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Open “$2.00 a day : living on almost nothing in America” in catalog $2.00 a day : living on almost nothing in America Open “Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the en…” in catalog Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the en… Open “Between the world and me” in catalog Between the world and me Open “The Black girl next door : a memoir” in catalog The Black girl next door : a memoir Open “Hand to mouth : living in bootstrap America” in catalog Hand to mouth : living in bootstrap America Open “How to be a woman” in catalog How to be a woman
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Great Writers Featured

Great Writers, Right Here Author Fair

It’s coming! On December 12 enjoy an afternoon of readings by featured authors, add signed books to your collection, and pick out gifts for family and friends at the biggest author fair in the region.

HUSH Podcast

HUSH Library Podcast #83 – Autobiography and Memoir

In this episode, librarian Valerie Reif recommends a selection of books about some very interesting people.


A Deadly Deal in The Second Life of Nick Mason

Nick had given up his life of crime for his wife and daughter until he decided to do one last job, but it went terribly wrong and Nick ended up with a twenty year sentence, a divorce and all contact cut off from his family.


Local Events: Holiday Decor, Wedding Expo, and more

As the year winds down our attention is turning to the holidays, and many of our local events will feature holiday decorations and activities.  This upcoming weekend also brings us the first Equality Wedding Expo to be held in Topeka.  No matter what you are celebrating this weekend, the Library has plenty of related books, […]


First in a New Fantasy Series is Son of the Black Sword

Ashok Vadal is a Protector of the Law and wields the great sword, Angruvadal. The sword picked Ashok when he was a boy and his family sent him to become a Protector. Through the years Ashok has distinguished himself while killing demons and upholding the strict laws that class some as non-people which Ashok doesn’t question. Then one day Ashok is called back to the capital…

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Outlander obsessed

I’m obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s books and now the show, but especially the AMAZING costumes on the show.

Classics Made Modern Book Discussion Group

2016 Classics Made Modern Book Discussion

Read exemplary and award-winning literature and discuss how the book remains modern and relevant in this popular monthly book group offered on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:30 pm at the library.


A Victorian Mystery in A Curious Beginning

Veronica Speedwell is unlike most English women of the 1880’s. She travels the world alone, has the occasional romance without the thought of marriage, and collects butterflies professionally. She has returned to England to help her dying aunt who has raised the orphaned Veronica. After her aunt’s funeral someone tries to abduct Veronica…

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Local Events: Theater, Spirit Mind and Body Fair, Pow-Wow

A variety of events will provide fun and learning for Topekans of all ages the weekend of November 6-8.   Your local adventures may take you to the Civic Theatre, the Expocentre or Gage Park but no matter where you go the Library has books and DVD’s related to your experiences. Local Theater Diary of […]

HUSH Podcast

HUSH Library Podcast #82 – James Young

In this episode, alternative history and sci-fi author James Young discusses his books, self-publishing and engaging in local writing communities.

Tender at the bone featured

TALK: Tender at the Bone

Our fall series of TALK discussions continues on November 18, at 7 pm, in the library’s Marvin Auditorium, with Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, by Ruth Reichl. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Tucker, Professor Emeritus of History for Washburn University.

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Within These Walls

An Unsettling Nightmare in Within These Walls

The deaths at a home in Pier Pointe, Washington have never been explained and Jeffrey Halcomb the killer and perpetrator behind the tragedy has never spoken until now. He has contacted true crime writer Lucas Graham and has offered to let Lucas interview him under one condition…


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