Honoring Our Veterans 2013

On Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day (a day late since the library’s closed on the actual day), it’s your chance to say thanks and honor the contributions of the veterans in our community by attending Honoring Our Veterans at the library. The library offers two opportunities to say thanks; one in the afternoon […]

Classic Football Reads

The Chiefs have a bye week coming up in a few weeks. The local team will be resting up from their good start. Sadly there will be a bit of a void to fill for many football fans. Just in case you need your fix or you want to read some excellent books on the […]

Shot All to Hell Book Review

In Shot All to Hell, author Mark Lee Gardner tells the story and demise of the infamous Jesse James and Cole Younger. The book has all the elements of a great western story. Some colorful characters, some very bad men, some very courageous people, a bank robbery, a shoot-out, betrayal, an exciting getaway, and a giant man hunt, and a daring escape.

The Last Zero Fighter

If you are a history buff, especially of World War II you won’t want to miss this opportunity. On June 10th, at 7:00 p.m. in Menninger Room.   Dan King author and Pacific War Historian will review his book the Last Zero Fighter: King has written a first hand accounts of experience of Japanese Naval pilots.  In addition to writing many […]


This is a busy week for area sports fans.  Not only is the Big 12 basketball season underway with both Kansas schools off to good starts.  Additionally Lee Arena is always a good place to be,  to catch the ‘Bods  and Lady Blues in action. And as always local high school sports have a full […]

Hoop Dreams Then and Now

Over 15 years ago a wonderful sports movie debuted.    I’m referring to the 1994 critically acclaimed documentary, titled Hoop Dreams.  The film has been called the best sports documentary ever, and consistently is rated in top 20 “best ever” lists.   If you have never seen the movie I strongly encourage you to obtain […]

Pirates, Jayhawks, and Overtime. Three Great Games to Remember

If you are a sports fan a few games stick out in your mind as special.  Maybe you even call them the best ever.  Depending on your taste and interest you no doubt have a favorite game, its all entirely personal.  My favorite game would be Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.  A few […]

A September Sports Weekend 2001

It has been eleven years now, that the world changed.  As I was sitting at my desk here at the Library, a co-worker came in and told me he had just heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the one of the World Trade Center buildings. We know now the entire story […]

Munich 1972: The First Modern Olympics?

It was September 5, 1972. With my apologies to Don McLean this was the day the music died. With the Summer Olympic games only days away, my mind drifts back to the games of the Olympics held in 1972. Those days are fixed in my mind. I was a high school senior back then. Like most […]

Get in the Game. Summertime Activities in Topeka

Usually when I write on the Sports Blog it is about a game, a team, or a book I have read.   This time I want to do something a little different.  It’s about getting out and enjoying playing a sport.  Its summer time and and you need to get outside and play.   Thanks to the abundance […]

Some Great Books on Baseball–My Starting Nine

As someone who has probably read over 500 books on baseball over my lifetime it is a difficult task to pick my all-time favorites.  My starting lineup if  you will.  Over the past several years there have been some wonderful books written and available for you at TSCPL.   For example—Clemente by David Maraniss;  The Last […]