Kansas Author Gladys Hargis

On Sunday, July 29, join Topeka Author Gladys Hargis in the Topeka Room (204), 2-3pm for a discussion of her recent book. You Live Forever details the author’s near death experience, who she met, and the hope she was given during this journey.  She says: “There are Angels present long before your soul leaves your body. They appear immediately, and guide you. They let you know there is no fear around you. This book is clearly written to help ease the pain of separation of your family and friends that we all will have to endure someday. God and his Angels promise you that you will live forever, and never die, and they will be with you always. God sometimes chooses for you to return to do a job for him, as he did with me, this is my story.”  Books available for sale & signing after the talk.

Gladys married Warren in Holton, Kansas on July 31, 1949. She graduated from Hoyt High School in Hoyt, Kansas and continued her education in Business College. She was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad while Warren joined the Topeka Fire Department. She continued working until their son William was 5 months old. Then they took in day care children and finally foster children. They all helped build homes for themselves, and they drove school buses part-time to help with their budget, so they could continue to help support all the children they had taken in to raise. They have one son, William; 3 foster children: Joanie, Sandra, & Donnie; 8 foster grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. After they were empty nesters, they continued working for the State of Kansas, Warren as a Fire Officer, and Gladys worked as a Driver for the Mentally Ill. They are now retired and living in Topeka, Kansas, with their cats Ollie and Bandit.

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.