Mother/Son Time at the Library Nurtures Reading Skills

Reading is the basis for everything. Whether it’s success in school or in day-to-day stuff like grocery shopping or ordering at a restaurant. School isn’t that far off for ShaMecha Simms’ 4-year-old boy, Tatum. They frequently use the library to work on his reading skills, and she credits the library with many of Tatum’s reading […]

Meet the Trustee: Bob Harder

As part of our ongoing series to introduce you, the public, to our volunteer Board of Trustees we bring you a Q&A with Treasurer Bob Harder. Learn why he believes the library is a vital part of the community.

The Waiting Room

Women’s Health Issues Depicted in Unique Fashion

An art exhibit, theatrical performances and an artist talk offers strength and support to individuals affected by illness or domestic violence. See the exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Jan. 13 through March 16.

The Red Carpet Relationship Helps Prolong Reading Enjoyment

Thousands of people in the community are able to have a romance, ride along on the cattle trail, or solve a mystery through literature delivered directly to their homes. Red Carpet Services, an outreach service of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, visits 55 senior-living and 85 homebound sites a month. Customers for whom […]

‘Tis the Season to Track Your Health at the Library

Get a free blood pressure check while you’re at the library. Find out what else is right around the corner in the Health Information Neighborhood and how it might help you monitor your health this holiday season.

January 2012 Teen Events Schedule

Double Dueling: Yu-gi-oh [11–18 years] Magic the Gathering [14+ years] Bring your cards and pit your wits against other Yu-gi-oh and Magic players as we host tournaments for both games. ■ The Edge Mon    Jan 2    4:00–6:00 pm Teen Writing Group [12–18 years] Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your passion as we […]

December Teen Schedule

No Couch Potatoes Needed [11–18 years] Physical Therapist Natalie Sykes leads you in stress relieving aerobics, martial arts or meditative exercises. Learn to make healthy snacks at each program. ■ The Edge Thu    Dec 8, 22    3:30–4:30 pm Save Your Self  [12–18 years] Get inspired, educated and empowered at this series of monthly guest speakers. […]

New Ebook Service Is Here!

Take books with you wherever you go, courtesy of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. New and popular ebooks and digital audiobooks are available for your smart phone or ereader right now, free from your library! The library offers ebooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive ebook service. Try it here. For future reference, the […]

Discover your family history at the library

Start a Holiday Tradition: Light Up Your Family Tree

This holiday season when family from near and far are in town and sitting around talking, use this time to document – maybe even fact-check – those family stories. Let the library help separate family facts from fiction. Shari Schawo, our genealogy librarian, invites you and your gang to dig through the Baker Genealogy Center’s […]

Announcing a New Digital Audiobook Service called OneClick Digital

New Audiobooks Service Offered to Customers

As its contract with OverDrive expires, the State Library of Kansas announces another way for customers to access downloadable books. Learn about One Click Digital and why it’s an important tool for downloadable audiobook listeners.

‘Tis the Season for Caroling, Shopping and Reading

Books make the best Christmas gifts – at least we think so. And our Friends at the Chandler Booktique want to make sure the best gifts come with the best price tags. Shop the booktique’s upcoming 1/2 price book sales scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 30. (Store hours.) The library’s rotunda is a wonderful […]