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Story Library Summer Reading Program is Over,

But the “Pay It Forward” Feature is Alive and Well!

If you check out a book or other item that has a friendly greeting inserted, we hope it lends you a smile that you can pass on to the next person you meet!

Way to Go, Summer Readers!

Story Branch Library Volunteer Gardener!

Brenda Winters
Shares her Green Thumb, her time, and herPersonal Inventory ofBig Red Bronze Leaf Begonia
Big Pink Green Leaf Begonia
Megawatt Rose
Green Leaf Begonia
Lemon Cypress (smell it!)
Wax Leaf Variegated German Ivy
and a big tub of various
and alyssum!

Thank You,


Currently On Display

On display during the month of July:  Eight exquisite pewter sculptures depicting early American life from the collection of a Story Library patron.

Come and See!



Michael Boyett

 (1943 – 2015)

Lived in Topeka for about 13 years while he was growing up and his father was serving in the military.  Attended Washburn Rural High School.
Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and served in the military.
Became a professional artist in 1975 and lived in Nacogdoches, TX.
Works in bronze and pewter in a realist style depicting American history.
Susan Craig, “Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)”
Topeka Capital Journal (Oct. 27, 1982);, accessed Oct. 10, 2008.


On April 28, 2015, renown sculptor and artist,  Michael Boyett,
unexpectedly passed away from natural causes.  Just as this is an
extreme loss for his family and friends, we are just as certain that
this will be a certain loss for the American fine art community that
he so faithfully represented.

His love for art and sculpture was demonstrated by his incredible
sculptures that were consistently known for their historical
accuracy, intricate detail and bold action.


Fall Book Discussion Series begins in August. Every 4th Monday at 6:30 P.M.

Theme: Growing Up in the West


August 28:

  The Meadow by James Galvin

October 2:

  The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich

October 30:

 Cover image for English Creek  English Creek by Ivan Doig

November 28:

  Montana 1948  by Larry Watson


25 Years Ago in Story…

…Story Branch Library Now



Adults: Looking for a great book?  Here are suggestions from Patrons and/or Staff who read these titles recently and heartily recommended them!   Each * represents one person who said it was a great book!

  • Gitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland*** by Phil Hamman & Sandy Hamman
  • Magpie Murders* by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Light of Paris* by Eleanor Brown
  • Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven* by Fannie Flagg
  • The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town…and the World** by Jan Louch
  • Every Wild Heart* by Meg Donohue
  • The Seven Year Dress* by Paulette Mahurin
  • The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir : a novel* by Jennifer Ryan
  • Bone Box* by Faye Kellerman (available in CD Audio Book format)
  • The Fire by Night**  by Teresa Messineo, a World War II novel through the eyes of 2 U.S. Army nurses
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer**, by Fredrik Backman (a quick-read “story about memories and letting go…a slow farewell between a man and his grandson, and between a dad and his boy.”
  • You Will Not Have My Hate**by Antoine Leiris (nonfiction response to terrorist attack)
  • Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers** by Alexander McCall Smith

Pre-school Story Time every Wednesday from 3-3:45!

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