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The Lytles of Tennessee Town

John and Mary Ann “Mollie” Lytle were both former slaves who had moved from Tennessee to Topeka with their young family in 1882. Their children would leave a legacy of success in the fields of law and law enforcement.

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Exodusters in Topeka

During and shortly after the end of the Civil War in April of 1865, African Americans began migrating into Kansas and surrounding states in large numbers. Learn how Topeka responded to this influx of new immigrants.

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Samuel Reader: Civil War Veteran

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. This post is the second of four which highlight ties between Topeka and Shawnee County and national movements during and after the Civil War. By the 1870’s over 20,000 Union Civil War veterans resided in Kansas. Locally, many veterans joined their regional Grand […]

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A Land of Soldiers: Kansas and Civil War Veterans

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. This post is the first of four which highlight ties between Topeka and Shawnee County and national movements during and after the Civil War. Chances are, if you have a male ancestor that came to Kansas in the late 19th century […]

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Auburn Bookmobile Location is Changing

Due to the closing of the Auburn Applemarket at the end of February, the library will change the location where the bookmobile visits that community on Saturday mornings. Beginning Saturday, February 28th the bookmobile will stop at the Auburn Community Center, 121 W. 11th Street.

Bookmobile Holiday and Maintenance Schedule

Due to the upcoming holidays and scheduled maintenance, the bookmobiles will be out of service Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th. Additionally, the bookmobiles will not run from Monday, December 28th through Sunday, January 4th. They will resume their regular schedule on Monday, January 5th.

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Adventuremobile – Wriggle on Down to See Worms

With their slimy skin and lack of cuteness it’s easy to understand why these wrigglers below our feet get overlooked. In reality, worms are powerhouses that make the world go round! Worms improve soil conditions for farmers and gardeners and are a major food source for many animals. Wanna learn more about worms? Stop by […]

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Adventuremobile – Play with Puppies!

Don’t miss this chance to play with some sweet and adorable puppies! Stop by the Adventuremobile July 21-25 and visit with some cute little characters from the Helping Hands Humane Society. Don’t forget to let the pup sniff your hand before you pet it! At 3 weeks old, puppies are pretty amazing sniffers. The percentage devoted to […]

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Adventuremobile – Leapin’ Lizards!

Visit the AdventureMobile next week to learn all about lizards and see one up-close. And make sure you also stock up on all sorts of books and movies featuring fun facts about these scaly critters. There are over 6,000 species of lizards living all over the world. Lizards are cold-blooded reptiles and can be found […]

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Adventuremobile – Attack of the Hermit Crabs!

Okay, maybe that title was a bit dramatic.  But you do have a get a chance to visit with real live hermit crabs on the Adventuremobile from July 7 – 11. Hermit crabs are crustaceans; as such they have jointed limbs, claws, a hard exoskeleton, eyes on stalks, and two sets of antennae. Hermit crabs make great […]

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Make Plans to Attend the Neighborhood Fair

Learn about the history of your neighborhood and the city of Topeka at the Neighborhood Fair May 10 from 10am-3pm. Meet and mingle with community members as you learn about Topeka’s culture and heritage.

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Got eggs? Learn About Raising Chickens in the City

 Didn’t make it to the program?  Check out the PowerPoint and handouts at the bottom of this post! The popularity and prevalence of small chicken flocks in urban neighborhoods has skyrocketed in the past five years.  Maybe you’ve been tempted to jump on the trend and benefit from the fresh eggs and animal companionship chickens […]