One of my favorite foods to eat while growing up was pear preserves made by my Mamaw every year. Even today when she sees my father she is sure to send him home with a few cans of pear preserves. Not only is she one of the best cooks ever, she is also responsible for [...]
The famous Lucille Ball (Python) will be appearing for one week only, June 17-21, on the Adventuremobile. Lucy, as she is known to her friends, has been the star of many a library event over the last 17 years. Her manager, Deb Southerland of the Bookmobile Department, says they have won the hearts of many [...]
Puppies wil be the ”Critters” on the Adventuremobile next week, June 10-14. On loan from the Helping Hands Humane Society a puppy surprise will be wagging our way. Will they be big or small? Will they be boys or girls? What color? Long hair? We don’t know yet but they are sure to pack wiggles and giggles for all. [...]
Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to start cooking outside. The Library has severl books that can help you disign that perfect outdoor kitchen.
Portland has a climate similar to Japan which makes Portland an ideal city for a Japanese garden. When you enter a Japanese garden the desired effect is to have a sense of peace, harmony, tranquility and feeling apart of nature. Three of the essential elements are stone, the bones of the landscape; water, the life-giving [...]
Don’t be a Silly Billy! Visit the Adventuremobile to see our Baby Goat! Did you know? Goats were the first animals domesticated by man somewhere are 7,000 -10,000 B.C.E. The ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Cephranes was buried with more than 2,000 goats. Goats live 8 to 12 years. Both male and female goats can have horns [...]
Pick up a copy of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd for the June 25, 2013 7-8:30PM Bean There, Read That book discussion for young professionals at The Classic Bean (21st and Fairlawn). Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been [...]
Between 1964 and 1973 around 4,000 war dogs and 10,000 handlers were deployed to defend South Vietnam from an invasion from North Vietnam. The success of the war dogs and handlers helped reduce the enemy’s capacity for suprise attacks. This result was the enemy placed a price tag on the heads of the war [...]
Prizes are only part of our Summer Reading Challenge. Keep reading this summer for sharper skills that will take you far in life. Grownups, model the way for children. Our summer reading program offers something for everyone.
Introducing Zinio! Get access to full digital copies of popular magazines including Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, USWeekly and hundreds more with this new library service.
My favorite part of Summer is the abundance of fresh, local produce available for months on end. Yes, you can find local produce the rest of the year, but there is nothing like juicy, succulent tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, fresh herbs, did I mention tomatoes? You get the idea. A wonderful offering of Topeka & Shawnee [...]