New & Improved Library Catalog Arrives May 23

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is upgrading to a new online catalog that will be available May 23 to make finding library materials easier, faster, and more intuitive for today’s library user. Information on the new catalog upgrade will be updated on the library’s digital branch, “Libraries are about discovering, connecting, and […]

Greater Access to eBooks in Libraries; Visit

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has launched in a grassroots effort to encourage readers to contact publishers directly about the limits or restricted access they are imposing on supplying ebooks to libraries. With a goal of reaching 10,000 signatures, more than 5,000 signed the petition in 10 days. While sales of ereaders […]

All Booked Up: My Name is Mary Sutter

For this installment of All Booked Up, Kathy suggests a feminist-themed work of historical fiction to Diana. Watch this video to find out what awaits you in the pages of My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Plus, learn why this is one recommendation Diana might not be taking Kathy up on. Oliveira uses […]

Come to El Dia May 4 at the library - a multicultural celebration

Multicultural Immersion Possible at El Dia May 4

Families can immerse themselves in the traditions of the Hispanic and Latino cultures at El Día de los Ninos/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) Friday, May 4 – perfect timing for those planning family friendly activities in honor of Cinco de Mayo. El Día offers visitors free snacks, free books and exposure to […]

Read the Teen 'Zine

The Hidden Edge – Spring 2012 edition

Getting a taste of being a grown-up is just part of being a teen. The library gives real-world experience to artistic and creative teens through this new publication. More than a dozen area teens have contributed to The Hidden Edge, a literary magazine just for teens. And submissions are being sought for the next edition. Learn more inside this post.

Discover Kansas Archaeology @ your library

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library hosts Discover Kansas Archaeology from 2pm to 3:30pm Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Marvin Auditorium 101BC. Take a walk through prehistoric displays, examine an archaeologist’s toolkit and find out what an archaeologist does after discovering an artifact. Marvin Auditorium will take on a fair feel with tables for sponsor […]

Create a Dream Cloud to Hang in the Library this Summer

We’re encouraging children to decorate or write on a Dream Cloud to form a massive cloud in the Kids Library. Local kids’ dreams will be on display in June and July. Dream Cloud template available inside this post. Completed dream clouds are due back to the library June 1.

Kids can write or draw their dream – or dreams – inside the cloud shape

A Tribute to the R.E.A.D. Dogs Program

A delightful bronze bench – featuring a little girl and a dog so cute they beckon kids to sit and enjoy a good book with them – was unveiled at Wednesday, April 18 in the Kids Library. Eight famous (at least around the library) Reading Education Assistance Dogs, including Waverly, the Labrador-mix who was the model […]

Come to our Green Fair April 21

Green Fair is This Weekend!

Come to the Library between 2 and 5 April 21 for electronics recycling, demos, free plants, live music, crafts and games. Our Green Fair is family friendly.

Drop Everything And Read with Us April 12

Visitors to the library Thursday will see an unusually large number of people with their noses in a book. Our librarians will be reading at the desks in recognition of National Drop Everything and Read Day. Please feel free to ask for assistance from them, even if they look like they can’t be interrupted, This […]

Summer Schedule

Summer Schedule – What’s Happening at the Library

Summer is coming, and we’re excited to tell you about the great line-up of programs and classes awaiting you and your family at the library in June and July. And don’t forget to sign up for summer reading at