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2016 Master Gardener Programs @ Your Library

Ready to get growing in the new year? Anyone who has ever tried to grow anything knows it’s not as easy as it looks. Luckily, the Master Gardeners are here to help with tried and true tips and practical advice for everyone from the novice to the old hand. Join us for the first program of 2016, Starting Seeds, Thursday, January 7 here at your library, 7 – 8 pm.

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Spiritual Art and Architecture

Explore spiritual artwork at your library.

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Dip Time!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for dips! I don’t know about you, but I love dip-able foods.


Holiday Decorating

Come on in to the library, visit one of the bookmobiles or check out our Pinterest boards!  We can help you find great ideas to get you ready for any visitors that might show up this time of year. Have fun and have a great new year!

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Handcrafted Holidays!

Here come the holidays – time to gather up the art and craft supplies and get busy!

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It’s Not Too Late!

On my morning walk today, I could feel the season beginning to shift from autumn to winter. This brings to mind all the things I want to do before it winter truly arrives! I definitely want to plant some spring-flowering bulbs, but I was concerned about whether it is getting too late to plant them.

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A Garden to Treasure

Topeka has many beautiful gardens and one of the most interesting is the Ward Meade Botanical Garden located on the grounds surrounding Ward Meade house built in 1860.


Migrating Monarchs

Monarchs are southbound to Mexico where they will overwinter. Watch for them as they continue to pass through Kansas on their journey.

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Upcycle Your Wardrobe!

There are lots of ways to update your wardrobe – and they don’t all involve sewing! You can go for a look that is edgy, off-beat, casual or haute couture.

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Squash Bugs & Beetles & Aphids, Oh My!

About this time of the summer you might be wondering if the bugs are going to leave anything in the garden for you! If you are like me, you’ll want to use a minimum of chemicals in the garden, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give in to insect pests.

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Free Art Supplies in Your Own Backyard!

Summer is a great time to collect natural materials to use in your arts and crafts.

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Slow Cookers Rock!

Have you ever wanted to come home at the end of a long day and walk into your house to smell a wonderful aroma because dinner was already cooked? I know that I have and that’s where my slow cooker comes into play. I had never realized how much a slow cooker could make my […]


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