Events

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

League of Women Voters Tuesday Topics – Davis Hammet

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 11:30am-1pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

Activist, advocate, educator and speaker Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light, is the September speaker. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend. A catered luncheon is available at 11:30am for $10; the program is from noon-1 pm.

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, October 1, 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

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, October 1, 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

Snack Time

Tuesday, October 1, 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, October 1, 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

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 6-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Movies Adults

Don't miss the opportunity to view and vote on on the short films that are finalists in the 22nd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. This cinematic event showcases 10 of the best short films from around the world.

Audience: Adult

Deliberative Conversation on Safety and Justice

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 6-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A Adults

How should communities reduce violence? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in this National Issues Forum. RSVP to tscpl.org/conversations

Audience: Adult

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, October 2, 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

Computer & Gadget Q & A

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 10-11am | Hillcrest Community Center, 1800 SE 21st St Computer

Bring your laptop, tablet or other device for hands-on help. Practice new computer skills or learn about library digital resources.

Audience: All Ages

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Sashiko Embroidery

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

Learn the basics of sashiko, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique. Create beautiful geometric designs using only a simple running stitch. Materials provided.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Snack Time

Wednesday, October 2, 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, October 2, 2019 | 4-5pm | Oakland Community Center, 801 NE Poplar 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

Curious Kids

Wednesday, October 2, 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

How to Start A Small Business

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A Adults

Learn what it takes to start and run your own business including legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by Washburn Small Business Development Center.

Audience: Adult

Build It

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | The Learning Center Kids

Test your engineering skills with our building challenges.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, October 3, 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

Computerized Genealogy

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10-11:30am | 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

Preschool Storytime

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Digital Downloading and Online Skills

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

A different class each week on library digital content, social networking sites and online skills. Click "Digital Downloading and Online Skills" above to see each week's topic.

Audience: All Ages

Art and You

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 3-4:30pm | Central Park Community Center, 1534 SW Clay 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

Snack Time

Thursday, October 3, 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

Zoo Animals Live

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 4-4:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101B Kids

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

Audience: Family

Curious Kids

Thursday, October 3, 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

Behind the Baton

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 5-6:30pm | Claire's Courtyard Adults Music

Listen to Topeka Symphony Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett talk about the music and composers featured on the Symphony's upcoming concert. The talk is informal, entertaining, and full of behind the scenes information about the lives and music of great composers.

Audience: All Ages

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, October 3, 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. Click What Does the Fox Read? above to see the list of upcoming titles. Email foxread@tscpl.org for more info.

Audience: Adult

Master Gardener Series - Ornamental Grasses

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Learn about various types of grasses that do well in our Kansas climate. Ornamental grasses can be key components in sustainable and low-maintenance landscapes. Their strong vertical lines offer living sculpture in today’s native gardening mix.

Audience: All Ages

Cutting the Cable Cord

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 11am-12pm | 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

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 2-4:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Movies Adults

Don't miss the opportunity to view and vote on on the short films that are finalists in the 22nd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. This cinematic event showcases 10 of the best short films from around the world.

Audience: Adult

Snack Time

Friday, October 4, 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 Detectives

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10-11am | Lingo Story Room Art Books Kids

Discuss a book about an artist or a book with artistic illustrations and look for clues to decipher an image from the book. Create your own artwork in the spirit of this artist or illustrator.

Audience: 8 - 12 years

4-H in the Library

Saturday, October 5, 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, October 5, 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, October 6, 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

Music for a Sunday Afternoon-Mid-America Wind Quintet

Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 3-5pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults Kids Music Teens

Listen to classical music presented by the Mid-America Wind Quintet (Emporia). Enjoy the unique timbres of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn blending together in a burst of colorful harmony.

Audience: All Ages

Monday Farmers Market

Monday, October 7, 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

Beginning Computer Class

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Learning Center Computer

This hour is devoted to a different topic each week in a beginner-friendly environment. Click "Beginning Computer Class" above to see the weekly topics.

Audience: All Ages

Resume Help

Monday, October 7, 2019 | Noon-1pm | Hughes Room 205 Adults

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

Audience: Adult

Deliberative Conversation on Safety and Justice

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 1-3:30pm | Anton Room 202 Adults

How should communities reduce violence? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in this National Issues Forum. RSVP to tscpl.org/conversations

Audience: Adult

Medicare Mondays

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 1-2pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

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

Audience: Adult

Caregiver Support Meeting/ First Monday

Monday, October 7, 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

Snack Time

Monday, October 7, 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, October 7, 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

Teen Artists Group

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 7-8pm | The Edge Art Teens

Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your artistic passion as we express ourselves and explore the world through our works of curiosity and creativity.

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Journaling with Words & Images

Tuesday, October 8, 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

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, October 8, 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

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, October 8, 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

Snack Time

Tuesday, October 8, 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, October 8, 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

Money Matters: Medical Debt

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 6-7:30pm | Learning Center Adults

Learn about the importance of understanding medical bills and health insurance. A panel of speakers will also discuss the impact of medical debt. Presented by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. 

Audience: Adult

Falconry

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

Learn about falconry in Kansas with Ric Tubbs. Co-hosted by Topeka Audubon Society.

Audience: Adult

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, October 9, 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

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Cover Letter Help

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | Noon-1pm | Learning Center Adults

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

Audience: Adult

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, October 9, 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 October read The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Alzheimer's Association Remote Learning

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 1-2pm | Perkins Room 201 Adults

Learn about memory disorders and the challenges associated with managing them at sessions held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Call 800-272-3900 to register for any session.

Audience: All Ages

Art in Common

Wednesday, October 9, 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. Supplies available for the first 18 participants.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Snack Time

Wednesday, October 9, 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

Teen STEAM: Leadership

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Contact Meg at STEAM@tscpl.org for location and other information 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

Curious Kids

Wednesday, October 9, 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

How to Sign up for Medicare Part D

Thursday, October 10, 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, October 10, 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

Preschool Storytime

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Digital Downloading and Online Skills

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

A different class each week on library digital content, social networking sites and online skills. Click "Digital Downloading and Online Skills" above to see each week's topic.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Thursday, October 10, 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, October 10, 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

Job Interview Help

Friday, October 11, 2019 | Noon-1pm | Hughes Room 205 Adults

We'll answer your questions about job interviews and help you get ready for your next job interview.

Audience: Adult

Rebel Without a Cause

Friday, October 11, 2019 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Movies

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town and finds friends and enemies. James Dean and Natalie Wood star in this classic film that is Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. 1955 | color | 111 min

Audience: Adult

Snack Time

Friday, October 11, 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

Beginning Computer Navigation

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am | Learning Center 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

Comenzando a Navegar en su Computadora

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am | Learning Center 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

Musical Storytime

Saturday, October 12, 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, October 12, 2019 | 11am-1pm | Learning Center 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.

Beginning Computer Class

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Learning Center Computer

This hour is devoted to a different topic each week in a beginner-friendly environment. Click "Beginning Computer Class" above to see the weekly topics.

Audience: All Ages

Crafting Together

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 12:30-2pm | Learning Center 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, October 14, 2019 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, a travel literature classic about walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from a comic genius who witnesses the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings in the wilderness. Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Snack Time

Monday, October 14, 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, October 14, 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

Computerized Genealogy

Monday, October 14, 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

Play It!

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | The Learning Center Kids

From Basketball to Battleship, Yahtzee to yard games, you don't have to Scrabble for something entertaining to do.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Fiction Writing Techniques: Outlining and Character Creation

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Adults

LLearn and share strategies for creating believable characters in your novel using character sheets. Plan compelling plots and scenes using outlining. Discuss techniques with other fiction writers. Get ready for National Novel Writing Month.

Audience: Adult

Teen Writers Group

Monday, October 14, 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

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 10am-6pm | Chandler Booktique Books Friends Movies Music

The 15th of every month is half price on all donated items in the Chandler Booktique. This includes items such as books, DVDs, CDs, record albums and puzzles.

Audience: All Ages

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, October 15, 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

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, October 15, 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, October 15, 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, October 15, 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

Deliberative Conversation on A House Divided

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 6-8:30pm | Anton Room 202 Adults

What would we have to give up to get the political system we want? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in this National Issues Forum. RSVP to tscpl.org/conversations

Audience: Adult

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

Tuesday, October 15, 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, October 16, 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

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Snack Time

Wednesday, October 16, 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, October 16, 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, October 16, 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

Topeka Show and Tell

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Learning Center Adults

Do you have an item that tells the story of Topeka or Shawnee County? Show and tell is just like you remember from your youth. You will be given a few minutes to explain the item and do a quick Q & A. Limit 1 item per person.

Audience: Adult

TALK Book Discussion: Heartland

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss Heartland by Sarah Smarsh. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Sara Tucker. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, October 17, 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

Preschool Storytime

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Digital Downloading and Online Skills

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

A different class each week on library digital content, social networking sites and online skills. Click "Digital Downloading and Online Skills" above to see each week's topic.

Audience: All Ages

Caregiver Support Group / Thursday Group

Thursday, October 17, 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

Snack Time

Thursday, October 17, 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, October 17, 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

Read It

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | Learning Center Kids

Open a book and step into adventure. Magical, mysterious, bizarre or hilarious plots unfold as we explore what reading has to offer.

Audience: 5 - 12 years

Master Gardener Series - Victory Gardens

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7-8pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Look at the patriotism and resourcefulness of WWI era victory gardens. Learn about people who are starting victory garden projects today to help their communities grow greater unity, health and generosity.

Audience: All Ages

Musical Storytime

Friday, October 18, 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

Deliberative Conversation on A House Divided

Friday, October 18, 2019 | 2-4:30pm | Anton Room 202 Adults

What would we have to give up to get the political system we want? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in this National Issues Forum. RSVP to tscpl.org/conversations

Audience: Adult

Snack Time

Friday, October 18, 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

Anyone Can Cook

Friday, October 18, 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, October 18, 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

Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale

Saturday, October 19, 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

Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Bag Day

Sunday, October 20, 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

So Many Books

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Questions - somany@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Beginning Computer Class

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Learning Center Computer

This hour is devoted to a different topic each week in a beginner-friendly environment. Click "Beginning Computer Class" above to see the weekly topics.

Audience: All Ages

Deliberative Conversation on A House Divided

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 1-3:30pm | Anton Room 202 Adults

What would we have to give up to get the political system we want? Practice listening with empathy and respect, considering other perspectives, weighing the trade-offs of courses of action in this National Issues Forum. RSVP to tscpl.org/conversations

Audience: Adult

Senior Life Wii Bowling

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Adults

If you are 55 or better and looking to get out and socialize, Wii Bowling is a great opportunity. Have fun with us whether you're a bowler or not. No experience necessary!

Audience: All Ages

Computer & Gadget Q & A

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 1-2pm | []Crestview Community Center Computer

Bring your laptop, tablet or other device for hands-on help. Practice new computer skills or learn about library digital resources.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Monday, October 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

Curious Kids

Monday, October 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

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Books

Join your community of readers to discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, an entertaining guide to the history, ecology and people of the Appalachian Trail.

Audience: All Ages

Teen Artists Group

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 7-8pm | The Edge Art Teens

Find inspiration to create. Join others who share your artistic passion as we express ourselves and explore the world through our works of curiosity and creativity.

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, October 22, 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

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, October 22, 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, October 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

Tuesday, October 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

Create It

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm | The Learning Center 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

Book Bites

Tuesday, October 22, 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 State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, October 23, 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

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Snack Time

Wednesday, October 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

Art and You

Wednesday, October 23, 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, October 23, 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, October 23, 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

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, October 24, 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

Preschool Storytime

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Digital Downloading and Online Skills

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

A different class each week on library digital content, social networking sites and online skills. Click "Digital Downloading and Online Skills" above to see each week's topic.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Thursday, October 24, 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, October 24, 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

Stories the Building Might Tell

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Adults

Nick Xidis will present his research on the downtown Topeka building currently occupied by Hazel Hill Chocolates and its possible resident ghost. Sponsored by the Topeka Genealogical Society.

Audience: Adult

Instagram for Beginners

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10-11am | Learning Center Adults Computer

Get an overview of the popular visual social media site.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Friday, October 25, 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

Silents in the Cathedral

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 7-10pm | Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Adults Movies

Watch the 1927 mystery classic silent film The Cat and the Canary. Film historian Denise Morrison will add historical perspective. Musicians Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen will bring the film to life. Funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Audience: All Ages

Musical Storytime

Saturday, October 26, 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: Stranger Things

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 6:30-9:30pm | Claire's Courtyard Adults

Experience after-hours 21+ fun and cocktails in the library! Play "Trapped in the Upsidedown" breakout game (like an escape room) based on the Netflix show Stranger Things. Tickets are $25 a person. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-in-the-courtyard-stranger-things-tickets-66377736597

Audience: Adult

Fiber Fair

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | Noon-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Art

Explore the world of fiber arts from traditional needle arts to cutting-edge contemporary materials. Learn about techniques during demonstrations and hands-on art making with local fiber artists, guilds and shops.

Audience: All Ages

Fiber Fair Make and Take

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 1-4pm | Learning Center Art

Local artists will lead hands-on learning to help you create fabulous fiber art to take home.

Audience: All Ages

Beginning Computer Class

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 11am-12pm | Learning Center Computer

This hour is devoted to a different topic each week in a beginner-friendly environment. Click "Beginning Computer Class" above to see the weekly topics.

Audience: All Ages

Card Making with Cindy

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 12:30-2pm | Learning Center Art

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

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Snack Time

Monday, October 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

Curious Kids

Monday, October 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

Art and You

Monday, October 28, 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, October 28, 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

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults

Write a 50,000 word rough draft in November with National Novel Writing Month. Get fun and helpful advice from former participants, plus official stickers from NaNoWriMo headquarters and other inspiring goodies that will power you through the month. Join nanowrimo.org and find the Topeka region.

Audience: Adult

Teen Writers Group

Monday, October 28, 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

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

TRIO College & Career Assistance

Tuesday, October 29, 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

Computer & Gadget Help

Tuesday, October 29, 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, October 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

Tuesday, October 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

Toddler Time 1

Wednesday, October 30, 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

Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Snack Time

Wednesday, October 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

Curious Kids

Wednesday, October 30, 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

Sashiko Embroidery

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 9-10:30am | Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd St Adults Art

Learn the basics of sashiko, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique. Create beautiful geometric designs using only a simple running stitch. Materials provided.

Audience: Adult

This event requires registration.

Baby Bookworms

Thursday, October 31, 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

Preschool Storytime

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 10-10:30am | The Story Zone Kids

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

Audience: 3 - 5 years

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 10am-6pm | 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

Digital Downloading and Online Skills

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 1-2pm | Learning Center Computer

A different class each week on library digital content, social networking sites and online skills. Click "Digital Downloading and Online Skills" above to see each week's topic.

Audience: All Ages

Snack Time

Thursday, October 31, 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, October 31, 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