Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
A painted lady butterfly sits on a blue tropical water lily at Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens in Lawrenceville. The 1,250-foot butterfly sanctuary features more than 300 butterflies and was recently revamped.
FROM TOPEKA LIBRARY -- From entertaining guests with a five-course meal to changing your blah backyard into a soothing escape, your library is a great place to get started and discover new ideas without the pressure of a salesperson.
New areas dedicated to lawn and garden and cooking topics make browsing easier than ever. Since these items moved into their new home this summer, customers have been enjoying the ease of using the Lawn and Garden and Cooking neighborhoods, located in the west wing of the library.
“The neighborhood concept puts all the related subject materials together on the shelves, and eliminates the need to browse multiple locations that the Dewey system creates. We still use Dewey, but you don’t have to,” said Marie Pyko, Public Services Manager.
The lawn and garden neighborhood has about 2,000 resources, including DVDs, for gardening and landscaping. It offers information on what grows best in our area of the country, as well as year-round lawn care tips and container gardening ideas. Then, use the AT&T Yellow Pages to find retailers in your area.
“Even if you know the difference between an annual and a perennial, our collection has something for the beginner as well as the ultimate master gardener,” said Librarian Kathy Jennings, our horticulture specialist.
Kathy is also heading up our Cooking neighborhood, which houses about 5,000 books, DVDs and community resources. From Bobby Flay and Ina Garten of the Food Network to Julia Child and Dorie Greenspan, this new neighborhood has all kinds of different and unique cookbooks, including international cuisine and cookbooks dedicated to low-salt and gluten-free recipes.
Kathy is currently busy creating programming to go along with these two new neighborhoods. Look for event announcements in our bimonthly magazine connectnow or on our Digital Branch Library, www.tscpl.org
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is 21st-century, four-star rated landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, a gift shop, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training. Hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.