Summerfest 2017


The library has built a better summer full of stellar events. There is something different happening every week and almost every day! We’ve got you covered if you are looking to be entertained, for a cool (temperature and style) place to hang out or to build new skills.

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Summer Reading Challenge
Come on Topeka and Shawnee County, let’s read 3 million minutes in 60 days during the Summer Reading Challenge. This breaks down to only 20 minutes of reading a day. You can read at lunch, at your kid’s soccer practice, at the pool or on your drive to work (by listening to an audiobook of course). Track the hours you read in June and July for a chance to win prizes, which are awarded at multiple stages for infants and kids. Everyone (adults too) who reads 1200 minutes by July 31 will be entered in a grand prize drawing for $20 Chandler Booktique Gift Certificates. Visit the Summerfest site or pick up a paper tracker at the library or on a bookmobile to get started.

2Book Topeka
Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our new community reading initiative. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! 
This summer we are asking everyone in Shawnee County to read two books about the core of what makes us human – our DNA. Participate in the community-wide discussion by reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

SUPER Carnival!
On July 5 we’ll keep the 4th of July fun going with the Super Carnival. Come in from the heat for temporary tattoos, T-shirts, face painting, skee ball, plinko, golf, fishing and more fun!

Friday Flicks
Watch a fantastic kid-friendly film every Friday in June and July. This year’s flicks are Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, Home, Annie Sing-Along, The BFG, Zootopia, Queen of Katwe, Moana Sing-Along and The Great Gilly Hopkins.

16th Annual Art Exhibit for Children
This is an exhibit you help create! Be physically and mentally active in the homes, gardens and playgrounds exhibit areas. The activities focus on elementary students, but we encourage everyone to help build this exhibit June 3 through July 30.

Aaron Fowler | June 21

8 Blockbuster Wednesdays
An amazing family entertainment line-up every Wednesday in June and July – Indiana Bones, Peanut Butter Hamster, Aaron Fowler, Washburn Opera Studio, the Super Carnival, Fax Gilbert, Dan Dan the Magic Man and the Topeka Zoo.

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Ginger Park

Ginger Park is the library’s communications editor. She helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. Ginger has a master’s and bachelor’s in communication from K-State and Washburn. She is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer mentor at Helping Hands Humane Society. She loves reading fiction and always has a stack of books waiting to be read. Ginger lives in Topeka with her husband and three dogs.