Hear Robert Fraga, author of The Greening of Oz

The author discusses his book, The Greening of Oz. Come learn about sustainable building and a little about this strong community as well. A Q&A session will follow the talk. Greensburg, Kan. was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. In the desperate days immediately after the catastrophe, town leaders decided to rebuild […]

Fire Up that Oven! Seasonal Dishes from Your Library

Your library cooks! That’s right, we have thousands of cookbooks waiting for you to take home and try. Some of our best holiday cookbooks are featured in the blog post. Don’t delay. Get cookin’ on those holiday meal plans now.

Read with Me: Promoting Lifelong Reading

At the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, we take the phrase “lifelong reader” seriously. And when it comes to spreading our love for books and other media, the library starts ‘em young. Babies in the Read with Me program receive a cute, free t-shirt to celebrate their first library card (must be 0-18months). Parents […]

Polly’s New Book Features Recipes and Advice on Raising Families

Author Linda Polly will talk about her new book, Midwest Moms: Recipes and Advice from the Heartland, in a three-part presentation at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Thursday, September 27, 7:00–8:45 pm in Marvin Auditorium 101C. Polly is a nationally known author and an award-winning photographer who will share how she developed […]

Watch All Booked Up episode on the cookbook Food 52

All Booked Up: Food 52

You’re going to wish smells and tastes could transfer via the Web because Kathy and Diana bring you a mouth-watering edition of All Booked Up. They discuss one of their favorite topics: food! Bestselling author Amanda Hesser and food writer Merrill Stubbs have curated the first-ever online community cookbook, the basis for this gorgeous full-color […]

Kansas Artist Craftsman Association Exhibit Opens Oct. 5

Members of the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association will showcase the latest in contemporary work in clay, fiber, metal and mixed media at the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery Oct. 5 through Nov. 2. The highest caliber of craftsmanship and artistic expression can be seen in this exhibit. Judge for yourself. Come in and help select […]

Clothing Wanted! Sharing Warmth, Making Art

Clear out those closets and dressers and feel good doing it. Your gently used clothing will warm dozens of people this winter, but first your donations will become part of a cool replication of the classic painting Starry Night. Donate new or used winter clothes at the library.

Getting Serious about College

For Sean Frost getting nostalgic about his “college days” includes remembering how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library helped him through a tough year and propelled him toward graduation from college. After his struggles became apparent to his parents freshmen year, Sean’s father directed him to the library’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, a project from […]

Kerry Onstott Storey

Meet the Trustee: Kerry Onstott Storey

Kerry Onstott Storey’s long love of libraries has driven her involvement on the Library’s Board of Trustees – and beyond. She and her husband Bob came to Topeka in the 1970s and getting a library card was one of the first things she did. She remembers her first Friends Book Sale experience and said the […]

Watch Gone Girl video book chat

All Booked Up: Gone Girl

Our hosts Kathy and Diana agree to disagree about the likability of Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, a New York Times bestseller. Watch and listen (we promise no spoilers) and see which one of these gals you agree with the most.

Hot, New Books for Fall

Make autumn nights to remember with these recommended reads. Check out the new titles that surely will entice you to pick up a book and read for pleasure this fall.

Come to the Book Launch Party for our Community Novel Sept. 30

Community Novel Project: Capital City Capers

It’s not a mystery the library loves books, but a book being serialized and published at the library sure is. Capital City Capers: An Ad Astra Per Aspera Adventure comes out in late September. The community novel features 20 different authors who each advance the story by writing a chapter. Keep reading on tscpl.org where […]