Read the Community Novel: Chapter 1 by Lissa Staley

The Friday afternoon before a three day weekend can drag on and on. That is, unless someone in the city offices downtown gets fired and escorted out by security. The whole office stays busy trying to pretend they are not sneakily watching two security officers packing up the office. Not everyone masters the art of […]

Celebrate Preservation Week @yourlibrary – April 22-28

From Libraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history.  Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States. Why is preservation important?  Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by […]

Thomas Averill’s Rode chosen as Outstanding Western Novel of 2011

Rode was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards given each year in Oklahoma City, home of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This award has been won in the past by James Michener, Thomas Berger, Larry McMurtry, A.B. Guthrie, Barbara Kingsvolver and Cormac McCarthy. An awards banquet will be held […]

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

Meet Madison Spencer, newbie in Hell and eternal 13-year-old whose self-asphyxiation lands her in her own version of The Breakfast Club.  Chubby, whip-smart, and hopeful, Maddy is reshaping Hell to her own needs. Through a series of flashbacks to her rich, hippy, private jet upbringing, readers surmise that life as a celebrity kid isn’t that […]

Downton Abbey fans will love these similar books

If you’re an avid Downton Abbey follower, a recent New York Times article has compiled a reading list for your enjoyment.  Here are some of their picks: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd Into the Silence by Wade Davis Parade’s […]

Kirkus Reviews announces its Best Books of 2011

Visit the Kirkus Reviews webpage for their Best Books of 2011 lists in Teen and Children’s categories.  Look for more to come for additional genres. Here are a few of the Young Adult choices that may be of interest: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Stay With Me by […]

National Book Awards finalists announced

Here are the finalists: Fiction Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones Nonfiction Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a […]

Sherman Alexie events scheduled for TSCPL and Washburn

TSCPL will be hosting Professor Dennis Etzel, Jr. on Sunday, October 16 from 3-4:30pm in the Marvin Auditorium 101BC.  Tickets are NOT needed for this event.   Professor Etzel will be discussing Sherman’s Alexie’s War Dances. Washburn University’s iRead event will be held Friday, October 21, 7pm at White Concert Hall.  The library will have a […]

Virtual read out planned for 30th annual Banned Books week (Sept. 23 – Oct. 1st

From the website: CHICAGO – Readers from across the United States and around the world are  demonstrating their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that will culminate during the 30th annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1), the only national celebration of the freedom to read.  […]

Exit Through the Gift Shop – what is this movie really about?

What I thought was going to be a foray into the interesting and closely guarded world of avant-garde graffiti art turned into a strange story about a French emigrant with mental issues and a camera.  At least I think that’s what it was about. Sound interesting?  That’s because Exit Through the Gift Shop is one wild ride […]

Be a reviewer for our Books, Music and Movies blog!

Enjoying writing reviews as much as reading the books?  Have a penchant for creative exposition?  Come and join our reviewing team at the library! We provide the book, you read it, and then you write a review of that book that we then publish on our website.  It’s that easy. Want a sample of some […]