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Teen Safety and Health Resources

Personal Safety Learn about digital safety topics like cyberbullying, online predators, privacy, and safe social networking. The YWCA is a resource for teens dealing with dating violence- a pattern of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse in a dating relationship. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, […]

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

    | 4 pm-8 pm
    [5-18 years] 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.

  • 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 Author Tables

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • Senior Fair

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • Senior Fair Vehicle Inspections

    | 10 am-1 pm

  • Senior Fair Breakout Sessions

    | 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.

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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.

  • Community Novel Book Launch

    | 2 pm-4 pm
    Superimposed and Spirits of Oz are the original books created during the library’s 3rd annual Community Novel Project. Each story is collaboratively written by Topeka authors and serialized at www.tscpl.org/novel. Meet 30 authors and have them sign your print copies of the completed books, available for purchase at the event.

  • Homework Center

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

  • So Many Books, So Little Time

    | 3 pm-4:30 pm
    Discuss Fordlandia by Greg Grandin. This is the story of the auto magnate’s attempt to recreate small-town America, along with a rubber plantation, in the heart of the Amazon. Registration required, call 580-4540.

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