Customers review their summer reads

Book Reviews by Summer Readers

Check out what folks in Topeka and Shawnee County are reading this summer – and perhaps discover a book you’ll just have to read. Below you’ll find book reviews from our customers – both kiddos and grownups. With 5 weeks left in Summer Reading, your review could get featured. Keep reading and reviewing via […]

The library is your neighborhood.

The Library is in Your Neighborhood This Summer

Who wants to be inside during the summer? Not us! We’re going to be where you are this summer, creating some fun by bringing you the books, the critters, the convenience and the excellent library service you want, where you want it. We take the library on the road to 46 preschools, summer camps and […]

Join the fun at Readapalooza Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 in the summer

Have Fun at Readapalooza every Tuesday & Thursday

Grab some carpet and let us entertain you with stories that will leave you wanting more. Be prepared to enjoy storytellers’ wit and senses of humor as you hear a different story each week. Readapalooza is a storytime for kids grade 2-5. (At the same time, Preschool Storytime for the younger kids is held in […]

Meet the Trustee Melissa Masoner

Meet the Trustee: Melissa Masoner

We continue the Meet the Trustees series with a Q&A with Melissa Masoner, secretary of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Board. Find out what fuels her passion for libraries and why she thinks this library will be serving the community for years ahead.

Live music at the library all summer long

Live Music at the Library All Summer Long

Music fans, mark your calendars. Summer brings an impressive lineup of entertainers to delight young and old alike. Fans of past American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will love Megan Leigh, a Kansas native who brings her country music stylin’s to the library Wednesday, June 27 at 4pm. Catch her act while you can; this artist’s […]

You could win an eReader by participating in summer reading

Read this Summer for Your Chance to Win an eReader

SummerFest at your library means great stories, games, entertainment and a chance to take home a Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire – plus other great prizes like a book, free bowling passes, chocolate, pizza, sub sandwiches and ice cream, so everyone can reap the rewards of reading. Sign up for summer reading at There […]

Marvel at the Details, Stories in A Cut Above, Opening June 1

A Cut Above, a paper cut exhibit showing at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, features artists Béatrice Coron, Angie Pickman, Clay Rice, Cindy Ferguson and Nikki McClure, who have taken the art form way beyond the craft. Coron’s work includes dresses made from Tyvek, a synthetic, industrial material. Since the ‘80s, her papercuts have been […]

Tips and Tricks to Using the New Catalog

New and Improved Catalog Tips and Tricks

You may have noticed new functions and a new design at We just upgraded our catalog and hope everyone finds it easy to navigate. For those who don’t catch on as quickly, here are some tips and tricks to using the catalog.

To the Stars Scavenger Hunt

We’ve taken the summer night sky and brought it in doors – at least for the summer. Pick up a star-hunting form from the Kids Library. Travel the library for an out-of-this-world experience. This scavenger hunt ends at the end of July with a drawing for a prize bag. Make sure to turn in your form.

June 2012 Teen Schedule of Events

Get the lowdown on all the exciting events for teens in June. We’re hosting country pop singer Megan Leigh and a Murder Mystery Event just to name a few!

Summer Reading is About to Begin! Are You Signed Up?

Summerfest 2012 means great stories, games, entertainment and a chance to take home a Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire – plus other great prizes. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library wants everyone in the community, young and old, to sign up for summer reading at << Click the link Watch our SummerFest video […]