Adventuremobile-Come See Our Cute Chicks!

Come and visit the Adventuremobile the week of June 23-27 to see some baby chicks. Jerold Binkley, known as host of the fondly remembered Tulip Time on the Binkley homestead and  prime mover of the Topeka Beautification Project at the Lake Shawnee Ensley Gardens, has kindly donated these little critters to the animal menagerie which accompanies the AdventureMobile each […]

Adventuremobile-Meet Lucille Ball Python

Meet Lucille Ball Python. This easy-going python from Africa (also known as a Royal Python) has entertained and educated thousands of children in the classroom and on the AdventureMobile, which explains why she often falls asleep while being touched by many hands. Think you can’t pet a snake? Think again. Lucy’s skin feels something like […]

Adventuremobile-Kick Off This Summer With Kittens!

They’re soft and fluffy and looking for a good home. That’s right… this summer’s first AdventureMobile animal is kittens!  These cute and cuddly balls of fur, available for adoption from the Topeka Helping Hands Humane Society, will be featured on the Adventuremobile  May 27th-May 30th. Don’t worry. If you can’t adopt one of these adorable kittens, we have lots of […]

The Best of 2013

The Best of 2013

The New Year is quickly approaching and your Library’s Home Neighborhood Team is preparing for 2014 by reviewing our favorite interior decorating books of 2013. These resources offer tips and tricks regarding your design space, colors, decorating styles, and what was trendy this year. Check one of these titles out today!

Fireplace Design and Decorating Ideas

Does your fireplace need an upgrade for the holidays? Are you looking for fresh decorating ideas to spruce it up a bit? Or does your fireplace simply not fit into your decorating style? Stop by the Library’s Home Neighborhood to search through an array of resources to help you dive deep into the design and construction of your […]

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I know it’s cliché, but The Book Thief by Markus Zusak really is one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their life. The writing is beautiful, the story is heartwarming as well as tragic, and the narrator is written from a unique perspective… Death. The story’s lead character, Leisel Meminger, […]

Summer Projects 101: Swimming Pools

Who needs a vacation when you transform your backyard into a private luxury resort? Adding a swimming pool or spa to your outdoor space is not an easy task but extremely rewarding once you finish. Just imagine all the hours you would spend outside relaxing with your family and friends as well as the exercise benefits […]

Summer Projects 101: Decks & Gazebos

Are you looking for a fun summer project to spruce up your home or backyard? Try building a deck or gazebo. Just imagine all the hours you could spend outside with your family and friends as well as the extra value you could add to your home. The library has resources that can help you […]

Summer Projects 101: Treehouses

Are you looking for a fun summer project to spruce up your home or backyard? Try building a tree house. It’s a project you can get the entire family involved with. Maybe you have grandiose ideas to include bridges, ladders, stairs and zip lines to connect two or three tree houses together… or maybe you […]

Global Inspirations

Decorating Influences From Abroad

Decorating inspiration can come from anything. A decorating scheme can come from something as simple as a pattern, a color, a piece of furniture, or a photograph. But for me, my favorite decorating inspirations come from souvenirs and travel photos that I’ve gatherd over the years. There is something very appealing about showcasing exotic locales or cultures in home decorating […]