Santa tells all

Santa guest blogs on what he’s reading this holiday season.

About The Big Read

The community is invited to experience the Roaring Twenties by reading the “Great American Novel” The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald as part of The Big Read. Learn more about this community reading initiative.

Knit or Crochet a 20s-style Cloche

Learn how to knit or crochet a Cloche hat. Cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

We Enlighten You

Committed to lifelong learning, the library offers free opportunities to continue your education with our help or on your own. One customer recently observed, “I learn something new every day because of the library.” Jillian Underwood, library customer, had her first encounter with a computer at the library. She was 7 years old. “I thought […]

We Grow With You

From borrowing books to attending programs with their children, families remember their positive experiences at the library. Melissa Powell remembers getting her library card at 8 years old. “We used to go to the library a lot when we were little. I remember my mom taking us to get our library card,” said Melissa. “I […]

We Provide an Enduring Value to the Community

These days people need the library more than ever. According to the 2010 United States Census there are 177, 934 people who live in Shawnee County. Of those, 94,579 have library cards. Every day we see more than 3,000 children and adults use and enjoy the library after school or after work hours. “I recently […]

We Pay Attention

Our stewardship is based on close attention to your priorities. The library and The Library Foundation react swiftly to emerging trends and economic challenges. A top priority for the library is to have activities for people of all ages. One example is the Edge, which is dedicated to teens where they can play video games, […]

Nancy Watkins: A Career Built on a Solid Foundation

Library’s Chief Financial Officer Retires After 16 Years The story of Nancy Watkins’ career as Chief Financial Officer for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library cannot be told without referencing the grand re-opening of the library building in 2002. Following her hire in 1994, Nancy worked tirelessly behind the scenes supporting a $23 million […]

Board of Trustees Elects Officers, Welcomes New Members

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library announces the addition of David Monical, Stacey Woolington and Quentin Martin to the library’s Board of Trustees. Monical retired from an administrative position at Washburn University in 2010 and Martin is a commercial financial consultant. Woolington is Shawnee County’s Financial Administrator. She fills former Trustee Michele Henry’s term, […]