Stephanie Hall Fund for Sneaky Learning

As you may have read, Stephanie Hall’s family elected to have her memorial funds contributed to the benefit of the Library. We were contacted by several potential donors about the purpose of those funds and what could be done to best honor her and her love of the Library and learning.

The Library Foundation Board of Directors has approved for memorial funds and donations contributed by friends and family of Stephanie Hall be utilized to create the Stephanie Hall Fund for Sneaky Learning.

Stephanie was passionate about learning, literacy, and FUN. Stephanie served as a planner, instigator, and risk taker during her 20+ year time with TSCPL prior to her untimely passing in 2021 at the young age of 44.

Stephanie loved that people could learn things while having fun. “Who says learning has to be boring?”

She enjoyed working with kids who would come in after school. They would often ask her “What if I do this?”  And she would say “I don’t know, you should try it and see.”

Sneaky learning is just that…try it and see.  The kids don’t realize they are forming hypothesis and testing them and then going back and tweaking it….they just think they are having fun.

Through Stephanie’s service on the Staff Development Day committee, she ensured that it wasn’t just the kids who where having fun.

“Learning doesn’t have to look like learning.”

Her enthusiasm for learning and give it a go attitude made her the perfect person to serve our community as a leader.

The fund will serve the community through benefiting staff training and/or any of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s public programming that can be deemed as sneaky learning.

Donations may be sent to The Library Foundation – 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604 or made online at  please mark that it is a memorial with Stephanie’s name.

7 thoughts on “Stephanie Hall Fund for Sneaky Learning

  1. Miranda Ericsson on said:

    This is lovely, Erin. I can’t think of a better way to honor Stephanie’s spirit and lasting legacy here at the library.
    I love Perry’s idea for a 5K!

  2. Deborah Ellerbrook on said:

    I love this, Stephanie’s spirit is still inspiriting us and her legacy will live on.

    I love the idea of a 5K/Jazzercize event as well!

  3. Kathy Hagan on said:

    I adore the Stephanie Hall Fund for Sneaky Learning. Also loving the idea of an athletic event in whatever form it takes … although I really like Debbie’s cardboard character obstacle course.