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Open “500 cameras : 170 years of photographic innovation” in catalog 500 cameras : 170 years of photographic innovation Open “Board games” in catalog Board games Open “Collecting Little golden books : a collector's ide…” in catalog Collecting Little golden books : a collector's ide… Open “Collecting under the radar : tomorrow's antiques” in catalog Collecting under the radar : tomorrow's antiques Open “Collector's encyclopedia of Fiesta : other colored…” in catalog Collector's encyclopedia of Fiesta : other colored… Open “Colors & patterns of depression era glassware” in catalog Colors & patterns of depression era glassware
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Local Events: Day of the Dead, Greek Food, Jazz, Food Trucks and more!

The weekend of October 10-12 is jam packed with a variety of events happening all over Topeka!  I hope you have a chance to enjoy the food, music, arts and crafts, and comedy that will be offered this weekend.   Then continue the fun and learning at home with some related books, CD’s and DVD’s […]

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Storm of the century

There was no escape for the terrified residents as the deadly hurricane swept into Galveston.

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Local Events: Unity Walk and Oktoberfest

Fall is in the air and it continues to be a busy time for celebrations and festivals.  As I enjoy these local festivals and fairs, I will also enjoy related books, CD’s and DVD’s from the library so that I can take these celebrations home with me. Unity Walk #RememberRosa Unity Walk Friday, October 2, […]


Unlikely Heroes in A Master Plan for Rescue

Eleven year old Jack‘s world is destroyed when his father is killed in a tragic accident. Jack is convinced that his father didn’t die but he has gone undercover to find Nazi spies since it was World War II. Jack skips school to try and find Nazis spies so he can help his father and hopefully see him again. Then one day Jack thinks he’s found a Nazi spy.

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More Tom Hardy, please!

I have a confession: I am a binge-watcher… and the library is my enabler.

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New books in October

Brand new “dark and twisted” fiction for October.

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Machine Guns and Kidnapping in The Year of Fear

In 1933 the country was in the grip of the Depression and crime was running rampant as bootleggers moved to bank robbing and kidnapping. These outlaws had little trouble from local authorities since the criminals had worked out deals with law enforcement. As crimes went on unabated the public wanted something to be done…

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Cider Days, Apple Festival, and the Aaron Douglas Art Fair

Fall is in the air and it’s time to celebrate the harvesting of apples and the local creativity of the artists and musicians in our community. Enjoy related books, CD’s and DVD’s from the library so that you can take these celebrations home with you.

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HUSH Library Podcast #80 – Learning About Literacy

In this episode, librarian Deb Bryan shares stories of local adults overcoming literacy challenges, plus opportunities for adult learners.

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TALK: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Our fall series of TALK discussions continues on October 7, at 7 pm, in the library’s Marvin Auditorium, with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. The discussion will be facilitated by Dennis Etzel Jr.

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Reading Inspired by Local Events: Mariachi Festival and Paws in the Park

I enjoy keeping up with the local events around town and I find that many of them inspire me to read books related to what I just experienced.  This weekend the downtown area will be celebrating Mexican heritage with the Kansas State Mariachi festival and over at Gage park animal lovers will be enjoying Paws […]

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Each One Teach One: Reading Tutor Kits are Now Available

“Each one teach one”.  This proverb and maxim has been part of the philosophy of literacy advocates for decades.   It encourages those who have the gift of literacy to pass it on to someone else. The Library recently added two Reading Tutor Kits to our Adult Learner collection.  These kits are meant to help those who […]


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