As part of a statewide commemoration honoring Kansas’ sesquicentennial, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library offers many ways for you to relive Kansas history. Here are just a few:
- Check out one of thousands of books and movies on Kansas for all ages. Starting Jan. 29, Kansas Day, look for a Kansas-themed book display in the New Books area.
- Each Monday, head over to www.tscpl.org to watch a Kansas-related video as part of our 52 Videos for Kansas’ 150th vlog (video blog).
- Follow us on Twitter. From Jan. 29 to April 15, a community of social media users (that could be you too! Go to www.twitter.com) will answer the question “what does Kansas mean to you” in conjunction with our Kansas Reads community reading initiative.
- Attend a program. For each quarter of 2011, we’ll be hosting several Kansas 150th programs. Home on the Range: Kansas Folklore and Music, at 7pm Jan. 13, and Kansas Music and Memories at 3pm Jan. 23, offer enriching and ear-pleasing options for free entertainment for families. Love music? Come back Feb. 13 for Civil War songs and spirituals by Lemuel Sheppard. See more events in February/March connectnow magazine.
- Tour the Topeka Room (second floor). It boasts an abundance of local and Kansas history, including the best collection of Kansas-authored books. Tours of this room, which feature notable stained glass windows from local buildings, some no longer in existence, are available on request. Call 785-580-4510.
- Pop into the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery to see the Kansas 150/150 exhibit from Jan. 29 through March 11. Guided tours are also available; call 785-580-4515 to schedule.
Find out more about statewide events commemorating Kansas’ 150th at ks150.kansas.gov.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, the Chandler Booktique Gift Shop, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.
Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.