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Events Book cover: Gaby, Lost and Found. Portrait of author Angela Cervantes at an animal shelter.

Meet Author Angela Cervantes

Save the date! On October 11 at 10 am, we welcome poet, storyteller, and animal-lover Angela Cervantes, author of Gaby, Lost and Found, to share the obstacles and joys involved in creating a story as well as the heartbreak and hope experienced by her main character, Gaby.

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • Homework Center

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    [5-18 years] Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • Baby Bookworms [0-18 months]

    | 5:30 pm-6 pm
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more!

  • Women & Money 2014

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn about budgeting, banking, credit scores, financial investments, retirement planning, and wills from staff of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., and other expert speakers. This 7-week class is developed by women for women of all ages. $25 fee for handbook and supplies. Scholarships available. www.hcci-ks.org or call 234-0217, ext. 330. Enrollment is open to women 15 yrs and older. Enrollment fee is $25 for seven classes “live” at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library or via webinar at www.hcci-ks.org/events. Additional information at www.tscpl.org, www.hcci-ks.org or call 234-0217 x 319.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Math and Science Exploration [5-10yrs]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Stand back! Experiments are underway. We have the whole wacky world to learn about. Bring a grownup and be prepared to discover, learn, and get dirty.

  • Gaming for Adults [18 and older]

    | 2 pm-5 pm
    [18 and older]If you love games and you need a new challenge, then join us on the first Saturday of each month as we play board games. Bring your own or play ours. Staff favs will be queued up on the Wii and Xbox 360.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm
  • Nanowrimo Write In

    | 1 pm-5 pm
    Participants meet to add scenes, chapters and characters to their stories, compete in word wars, take writing dares and further their plots. Bring laptops for a creative and frantic writing session to help boost word counts. Learn more at nanowrimo.org.

  • Homework Center

    | 2 pm-6 pm
    [5-18 years] Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Family Place Learn and Play [birth-3 yrs - registration required]

    | 10 am-10:45 am
    Play together and participate in activities that focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Learn about your role of being your child’s first teacher. Local partners will be present to share resources available to the community. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

  • Pinterest for Beginners

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn about Pinterest, a simple, online way to organize images, project, ideas and favorites. Open an account, create boards and begin pinning! Learn to find pins in particular categories or follow other pinners. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have a Pinterest account, make sure to bring your password. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

  • Medicare Monday

    | 1 pm-3 pm
    Join counselors and agency staff from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program as they help you navigate through the complex web that is Medicare. SHICK staff will teach, answer questions, and give unbiased counseling for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries and their friends and families. The goal of SHICK is to educate and assist the public to make informed decisions on their Medicare choices. SHICK Counselors receive training on Medicare, including Part A, Part B, Medicare Advantage plans, and Part D (Prescription Drug coverage), Medicare Supplement Insurance, Long-Term Care, and other health insurance subjects that concern Medicare beneficiaries. The role of the SHICK counselor is to help people stay informed on changing conditions in health care insurance and to cut through the confusion. SHICK is a part of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.Repeated on the first Monday of each month.

  • Double Dueling [11-18 yrs]

    | 4 pm-6 pm
    Bring your cards and pit your wits against other Yugioh and Magic players as we host tournaments for both games.

  • Homework Center

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    [5-18 years] Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • Family Place Learn and Play [birth-3 yrs - registration required]

    | 6:30 pm-7:15 pm
    Play together and participate in activities that focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Learn about your role of being your child’s first teacher. Local partners will be present to share resources available to the community. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

Open Tuesday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Tot Time [24-36 months] Preregistration Required

    | 9:30 am-10 am
    Share stories, songs and crafts with your toddler. This six-week program transitions children from lapsitting to independent storytimes. Registration for the next program [January 21-February 25] begins 9am, Tuesday, January 7. Call 580-4565.

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 yrs]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Stories, songs and finger plays that encourage a love of reading and help develop school skills.

  • Tot Time [24-36 months] Preregistration Required

    | 10:30 am-11 am
    Share stories, songs and crafts with your toddler. This six-week program transitions children from lapsitting to independent storytimes. Registration for the next program [January 21-February 25] begins 9am, Tuesday, January 7. Call 580-4565.

  • Tuesday Topics - Update on Washburn University

    | 11:30 am-2 pm
    Dr. Jerry Farley, Washburn University president, discusses the University’s initiatives: KBI Forensics Lab, new law school, and Morgan Hall renovations, among others. Lunch is optional and starts at 11:30 am. RSVP for lunch at 235-8452 by Oct. 28. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County.

  • Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple formulas, and page setup features. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 3:30 pm-5 pm
    Registration required. A dedicated time to focus on technology questions. Please provide a description of the help you need when your register. Sessions do fill, so contact in advance by calling 580-4606 or emailing class@tscpl.org. Bring your laptop, tablet, or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available to assist.

  • tWiin Xgaming [8-12 years]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Come hang out and 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. Now's the time to show your stuff! (Games will be rated E for everyone.)

  • Homework Center

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    [5-18 years] Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • International Film: Three Seasons

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    A story of five people in post-war Saigon and how their lives come together. Vietnam | 1999 | PG-13 | 113 min

  • Tot Time [24-36 months] Preregistration Required

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm
    Share stories, songs and crafts with your toddler. This six-week program transitions children from lapsitting to independent storytimes. Registration for the next program [January 21-February 25] begins 9am, Tuesday, January 7. Call 580-4565.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Sneak, Peek and Read [18-24 mos]

    | 9:30 am-10 am
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 yrs]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Stories, songs and finger plays that encourage a love of reading and help develop school skills.

  • Sneak, Peek and Read [18-24 mos]

    | 10:30 am-11 am
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

  • Excel: Lists

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Familiarity with basic Excel is required for this class. Create field names, sort lists, and link worksheets. Learn to create lists that can be used in our Word Mail Merge & Mailing Lists class. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • Honoring our Veterans - Rolling Thunder Display

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    Our country owes much to the service of our nation’s veterans. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never fully be repaid because of their service our nation’s freedom and the worlds have been kept safe. For several years the Library has honored the veterans of our community learning about such people as the Tuskegee Airmen, Richard Meyers, and others. The Library again honors the veterans of our community. Members of Rolling Thunder will provide an array of military vehicles which have been restored to their original state. Vehicles dating from the 1st World War to present day will be on display. In addition there will be interesting memorabilia and reenactors to visit with. View a display of restored Military Vehicles, and memorabilia and reenactors. Vehicles, equipment, and memorabilia from World War I through the present will be on display courtesy of the Rolling Thunder Military Vehicle Association, and the Combat Air Museum. Preserving their Memory and Finding Myself is a presentation of personal narratives about a Vietnam Veteran. Author Tad Pritchett shows slides and pictures of the experiences of Kansans during the Second World War, the Cold War and the War in Vietnam. Tad Pritchett is a Vietnam veteran, who compares the homecoming of World War II soldiers to his own uneasy return home following a combat tour during the Vietnam War. Pritchett has authored a book titled; From Farm to Field- which tells the experience of Kansans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In the telling of the story of these World War II veterans Pritchett learns of the brotherhood shared only by those who fought for our nation. Of special interest would be the narratives of young Kansans who were sent from Kansas towns and cities to fight in far away places. These men now in their 80's tell of how the events in their youth helped shaped not just their own lives but the future of the free world. For further information contact Dave Coleman, 785-580-4651.

  • Honoring our Veterans - Military Vehicle Display

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    The Library again honors the veterans of our community. Members of Rolling Thunder will provide an array of military vehicles which have been restored to their original state. Vehicles dating from the 1st World War to present day will be on display. In addition there will be interesting memorabilia and reenactors to visit with. Preserving their Memory and Finding Myself is a presentation of personal narratives about a Vietnam Veteran. Author Tad Pritchett shows slides and pictures of the experiences of Kansans during the Second World War, the Cold War and the War in Vietnam. Tad Pritchett is a Vietnam veteran, who compares the homecoming of World War II soldiers to his own uneasy return home following a combat tour during the Vietnam War. Pritchett has authored a book titled; From Farm to Field- which tells the experience of Kansans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In the telling of the story of these World War II veterans Pritchett learns of the brotherhood shared only by those who fought for our nation. Of special interest would be the narratives of young Kansans who were sent from Kansas towns and cities to fight in far away places. These men now in their 80's tell of how the events in their youth helped shaped not just their own lives but the future of the free world. For further information contact Dave Coleman, 785-580-4651.

  • 4-H in the Library

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Have fun creating a variety of crafts and projects with Shawnee County 4-H as they bring youth and adults together to learn everyday skills.

  • Homework Center

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    [5-18 years] Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • How to Start a Business

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn what it takes to start your own business. Topics include business legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development.

  • Sing, Move and Learn [3-5 yrs & family]

    | 6:30 pm-7:15 pm
    Connect your child through music, movement and books. A fun shaking wiggling, dancing way to learn. Cosponsored with Child Care Aware® of Kansas. Registration required. Call 357-5171.

  • Sneak, Peek and Read [18-24 mos]

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration required. Call 580-4565.

  • Honoring Our Veterans: The Doughboys Letters

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Members of the Topeka Symphony present a musical tribute of patriotic music. Also listen to letters sent home by World War I veterans read by cadets from the ROTC. Preserving their Memory and Finding Myself is a presentation of personal narratives about a Vietnam Veteran. Author Tad Pritchett shows slides and pictures of the experiences of Kansans during the Second World War, the Cold War and the War in Vietnam. Tad Pritchett is a Vietnam veteran, who compares the homecoming of World War II soldiers to his own uneasy return home following a combat tour during the Vietnam War. Pritchett has authored a book titled; From Farm to Field- which tells the experience of Kansans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In the telling of the story of these World War II veterans Pritchett learns of the brotherhood shared only by those who fought for our nation. Of special interest would be the narratives of young Kansans who were sent from Kansas towns and cities to fight in far away places. These men now in their 80's tell of how the events in their youth helped shaped not just their own lives but the future of the free world. For further information contact Dave Coleman, 785-580-4651.

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