Events

Written in the Stars

May 5, 2019 through July 14, 2019 | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Gallery Exhibits Teens Art

View an art exhibit curated by a team of area high schoolers using artwork from the library's permanent collection and juried high school art.

Audience: All Ages

Across the Universe: Art Exhibit for Children

May 25, 2019 through August 18, 2019 | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Adults Gallery Exhibits Kids Art

Take a step into deep space at the Across the Universe art exhibit. Kids and adults can uncover a variety of projects and activities – create your own constellations and even make your own space rover! Use everything from hula hoops to iPads to explore the universe and how we fit into it.

Audience: All Ages

Adventuremobile - Build Your Own Flying Saucer

July 1, 2019 through July 5, 2019 | Adventuremobile Bookmobile Stop Kids

Craft your own mini flying saucer to take you on an out-of-this-world adventure.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 7:30-11:30am | Parking Lot Adults

Shop high-quality, locally-grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and bedding plants. Look for more variety as the season progresses. Free fun craft for kids at each market.

Audience: Adult

Medicare Mondays

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas helps you navigate the complex web of Medicare.

Audience: Adult

Space Crafting

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 2-3pm | Learning Center Kids Teens Art

Take home a miniature galaxy! Use acrylic paint, a pouring technique and a mini canvas to create and name your own world.

Audience: All Ages

Beginning Computer Navigation

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 3-4pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about check boxes, radio buttons and scroll bars. If you cannot make one of these sessions, go to a Computer & Gadget Help session to get started.

Audience: All Ages

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 9:30-10am | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes on Tuesdays at 9:30am June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Readapalooza

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Stories & Crafts

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 10:30-11am | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes at 10:30am on Tuesdays June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Soda Straw Rockets

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Art Gallery Exhibits

Build and launch your own Soda Straw Rockets! This is an excellent opportunity to practice the engineering design process – how well will your rocket fly?

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Centrémonos en sus preguntas de tecnología. Traiga su computadora portátil, tableta u otro dispositivo. Practique nuevas habilidades informáticas o aprenda a usar el catálogo de la biblioteca mientras haya capacitadores disponibles.

Audience: All Ages

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes at 6:30pm on Tuesdays June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for one-year olds to enjoy with their adults.

Audience: 12 - 24 months

Meteorite Hunt

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Teens Kids

Search your backyard or park for a meteorite. Bring your findings to this event and we'll test them to see if they could be a real meteorite. Meteorites are black or rusty brown, feel heavy for their size and don’t have a lot of holes. We'll have real meteorites to compare.

Audience: All Ages

The War of the Worlds - Radio To Reality

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 1-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Teens Adults

Explore our fascination with aliens through the 1938 radio drama, The War of the Worlds. Hear excerpts from the original broadcast and examples of 1930s radio sound techniques. We'll discuss original reactions and how perceptions have changed and evolved.

Audience: All Ages

Windows 10 for Beginners

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Experience the new features in Windows 10. Learn how to organize the Start Menu, use accessories, personalize the desktop and get apps from the Windows Store.

Audience: All Ages

Rock Painting

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 1-2:30pm | Crestview Community Center – 4801 SW Shunga Dr Adults Art

Humans have been rock painting for millennia, but now it is a trendy craft project! Join us as we create simple and fun artwork on rocks. Materials provided.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Friday, July 5, 2019 | 10am-12pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults Kids Teens Movies

Watch this classic Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure about a homesick alien and the kids who help him. Starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore. Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. 1982 | PG | 114 min

Audience: All Ages

The Martian

Friday, July 5, 2019 | 1:30-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Movies

An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars. After his team assumes he's dead, he must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. 2015 | PG-13 | 144 min

Audience: Adult

Make Rockets

Saturday, July 6, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Claire's Courtyard Teens Kids

Make and fly your own Alka-Seltzer powered rocket. While supplies last. Weather permitting.

Audience: All Ages

4-H in the Library

Saturday, July 6, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm | The Story Zone Kids

Take part in 3 amazing small activities ranging from arts and crafts to woodworking and rabbits to rocketry. Teen 4-H’ers will lead the way.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Play it Again!

Saturday, July 6, 2019 | 2-5pm | Learning Center 120A Adults

Learn to play a new board or video game, or bring a classic to the table. Children are welcome with their adults.

Audience: All Ages

PostPublic Article Club

Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 11:30am-1pm | Location varies, email postpublic@tscpl.org Adults

Discuss interesting articles curated by a different member each month. Additional articles can be discussed in an unregulated bonanza at the end. Email postpublic@tscpl.org for more info.

Audience: All Ages

KC UFO Sightings

Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 3-5pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Margie Kay, author of The Kansas City UFO Flaps, will discuss fascinating close encounters with UFOs in the Kansas City area. Find out what has been going on in ufology the past few years, and hear about extraterrestrials sightings and what to do if you have sighting.

Audience: Adult

So Many Books

Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss The Martian by Andy Weir.  Stranded alone on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive with minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity.

Audience: Adult

Adventuremobile - 3-2-1-BLAST OFF!

July 8, 2019 through July 12, 2019 | Adventuremobile Bookmobile Stop Kids

Discover some of the equipment astronauts use to work in space and build your own space helmet.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 7:30-11:30am | Parking Lot Adults

Shop high-quality, locally-grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and bedding plants. Look for more variety as the season progresses. Free fun craft for kids at each market.

Audience: Adult

Crafting Together

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 12:30-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults Art

Bring whatever craft you want to work on. See what others are working on and maybe learn a new skill and meet new friends.

Audience: Adult

Classics Made Modern

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Adults Books

Discuss Red by Liesl Shurtliff. She weaves a spellbinding retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, her granny and the wolf. Discuss what we learn and teach with popular children's stories. Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Resume Help for Veterans

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 2-3pm | Menninger Room 206 Computer Adults

We'll answer questions to help military veterans create a winning resume in this hands-on session. If you have a draft resume, bring it. Laptops provided or bring your own.

Audience: Adult

Caregiver Support Group / Monday Group

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Anton Room 202 Adults

Being a caregiver can be incredibly stressful. Meet and talk to others who are in the same situation. Moderated by April Maddox, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging caregiver support specialist.

Audience: All Ages

Computerized Genealogy

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 5-6pm | Central Park Community Center, 1534 SW Clay St Adults

Get started in genealogy and learn how to use the online resources to build your family tree. Receive helpful forms for keeping records.

Audience: Adult

Teen Writers Group

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 7-8pm | Menninger Room 206 Teens

Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your literary passion as we express ourselves and explore the world through our works of poetry and prose.

Audience: All Ages

Astrophotography

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Kids Teens Adults

Learn about imaging the night sky, from the backyard amateur astrophotographer to the Hubble Telescope. Explore the challenges, considerations, tricks, and rewards of capturing the cosmos.

Audience: Family

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 9:30-10am | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes on Tuesdays at 9:30am June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Journaling with Words & Images

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 10-11:30am | Anton Room 202 Adults

Explore personal writing and creativity using a visual journal. Discover additional ideas through the work of others, in-session exercises and tech or online resources. We'll provide prompts for inspiration and art materials.

Audience: All Ages

Stories & Crafts

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 10:30-11am | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes at 10:30am on Tuesdays June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

String Art Constellations

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Adults Gallery Exhibits Kids Teens Art

Create your own string art constellation to take home. Pick from a variety of constellation patterns. 

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Centrémonos en sus preguntas de tecnología. Traiga su computadora portátil, tableta u otro dispositivo. Practique nuevas habilidades informáticas o aprenda a usar el catálogo de la biblioteca mientras haya capacitadores disponibles.

Audience: All Ages

Deliberative Conversation: Safety and Justice

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 6-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Adults

How should communities reduce violence? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in a National Issues Forum. RSVP to connect@tscpl.org or 785-580-4629.

Audience: Adult

Toddler Time 2

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Share stories, songs and crafts with your older toddler. This 6-week program transitions children from lap-sitting to independent storytimes. Register on May 21 for classes at 6:30pm on Tuesdays June 4-July 9, 2019.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Graphic Novel Panel

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | Gatekeeper Hobbies, 4123 SW Gage Center Dr #100 Art Books

Read in advance and be part of the panel. For July check Hoopla for Marvel 1602. A story from Neil Gaiman placing some traditional heroes in a decidedly historical setting.

Audience: All Ages

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for one-year olds to enjoy with their adults.

Audience: 12 - 24 months

Summer Learning Celebration

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 10:30am-12pm | Marvin Auditorium Teens Kids

Play fun games, get a free book and a free lunch.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In July read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Transitioning From Military to Civilian Employment

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 2-3pm | Hughes Room 205 Adults

Get tips and pointers on switching from a military to a civilian workplace. Interact with community partners and discover library resources.

Audience: Adult

Teen STEAM: Leadership

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 Teens

Be part of this core group of teen leaders planning a series of fun, free, out-of-school STEAM events for other teens.

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 5:30-6pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through interactive songs, stories and bounces!

Audience: Birth - 18 months

How to Sign up for Medicare Part D

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 9:30-11am | Menninger Room 206 Adults

Learn how to use the Medicare.gov website and plan finder to help you make an informed decision regarding your Medicare Part D drug coverage every year.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Readapalooza

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Stories & Crafts

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 6:30-8pm | Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave Adults Books

Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials. Email foxread@tscpl.org for upcoming titles.

Audience: Adult

Becoming a Master Gardener

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Adults

Find out what K-State Extension Master Gardeners do in our community and how to get involved. Applications to become a Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener will be available.

Audience: All Ages

Cover Letter Help for Veterans

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 2-3pm | Hughes Room 205 Computer Adults

Bring your resume to this hands-on session specifically for veterans. We'll answer questions to help you write a strong cover letter. If you have a draft cover letter, bring that too. Laptops provided or bring your own.

Audience: Adult

Cool Hand Luke

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults Movies

A laid-back Southern man, played by Paul Newman, is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. 1967 | PG | color | 126 min

Audience: Adult

Movie: Spaceballs

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 6-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults Kids Teens Movies

A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. Starring Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Bill Pullman and John Candy. PG | 1987 | 96min.

Audience: All Ages

Musical Storytime

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Music Kids

Shake off your sleepiness with some fun songs and crazy dancin' with Kyler. Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy joins us the 4th Saturday of each month. You may even see a character from the current TCTA show.

Audience: Birth - 5 years

Lift Off! / Despegue!

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am | Gage Park Soccer Fields, 10th & SW Rock Garden Dr Teens Kids

Experience the thrill of rocket launching and discover the basics of model rocketry using the National Association of Rocketry Code. Experimente la emoción del lanzamiento de cohetes y descubra los conceptos básicos del modelo rocketry utilizando el código (NAR) Asociación Nacional de Cohetes.

Audience: Family

Creating Oral Histories

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 11am-1pm | Topeka Room Adults

Learn how to use the library's oral history kits to preserve and enhance your own family and community history. Registration required.

Audience: Adult

Solar System Jewelry

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 2-3pm | Atrium Kids Teens

Make and take a solar system necklace or bracelet. Test your planet and solar system knowledge at the same time.

Audience: 8 - 12 years

Make a Crater

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 2-3pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Learn how scientists investigate the history of our solar system while we whip up a moon-like crater with stuff from your kitchen!

Audience: 8 - 18 years

People, Pride and Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-in

July 15, 2019 through August 18, 2019 | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Gallery Exhibits Art

"People, Pride and Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-in" is a traveling exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of Wichita's Dockum Drugstore Sit-in, one of the first lunch counter protests of the Civil Rights era.

Audience: All Ages

Adventuremobile - Explore Space in a Zip

July 15, 2019 through July 19, 2019 | Adventuremobile Bookmobile Stop Kids

Adapt a zip-line to simulate the targeted landing of a space rover. We'll learn about the unmanned exploration of our solar system.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, July 15, 2019 | 7:30-11:30am | Parking Lot Adults

Shop high-quality, locally-grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and bedding plants. Look for more variety as the season progresses. Free fun craft for kids at each market.

Audience: Adult

Walking on the Moon with Mad Science

Monday, July 15, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am, 2:30-3:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Mad Science of Greater Kansas City is putting on this interactive action-packed show all about space travel and landing on the Moon. 

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Topeka Cemetery History

Monday, July 15, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Teens Adults

Learn about Topeka’s 160-year-old historic site and the fascinating people who chose it as their final residence. 

Audience: All Ages

Internet Introduction

Monday, July 15, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn basic internet functions and visit a variety of sites for information and entertainment.

Audience: All Ages

Stories & Crafts

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Make Your Own Space Craft

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Adults Gallery Exhibits Kids Teens Art

Design the latest and greatest satellite for an important mission. Your satellite could help study things happening on Earth, take pictures of planets, keep an eye on our sun, or even find planets elsewhere in the universe! Design your satellite using various materials provided.

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Centrémonos en sus preguntas de tecnología. Traiga su computadora portátil, tableta u otro dispositivo. Practique nuevas habilidades informáticas o aprenda a usar el catálogo de la biblioteca mientras haya capacitadores disponibles.

Audience: All Ages

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 7-8:45pm | The Edge Adults Teens Movies

Watch anime, talk about it and (maybe) learn something! This is a member-driven club that includes viewing, discussion and info/activity about culture.

Audience: Family

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for one-year olds to enjoy with their adults.

Audience: 12 - 24 months

Google It

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn to use the most-visited site on the web. Search for information and images. See your house with Google Maps. Learn about even more Google apps and features.

Audience: All Ages

Moon Landing Celebration

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults Teens Kids

Build an astronaut helmet, create a planetary rover, take a picture of yourself on a simulated moon, and play Moon hide and seek at our party celebrating the first time a human walked on the moon.

Audience: All Ages

TALK Book Discussion: State of Wonder

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Discussion facilitated by Miranda Ericsson. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 5:30-6pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through interactive songs, stories and bounces!

Audience: Birth - 18 months

Stories & Crafts

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Deliberative Conversation: Safety and Justice

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 1-3:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Adults

How should communities reduce violence? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in a National Issues Forum. RSVP to connect@tscpl.org or 785-580-4629.

Audience: Adult

Caregiver Support Group / Thursday Group

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 2-3pm | Perkins Room 201 Adults

Being a caregiver can be incredibly stressful. Meet and talk to others who are in the same situation. Moderated by April Maddox, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging caregiver support specialist.

Audience: All Ages

Instagram for Beginners

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 3-4pm | Anton Room 202 Adults Computer

Get an overview of the popular visual social media site.

Audience: All Ages

Zoo Animals Live

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 4-4:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101B Kids

Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps you separate animal fact from fiction.

Audience: Family

Musical Storytime

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Music Kids

Shake off your sleepiness with some fun songs and crazy dancin' with Kyler. Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy joins us the 4th Saturday of each month. You may even see a character from the current TCTA show.

Audience: Birth - 5 years

Email for Beginners

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn to log into an account and to open, delete, reply to and forward email messages. Register at tscpl.org/register. Register at tscpl.org/register.

Audience: All Ages

The Dish

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 1-3pm, 5-7pm | Lingo Story Room Movies

This comedy features quirky characters in a remote Australian community that plays a key role in the first Apollo Moon landing. Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. PG-13 | 2000 | 97 min

Audience: Family

Anyone Can Cook

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 4-5pm | Lingo Story Room Kids Teens

For anyone who loves to eat but can’t cook, you'll learn to follow a recipe, plan healthy and delicious meals and snacks, and explore different styles of cooking.

Audience: Family

Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Members Only

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 5-8pm | Marvin Auditorium Books Friends Adults

Shop books (including collectibles) sorted by genres, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and records. This sale is for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door or in the Chandler Booktique. Bring your own totes, boxes, luggage on wheels, etc. Cash and credit card accepted.

Audience: All Ages

Money Matters - Home-buying 101

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 9am-1pm | Perkins Room 201 Adults

Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. provides information for first time home-buyers and anyone who wants to learn home buying facts. Learn about realtors, mortgages, closing costs, home inspections and home maintenance.

Audience: Adult

Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 9am-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Books Friends Adults

Shop books (including collectibles) sorted by genres, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and records. Bring your own totes, boxes, luggage on wheels, etc. Cash and credit card accepted. For more information visit tscpl.org/friends/book-sales.

Audience: All Ages

Moon Landing Memories

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 11am-3pm | Learning Center Adults

Share your memories, thoughts, experiences and stories of the moon landing on July 20, 1969. Stories will be video recorded.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

2Book Topeka Book Club

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 11am-12:30pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Follow Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect as they travel the galaxy, get into trouble and wreak havoc during their hilarious adventures. This Sci-Fi classic is filled with intelligent satire, barbed wit and comedy.

Audience: All Ages

Cocktails in the Courtyard: Fly Me to the Moon

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 6:30-9:30pm | Claire's Courtyard Adults

Celebrate the 50th anniversary moon landing with our first ever Cocktails in the Courtyard! Enjoy food, drinks, and fun activities just for grown ups (21+). Tickets are $25 a person https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-in-the-courtyard-fly-me-to-the-moon-tickets-60576390615.

Audience: Adult

Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Bag Day

Sunday, July 21, 2019 | Noon-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Books Friends Music Adults

Fill a grocery sack (provided) to the top for just $10. Books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and records. Cash and credit card accepted. For more information visit tscpl.org/friends/book-sales.

Audience: All Ages

Adventuremobile - Earth, Moon, and Sun

July 22, 2019 through July 26, 2019 | Adventuremobile Bookmobile Stop Kids

Discover how the Earth, Moon and Sun move and influence each other. Make a model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun to take home.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 7:30-11:30am | Parking Lot Adults

Shop high-quality, locally-grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and bedding plants. Look for more variety as the season progresses. Free fun craft for kids at each market.

Audience: Adult

Downsizing in a Sellers Market

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Seniors Real Estate Specialist Carol Ronnebaum will share tips on what to do when you're ready to downsize your living space. 

Audience: Adult

Excel: Intro to Spreadsheets

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple formulas and page setup features. Register at tscpl.org/register.

Audience: All Ages

Picture This Photography Club

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 5:30-6:30pm | Adults

Whether you use your phone, a point-and-shoot or an expensive camera, join us at a different location on the fourth Monday of each month to take pictures. Email picture@tscpl.org or follow Picture This Photography Club on Facebook for the location.

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 7-8pm | Menninger Room 206 Teens

Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your literary passion as we express ourselves and explore the world through our works of poetry and prose.

Audience: All Ages

Stories & Crafts

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Cosmic Sun Catchers

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Gallery Exhibits Art

Make your own cosmic sun catcher with clear plastic and poured paint.

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 3-4pm, 6-7pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Centrémonos en sus preguntas de tecnología. Traiga su computadora portátil, tableta u otro dispositivo. Practique nuevas habilidades informáticas o aprenda a usar el catálogo de la biblioteca mientras haya capacitadores disponibles.

Audience: All Ages

Book Bites

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Pizagels's Pizza and Bakery, 2830 SW Fairlawn Rd Books

Talk lit with this book group for readers in their 20s and 30s! This month we'll discuss The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Space Station Fair

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 9-11am, 1-3pm, 5-7pm | Marvin Auditorium Art Teens Kids

Take a virtual trip through the solar system. Taste space food. Become your favorite alien. Create a unique and beautiful galaxy. Listen to “Stories from Space” picture books read by astronauts. Feel what it's like to walk on another planet.

Audience: Family

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for one-year olds to enjoy with their adults.

Audience: 12 - 24 months

Excel: Lists

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 1-2pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Familiarity with basic Excel is required for this class. Learn to create field names, sort lists and link worksheets. You'll learn lists that can also be used in our Word: Mail Merge class.

Audience: All Ages

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Arts and Craftsman Workshop, 308 SW Van Buren Teens

Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on activities in an environment that encourages leadership, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Mentors from the library and Arts & Craftsman Workshop will facilitate.

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Rock Painting

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 9-10:30am | Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd St Adults Art

Humans have been rock painting for millennia, but now it is a trendy craft project! Join us as we create simple and fun artwork on rocks. Materials provided.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 5:30-6pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through interactive songs, stories and bounces!

Audience: Birth - 18 months

Stories & Crafts

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

iPad Workshop

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 1-2pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Bring your iPad and your library card to learn and share tips, tricks, iPad features and favorite apps including our suite of digital offerings.

Audience: All Ages

Fun Kansas Facts for Genealogy

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Wendi Bevitt from Buried Past Consulting will provide information about the 105 Kansas Counties that may help with researching your ancestors. Sponsored by the Topeka Genealogical Society.

Audience: Adult

Here Comes the Sun

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 11am-1pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Learn about the physics of the Sun from Dr. Brian Thomas, a physics & astronomy professor from Washburn University. Learn how the sun works, ask questions and view the sun through safe, solar observing telescopes.

Audience: All Ages

24/7 Online Learning

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn at your own pace with Lynda.com's more than 6,000 video classes teaching everything from Microsoft Office to coding to time management to drawing. Bring your library card and earbuds or headphone and we'll show you how to login, navigate and build your learning playlist.

Audience: Adult

Trivia Night

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 6:30-9pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Enter as a team of 5-8 people working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams! Doors open at 6pm. The Millennium Café will be open until 6:30pm. Registration begins June 1 at 9am. Click on event name to access registration link.

Audience: All Ages

This event requires registration.

Musical Storytime

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Music Kids

Shake off your sleepiness with some fun songs and crazy dancin' with Kyler. Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy joins us the 4th Saturday of each month. You may even see a character from the current TCTA show.

Audience: Birth - 5 years

Comenzando a Navegar en su Computadora

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10-11am | Anton Room 202 Computer

Aprenda la forma correcta de sostener y mover el ratón. Aprende sobre casillas de verificación, botones de radio y barras de desplazamiento. Si no puede hacer una de estas sesiones. Vaya a una sesión de Ayuda de Computadoras y Gadgets para comenzar.

Audience: All Ages

What can astrology do for you?

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm | Learning Center Kids Teens Adults

Astrologer Dianne Lawson will discuss what real astrology is and what a real astrologer does.

Audience: All Ages

Trivia Afternoon

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 3-5:30pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Enter as a team of up to 8 people working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories for fun and prizes. The Millennium Café will be open for snacks and drinks. Registration begins June 1 at 9am. Click on event name to access registration link.

Audience: All Ages

Extraordinary Relationships Through Astrology

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 4-5pm | Learning Center Kids Teens Adults

Astrologer Dianne Lawson will discuss how astrology can help you in general, and in relationships, specifically.

Audience: All Ages

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 6-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Movies

Watch this trippy cosmic joyride with an earthling (Martin Freeman) and an alien (Mos Def). Adapted from the Douglas Adams sci-fi tales. PG | 2005 | 110 min

Audience: All Ages

Adventuremobile - Somewhere Out There

July 29, 2019 through August 2, 2019 | Adventuremobile Bookmobile Stop Kids

Uncover how early astronomers studied the stars from here on Earth. Build your own space telescope.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 7:30-11:30am | Parking Lot Adults

Shop high-quality, locally-grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and bedding plants. Look for more variety as the season progresses. Free fun craft for kids at each market.

Audience: Adult

Family Place Learn & Play

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 10-10:45am | Lingo Story Room Kids

Play together in activities that focus on healthy child development and early literacy. Learn about your role as your child's first teacher. Local partners will share resources available. Register for the 5-week program (July 29-August 26) beginning July 1 at tscpl.org/register.

Audience: Birth - 3 years

This event requires registration.

Free Ebooks With Libby

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn about this free library app to access thousands of free ebooks on your computer or smart device. Bring your library card and tablet or smart phone.

Audience: All Ages

Card Making with Cindy

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 12:30-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Art

Learn how to make two greeting cards with the help of a local paper crafter.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Comet Formation with NASA Ambassador

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 1-3pm | Marvin Auditorium 101B Teens Kids

NASA Solar System Ambassador Brenda Culbertson will demonstrate the formation of a comet using dry ice. Then she'll serve up some space ice cream and you can make a solar system necklace or bracelet.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 7-8am | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Centrémonos en sus preguntas de tecnología. Traiga su computadora portátil, tableta u otro dispositivo. Practique nuevas habilidades informáticas o aprenda a usar el catálogo de la biblioteca mientras haya capacitadores disponibles.

Audience: All Ages

Stories & Crafts

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Kids

Enjoy stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop early literacy skills.

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Readapalooza

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 10-11am | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Kids

Explore the universe and satisfy your curiosity with stories, crafts, games and activities. There's a different story and activities at every session, so come to them all!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Lift off! Art

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Adults Gallery Exhibits Kids Art

Make art with movement. Use your energy to make it move and watch your spaceship go to the moon.

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 3-4pm | Perkins Room 201 Computer

Let's focus on your technology questions. Bring your laptop, tablet or other device. Practice new computer skills or learn to use the library catalog while trainers are available.

Audience: All Ages

Dog Stars

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 9-10am, 11am-12pm, 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids

Denise Gard's famous Border Collies Joey and Sienna perform "star-quality" tricks. Be part of exciting stories about constellations and take home a star map.

Audience: All Ages

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am, 6:30-7pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy fun for one-year olds to enjoy with their adults.

Audience: 12 - 24 months

Cutting the Cable Cord

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Anton Room 202 Computer

Learn about some of the alternatives to traditional cable or satellite TV, and the benefits and drawbacks of streaming TV and HDTV antennas.

Audience: All Ages