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Kansas June Labor Report

The trend of slow jobs growth continued in Kansas through the month of June. Private sector employment, including manufacturing, showed gains since last month, and also showed gains over numbers from June 2011. “Keeping our focus on long term gains helps us see that we are growing jobs in Kansas,” Karin Brownlee, Kansas Secretary of […]

Upcoming Events

Open Today from Noon–9 pm
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to the Public

    | 10 am-5 pm
    Book pickers will bargain for nearly 100,000 books on September 16, 17 and 18, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.“Each book a person buys at the Friends Annual Book Sale helps us put a book in a hands of each child enrolled in our summer reading program,” Linda Hayse, Friends board president, said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to advocate for the library by becoming a Friend.”A special feature is the Premium Collection with books priced from $3-$20 that are special edition, signed by author or like-new. For traditional genres, like biography and arts to romance and mystery, books are priced at $1 or $2.The sale opens on Friday from 6pm-9pm to members of Friends of the Library, but if you buy a membership at the door for $20, you can get first pick over classic and the latest books, vintage records and favorite tapes, popular DVDs and CDs.Saturday(9am-5pm) and Sunday(10am-5pm) free admission days and open to the public. The bargains get better as the selection becomes picked-over, so it’s important to keep coming back.“The sale earns money to support essential library services. Supporting the library is the whole reason the Friends exist,” says Linda Hayse, Friends president.The Friends of the Library contributed $82,500 to the library’s programs, services and collections in 2010.For more information, contact Mary Campbell at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 580-4445.The book sale is supported by: Kaw Valley Bank, Capital City Bank, BT & Co, Briman’s Jewelers, Community National Bank, Educational Credit Union, HTK Architects, Schendel Lawn & Landscaping, Dillons Stores and Hy-Vee.The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

  • Gathering Steam [8-12 years]

    | 2 pm-3:30 pm

  • Homework Center

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

  • Jerry Barlow, Celtic Guitarist

    | 3 pm-4 pm
    Barlow transports us across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village, a misty Scottish Highlands and an enchanted English forest. This Celtic fingerstyle guitarist delights his audience with music, stories and laughter. Part of the Music for a Sunday Afternoon series.

Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Monday Farmers Market

    | 8 am-11:30 am
    Our outdoor market features fresh, locally grown, high-quality produce, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, honey baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Kids can make a different craft at the library booth each week.Parking Lot, 10th and Washburnthrough Oct 6

  • Kids Craft at Monday Farmers Market

    | 8 am-11:30 am
    Our outdoor market features fresh, locally grown, high-quality produce, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, honey baked goods and farm fresh eggs. Kids can make a different craft at the library booth each week.Parking Lot, 10th and Washburnthrough Oct 6

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christ the King School Library Tour

    | 12:30 pm-1 pm

  • 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.

  • Get Booked! [11-18 years]

    | 3:30 pm-5 pm
    Be a rebel and get booked! Come to The Edge and have your mug shot taken with your favorite banned or challenged book and then stick around for games, trivia, selected readings, and discussion. Win prizes, have fun, and challenge authority.

  • 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.

  • Word I: Introduction

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, spell check and some basic editing techniques. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • Bean There, Read That

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

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.

  • Senior Fair

    | 10 am-1 pm
    Get connected to all of the resources that are available for seniors in the Topeka/Shawnee County area. Vendors include organizations in the health, financial, legal, housing and recreational sectors, with breakout sessions provided by Audio-Reader and Shepherd’s Center.

  • Senior Fair

    | 10 am-1 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.

  • Senior Fair Breakout Sessions

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • Senior Fair Author Tables

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • Senior Fair Vehicle Inspections

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 help develop school 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!

  • Tecumseh North, 2nd grade library tour

    | 12:30 pm-2 pm

  • eContent and Catalog @ Your Library

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Sign up for electronic magazines with Zinio and ebooks with OverDrive; plus, streaming video with Hoopla and language instruction with Mango. Learn to check your account and browse the library's online catalog. Use these in the library or access them from your home computer or your device with your library card. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • Books Into Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    | 3:30 pm-6 pm
    High school. Enough said, amiright?! Come in for the movie version of the cult-classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower about both the awesomeness and lameness of growing up. You might even win a free book! Stop by the Millenium Café for a snack and cold beverage on your way in! 102 minutes | Rated PG-13 | 2012

  • 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.

  • 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

    | 6 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.

  • Word II

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Use Microsoft Word to edit text, insert clipart, photos or Word art into your document, form a header or footer and create a Word table to organize information. Registration required. Call 785-580-5606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • Topeka Genealogical Society

    | 7 pm-8:45 pm
    Whether you are just starting to put together your family tree or a seasoned researcher, this program is for you. Enjoy this fact-filled session that could help you complete your family story. Turn family history into gifts the family will love. Consider simple ways to use what you’ve found in your family history research to make simple gifts with special meaning. See ideas and examples at this program. Then, “show & tell” your own unique gift ideas.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Trivia Night @ your library®

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 6 pm. The Millennium Café will be open ‘til 6:30 pm. Registration required, begins August 1. Call 580-4540.

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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.

  • Trivia Afternoon @your library®

    | 3 pm-5:30 pm
    Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 2:30 pm. The Millennium Café will be open. Registration required, begins August 1. Call 580-4540.

  • Movies on the Lawn - Honey I Shrunk the Kids

    | 8 pm-10 pm
    Bring your friends, family and your own blankets to the Kansas Capitol Lawn. (Sorry, no chairs allowed on the grass.) Cosponsored by Downtown Topeka, Inc. and seveneightfive magazine. An invention accidentally shrinks his and his neighbors’ kids to insect size. SatSep 278:00-10:00 pm

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