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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…

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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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Another Op’nin, Another Show

Do you know the secret language of musicals?

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Get Outside!

Warm weather is back, and it’s time to get outside! Your library has you covered with guides that will help you plan your adventure to remember, right here in beautiful Kansas.

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Local Events: Concerts, a Musical, Home Tour

The last weekend of April brings  a couple of touring shows to Topeka. This and some local events that are continuing from last week will give Topekans plenty to see and do. After experiencing a show or a tour, we’d love to welcome you at the Library where we have plenty of materials related to […]

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Local Events: Plays, Parties, Concerts, and Tours

The end of April has the local event venues around town buzzing with activity. There will be a variety of concerts, musical plays, themed parties for adults and children, and tours. It would be challenging to NOT find an event that you would enjoy from this list. After attending the event that interests you the […]

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I’m ditching Marvel movies & here’s why

After watching Age of Ultron, I’ve sworn off the Marvel movies. But there are still some comic-inspired films that have my heart.

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A Murder Treat in Recipes for Love and Murder

Maria loves to cook and writes a recipe column in the local newspaper when one day her editor and friend, Hattie, asks Maria to begin writing an advice column with recipes included. Maria is skeptical but when the letters arrive…

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Serial Killers in The Killing Lessons

Two serial killers are leaving behind a trail of murdered mutilated women. Their next victim is a woman with two children who live in an isolated home in the wilds of Colorado. The killers’ attack goes as planned until the woman’s young daughter escapes…

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Featured Poet: Martinez Hillard

Martinez Hillard is a songwriter, emcee, poet and social commentator based in Topeka. You can hear him share his spoken word poetry at your library 7 p.m. Tues. April 26.

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The Arthurian Fantasy Kingfisher

Pierce Oliver has never met his father, and Prince Daimon does not know who his mother is, but both young men want to find out more about their missing parent. To find his father, Pierce travels to King Arden’s court, and Daimon questions his father, the king about his mother. As the two young men set off on their personal journeys…

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HUSH Podcast #88 – Tell Me Three Things

Autumn Friedli thinks everyone should read Tell Me Three Things. Listen in on the discussion to see if our hosts agree.

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