December 2012 Teen Events Schedule

The library his a hip place for teens to hang out. From gaming to arts and crafts to writing, programs appeal to a wide range of teens and educate while entertaining. Check out December’s lineup of teen programming.

Lunch and Learn about Local Governmental Issues

Government Issues Forum  |  Dec. 4  |  12:00–1:00pm  |  Marvin Auditorium 101BC Members of the Topeka City Council and Shawnee County Commission share information on the issues that affect our community at this forum event. After each elected official is given time to speak, there will be a question and answer session. Lunch, provided by […]

Storytime with Santa Dec. 1 at 10am

Storytime with Santa

Santa is coming to the library to lead storytime! Dec. 1  |  10:00–11:00am  |  Story Zone Ho! Ho! Ho! A special visitor from the North Pole stops by to read some fun stories and visit with kids. Parents and grandparents, bring your cameras and take advantage of this photo opportunity. Kids can make a craft […]

Rockin’ to the Spirit of the Season

Whether it’s family time or time for a romantic evening by the fire with the one you love, music is a perfect mood-setter. Think of the library when you think of what holiday music to play. Check out or download tunes instead of buying them and save your money for something nice for yourself or the kids.

A Day in the Life of an Outreach Storyteller

The library helps get kids excited about reading. Boomer, our beloved storytime bear, travels with the library’s five Outreach Storytellers to 75 daycare centers and preschools, helping tell stories to more than 3,700 children ages 3–5 each month. Learn more about our effort to spread literacy.

The author of The Depression Cure to speak at library Dec. 5

Banish the Blues: Depression Expert to Speak Dec. 5

Author of The Depression Cure, Dr. Stephen Ilardi, comes to the library Dec. 5 to share some insight into why prescription medicine may not be the best cure for depressive illness and what else sufferers can try.

Library Holiday Closed Dates

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will be closed on the following dates in observance of the holidays: Mon, Dec 24            Christmas Eve Tue, Dec 25             Christmas Day Mon, Dec 31            New Year’s Eve Tue, Jan 1                New Year’s Day Mon, Jan 21            Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Additionally, Bookmobiles will […]

All Booked Up: The Age of Desire

Heavily influenced by powerful literary icon Edith Wharton, Jennie Fields has written a book that takes readers on an adventure back to the Gilded Age. In her novel The Age of Desire, Fields weaves Wharton’s actual correspondence into her fictionalized story. Watch the video below to see what Kathy and Diana liked and disliked about […]

Making Lit Hip for the 20s/30s Crowd

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the next book discussed by Bean There, Read That, a hip new book club for the 20s/30s crowd. Come for discussion of this popular book Nov. 27 at 7pm at the Flying Monkey at PTs.

Browse our crafting books

Poke Around in our Crafting Books

Crafts are a wonderful creative outlet and a source for inexpensive gifts that allow you to share your creativity with friends, relatives and total strangers. Find out how inspiration can strike at the library.

View Printed Image 4 starting Nov. 16

Printed Image 4 at the Sabatini Gallery

Area art enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to see some of the finest examples of contemporary printmaking in the nation here in Topeka. View the amazing prints in the Printed Image 4, a juried, biennial exhibit starting Nov. 16 at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. Hand-pulled prints are beautiful, velvety and can express any idea. […]

Attend Honoring Our Veterans Nov. 12 at the library

Honoring Our Veterans Nov. 12

Monday, November 12 marks the finale of a series commemorating our veterans, Kansans on the Front Lines. The program starts at 7pm and will be in Marvin Auditorium in the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. A Marine in Vietnam Presenter Tad Pritchett, a veteran and author, served 13 months in Vietnam, starting in 1968. […]