SummerFest 2013 Schedule of Events

From babies to bifocals, these programs will be ones you will want to schedule your summer activities around. There’s much fun waiting for you! We’ll see you at the library in June and July for SummerFest!

KIDS | TEENS | ADULTS

KIDS

Jun 1 | 10:00 am–2:00 pm  | Marvin Auditorium 101AB, Outside Library
SummerFest Kickoff: Dig into Reading
Get up close to diggers, loaders and an excavator thanks to Murphy Tractor and North Central Kansas Tech College. Get your hands dirty with the Master Gardeners and 4-H. Dig safe with  Kansas One-Call. Play with layers of soil with the Soil Conservation folks. Travel through our soil tunnels and end up at our summer reading sign-up station. All ages welcome.

Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  2:00–3:00 pm  | Story Zone
R.E.A.D. Dogs [all ages] Dogs are man’s best friend, but a child’s best listener. Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. They are registered therapy animals that volunteer at the library with their owners.

Jun 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, Jul 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17,  22, 24  | 1:00–2:00 pm  | Homework Center 121D
Write-a-palooza [8–12 years] It’s there, screaming to get out. Grab a pencil and let creativity spill out in words and pictures. Register on May 13 beginning at 9 AM for this 8-week program for aspiring authors. Call 580-4565. Participate at least 6 weeks and take home your final copy in book form.

Jun 3, Jul 1 |  6:30–7:00 pm  |  Lingo Story Room
Pajama Storytime [3–5 years] Wear your pajamas to the library! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket. Stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Call 580-4565 to register.

Jun 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Jul 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 | 10:00–11:00 am  |  Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Stories & Crafts [3–5 years] Stories and songs encourage a love of reading & help develop school skills. Each session counts for 30 minutes toward your summer reading goal. New craft each week!

Jun 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Jul 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30    | 10:00–11:00 am  | Marvin Auditorium 101C
Readapalooza [ages 6–12] Grab some carpet and discover books you’ll dig – down-to-the-meat nail biters, snort-when-you-laugh funny, stay-up-all-night-to-finish good. Each visit, score 30 minutes toward your SummerFest reading goal.

Jun 5  | 9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30–7:30 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Sal Cruz & the Cruz Line: They’re loud, fun and energetic! Sal’s summer drumline kids entertain you with a variety of thunderous percussion instruments: quads, snare and bass drums. Families with kids who can take the noise and excitement will love this local talent.

Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 11, 18, 25 |  9:30–10:00 am,  10:30–11:00 am,  5:30–6:00 pm  |  Lingo Story Room
Baby Bookworms [0–18 months] Entertaining our youngest readers with stories, songs and bounces.

Jun 6  |  3:45–4:30 pm | Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Zoo Animals Live [all ages] Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachel Kilian, education specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction.

June 7–July 21 | Sabatini Gallery
UnEarthed: 12th Annual Art Exhibit for Children    
These artists dig bugs! They make art with bugs and make bugs out of almost everything! Find out what makes these artists so excited about insects in this quirky, buzz-worthy art exhibit, featuring wallpaper that may give you a case of the creepy-crawlies.    On Saturdays June 22 and July 13 from 9 am–12 pm, follow clues through the exhibit for a buzz-worthy prizes. One per participant. Pick up your “clue sheet” at the gallery desk.

Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:00–3:00 pm  |  Homework Center 121 D
Board Games Galore [6–12 years] Roll the dice. We’ll challenge your kids, your kids’ friends & new faces to some old school strategizing. We’ll show ’em how it was done before apps. Play childhood favs and many you’ve never seen. Fun without the screen.

Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26  | 2:00–4:00pm  | The Edge
Friday Flicks [all ages] It’s showtime for the family! Friday during June and July from 2:00-4:00pm. Movie listings subject to change.
Fri    Jun 7    Brave
Fri    Jun 14    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Fri    Jun 21    Ice Age: Continental Drift
Fri    Jun 28    The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Fri    Jul 5    Hotel Transylvania
Fri    Jul 12    Wreck-It Ralph
Fri    Jul 19    Madagascar
Fri    Jul 26    Frankenweenie

Jun 8, 22, Jul 13, 27 | 10:00–10:30 am | Story Zone
Sing, Dance and Read [2–5 years] Clap, jump, dance, and sing with Kyler! Stories and songs that are sure to wake you up and get you moving! Fun for the whole family. You’ll be groovin’ the whole day.

Jun 8  |  10:30–11:30 am  |   Marvin Auditorium 101C 
Close Up: Insects [ages 5–12 and families] Chum up to some insect specimens from Washburn University. Dr. Rodrigo Mercader, assistant professor of biology, talks about insects and shows their patterning, mimicry and colors.

Jun 8  | 2:00–3:00 pm |  Hughes Room 205
Jul 13  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |   Lingo Story Room
Guys Read [8–12 years] Read awesome books dudes will dig – explosive action and farts! Then talk ’em over with the guys, play games, wolf down some food and meet new friends. Receive books on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up with secret password: GUYS READ. Call 580-4565.

Jun 10, 24, Jul 8, 22 |  3:30–5:00 pm  | Tween Area
tWiin Xgaming [8–12 years] Play awesome games on the Wii or Xbox in our new tween space. Impress your friends with your stellar hand-eye coordination. Beat your enemies using your limitless courage. It’s time to show your stuff!

Jun 12 | 9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30–7:30 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] The Amazing Arthur: Comedy, magic, juggling! Expect to join Arthur on stage while he performs his head-scratching magic, awe-inspiring juggling, and incredible yoyo stunts.

Jun 15, Jul 20 | 10:00–10:30 am  |  Story Zone and Lingo Story Room
Stories and Art [3–8 years] All you need is a fun-loving grown-up, a curious kid, “okay to get messy” shirts and smiles. Share a story or two, encourage creativity and make memories.

Jun 15 | 10:30–11:30 am  |  Sabatini Gallery 
Bugged! [5–10 years] Make your own unique bug to take home and creep out your mom and younger siblings! Patterns and colors provided. Just bring your imagination. Registration required. Call 580-4515.

Jun 19  |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Play, dance, and sing with Dino O’Dell (Kevin Dolan). Enjoy some of Dino’s best hits including Itty Bitty Monster, The Peanut Butter Pond, The Pizza Polka, and Worms – They Really Hit the Spot. Families with preschoolers and young elementary-age kids love Dino.

Jun 21, Jul 19 |  10:00–10:30 am  |  Story Zone
Musical Storytime for Everybody [all ages] Kyler sings, plays the guitar, and reads entertaining books for your family.

Jun 26 |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm  | Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Enjoy the musical stylin’s of some of our talented staff during this rockin’ performance by the Silly Library Band. Guitar-playing librarian Kyler leads the band.

Jun 29  | 10:00–11:00 am |  Story Zone
Layers for Players [5–10 years] Stories, games and edible activities to learn the basics of soil layers. Dress for a mess! All materials are provided. Sponsored by Shawnee County Conservation District.

Jul 3  |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Kid-rocker Jim Cosgrove entertains with his high-energy program loaded with laughter, singing and dancing for families with elementary-age children. Join the act as Jim (aka Mr. Stinky Feet) performs original songs.

Jul 6 | 10:00–10:30 am |  Lingo Story Room
Math and Science Exploration [5–10 years] Stand back! Experiments are underway. We have the whole wacky world to learn about. Bring a grown-up and be prepared to discover, learn and get dirty.

Jul 10 |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Just flippin funny! The Flying Debris Show with Richard Holmgren is a great blend of comedy, amazing juggling, zany stunts and lots of audience participation. Great for all ages – from kids to grandparents.

Jul 17 |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] International yo-yo champion Brent Dellinger does freestyle routines and demonstrates beginning yo-yo tricks for children 3 years and up. Don’t miss the finalé!

Jul 24  |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, 6:30– 7:30 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Lend A Hand Family Music & Magic, Live! Their “Healthy Hip Hop” style gets you groovin, while their magic wows you with the unimaginable. Kids of all ages can expect upbeat, interactive, mentally stimulating fun.

Jul 31  |  9:30–10:30 am, 11:00 am –12:00 pm, 6:30–7:30 pm  | Marvin Auditorium
Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages] Wings of Love and Yvonne Patterson’s talented feather friends entertain and educate with this bird program. Meet a naughty Toucan and watch parrots play sports. A Lory dances and drives a fire truck. Families with elementary-aged children will love this show.

 

TEEN

Jun 3  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Steampunk [11–18 years] Discover the subculture of Steampunk, a Victorian-era alternate world where steam power is widely used and elements of science fiction or fantasy are involved. Make Steampunk accessories. Steampunk-themed costumes welcome!

Jun 3, 17, Jul 1, 15 |  4:00–6:00 pm  |  The Edge
Double Dueling: Yugioh [11–18 years] Magic the Gathering [14+ years] Bring your cards and pit your wits against Yugioh and Magic players as we host tournaments for both games.

Jun 10  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Planting Beneath the Surface [11–18 years] Dig beneath the surface and plant a garden. Create a plantable bookmark, fashion a garden stone, make a dirt dessert and enjoy the Saran candy wrap contest.

Jun 10, 24, Jul 8, 22 |  7:00–8:00 pm  |  The Edge
Teen Writing Group [12–18 years] Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your passion as we explore poetry and prose as a way to express ourselves and explore our world.

Jun 17  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Bugging You with Artist Patrick Vincent
Learn about the fascinating art of printmaking and make your own bug print t-shirt. T-shirt and supplies provided. Vincent shares how he creates his art, which combines human and insect components to create new creatures.

Jun 14  |  6:00–8:30 pm  |   Lingo Story Room
Dungeons and Dragons [12–adult] Play the role of a paladin, cleric, wizard or thief as you battle monsters, discover treasure and explore unchartered realms in this game of imagination and strategy. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

Jun 24  | 2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Zombie Apocalypse Party [11–18 years] Cheer and jeer these insatiable half-lifes with zombie-related crafts, games and trivia. You may even pick up tips on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Jun 26, Jul 31 | 4:00–5:30 pm  | The Edge
Open Mic Night [11–18 years] You are a natural performer. Take the stage and strut your stuff! Sing, dance, read poetry or tell jokes. Grab some fame at out monthly talent show.

Jul 1  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Murder Mystery Challenge [11–18 years] A dead body has been discovered, and it’s up to you to find the murderer. Examine clues and inspect the crime scene to eliminate suspects and identify the killer. Bring you detective powers to the library and nab the offender before he or she strikes again.

Jul 8  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  The Edge
The Cover Girls Concert [all ages] By day, they’re studious college students, but at night (and afternoons) they turn into musical superstars! Enjoy these guitar-slinging, joke-cracking entertainers as they sing your favorite pop and country tunes.

Jul 15  |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Anime Event [11–18 years] Share your love of anime and learn about Japanese culture at this fun program. Join us for trivia and crafts. You can cosplay and dress up as a character or just come as yourself.

Jul 22 |  2:00–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Digging Beneath the Surface [11–18 years] Learn how an archaeologist studies the remains of a prehistoric people and their culture found beneath the surface. Participate in a trash can dig, play historical trivia and create a clay medallion.

Jul 29  |  2:00–3:00 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Potato Cook-off [11–18 years] In this fast and furious cooking program, teams create a yummy dish using a baked potato as the base ingredient. Access to a microwave, potato masher and electric skillet provided. Bring your own secret ingredients or choose from our selection of mix-ins.

 

ADULTS

Jun 1 and 6 |  2:00–5:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C 
Gaming for Adults [18 and older] Play unusual board games. Bring your own or play ours. We also have favorite video games for Wii and Xbox 360.

Jun 3, 10, 17, 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  |  8:00–11:30 am  |  Parking Lot, 10th and Washburn
Monday Farmers Market
High-quality, locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, bedding plants and fresh cut flowers. Visit the library booth for a fun kid craft.

Jun 3, Jul 1 |  1:00–3:00 pm  |  Menninger Room 206
Medicare Monday
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program helps you navigate the complex web of Medicare. Repeated on the first Monday of each month.

Jun 4 |  6:00–7:00 pm  |  Anton Room 202
Want Birds? Get Bugs!
Learn about landscaping to attract birds, native insect host trees, shrubs and flowers, which set a banquet for common birds. Get suggestions for water sources and backyard feeders to maximize year-round visits.

Jun 4  |  6:30–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
International Film: Keys to the House
Gianni abandoned his handicapped son when he was born. Now 15 years later, guilt-stricken Gianni is ready to meet him & start over. Italy | 2004 | Rated PG | 105 min.

 Jun 5, Jul 2 |  6:00–8:00 pm | Menninger Room 206
How to Start a Business
Learn what it takes to start and run your own business. Topics include business legal structure, writing a business plan, how to scout your competition, financial issues, and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development Center.

Jun 6  |  7:00–8:00 pm  |  Anton Room 202
Fruit Trees and Berries
Kansas is a great location to grow tree fruit and small fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, grapes, blackberries and raspberries. The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners show us how.

Jun 6 | 7:00–8:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
Race Records to Rock & Roll
Trace how this style of music – born out of the belly of the blues – burst upon the scene and shook the foundation of values and beliefs underlying racism in the U.S. Presented by Brown v Board National Historic Site Park Ranger Thom Rosenblum.

Jun 7  |  5:30–8:30 pm  | Sabatini Gallery
First Friday ArtWalk
Join us for food, fun and a first look at the new art exhibit, UnEarthed! Look for eye-popping bug art. You may even get a chance to meet some of the artists.

Jun 7   |  6:30–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Treasure Hunters! Film Series Romancing the Stone
A lonely romance writer and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune follow a map to a hidden treasure in the heart of Columbia. Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas star. 1984 | Rated PG | 106 min.

Jun 9  | 2:00–3:00 pm |  Topeka Room 204
Kansas Author Sharon Highberger
Dancing with Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery from Darkness to Light tells healing lessons learned through Sharon’s dance with depression. Books available for sale and signing after the talk.

Jun 10 | 1:30–3:00 pm |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
Classic Made Modern eBook Discussion
The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account) by Charles Dickens (1850) uses some incidents from Dicken’s early life. Read the free ebook and discuss at tscpl.org/tag/classics.

Jun 11, Jul 9  |  10:00–11:30 am | Menninger Room 206
Journaling with Words and Images
Explore personal writing and the illustrated journals through writing exercises and appreciating others’ examples. Discover further techniques using open discussion. New writing prompts and image ideas at tscpl.org/tag/journaling. June’s topic: Nature Journaling. July’s topic: Travel Collage.

Jun 13  |  6:30–8:30 pm  |  Menninger Room 206
Retirement & Medicare
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) educate those nearing retirement age about Medicare.  They answer questions, give unbiased counsel, and help you determine how Medicare will best work for you.

Jun 14  |  2:00–5:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Classic Film: High Society
A beautiful actress is engaged to one man, attracted to another and perhaps in love again with her ex-husband. Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby star.
1956 | color | 111 min.

Jun 14 |  6:30–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Treasure Hunters! Film Series: National Treasure
A coded map on the back of the Declaration of Independence points to the location of the ”national treasure.”  Whoever can decode it first will find the greatest treasure in history. 2004 | Rated PG | 131 min.

Jun 15  |  1:30–3:30 pm  |  Lingo Story Room
Pin It Crafts
Find a 4th of July-related craft, then bring your supplies to make it and show the group. Surf over to the library’s Pinterest “Getting Crafty” board for inspiration.

Jun 18, Jul 9  |  1:00–3:00 pm  | Menninger Room 206
Origami Basics
Learn the art of origami paper folding. Make pretty, practical gifts like a tulip, bucket or bookmark. Have fun creating a dog, butterfly and sailboat. Supplies provided. School-aged children welcome with an adult.

Jun 19 |  3:30–5:00 pm  | Computer Training Center
How to Find Grants for Nonprofits
Explore the extensive collection of fundraising materials for nonprofit organizations at the library and on the Internet. Registration required. Call 580-4606.

Jun 20 |  7:00–8:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101B
Let’s Make Beer: All Grain Brewing
Combine cooking and crafting to express your individuality and create your own beers at home. A home-brewer discusses the advanced all-grain brewing technique.

Jun 20 | 7:00–8:00 pm |  Anton Room 202
Tomatoes Diseases and Pests
Learn how to prevent and manage tomato diseases and pests that can do severe damage to your plants from the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners.

Jun 21 | 10:00–11:45 am  |  Marvin Auditorium 101A
World, Art & You – Pastels
Artist Daska teaches the basics of drawing with pastels. Learn how to use this bright, easy-flowing art medium to create artworks.

Jun 23  |  3:00–4:30 pm |  Menninger Room 206
So Many Books: Thirteen Reasons Why
Discuss this debut novel by Jay Asher. A high school student receives a box with thirteen cassette tapes recorded by a classmate who committed suicide. Books provided, registration required. Call 580-4540.

Jun 25, Jul 23 | 7:00–8:30 pm  | The Classic Bean, 21st and Fairlawn
Bean There, Read That
Join this book group for folks in their 20s and 30s. Relive book discussions from your English classes, but with books you want to and honestly will read this time. June is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and July is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Provide your own copy or pick one up at the Reference Desk, first come, first-served. Anyone who wants to hang with young intellectuals and talk lit is welcome.

Jun 27 | 7:00–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101B
Topeka Genealogical Society
Is there a wee bit o’ Irish in your bloodline? Barbara Scanlon, genealogist with KC’s Irish Center, shares tips for finding Irish ancestors.

Jun 28  | 6:30–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Treasure Hunters! Film Series: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana is pulled into the search for the Holy Grail when his father goes missing. The search is a dangerous quest and the grail’s discovery may prove fatal to those who seek it for personal gain. 1989 | Rated PG-13 | 127 min.

 Jul 2  |  6:30–8:45 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
International Film: Salaam Bombay!
Gritty drama about a young street beggar in the slums of Bombay trying to raise enough money to return to his mother’s house in the country. In the process, he encounters every range of experience from humiliation to love. Hindi | 1988 | Unrated | 114 min.

Jul 5  |  5:30–8:30 pm |  Sabatini Gallery
First Friday ArtWalk: UnEarthed
You might unearth something you hadn’t seen before. Mingle with friends and talk art. Some galleries won’t be open this First Friday, but we will!

Jul 8 | 1:30–3:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
Classic Made Modern eBook Discussion
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) is one of the first stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race, focusing on the adventures of a man and his brothers outside London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Read the free ebook and discuss at tscpl.org/tag/classics.

Jul 11 |  7:00–8:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
National Parks Commemorating the Cheyenne People
Learn about the Cheyenne people and the national parks that interpret their heritage with Park Ranger Randy Standingwater, Brown v Board. Cheyenne traditions and culture are interpreted at Bent’s Old Fort, Sand Creek Massacre, Fort Larned, Washita Battlefield and Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Jul 12  |  2:00–5:00 pm  | Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Classic Film: To Catch a Thief
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must help find the real thief to prove his innocence. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star. 1955 | color | 106 min.

Jul 12 |  7:00–8:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
Joan Danziger Artist Talk
UnEarthed features Danziger’s phenomenal glass and wire bugs. Hear about her other projects, where she gets her ideas and how she makes her delightful sculptures.

Jul 13 |  9:00 am–12:00 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium
Makin’ Moves – WE is the KEY!
At this wellness conference, learn how to balance your life with intellectual and spiritual growth, healthy eating and exercise. Make health connections during free lectures and an exercise demonstration. Registration begins at 8am. Cosponsors: Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Arthritis Foundation, K-State Research and Extension, Washburn University, Wellness Information Network, LLC & Florence Crittenton Services.

Jul 18 | 7:00–8:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101C
Let’s Make Beer: Mead and Beyond
Combine cooking and crafting to express your individuality and create your own special beers at home. A home-brewer discusses how to make advanced creations, such as meads.

Jul 18  | 7:00–8:00 pm |  Shawnee Co. Extension, 1740 SW Western Avenue
Low Water /Drought Tolerant Plants
Xeriscaping (or xerogardening) refers to landscaping and gardening in ways to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners help you choose appropriate plants to maintain a beautiful garden in drought conditions. Tour the garden at the Agency office.

Jul 18 |  7:30–8:30 pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Young Pianists
Plan to marvel at the expertise of these young pianists  from around the world. This special performance is brought to you by the gifted students attending the 2013 International Institute for Young Musicians at KU.

Jul 20 |  9:30 am –12:30 pm | Anton Room 202
Beginning Genealogy
Get started in genealogy and learn how to use the print and online resources our library offers. Receive a pedigree chart and other helpful forms for keeping records as you research your family tree. Registration required. Limit 10. Call 580-4510.

Jul 20  | 10:00 am–4:00 pm  | Marvin Auditorium
Bag Day Book Sale
All the books you can stuff into a brown grocery bag (purchased at the door for $5 each) are yours. There are books of all topics to cruise through. This Friends book sale event is a true scavenger hunt! Arrive early to get the best book bargains.

Jul 20  |  1:30–3:30 pm  |  Lingo Story Room
Pin It Crafts
Find a summer or garden-related craft on Pinterest; then bring your supplies to make it and show the group. Visit the library’s Pinterest “Getting Crafty” board for inspiration.

Jul 21 |  2:00–3:00 pm  | Topeka Room 204
Kansas Author Robert Collins
Kansas County Seat Conflicts, Kansas,1874 and Ghost Railroads of Kansas are glimpses into the storied history of Kansas. Books for sale and signing after the talk.

Jun 21  |  6:30–8:45 pm |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Treasure Hunters! Film Series: The Mummy
An Egyptian high priest is cursed to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his tomb. An archaeology team uncovers the tomb 3,000 years later & accidentally opens it, releasing the mummy to wreck vengeance on humanity. 1999 | Rated PG-13 | 125 min.

Jul 25  |  7:00–8:45 pm  | Marvin Auditorium 101B
Topeka Genealogical Society
Learn about the rich and fascinating history of The Shawnee County Poor Farm, which was later transformed into the active community center we now know as Shawnee North Community Center.

Jul 26 |  6:30–9:00 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
Trivia Night @ your library®
Enter as a team of 5-8 members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes for the top trivia teams! Doors open at 6 pm. Millennium Café will be open until 6:45 pm. Registration begins June 1. Call 580-4540

Jul 27 |  3:00–5:30 pm  | Marvin Auditorium
Trivia @ your library®
Enter as a team of 5-8 members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes for the top trivia teams! Doors open at 2:30 pm. Registration begins June 1. Call 580-4540.

Jul 28  |  3:00–4:30 pm  |   Menninger Room 206
So Many Books: Lost in Translation
Author Eva Hoffman describes her efforts to adjust to a new culture after her family, Holocaust survivors from Poland, moves to Canada. Books provided, registration required. Call 580-4540.

Jul 30 | 7:00–8:00 pm |  Marvin Auditorium
America’s Favorite Storyteller Mark Twain
Hear the humor and wisdom of Mark Twain. The colorful and beloved character is performed by Dave Ehlert, of Branson, Mo. The Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy also provides a preview of their upcoming production of Tom Sawyer. For adults and school-aged children.

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  • stephon

    Do you have any activities

  • heather

    Do you know if there will be movies on the lawn this summer/fall either on the capitol lawn or the history museum?

  • Lisa Coble-Krings

    Hi Heather, we are working on setting up two Movies on the Lawn for September. Tentative dates are Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, but stay tuned to this website and seveneightfive’s website for more details as they are available.

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