10 events in April & May

learning fun


Are you ready for all this?

At library events, you get more than mere entertainment. You get some life-enriching stuff, for instance: A better understanding of your world, a plethora of solid resources, an eyeful of beautiful art.

Adult fun

Actually, strike that. On the surface, library events are purely entertainment. That other stuff just seems to sneak in somehow (blame our awesome librarians). Come down and get some fun. See you soon!

1. Edible Book Festival

edible booksFriday, April 1, 2016 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium

Create an edible masterpiece based on the content or shape of a book ‒ from puns to literal interpretations ‒ for this 10th annual festival. Call 580-4515 by 5 p.m. Mar 31 to enter. Bring entries to the library between 3 and 5:25 p.m. April 1. Learn more about crafting and the library.

2. International Film Series

International Film Series: A Separation

Tuesday, April 5, 2016  | 6:30-8:45 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101C

A compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. 2011 Oscar winner. © Sony Picture Classics | Iran | 2011 | PG-13| 123 minutes


International Film Series: Amour

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 6:30-8:45 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium 101BC

An honest, but heart wrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility. 2012 Oscar winner © Sony Picture Classics | France | 2012 | PG-13| 127 minutes

3. Art2Wear


Friday, April 8, 2016 – Sat. May 15 | During library hours | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Admire sculpture for the body in works by artists who design fine art clothing – some are wearable, while others are avant-garde. The exhibit runs from April 8-May 15.

art2wearArt2Wear Opening Reception

Friday, April 8, 2016  | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Your Second Friday chance to see this exciting exhibit of sculptures designed for the body. Members of the Topeka Handweavers and Spinners Guild will show you how to do some of the techniques, weaving, stitching and construction that you see in the show.

art2wear2Artists Reception: Art2Wear

Friday, April 15, 2016  | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Meet members of the Topeka Wearable Art Club and featured artist Anita Luvery Mayer while enjoying refreshments. Share ideas about fashion, style and design at our exhibit of art designed to be worn on the body.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 | 4-6 p.m. | The Edge – Teen Room

The human body is a blank canvas with endless possibilities. Teens have a chance to transform that body with a wearable work of art. Teams will create high fashion utilizing only trash. Create wearable sculpture or a fashion garment, take pictures and show off your design. [12-18]

4. Music for a Sunday Afternoon

David Basse & Joe Cartwright: Jazz from KC

Sunday, April 10, 2016  | 3-4 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium

Music for a Sunday Afternoon presents David Basse & Joe Cartwright. David and Joe have been at the forefront of Kansas City Jazz for over 20 years. They perform regularly at the Blue Room in the American Jazz Museum. Come enjoy their finger-snapping jazz styling for voice and piano.  Learn more about jazz & the library.

5. Green Fair

Green Fair: Live Green 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016  | 1-4 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium, Story Zone

More than 20 community organizations share their information with hands-on activities on how to help the environment. Make green connections. Activities include crafts, music, games and live animals. Fun for all ages. Learn more about green life & the library.

6. Book Swap

Friends of the Library Book Swap

Saturday, April 23, 2016  | 1-3 p.m. | Marvin Auditorium

Trade books with other Friends of the Library members. Not a Friend yet? Join at the door. Individual memberships are $20 and families are $30. Refreshments provided. Call 580-4445 for more information.

7. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros – Children’s Day/Book Day

Leah Sewell

Leah is a former employee and wrote many stories and articles for the library.