Welcome to Aech’s basement from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s the year 2044 and reality is an ugly place. Teenager Wade Watts spends most of his time in the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. This includes time in his friend Aech’s virtual basement hangout that’s decorated with 1980s memorabilia and games in tribute to the creator of OASIS who was obsessed with the ‘80s. Wade and Aech have devoted their lives to solving the OASIS puzzles that can lead to power and fortune.
Experience ’80s pop culture and the beginnings of the video gaming subculture in this immersive front gallery exhibit. 2Book Topeka: Aech’s Basement is on display from Feb 2 – March 11.
2Book Topeka: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 2-3 p.m. | Lingo Story Room
Discuss Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. This is a wonderful opportunity to share a book with people from 8-108. Check out a copy then come have fun, snack and share your thoughts. 8 to adult
2Book Topeka: Games of the ’80s
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 1-5 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Ready Player One and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library both love the games of the ’80s and so do we. Have a totally rad time playing board games, video games and trivia! Dress up if you like. Gnarly. all ages
All ’80s Trivia Night @ your library
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium
Celebrate 2Book Topeka with pop culture questions on movies, music, video games, history and more from the 1980s! Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 6pm. The Millennium Café will be open until 6:30pm for snacks and drinks. Registration for this event is full, please consider Saturday’s trivia event instead.
All ’80s Trivia Afternoon @ your library
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Celebrate 2Book Topeka with pop culture questions on movies, music, video games, history and more from the 1980s! Enter as a team of up to 8 people working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories for fun and prizes. The Millennium Café will be open for snacks and drinks. Registration begins Jan 1.
2Book Topeka: Escape from the Library
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.-Noon | Dinosaur Zone
Inspired by Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, this super-sleuthing event is designed for eagle-eyed kids with attention to detail—or anyone who just likes good fun. Experience physical, mental and even virtual reality challenges in this wild and wacky adventure that ends in a great library escape! 6-12 years
Visit the 2Book Topeka page for the full list of events.