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The Future of Bookmobiles

The times, they are a-changin’ – and so are the bookmobiles! What exciting features will be part of Topeka’s newest libraries on wheels? In mid-December the Board of Trustees of the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library gave the go-ahead for the library to purchase two new bookmobiles to replace those currently owned and operated by […]

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • Baby Bookworms [0-18 months]

    | 9:30 am-10 am
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more!

  • Is Everybody Ready for Fun? [2-5 years]

    | 10 am-11 am
    That’s the title of this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers book. Get up-and-moving during this storytime followed by a craft and activities. Family child care providers are welcome to attend. Cosponsored by Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas. Registration required. Call 580-4565

  • Baby Bookworms [0-18 months]

    | 10:30 am-11 am
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more!

  • Holy Family 2nd Grade Tour

    | 1:45 pm-2:45 pm

  • Chess Club [11-18 yrs]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    [11-18 years]Do you like to win? When you play chess, your chances of winning are 50/50! So join us for the fun and strategy of chess. If you haven’t played before, we’ll teach you and give you tips on how to win.

  • Homework Center

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

  • TSCPL Board of Trustees Meeting

    | 4 pm-8:45 pm

  • At the Dinosaurs Feet [grades K-2]

    | 4:30 pm-5:15 pm
    Prepare to be amazed with facts, figures and the way things work. Get your hands dirty in the process. Unearth exploration materials in the mind-boggling, action-packed world of nonfiction.

  • 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!

  • Internet Introduction

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn basic Internet functions and visit a variety of sites for information and entertainment. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • African-American Writers Book Discussion

    | 7 pm-8:45 pm
    For adults with a passion for black literature, join this club that has been reading and discussing books written by black authors for more than 20 years. Find more information about the group at www.aawbdg.org. November’s title: Mr. Loverman

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Facebook for Beginners

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have an account, please bring your Facebook password. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

  • Musical Storytime for Everybody

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Bring the whole family, daycare or preschool for some guitar pickin' music, dancing, whimsical books and great big smiles with Kyler!

  • Windows 8 for Beginners

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Registration required. Learn about tiles, the charms bar, and other new features in Windows 8. Use Windows accessories including the calculator, snipping tool and WordPad.

  • Anyone Can Cook [12-18 years]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Do you love to eat? Most of us do, but can you cook? Learn to follow a recipe, plan healthy and delicious meals and snacks and explore different styles of cooking. Come see that Anyone Can Cook!

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Sing, Dance & Read with Kyler [2-5 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Shake off your sleepiness with some fun songs and crazy dancin’ with Kyler. Occasional surprises and guests! Grab some breakfast in the Millennium Café before showtime.

  • Read Between the Times

    | 12 pm-4 pm
    How much can you read in four hours? Find out when you cozy up with a good book and rack up the reading minutes alone or by reading to someone or a READ Dog. All participants receive a free book while supplies last.

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament [11-18 yrs]

    | 2 pm-3 pm
    Are you the best brawler in town? Prove it! Face off against opponents who make that same claim of supremacy of the popular Wii game. If you’ve got the moves, bring them. Only one victor will be left standing as the reigning champion.

  • Country Musician Brett Resnick

    | 4 pm-5:30 pm
    Enjoy the country sounds of Nashville musician Brett Resnick and his pedal steel guitar.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm
  • So Many Books, So Little Time

    | 3 pm-4:30 pm
    Discuss Room by Emma Donoghue. A 5-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager and has held her prisoner for seven years. Registration required. Call 580-4540.

Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Gen Team Meeting

    | 9:30 am-10:45 am

  • Internet Introduction

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn basic Internet functions and visit a variety of sites for information and entertainment. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Teen Writers Group

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    [12-18 yrs]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.

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.

  • Google It

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn to use this most-visited site on the web. Search for information and images on the Internet. See your house with Google Maps and learn about even more Google apps and features. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or email 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.

  • 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.

  • Bean There, Read That

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    A book group for young intellectuals in their 20s and 30s who love to talk lit. Talk about books you want to read. Email Erin at eseeger@tscpl.org for November titles. Provide your own copy or pick one up at the Reference Desk, first come, first-served.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm
  • 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.

  • Open Mic Night [11-18 yrs]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    You are a natural performer, and we want you to show off. So take the stage and strut your stuff! You can sing, dance, read poetry or tell jokes. Grab some fame at our monthly talent show.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Minecraft @ your library®

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Enter the library's Minecraft world on our own server and build, build, build. Each time we meet, we'll have a new mission construct and complete new parts of the library's landscape. Then, we'll unleash creepers.

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