For more than 50 years, the Friends of the Library have striven to achieve a singular goal: Aid the library by staying on the cutting edge of technology, services and programs that promote lifelong learning. Since 1971, the Friends have donated more than $2 million to the library.

Special Author Events

The Friends is supporting two special author events in fall 2023.

Craig Johnson Friends members only meet & greet

Friends members are invited to an exclusive reception with Longmire author Craig Johnson Mon, Oct 9, 5:30-6:30pm in Claire’s Courtyard at the library. Johnson is te New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit Netflix original drama. RSVP to or 785-580-4445 by Sat, Sept 30.  Not a member? Become one today.

To attend Craig Johnson’s public presentation Oct 9 at 7pm in Marvin Auditorium, you must register for that event.

Friends Annual Event with Alex Grecian

Sun, Nov 5, 1-3pm, Marvin Auditorium Friends will follow our brief annual business meeting with special guest speaker New York Times bestselling author Alex Grecian. Grecian is an American author of short fiction, novels, comic books and graphic novels. His notable works include the comic book series Proof and the novels in the Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad series. He has a new book, Red Rabbit, coming out in September, which will be available for sale at the event and he will sign books. Grecian is a native of Topeka and “constantly tells people he has the best public library in the country.”

Members and non-members are invited to this event. If you can join us, please register to attend.

Learn more about Friends of the Library


The Friends of the Library raises funds for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. This online book store is an opportunity for you to purchase new books and support our library at the same time. Part of the funds will be used to keep Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in our community. One of our library’s goals is: “Every child will be ready for kindergarten.” By ordering your books through our bookstore, you will  help us reach this goal. Thank you!