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Genealogy and Local History Sojourner Truth

Does Genealogy Illustrate History?

Yes, it does! Genealogy Librarian presents unpublished manuscript at the 2014 Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit (July 16-20, 2014), along with the genealogy of a local resident. The genealogy includes Joseph Kennedy (J. K.) and Mary Worrell (Smith) Hudson. Each who has made their mark on Topeka history.

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • Pinterest for Beginners

    | 1 pm-2:30 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.

  • Baby Bookworms [0-18 months]

    | 1 pm-1:30 pm
    Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories, bounces and more!

  • 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!

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Friday Flicks: Dolphin Tale

    | 2 pm-4 pm
    It’s showtime - and laughs- for the whole family. Closed captioning will be provided. Movie title subject to change.

  • First Friday Art Walk

    | 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Have a gravity-defying First Friday at Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America, our annual art exhibit for children. We’re one of the ArtWalk shuttle stops.

  • First Friday Art Walk Shuttle

    | 5:50 pm-8:35 pm

  • Marilyn Film Series: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    Lorelei and Dorothy are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way.91 minutes | Rated G | 1953

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • Math & 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.

  • Gaming for Adults

    | 2 pm-5 pm
    [18 and older]If you love games and you need a new challenge, then join us on the first Saturday of each month as we play unusual board games. Bring your own, or play ours. We'll also play staff's favorite video games on the Wii and Xbox 360.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm
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. Closed Labor DayParking 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. Closed Labor DayParking 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.

Open Tuesday from 9 am–9 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.

  • Tuesday Topics- United Way Funding

    | 11:30 am-2 pm
    Miriam Krehbiel, CEO, and Kent Townsend, United Way Board chairman, inform us how they solve funding issues to support their organization’s main priorities of education, income and health. Lunch is optional and starts at 11:30 am. RSVP for lunch at 235-8452 by July 25. 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.)

  • International Film: In the Mood for Love

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    A moody period drama, set in 1962, about unrequited love that swoons with romantic melancholy. Hong Kong | 2000 | Rated PG | 98 minutes

  • Facebook for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have an account, please bring your Facebook password. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 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.

  • 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 and WordPad.

  • How to Start a Business

    | 6 pm-8 pm
    Learn what it takes to start your own business. Topics include business legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development.

  • Financial Literacy

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn how to take control of your financial future, with information on debt management, college savings plans, personal investments, and retirement planning. Presented by financial professionals from Primerica.

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