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Songs of the Season

Starting December 1, enjoy the sounds of school choirs, instrumental groups and local talent filling the library’s rotunda. Stop by during your lunch hour for a musical treat as the holiday season approaches. Go to www.tscpl.org for the most up-to-date complete schedule.

Upcoming Events

Open Today 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.

  • Homework Center

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Open Monday from 9 am–9 pm
  • Family Place Learn and Play [birth-3 yrs - registration required]

    | 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. Call 580-4565.

  • Email for Beginners

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm
    Learn to log into an account and to open, delete, reply to, and forward email messages. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org

  • Community Information Session on Ebola Readiness

    | 1 pm-3 pm
    What is Ebola? How are we preparing in Shawnee County? The Shawnee County Health Agency staff members will answer those questions and present general information about the current Ebola situation. Information can also be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or by calling 211. http://tscpl.org/health/ebola-need-know

  • 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.

  • Nanowrimo Kickoff: How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

    | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    National Novel Writing Month begins Nov. 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by midnight on the 30th. Helpful advice from fellow participants prepares you for this frantic writing adventure. Sign up at nanowrimo.org and join the Topeka region, or email estaley@tscpl.org .

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Word I: Introduction

    | 1 pm-2:30 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

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • Bean There, Read That

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    A book group for young intellectuals in their 20s and 30s who love to talk lit. Talk about books you want to read. Email Erin at eseeger@tscpl.org for October and November 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.

  • 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.

  • Community Information Session on Ebola Readiness

    | 3 pm-5 pm
    What is Ebola? How are we preparing in Shawnee County? The Shawnee County Health Agency staff members will answer those questions and present general information about the current Ebola situation. Information can also be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or by calling 211. http://tscpl.org/health/ebola-need-know

  • 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.

  • 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.

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