Events

CANCELLED: Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale

Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 9am-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Friends Books

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

CANCELLED: Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Bag Day

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Noon-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Friends Music Books

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

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Hughes Room 205 Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Our January and February selection is White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

Adventurers Wanted: Narnia

Sunday, January 26, 2020 | 2-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Books Kids

Step through the wardrobe and experience a winter wonderland of fantasy games, crafts and readings. Costumes encouraged!

Audience: All Ages

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, January 27, 2020 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Books

Let's chat about books. No need to read a specific title, just share what you've loved lately or all-time favorites. We'll all add new titles to our lists.

Audience: All Ages

Book Bites

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 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 America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Friday, January 31, 2020 | 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

Art Detectives

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 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 - 18 years

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 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

So Many Books

Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon into new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Audience: Adult

Classics Made Modern

Monday, February 10, 2020 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough, the National Book Award–winning biography of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States. Questions- classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In February read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 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

TALK Book Discussion: Plainsong

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Discussion facilitated by Matt Copeland. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Writing Suspense

Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm | Learning Center Books Adults

Learn what it takes to write thrilling stories that keep your readers on the edge of their seat from bestselling inspirational and suspense author Tosca Lee. Stick around for a reading with the novelist at 2pm.

Audience: Adult

Author Tosca Lee

Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 2-3pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC Books

New York Times bestselling author of The Progeny and Forbidden shares stories behind her inspirational and suspense novels for adults and teens. Q&A and book signing to follow. See also: Tosca's workshop on writing suspense, 12:30-1:30 pm.

Audience: All Ages

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, February 24, 2020 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Books

Let's chat about cozy reads. We'll all add new titles to our lists.

Audience: All Ages

Book Bites

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 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 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Meet YA Author Adib Khorram

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 7-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Teens Books

Bestselling author of Darius the Great is Not Okay will share his journey as a writer and a reader, with an emphasis on the importance of representation in literature. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Audience: All Ages

Chandler Booktique Half Price Day

Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 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

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 6:30-8pm | Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave Adults Books

Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials. This month we'll be discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Email foxread@tscpl.org with questions.

Audience: Adult

Art Detectives

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 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 - 18 years

So Many Books

Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss Faithful Place by Tana French. Detective Mackey finds himself back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind 22 years ago when the suitcase belonging to his first love shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house.

Audience: Adult

Classics Made Modern

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss Home by Toni Morrison, which vividly evokes—through the trials of a brother and sister—the particular brand of racism that prevailed just before the end of Jim Crow and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Our March and April selection is Ibram X Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In March discuss Lottery by Patricia Wood. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Kids Books

Be part of an all-ages discussion of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Ivan lives at the Big Top Mall, and has all but forgotten how to be a gorilla. When a baby elephant named Ruby joins the circus, Ivan vows to save her from living in a cage her whole life.

Audience: All Ages

TALK Book Discussion: The Last Cattle Drive

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss The Last Cattle Drive by Robert Day. Discussion facilitated by Sara Tucker. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Book Bites

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 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 Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Hughes Room 205 Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

CANCELLED: Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Members Only

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 5-8pm | Marvin Auditorium Friends Books

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

CANCELLED: Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9am-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Friends Books

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

CANCELLED: Friends of the Library Book and Media Sale Bag Day

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Noon-3pm | Marvin Auditorium Friends Music Books

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

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 6:30-8pm | Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave Adults Books

Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials. This month we'll discuss Heartland by Kansas native Sarah Smarsh. Email foxread@tscpl.org with questions.

Audience: Adult

Art Detectives

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 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 - 18 years

So Many Books

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss Radium Girls by Kate Moore. This book recounts the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to radium while working factory jobs during WW I. It describes how they were mislead by their employers and became embroiled in a battle for workers' rights.

Audience: Adult

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101B Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Check the YWCA website for book selections. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In April discuss Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Classics Made Modern

Monday, April 13, 2020 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss Less by Andrew Sean Greer as a scintillating satire of the American abroad to avoid the wedding of his ex-boyfriend, a rumination on time and the human heart, and a bittersweet romance of chances lost. Who says you can't run away from your problems? Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

TALK Book Discussion: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird. Discussion facilitated by Rachel Goossen. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Poet Laureate Huascar Medina

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 2-3:30pm | Marvin Auditorium Books

Medina uses poetry to help us find our voices, share our words and discover what truly connects us. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Book signing to follow.

Audience: All Ages

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, April 20, 2020 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Books

Discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The mysterious circus only appears at night, and behind the scenes two young magicians undergo a fierce duel. When the two tumble into deep, magical love, can they find a way to avoid their fight to the death?

Audience: All Ages

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Menninger Room 206 Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA, the book discussion will immerse readers in thoughtful discussions on topics of racial justice. Check the YWCA website for book selections. Each discussion is lead by skilled facilitators and everyone is welcome.

Audience: Adult

Book Bites

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 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 Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Art Detectives

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 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 - 18 years

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults Kids Teens Books

We've got a comic for your whether you're a first time reader or a seasoned fan. Costumes are a plus. In partnership with Gatekeeper Hobbies.

Audience: Family

So Many Books

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | Perkins Room 201 Books

Discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Audience: All Ages

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA Northeast Kansas Racial Justice Initiative, is hosting a book club that will feature books written by Indigenous people and people of color. All are invited to participate in bi-monthly meetings to discuss the books and relevant social issues within our community.

Audience: Adult

What Does the Fox Read?

Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 6:30-8pm | Celtic Fox, 118 SW 8th Ave Adults Books

Explore interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and book-themed drink specials. This month we'll discuss Blame by Michelle Huneven. Email foxread@tscpl.org with questions.

Audience: Adult

Classics Made Modern

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 1:30-3pm | Anton Room 202 Books

Discuss Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, an entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter's love for her mother, after the daughter claims a promised trip to Antarctica and the mother disappears. Questions - classicsmodern@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In May discuss Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

2Book Topeka Book Club

Monday, May 18, 2020 | 7-8pm | Learning Center Books

Share recommendations for summer reads and hear what others recommend. Add hot titles to your list and be ready to rock your summer reading challenge.

Audience: All Ages

YWCA Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 7-8:45pm | Menninger Room 206 Books Adults

In partnership with the YWCA Northeast Kansas Racial Justice Initiative, is hosting a book club that will feature books written by Indigenous people and people of color. All are invited to participate in bi-monthly meetings to discuss the books and relevant social issues within our community.

Audience: Adult

TALK Book Discussion: The Grapes of Wrath

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 7-8:30pm | Menninger Room 206 Books

TALK discussions immerse you in story and introduce new perspectives. This month we discuss The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Discussion facilitated by John Edgar Tidwell. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas. Questions - talk@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

Book Bites

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 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 Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult

CosmiCon

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 10:30am-5pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults Kids Teens Books

If you're a super fan of all things Sci-Fi and fantasy, CosmiCon is the event for you. This is your chance to celebrate Sci-Fi and fantasy pop culture! Spend the day exploring books, comics, costumes, crafts, gaming, trivia and good geeky fun for all ages.

Audience: All Ages

Crestview Chapter Chat

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 1-2pm | Crestview Community Center, 4801 SW Shunga Dr Books

Chat about what you're reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. In June discuss The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center. Questions - chapter@tscpl.org

Audience: All Ages

Book Bites

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 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 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Questions - bookbites@tscpl.org

Audience: Adult