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Local Events: WWI Exhibit and Germanfest

Check out some local events highlighting history and cultural events. At the Kansas Museum of History, a new exhibit commemorating World War I opens. At Sacred Heart Catholic Church, all things German will be celebrated at Germanfest. Find out more here!

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Odd Evening, by Eric McHenry

Eric McHenry currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Kansas. You can hear him speak and recite poetry at your library on June 16, from 7-8:30, in Marvin Auditorium. Read on for a review of McHenry’s newest collection of poetry, Odd Evening.


A Picture Perfect Murder in The Fine Art of Murder

Retired police chief Katherine Sullivan has returned home to help her newly divorced daughter when a young woman is murdered at the Pierce family estate. The murdered woman was an assistant to Randolph Pierce whose reputation as a spoiled rich kid…

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Must-have summer reads

Brand new fiction perfect for summertime, hand-picked by the library’s fiction expert.

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Charming Louisa

Critical husband? Overbearing mother-in-law? Welcome to the world of First Lady Louisa Adams.

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Discover your new catalog

We gave some of our library power users a sneak peek at the new catalog. Here’s what they had to say.


Hauntings in Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

An unnamed narrator is plagued by guilt after he does something awful to his pet cat, but the feline is not about to let the narrator escape his punishment in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat.” This is the first story…

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

The Gift of Love in A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

Amaterasu Takahashi’s daughter and grandson died in the bombing of Nagasaki, and all she has left are photographs and her daughters diary that Ama has never read. Ama wants to forget so she moved to America and has spent the last forty years trying to numb the pain until a man claims that he is her grandson.

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Local Events: Country Music and Ghosts

As we swing into May a country music singer stops by on his tour and Topekans hoping for a Ghostly encounter will tour the north side of town. I hope you enjoy whatever local events you attend, and to learn or experience more check out the relevant materials that we have at the Library.

Five books in May

Hot new titles in May

May has suspense, romance and crime you’ll want to get your holds on right away.


The Greener Side of The White House in All The Presidents’ Gardens

From sheep grazing and green houses to a squirrel called “Pete” and victory gardens, the White House lawn and garden has gone through many changes. The exterior of the White House is quite recognizable and static but the lawns and gardens have been influenced by different president’s desires…

You Made Me Read It! The Martian

HUSH Podcast #89 – The Martian

Daniel Fogt thinks everyone should read The Martian by Andy Weir. Listen in on the discussion to see if our hosts agree.


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