|Location||1515 SW 10th Ave.|
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|Director||Gina Millsap (CEO)|
The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a public library located in Topeka, Kansas, United States. It serves all of Shawnee County, Kansas with the exception of the Rossville, Kansas and Silver Lake, Kansas townships. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is a municipal taxing district authorized by Kansas law. It is governed by a board of trustees consisting of ten members.
The library offers many services to the public including homebound delivery, bookmobile services, a homework help center, public computers, meeting rooms, extensive programming, the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery and the Millennium Cafe.
The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library was founded in 1870 when the Ladies' Library Association met to start a library. It was not until March 1871 that the doors of the library finally opened in the Keith & Meyers Dry Goods Store. In 1883, the library opened its first permanent building. Edward Wilder, Secretary-Treasurer of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and President of the Library Board, convinced the Union Pacific Railroad and the AT&SFRR to jointly fund a building for the library on the State House grounds.
In 1953, the library opened its new building at the corner of 10th and Washburn. In 1970, the library expanded at its current location in celebration of its centennial. In 1996, voters approved a $23 million expansion project. Michael Graves was retained by the architectural firm to be the design architect. A groundbreaking took place in 1998 for the expansion. The library opened its doors on January 12, 2002.
Former directors include Horace Moses, James Marvin and David L. Leamon. The current chief executive officer is Gina Millsap. The library's auditorium is named after James Marvin, and the library's Circulation Lobby is named after David Leamon.
In February 2009, the library board voted to restrict minorsfrom accessing four sexually themed books. After public protest and controversy over the decision, the library board voted in April 2009 to return the books to the shelves without restriction.
The Board of Trustees is composed of three county appointees, and seven city appointees:
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census.
Shawnee County is located in northeast Kansas, in the central United States of America. As of the 2010 census, the population was 177,934 making it the third-most populous county in Kansas. Its most populous city, Topeka, is the state capital and county seat. The county was one of the original 33 counties created by the first territorial legislature in 1855, and it was named for the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans.
Washburn University (WU) is a public university in Topeka, Kansas. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in law and business. Washburn has 550 faculty members, who teach more than 6,100 undergraduate students and nearly 800 graduate students. The university's assets include a $158 million endowment.
Phillip D. Kline is a former attorney who served as a Kansas state legislator, district attorney of Johnson County, and Kansas Attorney General. Kline, a member of the Republican Party, lost re-election as attorney general to Democratic challenger Paul J. Morrison in 2006. Kline was appointed by the Republican County Central Committee to fill the vacancy left Morrison's election as Kansas Attorney General, becoming district attorney of Johnson County on the day he left office as attorney general and essentially switching jobs with Morrison. Kline then ran for a full term as district attorney, but was defeated in the 2008 Republican primary.
Argentine is a community of Kansas City, Kansas, located in the southern part of Wyandotte County. It is bordered on the west by the Turner community, on the east by the Rosedale community, on the south by Johnson County, and on the north by Armourdale community and by the Kansas River.
Tecumseh is an unincorporated community in Shawnee County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Kansas River. The community and township are both named for the famous Shawnee chief.
Topeka Regional Airport, formerly known as Forbes Field, is a joint civil-military public airport owned by the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority in Shawnee County, Kansas, seven miles south of downtown Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a general aviation airport. United Express scheduled airline flights on January 7, 2014, two daily regional jets to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, but ceased on September 2, 2014. Allegiant Air scheduled jets nonstop to Las Vegas, but discontinued service on July 30, 2007.
Mark Vincent Parkinson is an American businessman and former politician serving as president and chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). A former Republican, Parkinson is currently a member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 2007 to 2009 and 45th Governor of Kansas from 2009 until 2011, as well as previously as a member of both the Kansas House of Representatives (1991–1993) and Kansas Senate (1993–1997).
The Kansas Equality Coalition is a statewide LGBT rights organization whose mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The coalition seeks to ensure the dignity, safety and legal equality of all Kansans.
Eric S. Rosen is an associate justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Court by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2005.
David Lee Leamon was a public library administrator from the United States.
The Sardou Bridge is an automobile crossing of the Kansas River at Topeka, Kansas.
Robert Stone was the Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives and a prominent attorney and civic leader in Kansas.
Montara is an unincorporated community in Shawnee County, Kansas, United States. It is located south of Topeka.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Kansas may face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Kansas, and the state has prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations since 2020.
Hiram Warner Farnsworth was an abolitionist, Kansas pioneer, educator, Indian agent and community leader.
The following is a timeline of the history of Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Chad Taylor is an American politician and attorney, who served as the District Attorney of Shawnee County, Kansas from 2009-17. He was nominated to run for United States Senate in the 2014 election for the Democratic Party, but withdrew from the race on September 3, 2014.
The 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Kansas was held on November 3, 2020, to elect the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Kansas, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. The elections coincided with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections.