Here in Kansas we seem to finally be rounding that corner into summer. For me this brings to mind memories of camping, fishing, and lazy afternoons relaxing and reading a good book. For those of you looking for Kansas camping sites and fishing holes, you’ve come to the right place. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism [...]
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library hosts Discover Kansas Archaeology from 2pm to 3:30pm Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Marvin Auditorium 101BC. Take a walk through prehistoric displays, examine an archaeologist’s toolkit and find out what an archaeologist does after discovering an artifact. Marvin Auditorium will take on a fair feel with tables for sponsor [...]
We’re nearly halfway through March, which means March Madness is upon us. The annual Division I NCAA Tournament is rivaled only by the Superbowl for transcending sports (and sports fans) and becoming an American cultural event relevant to even usual non-fans. Certainly every sports fan has their favorite moments, opinions, or memories of what the NCAA Tournament [...]
Join Smith Center football coach Roger Barta and his son, Brooks, at the library on Sunday, March 4 from 2-3 as they talk about the philosophies that have led to the sustained success of the football program in Smith Center.
With increasingly pleasant weather just a few months away, it’s time to start thinking about summer activities. It’s hard to consider warm sunshine and bright blue skies without thinking about all the great lakes we have in Kansas. There are certainly quite a few water sports available to us during the summer; one of my favorites is [...]
Pack some healthy snacks, enjoy the scenery, and discover something new.
Twin sisters Fiona and Zelda didn’t get along, but their earlier fights were nothing compared to this. Zelda wrote a family story that she gave to the Carlton County Historical Society, and in this story she revealed a family secret
Wichita author Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 John Newbery Medal for children’s literature for her first book, Moon Over Manifest. The Newbery is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author who has made the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Vanderpool will share stories about the joy of writing and [...]
Before the farmers and the homesteaders, before the Kansa, the Pawnee and the Kiowa there was the little bluestem, the pale prairie coneflower and the butterfly-weed.
Two of the many quilts I have hanging in my house hold special meaning for me. ”Celestial Son” (pictured here) is based on a quilt called “Celestial Dreams.” Both feature a large sun graphic surrounded by fanciful birds, flowers, trees, and an angel. I began this quilt after the turn of THIS century, having fallen in [...]
As part of a statewide commemoration honoring Kansas’ sesquicentennial, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library offers many ways for you to relive Kansas history. Here are just a few: Check out one of thousands of books and movies on Kansas for all ages. Starting Jan. 29, Kansas Day, look for a Kansas-themed book display [...]