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 1, author Aimee L. Gross introduces grad student Ronni Long, who is desperate to get to Topeka…
Find out about the best new titles for your book group – Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley interview Deb Bryan about the library’s Book Group in a Bag collection, including the titles being added in 2013. What books has your book group loved to discuss? Share your thoughts with us!
As part of national Poison Prevention Week, the library partnered with Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas to create a Poison Purse display in the library’s Health Information Neighborhood, showing how medicines and candies look identical to a child in search of something sweet to eat. In this article, the EPA urges adults to […]
Sixteen year old Audrey Cuttler is thrust into the spotlight when her ex-boyfriend writes a hit song about their breakup. Audrey loves good music, but she didn’t sign up for fame. In fact, she was completely supportive of her ex, Evan, and his band when they were unknown musicians just practicing and sending out demos. […]
Listen in on a book discussion – Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a discussion with Erin and Autumn about the book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, which will be discussed at an upcoming Bean There, Read That book discussion group. Have you read the book? Share your thoughts with us!
Whitley Johnson wants nothing more than to get out of town after graduation, to escape her depressed mother in Indiana and visit her fun-loving father’s condo by the lake in Kentucky for the summer. When she can’t remember the name of the guy she wakes up next to after getting drunk at a party on […]
It’s been a great year for movies — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a discussion with Brian about Oscar winning movies. Who do you hope takes home the Best Picture Oscar this year? What Academy Awards for Best Picture over the past 85 years do you think were most (or least) deserved? Share your recommendations with us!
It’s been a great year for books — Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a (31:38) discussion with Julie about disaster books and a (34:53) discussion with Brian about the disaster movie genre. What are your favorite disaster stories? Share your recommendations with us!
This debut novel is an historical romance, a contemporary romance, and a compelling issues novel about civil rights and women’s rights all tied up in an emotional page turner that will keep you hooked until the last page and leave you wishing it hadn’t ended so soon. In the author acknowledgements at the end she reminds the reader of her book’s message about racism and prejudice: “It’s up to you to be the change.” Reading fiction lets us explore other people’s lives with empathy. Read this book and be the change.
This is a must-read boy-next-door romantic teen story, well-written, with compelling characters and real life family issues. Coming of age stories are always relevant because we are all making choices every day that determine who we are and who we become. Check it out – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
First off, this isn’t a novel about zombies, despite the deceptive title. What if the current pop-culture obsession with “brains” took a different turn? What if professional football declined, and professional trivia teams took their place, complete with overpaid players, competitive coaches, tabloid media, player infighting, rookies under pressure and all of the other fabulous […]
A new family cookbook from Catherine McCord, Weelicious is subtitled “One Family. One Meal.” As a working mother, this is my dream. Being able to cook one meal that my whole family will eat. Fast, Fresh and Easy? Yes please. And if it makes leftovers or can be made ahead and frozen? Even better. I […]