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. Sign up starts right now. Reading starts May 28.



Gaming for Adults [18 and older] If you love games and you need a new challenge, then join us on the first Saturday of each month as we play unusual board games. Bring your own or play ours.
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
June: War-related video games on Wii and Xbox
Sat                                    Jun 2                                    2:00–5:00 pm
July: Puzzle-themed video games
Sat                                    Jul 7                                    2:00–5:00 pm

Monday Farmers Market
This small market offers the highest quality seasonal produce that is locally grown, along with Kansas wheat bread, Native Kansas plants, fresh herbs, bedding plants, and cut flowers.
West Parking Lot, 10th & Garfield
Jun 4–Oct 8                                     8:00–11:30 am

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
See a demonstration on preparing a rain barrel for use in your yard from the Master Gardeners. Then find out how to maximize your landscape features and conserve water by creating a rain garden. See all the beautiful plants associated with this type of garden.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Thu                                    Jun 7                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Journaling with Words and Images
Explore personal writing and illustrated journals through writing exercises and appreciating others’ examples. Discover further techniques during open discussion. New writing prompts and image ideas online at
Menninger Room 206
June’s theme: Travel & Exploration
Tue                                    Jun 12                                    10:00–11:30 am
July’s theme: Focus on Nature
Tue                                    Jul 10                                    10:00–11:30 am

See Me Save
Learn where to find coupons, how to get freebies, how to earn rewards/cash online and how to maximize your savings at grocery and drugstores. Let Michelle Gee, Circle of Moms online community, help you start your money-saving journey.
Marvin Auditorium 101A
Tue                                    Jun 12                                    6:00–8:00 pm

Easy Star Gazing
Learn how to use your eyes and binoculars to view the night sky from your backyard. Handouts will be useful for watching the Kansas sky over the next three months. Note: This is the last time this program will be held because the instructor is graduating with his doctorate.
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Tue                                    Jun 12                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Elisha Scott, Colored Lawyer of Topeka
This program revolves around Scott’s life as one of the state’s most noted attorneys and cases where he fought to win fair treatment for all Kansas school children. Presented by the National Park Service rangers from Brown v. Board of Education.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Tue                                    Jun 26                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Topeka Genealogical Society
David Toland and other staff from the Topeka LDS Family History Center, present What’s New at
Marvin Auditorium 101B
Thu                                    Jun 28                                    7:00–8:45 pm

Beginning Genealogy 
Get started in genealogy and learn how to use the print and online resources. Receive a pedigree chart and other helpful forms for keeping records as you research your family tree. Registration is required. Limit 10. Call 580-4540.
Anton Room 202
Sat                                    Jun 30                                    9:30 am–12:00 pm

Sports Trivia   
Knock out the competition at our Sports Trivia – 100 questions in 10 categories from all over the sports world. Up to 8 people per team, with prizes awarded to the top teams. Doors open at 2:30 pm. Registration required. Call 580-4540 or email
Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Sat                                    Jul 14                                    3:00–5:30 pm

Low Water/Drought Tolerate Plants
See which annuals, perennials and shrubs will do well with limited watering. This class will be held at the Extension Office so that afterwards you can walk through the Xeriscape Garden maintained by the Master Gardeners.
Shawnee County Extension Office, 1740 SW Western Ave
Thu                                    Jul 19                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Topeka Genealogical Society
Bob Wandell, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans and a history enthusiast, talks about his ongoing project to identify and document all Civil War veterans buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
Marvin Auditorium 101B
Thu                                    Jul 26                                    7:00–8:45 pm

Trivia Night @ your library®
Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams! Doors open at 6 pm. The Millennium Café will be open until 6:45 pm. Registration required, begins June 1. Call 580-4540.
Marvin Auditorium
Fri                                    Jul 27                                    6:30–9:00 pm

Trivia Afternoon @ your library®  
Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams! Doors open at 2:30 pm. The Millennium Café will be open. Registration required, begins June 1. Call 580-4540.
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Sat                                    Jul 28                                    3:00–5:30 pm


A Cut Above
Bring your family to the 10th annual art exhibit for children. Artists Angie Pickman, Clay Rice, Béatrice Coron, Cindy Ferguson and Nikki McClure cut holes in paper, making shadows, silhouettes and shapes. The scenes tell delightful stories with lots of surprises. Find out more by calling 580-4515.
Sabatini Gallery
June 1–July 13

Artist’s Talk [kids and adults] Béatrice Coron, an internationally famous artist, combines the art of the silhouette with whimsical stories, fairy tales, and commentary on contemporary life to create intricate paper and Tyvek cutouts. Ask questions of this TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) lecturer, originally from France and now working in New York.
Marvin Auditorium
Sat                                    Jun 16                                    10:00–11:00 am

Papercut Workshop and Talk [teens & adults] Angie Pickman, papercut artist, helps you make shadow puppets and shares how she makes her charming video animations. Materials provided. Pickman’s a Kansas artist who studied in New York City.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Sat                                    Jun 30                                    3:00–4:30 pm

Learn the art of ancient Asian paper folding and cutting techniques. Registration required. Call 580-4515.
Marvin Auditorium 101A
Sat                                    Jul 14                                    11:00 am –12:00 pm


Kansas Author Buttrfli Jones
Like a Tree
is a story about a woman who suffers sexual childhood abuse and how that abuse shapes her life as she journeys from victim to victor. Also discuss Song of Sally (poetry) and other novels. Books available for sale and signing after the talk.
Topeka Room 204
Sun                                    Jun 10                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Literature with Lunch
Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories written in Middle English verse at the end of the 14th Century and told as part of a storytelling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together. Discussion focuses on The Wife of Bath, The Miller’s Tale and The Reeve’s Tale.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Mon                                    Jun 11                                    1:30–3:00 pm

Conscious Discipline
Achieve a more peaceful home environment. Learn effective and fun ways to connect with your children using Conscious Discipline techniques. Presented by staff from ChildCare Aware of Northeast & North Central Kansas. Registration required. Call 580-4565.
Hughes Room 205
Thu                                    Jun 14                                    6:30–7:30 pm

Cooking by the Book
Cooking by the Book is a bookclub just for cookbook lovers. Join us as we discuss salad cookbooks and sample great recipes.
Anton Room 202
Thu                                    Jun 14                                    7:00–8:00 pm

So Many Books, So Little Time
Discuss Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring. At 12, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she’ll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Registration required. Books provided. Call 580-4540.
Menninger Room 206
Sun                                    Jun 24                                    3:00–4:30 pm

Literature with Lunch
Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry, a 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning Western novel, focuses on the relationship of several retired Texas Rangers and their adventures driving a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Mon                                    Jul 9                                    1:30–3:00 pm

Kansas Author Debra Guiou Stufflebean
A French Huguenot Legacy
is based upon the author’s own heritage as a descendant of protestants who fled France in the 17th Century in hopes of finding religious freedom in America. Learn how to research your own religious roots using the library’s resources. Books for sale.
Marvin Auditorium 101B
Tue                                    Jul 10                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Cooking by the Book
Hey cookbook lovers, join this book club that indulges you with cookbooks and other culinary titles. Part of the fun is getting to sample the recipes.
Anton Room 202
Thu                                    Jul 12                                    7:00–8:00 pm

So Many Books, So Little Time
Discuss Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Sarah, a Jewish 10-year-old girl desperate to protect her brother, locks him in a cupboard—and is never able to come back for him. Sixty years later an American journalist wants to hear Sarah’s story. Registration required. Books provided. Call 580-4540.
Menninger Room 206
Sun                                    Jul 22                                    3:00–4:30 pm

Kansas Author Gladys L. Hargis
You Live Forever
details the author’s near-death experience, who she met and the hope she was given to share for easing the pain of separation from family and friends. Books available for sale.
Topeka Room 204
Sun                                    Jul 29                                    2:00–3:00 pm

 Linked by Fate and Friendship Harry S. Truman & Lyndon B. Johnson
Go back in time and eavesdrop on history-making telephone conversations between these two presidents. Presented by National Park Service Ranger Dave Schafer, from Brown v. Board of Education, who worked at Truman’s house in Missouri and Johnson’s ranch in Texas.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Mon                                    Jul 30                                    7:00–8:00 pm


Small Business Orientation
Prospective entrepreneurs find various Topeka resources for starting their own businesses. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development Center.
Menninger Room 206
Tue                                    Jun 5                                    6:00–7:30 pm

How to Start a Business
Prospective entrepreneurs learn steps to starting a new business, including legal structure, business plans and financial projections. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development Center.
Menninger Room 206
Wed                                    Jun 6                                    6:00–8:00 pm


To register for the free classes, call 580-4606 or e-mail All classroom computers have Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007.  All classes in the Computer Training Center.

Beginning Classes
Designed for the new computer user and presented at a relaxed pace. Try taking the classes in the order listed for a good, basic understanding.

Taming Your Mouse
Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about check boxes, radio buttons, scroll bars and more.
Fri                                    Jun 15                                    9:30–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jul 5                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Tue                                    Jul 24                                    9:30–11:00 am

Beginning Windows
Learn about the keyboard, desktop, icons, start button, task bar, calculator and WordPad.
Tue                                    Jun 19                                    9:30–11:00 am
Fri                                     Jul 6                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Mon                                    Jul 9                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Wed                                    Jul 25                                    9:30–11:00 am

Word: Introduction to Word Processing
Learn to set margins and tabs, change fonts, spell check, select text, save and delete files.
Wed                                    Jun 20                                    9:30–11:00 am
Mon                                    Jul 9                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 12                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Fri                                    Jul 27                                    9:30–11:00 am

Internet Introduction
Learn basic Internet functions and visit some interesting sites.
Fri                                    Jun 1                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jun 21                                    9:30–11:00 am
Wed                                    Jul 11                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Tue                                    Jul 31                                    9:30–11:00 am

Email With Yahoo! Mail
Learn to address, compose, reply to and
forward messages.
Mon                                    Jun 4                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Fri                                    Jun 22                                    9:30–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jul 12                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Beyond The Basics
Take the following classes whenever you feel ready for more challenging projects. These classes are presented at a faster pace than the beginning classes. To register, call 580-4606 or e-mail

Google It
Search for pictures, videos, maps and stuff to buy on the Internet. See your home with Google Maps. Use Google Docs for word processing, spreadsheets and more.
Tue                                    Jun 5                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Fri                                    Jul 13                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Look It Up on the Internet
Learn to use the library’s online catalog and some electronic resources available from the library or
from home.
Fri                                    Jun 8                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 19                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Facebook for Beginners
Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your e-mail address and password.
Wed                                    Jun 6                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jun 28                                    9:30–11:00 am
Fri                                    Jul 20                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 26                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Cut, Copy & Paste
Using Microsoft Word, learn to select text, cut, copy and paste.
Wed                                    Jun 13                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Fri                                    Jun 29                                    9:30–11:00 am
Wed                                    Jul 18                                    9:30–11:00 am

Word: Graphics
Learn to draw shapes, use clip art, WordArt, and text boxes.
Thu                                    Jun 14                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Mon                                    Jun 18                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Tue                                    Jul 24                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Editing Digital Photos
Learn to crop, rotate, resize, reduce red eye, play with color and use special effects on your digital photos using Google’s Picasa, free online software you can download to your computer.
Mon                                    Jun 4                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Tue                                    Jun 19                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Wed                                    Jul 25                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Create dynamic presentations. Learn to insert slides, add text, graphics, transitions and animations.
Mon                                    Jun 25                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 26                                    1:00–2:30 pm

Word: Tables, Tabs & Columns
Learn to set tabs, construct tables and use columns.
Fri                                    Jun 1                                    9:30–11:00 am
Wed                                    Jul 11                                    9:30–11:00 am

Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets
Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple functions or formulas and page setup features.
Thu                                    Jun 7                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Wed                                    Jun 20                                    1:00–2:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 12                                    9:30–11:00 am
Mon                                    Jul 16                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Excel: Lists
Familiarity with basic Excel is required for this class. Learn the basics of data lists or tables. Create field names, sort lists and link worksheets.
Thu                                    Jun 14                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Fri                                    Jul 13                                    9:30–11:00 am
Mon                                    Jul 23                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels
Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters and directories by combining a data list with Word.
Thu                                    Jun 21                                    7:00–8:30 pm
Tue                                    Jul 17                                    9:30–11:00 am
Mon                                    Jul 30                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Do You Hulu?
Explore current trends for entertainment on the Internet including YouTube videos, Hulu television and movies, webcams, museum tours and more.
Tue                                    Jun 26                                    9:30–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jul 19                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Apple iPad for Beginners
Get acquainted with the iPad, the most popular tablet on the market. Bring your own or try one of ours. Learn about settings, searching and apps. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email
Tue                                    Jun 5                                    9:30–10:30 am
Wed                                    Jul 18                                    1:30–2:30 pm

Free eBooks @ your library®
Learn how to use your eReader with our free ebook services. Learn how to bB, and transfer ebooks to your Sony eReader, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kindle, Kobo eReader, Pandigital Novel, or iPad. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email
Fri                                    Jun 8                                    9:30–11:00 am
Mon                                    Jul 2                                    7:00–8:30 pm

Gadget Drop-In
Bring your eReader, tablet computer, cell phone, smart phone or MP3 player to a Gadget Drop-in. We try to answer your questions and give some tips on how to make your gadgets more useful and fun. Come and go anytime during the session. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or email And, be sure to let us know what gadget you will bring.
Wed                                    Jun 6                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Wed                                    Jun 13                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Wed                                    Jun 20                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Wed                                    Jun 27                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Wed                                    Jul 11                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Wed                                    Jul 18                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Sat                                    Jul 21                                    11:00 am–12:30 pm
Wed                                    Jul 25                                    3:30–5:00 pm

Practice new computer skills, learn to use a mouse or get a little help with computer problems. This is also a good time to learn more advanced techniques, learn to use a scanner, or work on job applications and resumes. Questions about your laptop? Bring it in. Come and go anytime during the session. Registration NOT required.
Sat                                    Jun 2                                    9:30–11:00 am
Tue                                    Jun 5                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jun 12                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jun 19                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jun 26                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jul 3                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jul 10                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jul 17                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Sat                                    Jul 21                                    9:30–11:00 am
Tue                                    Jul 24                                    3:30–5:00 pm
Tue                                    Jul 31                                    3:30–5:00 pm


Sail into Summer [all ages] Build a boat and race it down a raingutter track in our Amazing Boat Race. Visit with kids who sail, learn from Safe Kids Shawnee County and talk boat safety with the U.S. Coast Guard. See a real sailboat and talk to folks from the Shawnee Lake Yacht Club. Sink a boat, play games and create fun nautical crafts.
Marvin Auditorium 101A, Story Zone, Lingo Story Room, outside
Sat                                    Jun 2                                    10:30 am –1:30 pm

R.E.A.D. Dogs [all ages] Dogs are man’s best friend, but a child’s best listener. Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. These dogs are registered therapy animals that volunteer at the library with their owners.
Story Zone
Sun                                    Jun 3, 10, 17, 24                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Dreaming up a Challenge [5–12 years] Don’t let your brain fall asleep this summer. How much do you remember from the school year? Challenge your friends, meet the Homework Center coaches and play the trivia challenges they’ve dreamed up.
Homework Center 121D
Mon                                    Jun 4, 11, 18, 25                                     1:00–3:00 pm
Mon                                    Jul 2, 9, 16, 23                                    1:00–3:00 pm

Bugs of Kansas [all ages] See a bug collection and learn more about beetles, butterflies, spiders and other bugs that live in and around Topeka, including live exotics. Presented by Janeen Walters, the Topeka Audubon Society.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Mon                                    Jun 4                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Stories & Crafts [3–5 years] Stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop school skills. Each session counts for 30 minutes toward kids’ summer reading goal. A different craft activity each week. We’ve changed location for the summer, but you and your kids can expect the same fun times.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Tue                                    Jun 5, 12, 19, 26                                       10:00–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jun 7, 14, 21, 28                                       10:00–11:00 am
Tue                                    Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31                                       10:00–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jul 5, 12, 19, 26                                       10:00–11:00 am

Readapalooza [grades 2–5] Grab some carpet and let us entertain you with stories that will leave you wanting more. Different hosts will read fun and intriguing books. Each session counts as 30 minutes of credit toward completing your summer reading goal. Shannon Reilly, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, will be our first reader. Be prepared to enjoy his wit and sense of humor as you listen to a story.
Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Tue                                    Jun 5, 12, 19, 26                                       10:00–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jun 7, 14, 21, 28                                       10:00–11:00 am
Tue                                    Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31                                       10:00–11:00 am
Thu                                    Jul 5, 12, 19, 26                                       10:00–11:00 am

Blockbuster Wednesday Sal Cruz Drumline
They’re loud, fun and energetic! Sal Cruz’s summer drumline entertains you with a variety of thunderous percussion instruments: quads, snare and bass drums. Families with kids that can take the noise and excitement will love this local talent.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jun 6                                    9:30–10:30 am                                                                                                                            11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Dreaming up a Good Game [5–12 years] Pick your player piece, shuffle those cards and roll the dice. Give a new or classic board game a whirl. Bring along a friend to play against or try to out-strategize one of our Homework Center coaches Leah or Tracie. It’s fun.
Homework Center 121D
Wed                                    Jun 6, 13, 20, 27                            1:00–3:00 pm
Wed                                    Jul 11, 18, 25                                 1:00–3:00 pm

Baby Bookworms [0–18 months] Entertaining our youngest readers with stories, songs and bounces.
Lingo Story Room 121
Thu                                    Jun 7, 14, 21, 28                             9:30–10:00 am
10:30–11:00 am
5:30–6:00 pm

Thu                                    Jul 5, 12, 19, 26                             9:30–10:00 am
10:30–11:00 am
5:30–6:00 pm

Zoo Animals Live [all ages] Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachel Kilian, Education Specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction.
Marvin Auditorium 101B
Thu                                    Jun 7                                   3:45–4:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 5                                    3:45–4:30 pm

Dreaming up Some Creativity [5–12 years] Get your creative energy flowing with art and craft projects. Let Leah or Tracie, our Homework Center coaches, guide you through some original cut-and-paste experiences.
Homework Center 121 D
Fri                                    Jun 8, 15, 22, 29                                    1:00–3:00 pm
Fri                                    Jul 6, 13 , 20, 27                                    1:00–3:00 pm

Stories, Music and Crafts with Kyler [all ages] Join Kyler and friends as they treat your whole family to a wiggly, giggly good time.
Story Zone and Lingo Story Room
Sat                                    Jun 9, 16, 23, 30                             10:00–11:00 am
Sat                                    Jul 7, 14, 21                                    10:00–11:00 am

Shadow Puppet Theater Presents! Part I [8–12 years] Learn about the multicultural art form of shadow puppetry. Make a puppet with moveable joints.  Registration required. Call 580-4515
Sabatini Gallery
Sat                                    Jun 9                                    11:00 am –12:00 pm

Guys Read Club [7–12 years] Hey dudes who love to read! Let’s hang out, read the same book, talk about it, and do some other fun stuff based on the book. Yes, of course, snacks will make an appearance. Registration required. Call 785-580-4565
Lingo Story Room 121
Sat                                    Jun 9                                    2:00–3:00 pm
Sat                                    Jul 14                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Pajama Storytime [3–5 years] Wear your pajamas to the library! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket. Stories, songs and finger plays.  Plus, craft time. Registration required. Call 580-4565.
Lingo Story Room
Mon                                    Jun 11                                 6:30–7:00 pm
Mon                                    Jul 9                                    6:30–7:00 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday: Dino O’Dell
Play, dance and sing with Dino O’Dell (Kevin Dolan). Enjoy some of his best hits including Itty Bitty Monsters, The Peanut Butter Pond, The Pizza Polka, and Worms – They Really Hit the Spot. Families with preschoolers and young elementary-age kids will love Dino.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jun 13                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Musical Storytime for Everybody [all ages] Kyler sings, plays the guitar, and reads entertaining books for your family.
Story Zone
Fri                                    Jun 15                                    10:00–10:30 am
Fri                                    Jul 20                                    10:00–10:30 am

Blockbuster Wednesday Poppin’ Penelope
Witness one of the most talented balloon artists in the country as she takes the stage with a wildly entertaining comedy magic show. Penny’s unique sense of humor, unparalleled twisting speed, and encyclopedic balloon knowledge will have families with elementary-age kids wowed.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jun 20                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Shadow Puppet Theater Presents! Part II [8–12 years] Learn the art of storytelling through the multicultural artform of shadow puppetry. Use puppets, scenery and props to help. Registration required. Call 580-4515.
Sabatini Gallery
Sat                                    Jun 23                                    11:00 am–12:00 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday: Jim Cosgrove
Kid-rocker Jim Cosgrove is back with his high-energy, interactive program loaded with laughter, singing and dancing for families with elementary-aged children. Join the act as Jim (aka Mr. Stinky Feet) performs his original songs and shares his box of instruments from all over the world. Come early for the best seats.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jun 27                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Sneak, Peek & Read [18–24 months] Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration for the four-week session begins 9am, Wednesday, June 20. Call 580-4565.
Lingo Story Room
Wed                                    Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1               9:30–10:00 am
10:30–11:00 am
6:30–7:00 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday: The La La’s
This whimsical female duo brings a new style of music and harmonies to the kid’s music scene. Parents and children will love singing and dancing to such old-time favorites as Footloose, Red Red Robin and The Twist. Jill Simpson and Kim Grassman will have you on your feet and rockin’ to the beat.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jul 11                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

School Readiness Roundup [3–5 years] Participate in activities that help prepare your child for kindergarten. Learn about the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist used by local schools. This program is cosponsored by Capital Area Smart Start & ChildCare Aware. Registration required. Call 580-4565.
Lingo Story Room 121
Thu                                    Jul 12                                    6:30–7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday Magician T.A. Hamilton
Hamilton combines his superb comedic talents with exquisite sleight of hand and sleight of mind. Watch as he tosses in a healthy does of hilarious ventriloquism. This show is great for families with kids who love some major mystery and illusion.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jul 18                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday Wings of Love
Yvonne Patterson introduces families with elementary-aged kids to many of her talented feather friends such as naughty Tiki Toco Toucan. Watch parrots play basketball, bowl, skate, spell words and raise the flag. A lory hip-hops, break-dances and drives a firetruck. Be amazed by Patterson’s graceful owls.
Marvin Auditorium – Doors open 15 min. prior to performance.
Wed                                    Jul 25                                    9:30–10:30 am
11:00 am–12:00 pm
6:30–7:30 pm

Dream Big Game Day! [parents & kids] Stop by throughout the morning and have some extreme fun playing really big games. Try these on for size: giant dominoes, huge checkers, enormous bowling, mammoth Connect Four and gargantuan card games.
Lingo Story Room, Family Zone
Sat                                    Jul 28                                    10:00 am–12:00 pm

Biggest Storytime Ever! [all ages] Dream big with us as we present our longest storytime ever. Stories and songs will be going on all morning. Drop by anytime to hear Kyler, his library friends and local celebrities read fun stories to conclude our Summerfest program.
Story Zone
Sat                                    Jul 28                                    10:00 am–12:00 pm

Homework Center [5–18 years] Homework coaches help kids with questions and assignments.
Homework Center 121D
Mon, Wed, Fri                                     1:00–5:00 pm


Friday Flicks [all ages] It’s showtime for the whole family every Friday during June and July from 2:00–4:00 pm. Movie listings are subject to change.
The Edge
Jun 1 – Cars 2
Jun 8 – The Muppets
Jun 15 – Happy Feet Two
Jun 22 – Rio
Jun 29 – Dolphin Tale
Jul 6 – The Smurfs
Jul 13 – Kung Fu Panda 2
Jul 20 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jul 27 – Puss in Boots

 A Storybook Film Series: Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! [all ages] Watch how Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his jungle neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. 2008 | Rated G | 86 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jun 1                                    6:30–8:30 pm

International Film: Picture Bride
Set in 1918, 17-year-old Riyo is sent from Japan to Hawaii to be a mail-order bride. However, her future husband is at least 25 years her senior and marriage is now out of the question. © Miramax | Japan | 1995 | Rated PG-13 | 98 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Tue                                    Jun 5                                    6:30–8:45 pm

Classic Film: The Magnificent Seven
Peasants living in a small Mexican farming village hire seven gunfighters to defend them from a ruthless group of bandits. As the bandits’ next raid approaches, the peasants and gunfighters work together to defend the village. 1960 | color | 128 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jun 8                                    2:00–5:00 pm

A Storybook Film Series: Charlotte’s Web [all ages] Enjoy E.B. White’s classic story of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider and their imaginative plan to keep Wilbur around on the farm. 2006 | Rated G | 96 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jun 8                                    6:30–8:30 pm

A Storybook Film Series: Winnie the Pooh [all ages] Delight in this new tale of Winnie the Pooh and friends. Eeyore has lost his tail again and his friends must help him and save Christopher Robin, too. 2011 | Rated G | 63 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jun 15                                    6:30–8:30 pm

American Black Out
This documentary film shows how the Black and minority vote may have been suppressed during the 2000 and 2004 election process. This year’s elections are right around the corner; this timely topic will be discussed after the film. Presented by the League of Women Voters.
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Tue                                    Jun 19                                    6:30–8:30 pm

A Storybook Film Series: Tangled [all ages] Discover a fresh twist on the classic Rapunzel tale in this exciting movie. Bandit Flynn Rider and Rapunzel set off on a fantastic journey with two surprising side-kicks. 2010 | Rated PG | 100 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jun 22                                    6:30–8:30 pm

International Film: The Fifth Horseman is Fear
A powerfully presented story of an apathetic Jewish physician who agrees to harbor a fugitive underground fighter in Nazi-occupied Prague and who goes on a search for morphine to nurse the man’s wounds.
© Orion | Czechoslovakia | 1966 | 100 minutes | B&W
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Tue                                    Jul 3                                    6:30–8:45 pm

Classic Film: Murder on the Orient Express
When murder occurs aboard the Orient Express, detective Hercule Poirot agrees to interview all aboard the famous train’s Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionaire before the local police arrive. 1974 | color | 127 minutes
Marvin Auditorium 101BC
Fri                                    Jul 13                                    2:00–5:00 pm


Sunflower Music Festival [all ages] Talented young musicians from the Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Summer Institute delight us with a performance of inspiring chamber music.
Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Sat                                    Jun 9                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Playful Pianists from Around the World
Enjoy this world-class opportunity to hear young musicians from around the globe. This special performance is brought to you by young pianists attending the 2012 International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas.
Marvin Auditorium 101
Sat                                    Jul 14                                    3:00–4:00 pm


Silhouettes as Art [11–18 years] Come learn and create your own life-size silhouette for display in The Edge hallway as part of Summerfest. Will you be skateboarding, dancing or just hanging out with the other “shadows”? You are only limited by what you can imagine. Registration required. Call 580-4565.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jun 4                                    2:00–4:00 pm

Double Dueling: Yu-Gi-Oh [11–18 years] and Magic: The Gathering [14+ years] Bring your cards and pit your wits against other Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic players as we host tournaments for both games.
The Edge
Mon                                    Jun 4, 18                                    4:00–6:00 pm
Mon                                    Jul 2, 16                                     4:00–6:00 pm

Teen Board Game Night [12–18 years] If you’ve never been chased by zombies, escaped from a haunted house or triumphed at world domination, here is your chance. Play some of our board games to curb your appetite for perilous exploration and world conquest. They’re more fun than the real thing.
The Edge
Fri                                    Jun 8                                    7:00–8:00 pm
Fri                                    Jul 13                                    7:00–8:00 pm

Laughing Matters Junior [all ages] An all-youth off shoot of the popular Laughing Matters Improv Comedy Troupe from Topeka Civic Theater offers comic sketches and games based on audience suggestions. Laughing Matters Junior has humor that appeals to everyone. Bring your whole family for some fun with these super-talented comedians.
The Edge
Mon                                    Jun 11                                    2:00–3:00 pm

 Teen Writing Group [12–18 years] Become better acquainted with the night. Explore the dark through creative writing as we tackle new styles, forms and genres.
The Edge
Mon                                    Jun 11, 25                                 7:00–8:00 pm
Mon                                    Jul 9, 23                                    7:00–8:00 pm

No Couch Potatoes Needed [11–18 years] Physical Therapist Natalie Sykes leads you in stress-relieving aerobics, martial arts or meditative exercises. Learn to make or choose healthy snacks at each program.
The Edge
Thu                                    Jun 14, 28                                   3:30–4:30 pm
Thu                                    Jul 12, 26                                    3:30–4:30 pm

Murder Mystery Event [11–18 years] A dead body has been discovered at a construction site, and it’s up to you to find the murderer. Examine clues and inspect the crime scene and other locations to eliminate suspects and identify the killer. Bring your deductive powers to the library to nab the offender before he or she strikes again.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jun 18                                    2:00–3:00 pm

National Smash Brothers Tournament [12–18 years] Gamers get ready! Let’s Smash our way to the top in this series of national tournaments set against libraries across the country.
The Edge
Sat                                    Jun 23                                    12:00–3:00 pm
Sat                                    Jul 28                                    12:00–3:00 pm

Glow Science [11–18 years] See how chemical reactions can turn everyday ingredients into amazing glowing creations.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jun 25                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Country Pop Singer Megan Leigh [all ages] No tickets required to see Megan Leigh, a music artist who is often compared to country superstars Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. Megan pulls inspiration from her own life experiences to bring songs to her fans that they can relate to. Check out her music at
The Edge
Wed                                    Jun 27                                    4:00–5:00 pm

Dark Chocolate Delight [11–18 years] Calling all chocolate lovers! Make your own delicious chocolate creation, play fun chocolate-themed games, and win treats in a chocolate trivia contest.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jul 2                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Black Light T-shirts [11–18 years] Everybody loves a black light! Create an amazing effect with black t-shirts and fluorescent paints that will wow everyone!
Marvin Auditorium 101AB
Mon                                    Jul 9                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Own the Night: Learn Self Defense [11–adult] Learn practical self defense moves and empower yourself.  Mr. Moore, a fifth degree black belt instructor from Midwest Martial Arts School, will help you protect yourself using empowering martial arts moves in an eastern tradition of respect, discipline and humility. Please wear athletic clothes.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jul 16                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Creatures of the Night Party [11–18 years] Admit it. You’ve been waiting for an excuse to dress up as a zombie, or a vampire or some other midnight-lurker. That’s why we’re having this party, to satisfy your secret cravings. So stagger or fly to the library for snacks and ghoulish party games in this festival of the creepy.
Marvin Auditorium
Mon                                    Jul 23                                    2:00–3:00 pm

Open Mic Night [12–18 years] Move your band out of the garage and onto a stage. Get the crowd giggling with your comedic talents or dancing to your beat. Whatever your talent, we have a place for you. Come to our casual Open Mic Night and perform if you wish.
The Edge
Wed                                    Jul 25                                    4:00–5:30 pm



Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.

3 thoughts on “Summer Schedule – What’s Happening at the Library

  1. I am trying to sign up my kids for the summer reading program. They were told that they had to do it online, but I can not find it on your website at all. Usually it is easy to find. Is it not up yet? It is advertised in the library’s paper that they can sign up now. Please update your website or correct the advertisements.

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