Does your fireplace need an upgrade for the holidays? Are you looking for fresh decorating ideas to spruce it up a bit? Or does your fireplace simply not fit into your decorating style? Stop by the Library’s Home Neighborhood to search through an array of resources to help you dive deep into the design and construction of your […]
This is my favorite time of year! Everyone makes an effort to be nicer and make their world a better place. That usually includes their living spaces, as well. Be it the tiniest apartment or the grandest mansion-everyone can add some shine to their holidays! We have a great collection of holiday books and magazines […]
Now that the weather has turned chilly, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on heating costs. Here are some excellent ideas on weathering your home: Weather strip and insulate the attic access door. Seal around the outside of the chimney with metal flashing and high-temperature sealant such as flue caulk or muffler cement. […]
October is National Crime Prevention Month and also the month for Halloween. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has some tips for keeping your house and kids safe: Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night. Keep […]
Learn cost-effective steps you can take to improve comfort and conserve energy in your home from Westar Energy. Registration required.
When I moved into my first apartment in college, I found lots of issues with space. I had plenty of furniture I could bring from home, but knowing what would fit in my new studio apartment was a challenge. Luckily, I had experience from helping other family members move to help make move in day […]
If you’re thinking about planning a new home but don’t know where to start, look no further than the home neighborhood here at the library. We have a wide variety of different designs and styles to choose from: cottage, ranch, lakeside/waterfront, cabins, vacation homes, retirement homes, energy-efficient, summer homes and many more. If budget is […]
This morning Greg Bailey Topeka Fire Chief visited the library. He read stories to the kids and he asked us all some questions. To the parents, have you ever been in a fire drill at work?… lots of hands went up. To the kids, have you ever been in a fire drill at school?…Lots of […]
Sometimes life deals us a curve ball that forces us to adapt. Adapt to the circumstance and sometimes adapt our lifestyle and the place we call home. Statistics to consider: 3 out of 100 babies born in the United States have significant birth defects. Healthy, adults have a 1 in 4 chance of being disabled at least 3 months at some point in their lives with the average long term disability lasting 2.5 years. Add to that age and illness and there is a good chance that many of us will need to make a home accessible.
You want to remodel your bathroom or maybe you’re planning a new deck or making your home more energy efficient. Where do you find the information you need? You find it at the Library’s Home Neighborhood.
Who needs a vacation when you transform your backyard into a private luxury resort? Adding a swimming pool or spa to your outdoor space is not an easy task but extremely rewarding once you finish. Just imagine all the hours you would spend outside relaxing with your family and friends as well as the exercise benefits […]