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It's Time to Scrapbook!

I don’t need much of an excuse to start a new hobby and now here’s a holiday just to get me in the mood for something new! The first Saturday in May has been declared National Scrapbooking Day by many and the library has a great collection of scrapbooking and memory album books to inspire you.

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • BlockFest™ [0-8 years]

    | 9 am-12 pm
    BlockFest™[0-8 years]Experience block fun with your child while they increase their math and science knowledge. Enjoy this block buffet with Topeka Public Schools Parents as Teachers BLOCKFest™. Parent educators will be on hand to demonstrate techniques that parents can use to help their child become more of a math thinker through block play.

  • 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!

  • Opening Reception: The Printed Image 5

    | 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Meet some of the artists, have some snacks, and see the newest innovations of contemporary printmaking. Artists from all over the country were chosen by Tom Huck for this exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  • Movie Night: 42 The Jackie Robinson Story

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    Jackie Robinson's story is told in this biopic from writer/director Brian Helgeland. Robinson paved a new road for minorities by being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball since the racial barrier was put in place in the late 1800s.128 min | Rated PG-13 | 2013

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Stories & Art [3-8 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    [3-8 years]Share a story or two, encourage creativity and make memories. All you need is a fun-loving grown-up, a curious kid, “okay to get messy” shirts and smiles.

  • Preserve Topeka: Gems in the Attic

    | 10 am-3 pm
    Preserve Topeka - Gems in the Attic Want to know more about your stuff from the experts? In addition to speaking with appraisers attend workshops on saving textiles, donating to a museum or library and learning how to research and document your antiques and collectibles.Kansas Museum of History at 6425 SW 6th Ave.

  • Green Fair:LifeCycle

    | 12 pm-2 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • 7th Annual Green-Green Today, Save Tomorrow

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608. Join us and over 30 partner organizations at our 7th annual Green Fair. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals, and learn exciting new ways to be green today and save tomorrow.

  • Green Fair: Teen Crafts

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair: Metro Bus on Display

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair: Kids Crafts

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair: KDHE-I Breath What?

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair: Concert

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair: Booths

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

Closed Sunday for the holiday
Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Double Dueling

    | 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 [5-18 years]

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • Facebook for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    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 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

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 develop early literacy 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.

  • eContent and Catalog @ Your Library

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm

  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 3:30 pm-5 pm
    Registration required for these casual help sessions. Bring your questions about your laptop, tablet, ereader, digital camera or cell phone. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while instructors are available to assist. This is also a good time to learn more advanced computer techniques, learn to use a scanner or work on job applications and resumes. Call or email before the session and tell us what gadget you’re bringing so that we can best serve you. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

  • Homework Center [5-18 years]

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • Tom Huck: Artist's Talk

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Tom Huck is the juror for The Printed Image 5. His woodcuts and lithographs are satiric and socially critical, inspired by living in a small town in Missouri. He describes the work as 'rural satire.' Huck is the juror for The Printed Image 5. Learn about his satirical, funny and socially critical prints, which he calls 'rural satire.' He studies the odd practices of midwest culture, everything from rodeos with 'kid' cowboys to nightclubs to demolition derbies.

  • Bean There, Read That

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Join this book group for young intellectuals in their 20s and 30s that like to talk lit. Unlike English classes, talk about books you want to and honestly will read. Discuss Brain on Fire: My Month of Maddness by Susannah Cahalan. A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science. Call 580-4555 for more information. Provide your own copy or pick one up at the Reference Desk the month before, first come, first-served.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Word I: Introduction

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, language tools and some basic editing techniques. This class also helps you better use email and the internet. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 yrs]

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

  • Make Tangle-free Earbuds with Embroidery Floss

    | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Making cords thicker with embroidery floss keeps them from tangling. The first 10 teens receive a pair of earbuds to decorate, or bring your own. Learn the Chinese Staircase technique to knot embroidery floss around a cord. Make bracelets and necklaces with the same technique.

  • Homework Center [5-18 years]

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

  • The Financial Realities of Losing a Spouse

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    The death of a spouse brings emotional turmoil, but what about all the other things that have to be done? Join Becky Holmquist and Debi Stark from US Bank as they prepare you for the financial, legal, and personal issues that face those who are left to manage assets and make financial decisions.

Open Thursday 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!

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 yrs]

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

  • 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!

  • Editing Digital Photos

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn to crop, rotate, resize, reduce red eye, play with color, and use special effects on your digital photos using free online software.

  • Chess Club

    | 3:30 pm-4:30 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 [5-18 years]

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    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!

  • Master Gardeners: Spectacular Annual and Perennial Flowers

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Learn about the best annual and perennial flowers to grow in your garden from the flower specialist at the Kansas State Olathe Research Center. This is a unique opportunity to hear about results from the K-State flower research trials.

  • Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters, and directories by combining a data table created in Word or Excel with the form created in Word. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

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