For Teens, By Teens: TAB Gavel an Original

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The sound of a gavel calls Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) to order. But the gavel that TAB president, Colleen Kelly, uses isn’t just some run-of-the-mill gavel. This gavel was hand-carved by one of TAB’s very own members. Learn about this unique gift to the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

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5 Tips for School Success @ the Library

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The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s emphasis on reading and education doesn’t stop with the summer reading program. It is a year-round project that parents can use to help their children be successful: 1. SCHEDULE STUDY TIME “You can expect that your child will have homework of some kind,” said LeAnn Petrie, Youth Service […]

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Reviews from Summer Reading Participants

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Sign up for our Summerfest reading program and contribute your own book reviews (plus we got some really cool prizes, including a Nook e-reader). Go to to sign up and write a review. As of June 29, the community has read more than 20,000 hours as part of our Summerfest reading program! Join the […]