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Librarians Scout Books Based on Your Reading Interests

We’re like match.com for readers, hooking you up with the best books based on your interests. Have you tried our Personalized Reading List service? Give it a chance – it’s less risky than falling in love.

Teen Film Festival: Sign Up and Filmmakers’ Guidelines

Filmmakers’ Guidelines Make a short film inspired by one of your favorite books! Your film can be a summary of the book, a scene from the book, a trailer for the book or a spoof of the book. Entrees that meet the following criteria will be premiered at the Youth Film Festival on Friday, October […]

Teen Film Festival Showcase Your Film

Teen Film Festival: Showcase Your Film

This just in! Kevin Willmott, a movie director whose worked with the likes of Whoopie Goldberg, Spike Lee and Isaac Hayes, will be the juror. Teens will showcase their creative storytelling abilities through acting, directing and filming original movies for the library’s first-ever Teen Film Festival. A screening of the selected movies will be Oct. […]

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Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show Arrives in Topeka

The works of 56 of the state’s premiere artists will pack the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery inside the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The exhibit, which opens Sept. 2, features art ranging from sweeping Kansas landscapes to contorted glass sculptures. The Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show includes Kansas artists who have attracted national attention, […]

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Great Books for Children II

Compiled by our newest Youth Services staff member, Jason Lamb. Next time you visit the library, make sure to say hi and welcome him to the community. Black on White and White on Black by Tana Hoban (ages 0-3) These two companion board books feature simple silhouettes of objects. Read with your baby to get […]

Attend the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Good Books, Good Deals at Friends Annual Book Sale

Book pickers will bargain for nearly 100,000 books on September 16, 17 and 18, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. “Each book a person buys at the Friends Annual Book Sale helps us put a book in the hands of each child enrolled in our […]

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Share Your Aha Moment Story

You’ve all seen (or at least heard of) Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign, right? Well, there’s another campaign targeting real people – this one emphasizes what’s on the inside – and it’s giving Topekans a chance to appear on TV. The tour, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, is setting out to capture Americans’ “aha” moments for […]

Take Women and Money classes at the library for budgeting and financial guidance

Women & Money: A Series on Budgeting and Investing

Women of all ages, income and education levels who want to manage their personal finances well, build assets, and strategically plan ahead for life changes will have the opportunity at the Women & Money Series. Classes will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Topeka and Shawnee […]

Clare Vanderpool author of Moon over Manifest comes to Topeka

2011 Newbery Medal Winner Clare Vanderpool

Wichita author Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 John Newbery Medal for children’s literature for her first book, Moon Over Manifest. The Newbery is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author who has made the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Vanderpool will share stories about the joy of writing and […]

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The Wedding Neighborhood is Engaging

Brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, parents, hosts and friends – whatever your role in a wedding – we want you to know about all the useful books and DVDs in our new Wedding Neighborhood. For your convenience we’ve created neighborhoods where related materials are housed together in one area, creating an engaging hub of inquiry and activity that […]

Watch our 2010 Annual Report

Missed 2010? See it Again in a Series of Web Videos

Topekans and Shawnee Countians can look for familiar faces and hear about the many stories that they wrote when they used the library in 2010. Listen and watch a 6-video story of the year in the life of the library. “The project shows you treasured moments at the library and discusses the vital role it […]

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Get Your Geek On This Wednesday!

Be Part of our Geek Hall of Fame; Get Your Portrait on a Poster June 29 and share what you love about your library.