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Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Tax Preparation Assistance

    | 3 pm-6 pm
    Free Tax Preparation offered February 3 through April 14, 2015:Tuesdays: 6 - 8:30 pm Spanish assistance availableThursdays: 3 - 8:30 pmSaturdays: 1 - 4 pmAppointments made on a first come, first served basis through a sign-up sheet as followsTUESDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 6pm and report to 101A.THURSDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 40 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 3pm and report to 101A.SATURDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 1pm and report to 101A.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.Before going to a VITA site, see Publication 3676-B, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676bsp.pdf for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you.

  • 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

  • True Grit: Don Williams and Cowboy Poets

    | 6 pm-7:30 pm
    Don Williams will sing The Big Read home with his warm hickory baritone. Williams is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. His hits include 'Good Ole Boys Like Me,' 'I Believe In You,' 'Love Is On A Roll,' 'Amanda' and 'Tulsa Time.'For tickets, visit tpactix.org or call 234-2787. The library has 40 tickets to give away at Big Read events. You could win if you saddle up and show up to Big Read events.■ Topeka Performing Arts Center 214 SE 8th Avenue

  • Tax Preparation Assistance

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm
    Free Tax Preparation offered February 3 through April 14, 2015:Tuesdays: 6 - 8:30 pm Spanish assistance availableThursdays: 3 - 8:30 pmSaturdays: 1 - 4 pmAppointments made on a first come, first served basis through a sign-up sheet as followsTUESDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 6pm and report to 101A.THURSDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 40 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 3pm and report to 101A.SATURDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 1pm and report to 101A.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.Before going to a VITA site, see Publication 3676-B, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676bsp.pdf for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you.

  • Community Novel Project Character Workshop

    | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Fine tune your fiction writing techniques. Compare narrator perspectives and points of view. Learn how to build character backstory using continuity notes, photos, and worksheets. Discuss how to give your character a unique voice and maintain character integrity throughout a novel. tscpl.org/novel

  • Topeka Genealogical Society

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Who are the Topeka History Geeks, and what do they do? Attend this program to learn more about this active Facebook group with over 8,000 members!

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Library Ebooks for Kindle Tablets

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Bring in your Kindle tablet and library card and learn how to get free Ebooks anytime! Email and app store login required.

  • True Grit: Young Guns and Gallant Geezers

    | 10:30 am-12 pm
    Hear presentations about the role of age in the narrative of True Grit and enjoy the folk music group “Jeff and Deb with Bill” as they present 5 period-authentic songs based on the heroes and villains of True Grit. Program co-sponsored by Topeka Magazine.

  • True Grit (1969) Movie

    | 6:30 pm-9 pm
    Garnering John Wayne his only Oscar for best actor, the role of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn is a one-eyed, unwashed, fat old man who just maybe has a heart of gold. Mattie Ross convinces him to bring her father's killer to justice. Part of the Big Read Film Series. 1969 | 128 minutes | Rated G

  • Kelly Corrigan: Glitter and Glue

    | 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan is coming to Topeka as part of the paperback tour for her memoir, Glitter and Glue. The event, co-sponsored by the library, will support financial aid for deserving students at Topeka Collegiate School. The library will have a limited number of tickets to give away, but you may purchase a ticket ($30) that includes a paperback copy of Glitter and Glue. Reserve your place: Bidpal.net/KellyCorrigan

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm View all events
  • Musical Storytime for Everyone

    | 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.

  • True Grit: Big Read at Helping Hands

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    The library and Helping Hands are partnering at the shelter in a western-themed adoption event that has pets posing as stars of the Old West.■ Helping Hands Humane Society – 5720 SW 21st St

  • Tax Preparation Assistance

    | 1 pm-4 pm
    Free Tax Preparation offered February 3 through April 14, 2015:Tuesdays: 6 - 8:30 pm Spanish assistance availableThursdays: 3 - 8:30 pmSaturdays: 1 - 4 pmAppointments made on a first come, first served basis through a sign-up sheet as followsTUESDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 6pm and report to 101A.THURSDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 40 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 3pm and report to 101A.SATURDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 1pm and report to 101A.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.Before going to a VITA site, see Publication 3676-B, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676bsp.pdf for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm View all events
  • R.E.A.D.

    | 2 pm-3 pm
    Dogs are man's best friends, 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 View all events
  • Medicare Monday

    | 1 pm-3 pm
    Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) helps you navigate the complex web of Medicare. Repeated on the first Monday of each month.

  • 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.

  • Read Across America

    | 5 pm-6 pm
    [3-8 years]Everyone's invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories, games, crafts and fun. Make a Wocket to take home (while supplies last) and show your love of reading and the books of Dr. Seuss.

  • PostPublic Article Club

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    “Bite-size discourse in the Capital City”A public group to discuss interesting articles.Each month a “curator” is chosen to select an article for next month’s discussion. Additional articles of interest can be discussed in an unregulated bonanza at the end of the event. Email abonnett@tscpl.org.

Open Tuesday 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.

  • Tuesday Topics-

    | 11:30 am-2 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.

  • 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.

  • Tax Preparation Assistance

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm
    Free Tax Preparation offered February 3 through April 14, 2015:Tuesdays: 6 - 8:30 pm Spanish assistance availableThursdays: 3 - 8:30 pmSaturdays: 1 - 4 pmAppointments made on a first come, first served basis through a sign-up sheet as followsTUESDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 6pm and report to 101A.THURSDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 40 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 3pm and report to 101A.SATURDAYS: The sign-up sheet will be placed at the Information Desk at 9am. The first 20 people in line can sign up. They will need to return at 1pm and report to 101A.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.Before going to a VITA site, see Publication 3676-B, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676bsp.pdf for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you.

  • International Film Series: Fill the Void

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    A young woman having to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty. Part of the International Film Series.© Sony | Israel | 2012 | Rated PG | 90 minutes

  • 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 View all events
  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 9:30 am-10 am
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.

  • Word I: Introduction

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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

  • 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 1 [12-24 months]

    | 10:30 am-11 am
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.

  • Facebook for Beginners

    | 1 pm-2:30 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.

  • Beginning Embroidery

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Embroidery can be used to embellish fabric items or to create original art. It can be as traditional or modern as you choose! Learn several basic embroidery stitches, and get help planning your embroidery project. Registration required. Limit 15. Call 862-1630

  • 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.

  • Art and You

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Art classes for 10-16 yr olds offer hands-on art experiences including multi-level instruction and discussion of related artworks. Call 251-2953

  • How to Start a Business

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn about 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 Center.

  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm
    Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for toddlers and adults to enjoy together.

  • Sing, Move and Learn [3-5 yrs & family]

    | 6:30 pm-7:15 pm
    Connect your child through music, movement and books. A fun shaking wiggling, dancing way to learn. Cosponsored with Child Care Aware® of Kansas. Registration required. Call 440-4524.

  • Kansas Reptiles

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn how to identify native snakes and other reptiles and where you can find them in Kansas. Presented by Kelly Haller. Cosponsored by Topeka Audubon Society.

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