Writing Marathon: Down to the Bones of Journaling

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lingo Story Room Adults

Based on Natalie Goldberg's marathon plan in Writing Down the Bones, participants write for a period of time then take turns reading what they have written. No comments are made by the writer or others during reading or writing times, though comments can be written and read during the following round. Registration required at

Wool Felting

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Shawnee North Community Center – 300 NE 43rd St. Adults

Felting is a popular craft these days, but it is also the oldest known method for making fabric! Make a felted “painting” while learning the traditional method of wet felting. Materials provided. To register call the Shawnee North Community Center, 785-286-0676. Adults

Orphan Train Riders in Northeast Kansas

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

The Topeka Genealogical Society Writers’ Group will honor the children who came west on “orphan trains” and the families who took them in by sharing some of their stories. The group began their research with the name of one orphan train rider placed near Holton, KS, in 1885 and ended with the discovery of many more.

Meet the Candidates for City Council

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 9-10 a.m. | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Join us in the library's Marvin Auditorium to hear from the City Council candidates. There is no formal agenda, rather we want you as citizens to have the opportunity to engage with your candidates about issues that are important to you. This 2017 local elections event is made possible by a collaboration between the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Topeka, Inc., Visit Topeka, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Topeka, Shawnee County. all ages

FeaturedSwedish Heritage Celebration

Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 2-5 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Celebrate Swedish heritage through music, performance, and displays of genealogy and history. Get inspired by exploring this rich culture and leave with tools to help you connect with your own family roots.

Featured2Book Topeka- Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 3-5 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Roy Wenzl is a freelance writer, photographer and author of Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door. The former Wichita Eagle reporter will discuss the the psychology of serial killers, specifically BTK. adults

What Important Documents Can I Throw Away?

Monday, October 30, 2017 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Get advice from Nancy Goodall JD, LLM, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, about what old paperwork, legal papers, bank statements, etc. you should keep and why. Bring your questions.

International Games Week Pop-Up 1

Monday, October 30, 2017 | 3-4:45 p.m. | Periodicals Room Adults

International Games Week @ Your Library 2017 Play video games at the library! Casual and friendly multiplayer action! all ages

Kansas Riverkeeper

Monday, October 30, 2017 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101B Adults

Dawn Buehler, the Kansas Riverkeeper, talks about her role in promoting and protecting the health of one of Kansas' public waterways, the Kansas River. Cosponsored by Topeka Audubon Society.

International Games Week Pop-Up 2

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 2-4 p.m. | Reference Room Adults

Halloween themed board games! Zombies!!!, Haunting House, and others. Entertain, learn, read, and play. Spooky.