Parenting: The preschool quest for dragons

Travis is a frequent library user, and he knows that the library is the place to go to learn more about what interests him. Lately, he is interested in dragons! One benefit of using library books with preschool kids is that when they are ready to move on to their next interest, you can return all the dragon books and check out books on knights…or dirigibles…or whatever comes next!

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days. Seriously.

Prep for National Novel Writing Month. Take part in a frantic writing adventure in November with help from your library. Find out when the writing fun begins.

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 47 – Doctor Who

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a discussion with Sandy and Michelle about Doctor Who. Who is your favorite Doctor? What is your favorite episode? And if, like Lissa, you’ve never even watched Doctor Who, find out what all the fuss is about!

Library Trivia Winners 2013

Who is the smartest of them all? See who took top prize at the library’s quarterly trivia weekend, find out what the most popular topics were, and learn how to get your trivia team signed up for the next trivia events at the library!

Community Novel Project Concludes with Launch Party

It’s a chick-lit mystery with some history, written collaboratively by more than 20 local authors as part of the community novel project of the library. Meet the authors at the Book Launch on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3-5 pm. Purchase a copy of SpeakEasy for $6 in the Booktique during or after the Book Launch, online at, or download the book or audiobook for free.

Behind the Scenes Interview with Author Lissa Staley

In this author interview with SpeakEasy’s Chapter 20 author, find out what Lissa calls “most stressful and wonderful thing she has ever done, outside of parenting” and why she loves working with writers in our community.

SpeakEasy: The Final Chapter by Lissa Staley

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 20, author Lissa Staley tries to write a “happily ever after” ending onto Ronni and Pete’s budding romance, but she hopes you enjoy the concluding chapter of SpeakEasy anyway….

Behind the Scenes Interview with Author Paul Swearingen

In this author interview with SpeakEasy’s Chapter 19 author, find out what Paul’s least favorite addition to the community novel is, what he learned about writing fiction from participating in this project, and who he called “evil beyond evil.” He’s got the gaping plot holes all wrapped up because there’s only one more chapter to go!