Relax by making art

Reduce stress and give your brain a break with an arts and craft project.

Woven Texture

Discover various artwork from the library’s permanent collection that reference or are influenced by fiber art.

EDGE: On the Verge

Kansas, regional and international artists play with texture and turn textiles into unexpected art objects during our next art exhibit.

Not your grandma’s needlework

See how cross stitch and embroidery has evolved from traditional flowers and “home sweet home” to funky geometric art with snarky phrases.

Artists and Crafters Unite!

We are fortunate to have many creative people in our community – so we have a wonderful variety of arts and crafts groups that meet regularly! Joining an art or craft group might provide just the creative outlet you need.

Build a Better World

Help create the summer exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery! Together we will explore our world in the 16th Annual Art Exhibit for Children.

"True and Earth, Strong as Water", Shu-Ju Wang, 2011

Artists’ Books – Making Books by Hand

Artists’ books are handmade books created by an artist or group of artists. Making books by hand allows an artist to have complete creative control over their work.

Curate This! A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place the Curate This! art exhibit curated by two Topeka teens is on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery May 6 – July 16, 2017. The exhibit explores the idea that happiness comes from understanding who we are and where we belong in the world.

Ballet Midwest: 40 years and counting

To help celebrate their first 40 years, the library has partnered with Ballet Midwest to showcase their rich history through a selection of photographs, costumes, and props and display in the rotunda. When your here, don’t forget to look up to see more iconic tutus on display!

Beyond Words: Artists’ Books

Sometimes, artistic limitations can foster even greater creativity; when text is minimal or absent, book artists must decide how to tell stories using different tools.

open book

Form Follows Function

Whether they use traditional materials or more modern ones, book artists thoughtfully consider the physical experience of reading the book when making their design decisions.