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
A compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. 2011 Oscar winner. © Sony Picture Classics | Iran | 2011 | PG-13| 123 minutes
An honest, but heart wrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility. 2012 Oscar winner © Sony Picture Classics | France | 2012 | PG-13| 127 minutes
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Join us for a multicultural, multilingual storytime celebrating El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros – Children’s Day/Book Day. Head to the Sabatini Gallery after for a super fun art project. And get a free book, while supplies last! Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. [3-8 years]
Ranger Angela Estep will read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, a book about sharing and the many different beautiful fish in existence today. And we’ll talk about different colors of people and respect. [3-8 years]
Celebrate diversity through a wide variety of hands-on activities. Tour the library and visit local partners highlighting cultures from our community and around the world. Free book while supplies last. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. [All ages]
Enjoy a lively and diverse selection of local performers: Dennis Rogers (Native American [Navajo] dancer), Ballet Folklorica (Mexican folk dancers), Indian Classical dancers from India, State Street Elementary School choir. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. [All ages]
8. Music for a Sunday Afternoon
Peter Fletcher is a gifted Classical guitarist who will enchant you with his lush and intricately detailed interpretations. Peter’s playing is full of nuance and poetic phrasing. He performs often to sold out audiences at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. all ages
9. Free Comic Books
Are you DC, Marvel or neither? It won’t matter on Free Comic Book Day because we will have a huge selection of free comic books, including titles for all ages, tastes and genders. The fun continues with comic book themed crafts. In partnership with Gatekeeper Hobbies.
10. Farmers Market
High-quality, locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, bedding plants and fresh cut flowers. Visit the library booth for a free fun kid craft.