: Monday, April 22 Time: 3:30-4:30 pm Where: The Edge Who: 11-18 years        

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Tips for Small Gardens

There are many tricks to make a small yard seem larger. Place bold, bright colors in the front to catch attention. The landscape beyond will appear to recede making the yard appear larger. This small back yard has lots of shrubs which blocks out the view beyond. This gives a feeling of coziness. The small scale […]