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Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • 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.

  • Amazing Animals [grades 1-5]

    | 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
    Take a walk on the wild side with our naturalist librarians. Marvel at our featured creatures, get up close and personal with our amazing animal guests and make a memento of your encounter to take home.

  • Family and Quality of Life

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm
    Award-winning author Victor Villaseñor speaks on the power of language and how personal family histories empower us. He talks about the strength of family and of women, pride in heritage, the importance of education, personal achievement and perseverance. Cosponsored with Topeka Tonantzin Society.

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.

  • 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.

  • Biography & Autobiographic Writing

    | 6 pm-9 pm
    Award-winning author Victor Villaseñor speaks on the power of language and how personal family histories empower us. He talks about the strength of family and of women, pride in heritage, the importance of education, personal achievement and perseverence. Cosponsored with Topeka Tonantzin Society.

  • 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.

  • Google It

    | 7 pm-8:30 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.

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.

  • Excel: Lists

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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.

  • iPad Workshop

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    Bring your iPad and your library card. Staff and participants share tips and tricks, iPad features and favorite apps, including our suite of digital offerings. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • SKITLS [8-12 years]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    The School Kids In The Library Society (SKITLS) laughs, learns and creates. Discover cool concepts, make real-life connections and create something exciting to remember it by - all before supper time. You can wow everyone with your newfound knowledge and know-how.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shawnee County Bird and Nature Photography

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Amateur photographer Randy Winter shares basic wildlife photography tips and his photos of nature and local birds. Cosponsored by the Topeka Audubon Society.

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!

  • Watercolor Birds for Beginners

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    Working from a bird photograph, participants learn basic watercolor techniques, wet-in-wet and dry brush, to create their own small painting. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • LWV City Comprehensive Plan Presentation

    | 2 pm-4 pm

  • TSCPL Board of Trustees Meeting

    | 4 pm-8:45 pm

  • Homework Center

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

  • At the Dinosaur Feet

    | 4:30 pm-5:15 pm
    Come and explore the roarin’ world of dinosaurs. Jump into learning with hands-on activities. Plus, find out how and where to find awesome books and movies so you can continue the investigation at home. Each month, this program inspires you to discover more about real life. September’s topic is all about dinosaurs.

  • 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.

  • African-American Writers Book Discussion

    | 7 pm-8:45 pm
    There’s nothing like a good book, and the African-American Writers Book Discussion Group reads one each month. This club is open to all adults and meets the third Thursday of each month. September’s book: (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens of Race

  • Watercolor Birds for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Working from a bird photograph, participants learn basic watercolor techniques, wet-in-wet and dry brush, to create their own small painting. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 Google's Picasa, a free online software you can download to your computer. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • 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!

  • Friends of the Library Book Sale Members Night

    | 6 pm-9 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.

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to the Public

    | 9 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.

  • 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.

Open Sunday 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.

  • R.E.A.D. Dogs

    | 2 pm-3 pm
    Dogs are man’s best friend, but a child’s best listener. Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. They are registered therapy animals that volunteer at the library with their owners.

  • 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.

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