New Read of Local History

“Veda Rogers grew up in Quenemo, Kansas, married her childhood sweetheart, and they went on to establish Vassar Playhouse near their hometown. Located at Pomona Lake 35 miles south of Topeka, they ran the theatre sixteen seasons beginning in 1970. Veda has more in common with Ginger Rogers than their roles of Dolly Levi; Veda’s father-in-law, John Rogers, was Ginger’s stepfather, “Daddy John.”

He helped to get Ginger started in her career, managing her Vaudeville tour for two years, 1926-1927. This book is Veda’s story-the story of Vassar Playhouse-her family, the players, their griefs and their joys. But-because of her husband, Bruce, Ginger also plays a part. This story is for anyone who has ever put his/her feet on stage. Curtain Everyone!” (from back cover of book)

New Hours for 2012! Friday hours!

The Library will be open Fridays now! From 12:30 to 4:30 you will find Sharon’s smiling face there.  Tell the Valley Brook Township board members thank you for funding this much needed and welcomed change.

The new hours will give patrons more time to come in check out books and movies, cruise the shared NExpress catalog and place holds.  The library has a courier who brings and returns items three times per week.  There is also a new service for downloading ebooks and audio books.

Lyndon’s Finest – Stephen Singular’s Newest Book

Stephen Singular

Stephen Singular, is a two-time New York Times bestselling author whose articles have appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Inside Sports, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and American Photo. From 1983 to 1987, he was a staff writer at The Denver Post and his first book, Talked To Death: The Life & Murder of Alan Berg (1987), was nominated for an Edgar Award. Since then, he’s published 18 more non-fiction books about high-profile crimes, social criticism, and business and sports biographies.

For more about his new book:  http://newreads.blogspot.com/2011/04/wichita-divide.html

We’re turning colors

The Library is turning its walls bright colors these days with the help of volunteer Tim Hayes. The stairway was painted green and yellow with an orange door and window. And now the upstairs restroom is orange too. Looks great and has received many nice compliments.