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Make Reading a Must-do Summer Project

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is putting books in the hands of children in an effort to keep their reading skills sharp during summer months, and stops the “summer slide” that can leave your child months behind when they return to school in August. The library recommends reading as little as 12 hours […]

Nancy Watkins: A Career Built on a Solid Foundation

Library’s Chief Financial Officer Retires After 16 Years The story of Nancy Watkins’ career as Chief Financial Officer for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library cannot be told without referencing the grand re-opening of the library building in 2002. Following her hire in 1994, Nancy worked tirelessly behind the scenes supporting a $23 million […]

Board of Trustees Elects Officers, Welcomes New Members

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library announces the addition of David Monical, Stacey Woolington and Quentin Martin to the library’s Board of Trustees. Monical retired from an administrative position at Washburn University in 2010 and Martin is a commercial financial consultant. Woolington is Shawnee County’s Financial Administrator. She fills former Trustee Michele Henry’s term, […]

John Mendoza, Former Library Foundation Trustee

Former Trustee Talks About His Vision of the Library

As a child, John Mendoza remembers looking at the variety of books offered in the bookmobile parked outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. To this day the bookmobile still can be found outside the church. Onsite services make it very convenient for parents and children to check out books. Years later, Mendoza joined the board […]