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Books, Movies & Music Customers review their summer reads

Book Reviews by Summer Readers

Check out what folks in Topeka and Shawnee County are reading this summer – and perhaps discover a book you’ll just have to read. Below you’ll find book reviews from our customers – both kiddos and grownups. With 5 weeks left in Summer Reading, your review could get featured. Keep reading and reviewing via summerfest.tscpl.org. […]

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • Taming Your Mouse

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about check boxes, radio buttons, scroll bars and more. If you can’t make one of these sessions, register for a Computer & Gadget Help session to get started. Call 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

  • 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!

  • Alzheimer's Association Family Caregiver Series

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    A six-part series for family caregivers and friends who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, with weekly focus on overview, resistance to care, activities, medications, placement decisions, and the role of the caregiver. To register, call 785-271-1844.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Zoo Animals Live [all ages]

    | 4 pm-4:45 pm
    [all ages]Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction.

  • 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
    Plan now to attend the last three sessions of Women & Money October 3 through October 17 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in Marvin Auditorium. Learn about investments, Social Security, wills and more. This series of classes is coordinated by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. and sponsored by the Kansas Securities Commission and others. These classes are for women of all ages and income levels. Learn how to invest wisely, how and where to get answers about Social Security benefits, and why you need a will and what should be in it. Enrollment fee of $25 helps cover the cost of a bound handbook and worksheets. As a bonus, the first four Women & Money classes about budgeting, banking and credit are pre-recorded and available to view. These four pre-recorded classes are included in the $25 fee for the last three classes about investments, Social Security and wills. For information and to enroll, call Megan at 785-234-0217 x 319. 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.

  • Loving your stuff - Digital Memories

    | 6:30 pm-8 pm
    Do you need information about how to save your digital photos, documents or social media accounts? Join us and learn the basics on organizing and storing your digital memories. The Loving Your Stuff series cosponsored by the Kansas Historical Society.

  • Women of Social Movement

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Brown v. Board of Education Park Ranger Joan Wilson tells us how this young woman was shot for demanding an education in Pakistan, this physician gave testimony in favor of desegregating Topeka's public schools, and these women swept meeting halls then led a social revolution.

  • Pinterest for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn about Pinterest, a simple, online way to organize images, project, ideas and favorites. Open an account, create boards and begin pinning! Learn to find pins in particular categories or follow other pinners. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have a Pinterest account, make sure to bring your password. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Windows 8 for Beginners

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • First Friday

    | 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

  • First Friday Art Walk Shuttle

    | 5:50 pm-8:35 pm
    Park here before hopping on the First Friday shuttle. Come inside to check out the Altered Books display. Be amazed by books-turned-art that were handcrafted by community members.

  • An Oscar Film Series: Philomena

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    A young Irish girl has a baby out of wedlock and must give up all rights to that son. But 50 years later this mother still needs to know who her son turned out to be and finds a journalist who can help her. Judi Dench shines with startling authenticity. 2013 | 98 min | Rated PG-13

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Math and Science Exploration [5-10yrs]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Stand back! Experiments are underway. We have the whole wacky world to learn about. Bring a grownup and be prepared to discover, learn, and get dirty.

  • Digital Scrapbooking Your Family

    | 2 pm-3:30 pm
    Show off your technical skills. Create a digital scrapbook with your favorite digital family photos.

Open Sunday from Noon–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.

  • Homework Center

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

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 THIS IS THE LAST MARKET OF THE SEASONMonday Market @ your library® features vendors offering fresh, locally grown, high-quality produce, fresh cut flowers, Kansas wheat breads, local honey and farm fresh eggs. Kids can try a free craft at the library booth.

  • 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

  • Medicare Monday

    | 1 pm-3 pm
    Join counselors and agency staff from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program as they help you navigate through the complex web that is Medicare. SHICK staff will teach, answer questions, and give unbiased counseling for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries and their friends and families. The goal of SHICK is to educate and assist the public to make informed decisions on their Medicare choices. SHICK Counselors receive training on Medicare, including Part A, Part B, Medicare Advantage plans, and Part D (Prescription Drug coverage), Medicare Supplement Insurance, Long-Term Care, and other health insurance subjects that concern Medicare beneficiaries. The role of the SHICK counselor is to help people stay informed on changing conditions in health care insurance and to cut through the confusion. SHICK is a part of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.Repeated on the first Monday of each month.

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Pajama Storytime [3-5 years] Preregistration Required

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm
    Wear your pajamas to the library! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket. Stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Registration required. 785-580-4565. [3-5 years]

  • Topeka Prairie Parks

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Explore area nature parks with Topeka Audubon member Mick Delfelder. Cosponsored by Topeka Audubon 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.

  • Internet Introduction

    | 9:30 am-11:30 am
    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.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday Topics - Agencies Working for Topeka

    | 11:30 am-2 pm
    Learn how agencies in Topeka work together for the community. Hear from Christy Caldwell, VP for Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Scott Smathers, VP for Government Relations, GO TOPEKA, John Hunter Exec. Director, Heartland Visioning. RSVP for lunch at 235-8452 by September 30. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County.

  • 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.

  • International Film: Mountain Patrol

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    How far would you go to defend your beliefs? Captivating tale of Tibetan mountaineers tracking poachers. China | 2004 | Rated PG-13 | 95 minutes

  • Editing Digital Photos

    | 7 pm-8:30 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

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Google It

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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.

  • Books Into Movies-Coraline [11-18 years]

    | 3:30 pm-6:30 pm
    The world we live in can seem so dull. What if our world was something different...something other? Watch as Coraline explores this possibility and meets her other mother, the one with the black-button eyes. Come to the showing of this stop-motion animated film and you might win a free book!

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Nature Walk

    | 6 pm-7:30 pm
    Take a relaxing nature walk and learn about birds, trees, and plants from members of the Topeka Audubon Society and Kansas Native Plant Society. Registration required. Call 580-4540 to register. Limit 25 people.off-site location to be provided at registration

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