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Here We Go Again

I know that it is December and everyone is thinking about Christmas. But yesterday, I got my first seed catalog for the 2012 garden season. And I have to say I was very excited. And now that I am looking at the calendar, I have noticed that the Master Gardeners will be coming back for the […]

Upcoming Events

Open Today from 9 am–9 pm
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Family Place Learn and Play [birth-3 yrs - registration required]

    | 10 am-11:15 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. Call 580-4565.

  • Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters, and directories by combining a word document and a data table. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org.

  • 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.

  • Family Place Learn and Play [birth-3 yrs - registration required]

    | 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. Call 580-4565.

  • Monarch Butterflies

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Learn all about Monarch butterflies, their migration, and how to create a Monarch Waystation from staff at Monarch Watch.

  • Sports Trivia @ Pigskins Sports Bar

    | 7 pm-9 pm
    Come to Pigskins Sports Bar on Monday, October 20 from 7-9 for Sports Trivia presented by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. All you have to do is form a team, which can have up to eight members. If you can’t get eight, that’s okay, just remember that the more people you have on your team, the bigger the pool of knowledge you’ll have to come up with the answers to questions from all over the sports world.That’s right, there will be questions from all over the world of sports; collegiate and professional sports, as well as local, state, and national sports. Our questions will also cover a wide span of time, with questions from the present, as well as questions from decades past.There will be ten rounds of five questions with prizes awarded for the top teams.So come out and enjoy some good food and drink, some good conversation, Monday Night Football, and Sports Trivia at Pigskins Sports Bar located at 2833 SW 29th St. No registration is necessary! If you have questions, contact Nate at 580-4545 or nhohl@tscpl.org .

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.

  • 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.

  • Good Food Fast

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Learn how to make quick, easy meals for one fast at this live cooking demonstrations. Registration required. Call Abigail at 785-580-4590 to register.

  • Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets

    | 7 pm-8:30 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.

  • Anime Kurabu [11-18 yrs]

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    Konnichiwa! 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. Ja ne!

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.

  • 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.

  • 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, snipping tool and WordPad.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TALK About Literature in Kansas

    | 7 pm-8:45 pm
    Breath, Eyes, MemorySophie makes the difficult transition from rural Haiti to an impoverished New York. Expect sexual trauma and familial reconciliation themes in this novel by Edwidge Danticat. Discussion facilitated by Sara Tucker. Funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. Register in the Topeka Room 204.

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!

  • Internet Introduction

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Failed It or Nailed It

    | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Hey 20 and 30 year olds - and 20 and 30 year olds at heart! Join the fun as we make a “What Are You Reading” chalkboard mug and then decide if we Failed It or Nailed It. Supplies provided. Registration required. Call 580-4540. Bring money for your food or drinks. El Maguey Mexican Restaurant, 2160 Wanamaker Rd

  • Women & Money 2014

    | 7 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.

  • Excel: Lists

    | 7 pm-8:30 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.

  • 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. Seeking Dead People!Dead people DO tell tales. Just in time for Halloween, the Topeka Genealogical Society shares tips and tricks for finding the evidence related to deaths and wringing all the facts from obits and other research documents.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Google It

    | 1 pm-2:30 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.

  • Be An Ancestor Detector [8-12 years]

    | 4 pm-5 pm
    Develop your family detective skills with this beginning genealogy class. Have fun while learning how to find, record and organize your family’s history.

  • An Oscar Film Series: Gravity

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    A film in the weightless dark of space starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney which took home seven Oscars last year. Remember - don’t let go. 2013 | 91 min | Rated PG-13

  • Silents in the Cathedral

    | 7 pm-9:30 pm
    Get in the mood for Halloween; attend Silents in the Cathedral. Enjoy a couple of short films and main feature film. Live music by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion, accompanies the films. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm
  • 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.

  • A Carol Dickens Christmas

    | 2 pm-3 pm
    Averill Reworks Dickens Thomas Fox Averill entertains with sections from his book A Carol Dickens Christmas. His novel subtly reworks Charles Dickens’s classic with a multicultural cast and has been called an important addition to Victorian afterlife fiction. It offers special treats for foodies too.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm
  • The Truth is Here [all ages]

    | 1 pm-2 pm
    Members of the Kansas Paranormal Investigators will share stories and evidence from their encounters with ghostly apparitions.

  • Homework Center

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

  • 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.

  • So Many Books, So Little Time

    | 3 pm-4:30 pm
    Discuss Blame by Michelle Huneven. After spending her life trying to atone for her past, an ex-alcoholic discovers new information about what may have really happened the night two people were found dead in her driveway. Registration required. Call 580-4540.

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