Senior Fair an annual outing and resource fest

Seniors get answers at the Library’s Senior Fair

Media Contacts:
Diana Friend, Communications and Marketing Director
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
(785) 580-4486

Leah Sewell, Communications Editor
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
(785) 580-4487

Sept. 16, 2014

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a one stop shop for seniors seeking answers to pressing questions about resources, services and how to make choices that will enrich their lives. The Senior Information Fair is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wed. Sept. 24, and offers area seniors the tools to get a firm grip on the future.

The Fair features more than 35 vendors from a range of industries including housing, finance, legal, medical, leisure, care and services.

At 10:30 a.m. The Kansas Audio Reader Network will present the program, “I’m Not Crazy. I Have A Syndrome,” telling the story of how the Network, which helps blind and visually impaired senior citizens, has changed the lives of its listeners.

Shepherd’s Center will present a break-out session at 11:30 a.m. to demonstrate its programs, which address seniors’ mental, physical, spiritual and social needs.

New to the Fair this year, AAA and the Kansas Department of Transportation will be out in the east side of the parking lot to do safety inspections on vehicles. While there will be some drive-up inspections, fair-goers are encouraged to call (785) 296-0845 to ensure a spot.

The vendors are many and varied: Atria Hearthstone, Presbyterian Manor, Carol Ronnenbaum – realtor, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, US Bank, Modern Woodmen of America, Kansas Attorney General, Scott Sexton Law Offices, Shawnee County Health Agency, Alzheimer’s Association, Stormont-Vail, American Cancer Society, Friendly Visitors Program, Grace Hospice, Veterans Home Care, Topeka Visiting Nurses, A Helping Hand Home Care, Comfort Keepers, Midland Care, St. Jude Hospice, Washburn University, Kansas Talking Books, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, LULAC Senior Center, YMCA, Audio Reader, Meals on Wheels, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, AARP of Kansas, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, Resource Center for Independent Living, American Red Cross, Hamilton Relay, Foster Grandparents, Kansas Department of Transportation and the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center.

“The Fair is a way to connect seniors with a lot of good information and become acquainted with new services you wouldn’t otherwise encounter,” said Nate Hohl, Red Carpet Librarian.

Some vendors will have freebies, and the Library will be doing a drawing for a gift certificate to the Chandler Booktique.

For more information, call (785) 580-4545 or contact

About the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
The Topeka & Shawnee County Library offers an outstanding collection of books, movies, music in print, digital and audio formats. It also features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, the Chandler Booktique, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and free computer/Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.