Upcoming Events

Open Today 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-Parents as Teachers

    | 11:30 am-2 pm
    Patrick Woods, Director of Talent Management and Diversity at Westar Energy will speak on 'Early Childhood Development and Parents as Teacher'. Public is welcome.Overwhelming consensus exists among brain and development researchers that high-quality Early Childhood Education is our most powerful tool to eliminate the achievement gap. This research has given way to unprecedented support among the public for school districts to work with partners and providers in early childhood networks to expand opportunities to the children who need it the most. However, most districts and external partners face unprecedented budget challenges which threaten to frustrate expansion efforts for the foreseeable future. Topeka Public Schools USD 501, which has committed to an ambitious agenda to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for Topeka children, faces such challenges. USD 501 Board Member and former president Patrick Woods, long a proponent of expanding early childhood education, will be on hand to discuss the situation the district faces.

  • 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.

  • International Film Series: Grave of the Fireflies

    | 6:30 pm-8:45 pm
    1988Unrated89 minutesJapanCentral Park Media

  • Pinterest for Beginners

    | 7 pm-8:30 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.

Open Wednesday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 9:30 am-10 am

  • Taming Your Mouse

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about check boxes, radio buttons, scroll bars and more. If you can’t make one of these sessions, register for a Computer & Gadget Help session to get started. 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

  • Paper Craft

    | 1 pm-2:30 pm

  • 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.

  • How to Start a Business

    | 6 pm-8:30 pm

  • Toddler Time 1 [12-24 months]

    | 6:30 pm-7 pm

  • 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.

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

  • Windows 8 for Beginners

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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

  • Homework Center

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

  • Zoo Animals Live!

    | 4 pm-4:45 pm
    Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction.

  • 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

  • Book, Book, Goose!

    | 6:30 pm-8 pm
    Book, Book, Goose! is a public book club providing a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion. Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials on the first Thursday of every month. Email bookgoose@tscpl.org for upcoming titles. Age 21 +

  • Ebooks & Digital Music, Movies, and Magazines

    | 7 pm-8:30 pm
    Access the digital branch anytime on your home computer or device using our free apps! Get a quick tour of our Digital Library and learn how to use ebooks with Overdrive, magazines with Zinio, music with Freegal, and movies with Hoopla.

Open Friday from 9 am–9 pm View all events
Open Saturday from 9 am–6 pm View all events
  • Computer & Gadget Help

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guys Read [8-12 years]

    | 2 pm-3 pm
    Read awesome books dudes will dig - explosive action and farts! Then talk ’em over with the guys, play games, wolf down some food and meet new friends. First timers score a members-only book bag. Receive books on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, call Jason at 580-4565.

Open Sunday from Noon–9 pm View all events
  • 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
  • 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

  • Google It

    | 9:30 am-11 am
    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.

  • 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]

  • Classics Made Modern

    | 1:30 pm-3 pm
    Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain evokes the great river in an amalgam of remembrance and reportage in the transition between the boom years before the Civil War to the sober times after in this satiric, celebratory, nostalgic and melancholy portrait. Download the free ebook or audiobook. Find the complete schedule at or email classicsmodern@tscpl.org for more information.

  • Caregiver Support Group

    | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Being a caregiver can be incredibly stressful, but you don’t have to go it alone. Come meet and talk to others who are in the same situation as you - moderated by Michele Dillon, caregiver support specialist at Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging.

  • Homework Center

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

  • Amazing Animals [grades 1-5]

    | 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
    Take a walk on the wild side with our naturalist librarians. Marvel at our featured creatures, get up close and personal with our amazing animal guests and make a memento of your encounter to take home.

  • 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]

  • Teen Writers Group

    | 7 pm-8 pm
    [12-18 yrs]Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your literary passion as we express ourselves and explore the world through our works of poetry and prose.

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