Events

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

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, the first successful student-led lunch counter protests of the Civil Rights era.

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

Snack Time

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

steAm Power

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 4-5pm | Lingo Story Room Art Kids

Explore science, technology, engineering, architecture and math through the lens of art.

Audience: 8 - 12 years

Curious Kids

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

TALK Book Discussion: The Nightingale

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Discussion facilitated by Miranda Ericsson. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, August 22, 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

Snack Time

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Curious Kids

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Altered Books Workshop

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Learning Center Adults Art

Learn a variety of fun techniques to turn a discarded book into a work of art. An unwanted book is a blank canvas that invites you to explore your creativity.

Audience: Adult

Researching Your WWI Ancestors

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Learn about the history of the Great War and resources for information about both military personnel and civilians. Danni Altman-Newell, an expert in this field, will present. Sponsored by the Topeka Genealogical Society.

Audience: Adult

Research Drop-In

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 9-10:30am, 6-7:30pm | Learning Center Adults Teens Computer

The library can help you shop, repair, cite, find a number or address, research businesses, learn a new skill and find your ancestors. Each time will have a focus on a different resource, but we'll answer all questions. Click "Research Drop-In" above to see the topics each session.

Audience: All Ages

Cutting the Cable Cord

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center 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

Snack Time

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Musical Storytime

Saturday, August 24, 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

Cocktails in the Courtyard: Paint Happy Trees - CANCELLED

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 6:30-9:30pm | Claire's Courtyard Adults

Experience after-hours 21+ fun and cocktails! Paint your own happy trees, take your picture with Bob, & partake in creative activities. Tickets are $25 a person.

Audience: Adult

So Many Books

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough. This book focuses on the life of Theodore Roosevelt from age 10 to 27. It highlights the influence of his family relationships and experiences on his growth to manhood in the late 1800s. Questions - somany@tspcl.org

Audience: Adult

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, August 26, 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, August 26, 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.

Research Drop-In

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 11am-12:30pm | Learning Center Adults Teens Computer

The library can help you shop, repair, cite, find a number or address, research businesses, learn a new skill and find your ancestors. Each time will have a focus on a different resource, but we'll answer all questions. Click "Research Drop-In" above to see the topics each session.

Audience: All Ages

Windows 10 for Beginners

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center 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

55+ and Job Hunting

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Learn about a paid job training program for people 55+.

Audience: Adult

Snack Time

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Curious Kids

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Art and You

Monday, August 26, 2019 | 5:30-6:30pm | Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd St Art Kids

Use your imagination with a wide variety of materials such as paints, wire and paper mache. Explore artists, techniques and world cultures.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Picture This Photography Club

Monday, August 26, 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, August 26, 2019 | 7-8pm | The Edge 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

Toddler Time 2 9:30

Tuesday, August 27, 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 starting August 6.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

Toddler Time 2 10:30

Tuesday, August 27, 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 starting August 6.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 1-6pm | Team Room 4 Teens Adults

TRIO Education Opportunity staff assist with financial aid applications, school application, career exploration, GED referral and English as a Second Language referral. All services are free.

Audience: All Ages

Ayuda para Computadoras y Dispositivos Disponibles

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center 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

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, August 27, 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

Snack Time

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Curious Kids

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Excel: Lists

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | Learning Center 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

Create It

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | The Story Zone Art Kids

Explore your creativity. We'll provide the materials and a few basic ideas. Kids supply the imagination and ingenuity. There's fun to be made here!

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Toddler Time 2 6:30

Tuesday, August 27, 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 starting August 6.

Audience: 24 - 36 months

This event requires registration.

An Evening with Karin Slaughter

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults Books

Meet bestselling author Karin Slaughter as she introduces her new thriller in the Will Trent series, the Last Widow. Expect twists, secrets and surprises. Q&A and book signing to follow the presentation. Book sales courtesy of the Raven Bookstore.

Audience: All Ages

Book Bites

Tuesday, August 27, 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 Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 9:30am-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Computer Adults

Learn where to find grants, what elements make up a great grant proposal, about sources of data for community needs, and how to practice the grant elements. This workshop is presented by Shawnee County Extension and costs $25 for lunch and materials. Contact 785-232-0062 x100 to register.

Audience: Adult

Word I: Introduction to Word Processing

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, spell check and some basic editing techniques to help you navigate, create and edit documents.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Art and You

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 4-5pm | Rice Community Center, 423 SW Norwood St Art Kids

Use your imagination with a wide variety of materials such as paints, wire and paper mache'. Explore artists, techniques and world cultures.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Contact Meg at STEAM@tscpl.org for location and other information 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

Curious Kids

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Learn to Cross-Stitch

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 9-10:30am | Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd St Adults Art

Learn the basics of cross-stitch including choosing fabric, needles, thread and patterns. If you already know how to cross-stitch, join us and share what you're working on. Materials provided.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, August 29, 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

Master Gardener Series - Fall Lawn Care

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 10-11am, 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Preparing your turf for a long rest will produce many benefits when it awakens next spring. This is also a great time to start new for a rewarding 2019 lawn.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Curious Kids

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Dare to be challenged and let your curiosity get the best of you. Every day is different, but we'll always have activities to spark your imagination.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Research Drop-In

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 9-10:30am, 6-7:30pm | Learning Center Adults Teens Computer

The library can help you shop, repair, cite, find a number or address, research businesses, learn a new skill and find your ancestors. Each time will have a focus on a different resource, but we'll answer all questions. Click "Research Drop-In" above to see the topics each session.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Center Teens Kids

Kids ages 0-18 get a free snack on school days. Nutritious food is provided by the Millennium Cafe and the program is funded by Harvesters.

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 10am-5pm | Chandler Booktique Books Kids Movies Music Friends

On the last day of every month, all donated items such as books, DVDs, CDs, record albums and puzzles are half price in the Chandler Booktique.

Audience: All Ages