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Books, Movies & Music Calling Me Home follows a car trip from Arlington, Texas to Cincinnati, Ohio with an 89 year old white woman and her hairdresser, a black single mom in her 30s

If you liked The Help, you’ll love Calling Me Home

This debut novel is an historical romance, a contemporary romance, and a compelling issues novel about civil rights and women’s rights all tied up in an emotional page turner that will keep you hooked until the last page and leave you wishing it hadn’t ended so soon. In the author acknowledgements at the end she reminds the reader of her book’s message about racism and prejudice: “It’s up to you to be the change.” Reading fiction lets us explore other people’s lives with empathy. Read this book and be the change.

Upcoming Events

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Open Tuesday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Library Parking Lot Resurfacing

    | 9 am-9 pm
    The parking lot resurfacing project continues through June 2. Parking is limited. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    [3-5 years]Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage a love of reading and help develop early learning skills.

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • tWiin xGaming

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    [8-12 years]Come hang out and play awesome games on the Wii or Xbox. 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).

  • Bean There, Read That

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Join this library sponsored book group for young intellectuals in their 20’s and 30’s (and anyone young at heart)! We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 PM at the Classic Bean, 2125 Southwest Fairlawn Road, Topeka, Kansas. Find a copy of this month’s title at a book club meeting, from the library’s collection, or bring your own copy. Questions? Email beanthere@tscpl.org for titles and other inquiries.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Library Parking Lot Resurfacing

    | 9 am-9 pm
    The parking lot resurfacing project continues through June 2. Parking is limited. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 9:30 am-10 am

  • Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters, and directories by combining a word document and a data table. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    [3-5 years]Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage a love of reading and help develop early learning skills.

  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 10:30 am-11 am

  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 1:30 pm-3 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.

  • 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 to construct and complete new parts of the library's landscape. Then, we'll unleash creepers.

  • Open Mic Night

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    [12-18 years]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, tell jokes or play an instrument. Grab some fame at our monthly talent show or just come and watch.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm

Open Thursday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Library Parking Lot Resurfacing

    | 9 am-9 pm
    The parking lot resurfacing project continues through June 2. Parking is limited. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Baby Bookworms

    | 9:30 am-10 am
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more! Birth - 18 months

  • Preschool Storytime [3-5 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    [3-5 years]Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage a love of reading and help develop early learning skills.

  • Baby Bookworms

    | 10:30 am-11 am
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more! Birth - 18 months

  • Homework Center

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

  • Baby Bookworms

    | 5:30 pm-6 pm
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more! Birth - 18 months

  • Master Gardeners: The First Time Gardener

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Have you never gardened outside before or want to establish a flower, vegetable or herb garden/bed for the first time? If so, then join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for ideas and basic techniques related to gardening for the first time.

  • Windows 8 for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 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.

  • Topeka Genealogical Society: My Most Interesting Ancestor

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    My Most Interesting Ancestor, presented by members of the TGS Family History Writers' Group. Participants in our writer's group have been hard at work, and have agreed to share some of their stories with us. Join us to listen as they read excerpts from their work, and be inspired to get to work on your own family stories. Program is free, and open to the public.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Library Parking Lot Resurfacing

    | 9 am-9 pm
    The parking lot resurfacing project continues through June 2. Parking is limited. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • PowerPoint

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Beginners create a dynamic presentation from start to finish. Learn to insert slides, add text, graphics, transitions and animations. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 11 pm-12:30 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.

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