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Staff Picks: Escape the Ordinary This Summer

Open “The Alice behind wonderland” in catalog The Alice behind wonderland Open “Bobbed hair and bathtub gin : writers running wild…” in catalog Bobbed hair and bathtub gin : writers running wild… Open “The Bohemians : Mark Twain and the San Francisco w…” in catalog The Bohemians : Mark Twain and the San Francisco w… Open “The Brontë cabinet : three lives in nine objects” in catalog The Brontë cabinet : three lives in nine objects Open “The fellowship : the literary lives of the Inkling…” in catalog The fellowship : the literary lives of the Inkling… Open “How to be a heroine, or, What I've learned from re…” in catalog How to be a heroine, or, What I've learned from re…
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Spoiler Alert

Ok, that movie with the plot twist is on DVD. Now is it finally safe to talk about it?


New in September!

Fans of dystopian fiction, you’re in for a treat this September. Check out these top 5 genre superstars.


Victorian life in intimate detail

Tighten your corset. Slop out your chamber pot. Your life as a Victorian is about to begin.

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HUSH Library Podcast #79 – Books into Movies

In this episode, Stephanie, Autumn and Miranda dish on books made into movies.

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TALK: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Join us for a discussion of Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead, September 16, at 7 pm, in the library’s Marvin Auditorium. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor John Edgar Tidwell, a Professor of English for the University of Kansas with a specialty in African American Literature.

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Reading Inspired by Local Events: Indiafest and Intertribal Pow Wow

I love to experience different cultural traditions, and over the next couple of weekends I can do that right here in the Topeka area! After I have fun trying different foods, watching some dancing, perusing the crafts for sale, and maybe even getting a henna tattoo there are a variety of books I can read […]


Trusting strangers in Ghostheart

Anne O’Neill has a weak spot and it is her father. He died when she was a child and she knows very little about him, and though she has friends and a book store she still feels like there is something missing in her life. Then on a seemingly ordinary day a man enters her bookstore claiming to be her father’s oldest friend.


Surviving Invasion in Avenue of Spies

June 1940 marked the beginning of the occupation of Paris by the Germans during World War II and of the terrible war years that followed as Parisians were subject to harsh laws, retaliation, and food shortages that bordered on starvation. The French Resistance fought back and recruited…

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TALK About Literature in Kansas Fall Kick-Off

Another series of KHC TALK discussions begins in September with four great titles! Join us in Marvin Auditorium on August 19th, from 7-8 pm, to chat about the series theme and pick up all four of your books. If you haven’t joined us for a while, this interesting and upbeat series is a great opportunity to get back into the groove.

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Reading Inspired by Local Events: Gone with the Wind and Railroads

When I go to one of the many great events that happen in Topeka I love to find some books to go along with what I just experienced.  It’s a great way for individuals or families to keep learning and to extend the fun memories of that event.  This weekend it’s all about Civil War […]

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Love and Marriage in Villa America

The Lost Generation and the expats living in Europe between the wars is something of legend with their experiments in art and life. Sara and Gerald Murphy were a real couple whose home was called the Villa America, which became a stopping place for F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, and including other celebrities of the time.

HUSH Podcast

HUSH Library Podcast #78 – World War I

In this episode, Dave Coleman recommends three books about World War I and shares why reading and talking about this primarily European war from a century ago is still important today.

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