At the library we are committed to helping every child learn to read before they start school. Programs like our educational and interactive storytimes are, for many, the gateway to becoming a reader for life. The events nurture children’s social skills and give them a chance to be read to by someone different.
In this edition of All Booked Up, Diana gives you a sneak peek of an upcoming author talk with Debra Goodrich Bisel. The ladies talk about what surprised Bisel as she wrote The Civil War in Kansas. Non-historians and non-scholars will find Bisel’s book quite accessible. We hope to see you at her talk March 10.
Okay, I admit that for the longest time I was not looking forward to reading this book, one reason being I tend to judge books by their covers (bad habit), and the cover of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin convinced me this would be a sad, depressing book, which I was not in [...]
Join us in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, March 3, 2:00-3:00pm to hear Kansas Author Phil E. Quinn talk about his debut novel Release Point. Female athletes are an underserved literary market. Their participation in sports has increased dramatically over the past several decades in most countries while literary efforts to represent, document and [...]
Join us in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, February 24, 2:00-3:00pm to hear Kansas Author Esther Luttrell talk about her newest mystery. In Invitation to a Murder when Doug Stafford phoned in the dead of the night from Topeka, Kansas, Dena Brooke was sitting in her Florida beach cottage, trying to decide what to [...]
Jazz Artist Angela Hagenbach enchants audiences around the world, and on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3–4:30pm, you can hear the story of The Great Gatsby through her live jazz performance at the library. No tickets required.
Could you compete with the top January 2013 trivia teams in Topeka on these Great Gatsby questions? What character is the narrator of The Great Gatsby? What was the birth name of the character of Jay Gatsby? What classic Nintendo video game features a princess who was named after the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald? Who portrayed Jay Gatsby in the 1974 movie version of the The Great Gatsby? Answers are included at the bottom of the post.
Community Blood Drive
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in the Marvin Auditorium 101BC
You make a difference–there is an ongoing need in the greater Topeka community for blood donations.
Join us Wednesday Wednesday February 6, 2013 7:00-8:00PM in Menninger Room 206 as Cindy Higgins, journalist and Kansas Historian, from the Kansas Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau presents “Kansas Brewers and Breweries.” As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers set up their mash tuns and wort kettles when making beer was still an art and state prohibition [...]
The Great Gatsby, considered the “Great American Novel,” has been adapted for the big screen four times in the 20th Century, with a new version coming to theatres in May. Kirk Curnutt offers you a multimedia presentation Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1pm.
The Big Read will move you beyond reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Attend one or more of these events to experience the Roaring ’20s, discover more about the author, enjoy amazing jazz from the era, learn about other interesting people from 20s, experience art from that time, watch a film or participate in a book discussion.