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, one of the first 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

Computerized Genealogy

Thursday, August 1, 2019 | 7-8am | Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd 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

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, August 1, 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

Readapalooza

Thursday, August 1, 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, August 1, 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

Storytelling Workshop

Thursday, August 1, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Kids Teens Adults

Learn tips and tricks for preparing and presenting an oral story from Rosie Cutrer, a professional storyteller who has told tales around the world. Rosie will help you up your story game, whether you want to share with family or compete in a story slam.

Audience: All Ages

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, August 1, 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

Animals in the Night Sky

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 10-11am | Lingo Story Room Kids

In this stargazing safari, discover animals that inhabit the night sky as constellations, then see and touch the real animals they look like and make a cosmic craft.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Story Slam

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 7-9pm | NOTO Arts Place, 905 N Kansas Adults

Listen to or be one of 10 people who each tell a 5-minute story on the theme of Stranger than Fiction. The audience will award a cash prize to the best story based on quality and presentation. Sign up to be a storyteller begins at 6:30. Cohosted with NOTO Arts Place, emcee Kay Duganator.

Audience: All Ages

Cosmic Carnival

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 10am-2pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids

Experience carnival style games, crafts, activities, and demos with a space and STEM twist including space food, gravity model, VR games and astronaut training. In partnership with the Ad Astra Science Foundation.

Audience: All Ages

4-H in the Library

Saturday, August 3, 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, August 3, 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, August 4, 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

WALL-E

Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 1-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids Movies

WALL-E is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days cleaning a dirty planet, until he meets EVE and follows her across the galaxy. Could a little robot help humanity find their home on Earth again? Winner of Oscar, Hugo and Nebula awards. 2008 | 103 min |Closed captioned

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, August 5, 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 5, 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.

Medicare Mondays

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

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

Audience: Adult

Straw Rockets

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 3-4pm | Atrium Kids

Come create a rocket ship and blast off to outer space!

Audience: All Ages

Kansas Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society Meeting

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

The Kansas Chapter of KAAHGS meets quarterly to learn about African American family history and genealogy with guest speakers Kenya Cox and Michael Davis. Find them on Facebook or visit kaahgs.org.

Audience: Adult

Readapalooza

Tuesday, August 6, 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, August 6, 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

League of Women Voters Tuesday Topics

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 11:30am-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend. A catered luncheon is available at 11:30 a.m. for $9.25; the program is from Noon-1 p.m.

Audience: All Ages

Space Painting

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Adults Gallery Exhibits Kids Teens Art

Paint your own picture of space using water color. What would you see on your trip across the universe? 

Audience: All Ages

Starry Night Craft

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 3-4pm | Lingo Story Room Kids

Paint your own starry night sky using Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece Starry Night as inspiration.

Audience: 5 - 8 years

Story Stones

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 10-11am | Learning Center Kids

Learn how to tell stories with stones. Paint basic images like a star, the moon, a person, an alien or whatever sparks your cosmic imagination. Then, use your stones to tell a fun story to your family or friends.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

The Space Race - an Epic Battle

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

Dr. Sean Kalic, a professor of history from the Command Staff College in Leavenworth, KS, will look back at the epic space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

Audience: Adult

How to Sign up for Medicare Part D

Thursday, August 8, 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.

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, August 8, 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, August 8, 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, August 8, 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

Uncover a Secret Language

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 3-4pm | Atrium Kids

Uncover the secret language of binary code by embedding your initials on a safety pin with beads.

Audience: 8 - 12 years

Perseid Meteor Shower

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

Get ready for the most popular meteor shower of the year with the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League. They'll discuss the Perseid Meteor Shower and offer tips for watching the night sky.

Audience: Family

The Producers

Friday, August 9, 2019 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Movies

Broadway producers Max Bialystock (Maz Bialystock) and Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) scheme to make money producing a sure-fire flop. Critics consider this one of Mel Brooks finest and funniest films. 1967 | PG | color |88 min

Audience: Adult

Galaxy Jars

Friday, August 9, 2019 | 3-4pm | Learning Center Kids

Hold the galaxy in your hands when you create a galaxy jar. Supplies provided.

Audience: 5 - 8 years

Musical Storytime

Saturday, August 10, 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

Computerized Genealogy 2

Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 11am-1pm | Topeka Room Adults

Now that you have your family tree, move to the next level. This class will focus on using online resources to find your ancestors where they may be hidden. Register at tscpl.org/register.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Alien Afternoon

Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 2-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids Movies

Create alien headbands and hand puppets. Then watch as Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, forms a friendship with adventurous Tip and helps her on her quest in the movie Home. 2015 | PG | 93 min

Audience: Family

DinoO’Dell’s Music & Stories from Space

Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 2-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids

Sing and dance with Dino O'Dell during his storytelling show about outer space science. He'll have a kid-friendly demo of gravity, a song about meteors, meteoroids and meteorites, and the story of Dino's childhood hero, Neil Armstrong.

Audience: Family

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, August 12, 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 12, 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.

VR Space Adventure

Monday, August 12, 2019 | 12:30-3pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Kids Teens Adults

Experience space with virtual reality. You can also work on an art project while you wait your turn.

Audience: All Ages

Crafting Together

Monday, August 12, 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, August 12, 2019 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Adults Books

Discuss The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. There was a decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Caregiver Support Group / Monday Group

Monday, August 12, 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, August 12, 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

Journaling with Words & Images

Tuesday, August 13, 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, August 13, 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, August 13, 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

Galaxy Bracelets

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 1-2pm | Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Gallery Exhibits Art

Create a galaxy bracelet, necklace or key chain that includes one beautiful bead for each of the planets in our solar system.  You can incorporate Saturn's rings and even include Pluto.

Audience: All Ages

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, August 14, 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 August read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Art in Common

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 2-3:30pm | Learning Center Adults Art

Nurture your creative spirit through discussion, exploration and hands-on art making. Find inspiration and resources in our community, gallery, library and online.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Teen STEAM: Leadership

Wednesday, August 14, 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

First Step to Becoming an Astronaut

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults Kids Teens

Astronauts learn to fly jets first! Greg Inkmann from The Foundation for Aeronautical Education talk about the world of aviation. Learn how lift, drag, thrust and gravity influence flight. We'll even have an indoor demonstration of model aircraft.

Audience: All Ages

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, August 15, 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

Readapalooza

Thursday, August 15, 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, August 15, 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

Caregiver Support Group / Thursday Group

Thursday, August 15, 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

Master Gardener - Container Gardening

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101B Adults

Learn how to plan for healthy and attractive container gardens. Flowers on a deck or patio provide a close-up experience with natural living color. Other advantages to container gardening include providing flexibility to people with limited time, mobility or space. 

Audience: All Ages

Musical Storytime

Friday, August 16, 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

End of Summer Party

Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 1-4pm | Claire's Courtyard Teens Kids

Bring the summer fun back to Earth with a party outside. We’ll have games, activities, creative projects, treats and prizes. Let’s put up the heat shields and have some fun!

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, August 19, 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 19, 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.

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

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

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.

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 STEAM: Live

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Arts and Craftsman Workshop - 308 SW Van Buren, Topeka 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

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