Come to our Biggest Storytime Ever July 28

Our Biggest Storytime Ever! July 28

Help make library history! SummerFest, our summer reading program, culminates Sat., July 28 as the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library tries to break a record for our Biggest Storytime Ever! Families are invited to drop in anytime between 10:00 and noon – or stay for the entire 2-hour mega storytime. Kids can get a […]

All Booked Up: The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Kathy and Diana, hosts of All Booked Up, share a passion for books and also for food. They love to have fun in the kitchen. (One is just a little more successful than the other.) Discover who is suffering from a bit of cooking impairment in this edition of All Booked Up.

Join the Critter Club this Summer

Each summer on the AdventureMobile, our mobile library for kids, customers get to meet and touch a new critter as part of the Critter Club! You too can join the adventure. These critters range from tame snakes owned by library staff to kittens who are up for adoption at the Helping Hands Humane Society. As […]

Read and Celebrate The Great Gatsby during The Big Read

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library today announced that it has received a grant of $12,800 to host The Big Read in Shawnee County. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by […]

Watch All Booked Up, a casual conversation about books

All Booked Up: Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

A new memoir provides an intimate look at the fascinating and glamorous life of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir is a first-person account of the First Lady’s life during the years 1960 through 1964. Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was assigned to Mrs. Kennedy, penned the memoir […]

Still time to sign up for summer reading

SummerFest 2012: The Fun is Only Halfway Done

There’s plenty of time to read this summer (sign up through July 20) and plenty of time to win (through July 27) in the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s SummerFest program. 5,810 (and counting) community members are already reading for a chance to take home a Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire.

July 2012 Teen Schedule of Events

Discover all the fun events happening in The Edge, our space created by teens for teens, in July, including a chocolate program July 2.

Library Volunteer Awarded for Service

Library volunteer Joella Brown, a former children’s librarian, took home the “Inspiring Generations” award at the 2012 United Way of Greater Topeka Volunteer Awards banquet.

Come hear Megan Leigh, country-pop artist, June 27

Hear Country-Pop Artist Megan Leigh Wednesday

Fans of past American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will love Megan Leigh, a Kansas native who brings her country music stylin’s to the library Wednesday, June 27 at 4pm. Her concert is family-friendly, but geared toward a teen audience. It’ll be held in The Edge, the teen space.

Customers review their summer reads

Book Reviews by Summer Readers

Check out what folks in Topeka and Shawnee County are reading this summer – and perhaps discover a book you’ll just have to read. Below you’ll find book reviews from our customers – both kiddos and grownups. With 5 weeks left in Summer Reading, your review could get featured. Keep reading and reviewing via […]

The library is your neighborhood.

The Library is in Your Neighborhood This Summer

Who wants to be inside during the summer? Not us! We’re going to be where you are this summer, creating some fun by bringing you the books, the critters, the convenience and the excellent library service you want, where you want it. We take the library on the road to 46 preschools, summer camps and […]

Meet the Trustee Melissa Masoner

Meet the Trustee: Melissa Masoner

We continue the Meet the Trustees series with a Q&A with Melissa Masoner, secretary of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Board. Find out what fuels her passion for libraries and why she thinks this library will be serving the community for years ahead.