Whitley Johnson wants nothing more than to get out of town after graduation, to escape her depressed mother in Indiana and visit her fun-loving father’s condo by the lake in Kentucky for the summer. When she can’t remember the name of the guy she wakes up next to after getting drunk at a party on [...]
On the Shelf: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Join us in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, March 3, 2:00-3:00pm to hear Kansas Author Phil E. Quinn talk about his debut novel Release Point. Female athletes are an underserved literary market. Their participation in sports has increased dramatically over the past several decades in most countries while literary efforts to represent, document and [...]
Experience the stories and songs of Bessie Smith, the most popular female singer of the ‘20s, Sat., March 2 at 6:30pm in Marvin Auditorium at the library. Bessie’s Blues is the finale of the NEA’s The Big Read, a community reading initiative. Kansas City Ambassador of Jazz Queen Bey recounts the story of Bessie Smith, [...]
It’s been a great year for movies — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a discussion with Brian about Oscar winning movies. Who do you hope takes home the Best Picture Oscar this year? What Academy Awards for Best Picture over the past 85 years do you think were most (or least) deserved? Share your recommendations with us!
Charles Curtis (1860-1936) is a superstar in the history of Topeka and the state of Kansas, having served the public in Congress as a representative and senator, then as vice president under Herbert Hoover. He had the honor of opening the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932 on behalf of the president (Hoover, tied up [...]
Sometimes before you go forward, you must take a look back. 2013 will bring faster Wi-Fi inside the building and take more librarians out of the building. Reflecting on how we’ve arrived at this place, we keep circling back to you, our customer. We plan for the future with our customers’ needs in mind and promise to continue to listen as needs change.