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Staff Picks: Escape the Ordinary This Summer

Open “The 5 love languages : the secret to love that las…” in catalog The 5 love languages : the secret to love that las… Open “100 ways to simplify your life” in catalog 100 ways to simplify your life Open “Change your words, change your life” in catalog Change your words, change your life Open “Chicken soup for the soul : find your happiness : …” in catalog Chicken soup for the soul : find your happiness : … Open “Clark Howard's living large for the long haul : co…” in catalog Clark Howard's living large for the long haul : co… Open “The creativity cure : a do-it-yourself prescriptio…” in catalog The creativity cure : a do-it-yourself prescriptio…
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In the Company of Sherlock Holmes

A Collection of Murders In the Company of Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Watson is called away from Sherlock Holmes to attend a beaten man who had his painting stolen. Upon Watson’s return, Holmes is intrigued by the case and soon the game is afoot in the short story “The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer” by Sara Paretsky. This story is from…


Utopian Predictions From the Past

At this month’s book discussion, we’ll compare Edward Bellamy’s 1888 predictions of a utopian word by the year 2000 with a new theory of postcapitalism as we talk about Marxism in classic literature.


Library@Work : Advisors Excel

Employees connect with the library using Library@Work to have books, music and movies brought straight to the job site.

HUSH Podcast

HUSH Library Podcast #77 – Arty Awards

In this episode, we celebrate Poet Annette Hope Billings and Journalist Jeffrey Ann Goudie, who join us for a discussion of their inspirations, literary lives, and connections to Topeka.

Pirate Hunters

A Treasure Hunt in Pirate Hunters

The fantasy about finding a sunken pirate ship and its treasure may almost be an impossible dream, but when the opportunity to search for a pirate ship came up John Chatterton and John Mattera decided to risk danger…


Errands + entertainment

Get entertainment FREE while you get groceries. Just one of the thousands of things we do that you should know about.

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Jaws turns 40

I never watched Jaws, but I can tell you why it’s a summer blockbuster.

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Reading Inspired by Local Events: Fiesta Mexicana and Day of the Cowboy

The many fun events going on in Topeka this summer are helping me to fill up my summer reading list. By reading these books I’ll have extra fun at these events and I’ll be on my way to making my summerfest reading goals! Fiesta Mexicana July 14th the Fiesta Mexicana supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe Church […]

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Make-It Lab: Sky’s the limit

Anything is possible in The Make-It Lab and with the right tools at your finger tips, the sky really is the limit.

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2015 Kansas Notable Books

The 2015 Kansas Notable Books list includes bestselling fiction, Kansas recipes, striking photography, lyrical poetry, and more. Check ’em out here at your library!

Saint Mazie

An Ordinary Hero in Saint Mazie

Mazie Phillips Gordon was not rich or lived a perfect life, but that didn’t stop her from helping the homeless men in the Lower East Side during the Depression. She was profiled in an article in the New Yorker by Joseph Mitchell that inspired bestselling author Jami Attenberg to write a novel based on Mazie.


In the path of a killer tornado

Small children cried and teachers prayed as the black monster came ever closer.


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