Newbery Medal Books
Inspired by the recent announcement of Moon Over Manifest winning the 2011 Newbery Medal, Lissa and Thad discuss their favorite Newbery Medal award-winning children’s books
Topeka X-Files: a glimpse into our fascinating history
Susie Marchant, Special Collections Librarian, previews the upcoming library program “Topeka X-Files” which is offered May 22, 1-2:30 pm in the Marvin Auditorium.
- Hear about the log cabin where Topeka was founded in December 1854, which immediately suffered a tragic disaster!
- Learn why you should have earthquake insurance in Topeka, based on the 1867 earthquake that really shook up some people at a local church!
- Discover the “waitless, cussless, girlless” invention by a Topeka mortician, enjoy an equally beautiful and inspiring story about the smushing of insects and join us to give a hearty thank you to Dr. Samuel Crumbine!
- Be amazed by an astounding story of mystery and mayhem in the library’s Topeka Room, which may or may not have been influenced by a ghost!
To learn more about Topeka history, and to hear more of these fascinating local history stories, visit the Topeka Room on the 2nd floor of the library.
What does the library offer for teens?
From kickboxing and health cooking to anime cos-play and Open Mic Night, the library offers a wide variety for teens. The Edge is an activity zone with video games, computers and places to hang out for 12-18 year olds.
David J’s Place is a quiet study zone, and also features the Young Adult books, including Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Graphic Novels, and more! Anyone of any age can check out books from the Young Adult collection.
Some books that are popular now include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which highlights a hot trend in dystopian fiction for young adults including The Maze Runner by James Dashner. And for romance readers, try Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Recommended Reading on Early American History
- Founding Brothers: the revolutionary generation by Joseph Ellis
- American Creation: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the republic by Joseph Ellis
- John Marshall: Definer of a Nation by Jean Edward Smith
- 1776 by David McCullough
- Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson
- American Sphinx: the character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Woman in early American History
- Founding Mothers: the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts
- Revolutionary Mothers: women in the struggle for American independence by Carol Berkin