We Grow With You

From borrowing books to attending programs with their children, families remember their positive experiences at the library. Melissa Powell remembers getting her library card at 8 years old. “We used to go to the library a lot when we were little. I remember my mom taking us to get our library card,” said Melissa. “I […]

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We Provide an Enduring Value to the Community

These days people need the library more than ever. According to the 2010 United States Census there are 177, 934 people who live in Shawnee County. Of those, 94,579 have library cards. Every day we see more than 3,000 children and adults use and enjoy the library after school or after work hours. “I recently […]

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We Pay Attention

Our stewardship is based on close attention to your priorities. The library and The Library Foundation react swiftly to emerging trends and economic challenges. A top priority for the library is to have activities for people of all ages. One example is the Edge, which is dedicated to teens where they can play video games, […]

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Save the Date for Days of Savings at the Friends Book Sale

Mark up your calendar to save a bundle on books, records and other good stuff at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, September 16, 17 and 18, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre. “Each book a person buys at the Friends Annual Book Sale helps us put a book in the hands […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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