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The powerful researcher

Students struggling to find a citation or the average Joe with a not-so-average thirst for knowledge: Take note! We have a database you’ll want to wade into and use again and again.

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As Seen on TV

Hooked on HGTV and wanting more ideas from the design hosts? Here is a list of books the library owns written by some of your favorite HGTV designers. You can find these titles, and many others on interior and exterior design in the Home Neighborhood at TSCPL. Jamie Durie’s The Outdoor Room Robert and Cortney […]

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Spring Cleaning

March is here and it is time to sweep away winter and welcome spring.

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Keeping Your Old Home Beautiful

This Old House named the College Hill neighborhood as a one of the Midwest’s best neighborhoods for 2013. The neighborhood is just north of the Washburn University campus and was originally established as a residential and boarding area for faculty and students. Topeka has several historic neighborhoods with lovely homes that were built in the […]

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The Accessible Home: Designing for all ages and Abilities by Deborah Pierce

Sometimes life deals us a curve ball that forces us to adapt. Adapt to the circumstance and sometimes adapt our lifestyle and the place we call home. Statistics to consider: 3 out of 100 babies born in the United States have significant birth defects. Healthy, adults have a 1 in 4 chance of being disabled at least 3 months at some point in their lives with the average long term disability lasting 2.5 years. Add to that age and illness and there is a good chance that many of us will need to make a home accessible.

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Home improvement success begins at TSCPL!

You want to remodel your bathroom or maybe you’re planning a new deck or making your home more energy efficient. Where do you find the information you need? You find it at the Library’s Home Neighborhood.

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Energy Efficiency 101

Your heating bills are high, and your windows and door are drafty.  It is time to make your house energy efficient, but you’re at a loss on where to begin.  The Home neighborhood at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a great resource to access reliable information.  A good example of what you will […]

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Your home, your style

You are looking around, analyzing the look and feel of your home. There is much about your décor that you like, but something just isn’t right, something is missing. What you discover is it’s you that’s missing. Nothing in your décor reflects what you like, what is important to you, or what your interests are. What to do?

A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

Large or small, we fill our houses with the things we like and the things we can’t seem to get rid of. Because we do, we have to find a way to organize all that we own so that we can find what we want when we want it

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Get Ready for Spring!

It is winter, but the days are growing longer and warmer. Crocus blooms and temperate weather lead to thoughts of clearing the home of the remains of winter. Where to start?

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January is National Radon Action Month

Radon is colorless, odorless, tasteless and occurs naturally as uranium in soil, rocks and water breaks down. Even though it is a natural occurrence, it is hazardous if it becomes trapped in your home. January is National Radon Action Month. Use this opportunity to learn the facts about radon and how you can mitigate its presence in your home.