Stay Curious

Curiosity is the one thing all library users have in common. We use the library for many different reasons, to learn something new, discover our next favorite read or answer 100 questions at trivia nights. It’s a good thing to stay curious.

Curiosity is critical to learning and encourages us to explore and discover. (Ever wonder why the sky is blue?) That is why libraries feel like home to the curious who read about countries they dream of visiting or those who check out a cookbook to try new eats. Curious kids do better in school and adults who are independent learners are more engaged workers when it comes to learning new skills.

“Stay Curious is a philosophy we can envision every person in our community adopting,” said Gina Millsap, library CEO. “It’s a lifestyle that energizes you and makes learning a priority. Imagine our community exploring, reading and learning together. We can do anything.”

The library is helping create a community culture of literacy and learning ignited by an endless supply of curiosity. Being recognized as an iconic library is gratifying, but sparking curiosity within people is what we are all about. We’ve updated our mission, community impact goals and core values incorporating these ideas.

New mission

Sparking curiosity and connecting our community through literacy and learning.

Community Impact Goals

  • Every child will be ready for kindergarten
  • Everyone will discover their passion for learning
  • Everyone will continue learning new ways to live their best life
  • Topeka and Shawnee County will be an engaged community of readers
  • The library will be a learning organization committed to excellence in leadership, planning, customer focus, process management and partner focus

Core Values

Excellence, Literacy, Freedom, Curiosity, Teamwork and Accountability

Ginger Park

As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. Ginger has a bachelor's and master’s in communication from Washburn and K-State. She is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society. She loves reading fiction and always has a stack of books waiting to be read. Ginger lives in Topeka with her husband and three dogs.