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From the Author of City of Silver Comes Another Historical Mystery

In 1868 Paraguay was in ruins from a disastrous war that killed up to ninety percent of the fighting-aged men, and started the breakdown of society. In response, the Padre of the village of Santa Caterina asked the women to become pregnant by any man regardless if they were married. However, even in the midst of the chaos, some things were still worthy of punishment like the murder of the hated Richard Yotté.

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • A Fistful of Dollars at 50: The Impact of Spaghetti Westerns

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Experience block fun with your child to increase math and science knowledge. Topeka Public Schools Parents as Teachers will demonstrate techniques that parents can use to help their child become more of a math thinker through block play. Bring the kids in anytime during the event.[0-8 years]

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm View all events
  • Stories and Art [3-8 years]

    | 10 am-10:30 am
    Share a story or two, encourage creativity and make memories. All you need is a fun-loving grownup, a curious kid, “okay to get messy” shirts and smiles.

  • Computerized Genealogy

    | 11 am-1 pm
    Learn how you can use the Internet to create your family tree. Find out how you can store your genealogy, family stories, documents and pictures. This class helps you to put all of your research in one place. For beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists. Space is limited to 10. Registration required. Call 580-4510.

  • Adult Literacy Open House

    | 3 pm-4 pm
    Got good reading skills? Need good reading skills? You are invited to an open house sponsored by the Topeka Literacy Council. Information about tutor training, materials to help adults develop reading skills and free adult literacy assessments will be available.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm View all events
  • Green Fair: Electronic Recycling

    | 12 pm-2 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608. Recycle your electronics free at the Green Fair from 12-2 pm. Provided by Asset LifeCycle. They will not accept Freon based equipment or CRT Monitors or TVs. Located in the bus lane.

  • Green Fair-Growing Green Families

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608. Cultivate eco-friendly living at the library's 9th annual Green Fair, Growing Green Families. With over 30 vendors, there’s sure to be something for you and your sprouts. Enjoy crafts, music, games and live animals while learning new ways to nurture a healthy home and planet.

  • Green Fair: Booths

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Green Fair Kids Crafts

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    [all ages]Join us for the finale to National Library week. Learn how our community thrives by visiting with local organizations that show us how to go green. Enjoy crafts, music, games, live animals and more. Fun for all ages, but especially the kids! For information call 785-580-4608.

  • Homework Center

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

Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Family Place Learn and Play

    | 10 am-10:45 am
    Play together and participate in activities that focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Learn about your role of being your child’s first teacher. Local partners will be present to share resources available to the community. Registration required for the 5 week program. Call 580-4565[Birth - 3 years]

  • Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple formulas, and page setup features. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • #WhatsNext

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    #WhatsNextAre you graduating soon? Looking for work? Going to college or leaving home? You probably have lots of questions. We have answers! Attend any or all of the sessions below and we will provide you with practical information on how to be ready for #WhatsNext.

  • Double Dueling: Yugioh and Magic the Gathering

    | 4 pm-6 pm
    Bring your cards and prepare for fierce battle with other Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering players.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Family Place Learn and Play

    | 6:30 pm-7:15 pm
    Play together and participate in activities that focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Learn about your role of being your child’s first teacher. Local partners will be present to share resources available to the community. Registration required for the 5 week program. Call 580-4565[Birth - 3 years]

Open Tuesday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Toddler Time 2 [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 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 2 [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.

  • Learn to Crochet

    | 1 pm-3 pm
    Learn basic crochet stitches including foundation chain, single and double crochet. Crochet hook and yarn provided. Connect with local crochet groups, check out library resources, find patterns and new techniques. School-age children welcome with an adult. Register at 580-4540.

  • 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

    | 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).

  • Homework Center

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

  • Toddler Time 2 [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.

  • Anime Kurabu [11-18 yrs]

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Kon'nichiwa! Do you love all things anime and manga? If you answered hai, then plan on coming to this fun kurabu where we will play, watch, read, write, draw and imagine all things anime.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • 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.

  • Excel: Lists

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    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.

  • 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • TALK About Literature in Kansas The Lazarus Project

    | 7 pm-8:45 pm
    In Aleksandar Hemon's novel, Vladimir Brik is caught in exile in Chicago by the wars that broke up Yugoslavia. Discussion facilitated by Sara Tucker. Funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. Register in Topeka Room, 204, or email mericsson@tscpl.org for more info.

Open Thursday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • 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

  • PowerPoint

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    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.

  • Family Caregiving Series for Alzheimer's

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    A free six-part series for family caregivers and friends who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter will present each program. Resources from the Health Information Neighborhood of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will be available for checkout. This workshop series is not intended for professional caregivers. Preregistration is requested 785.271.1844 cindy.miller@alz.org

  • 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

  • Failed It or Nailed It

    | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Hey, 20-30 year olds (or at least 20-30 year olds at heart)! We will make custom cards for spring and then decide if we Failed It or Nailed It. Supplies will be provided. Registration required. Call 580-4540. Bring money for your food or drinks.

  • Master Gardeners Growing Tomatoes

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown vegetables in home gardens. The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners will talk about selecting the best tomato varieties for home gardens or containers, and tips on getting tomato plants off to a good start.

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