Events

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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

Teen Writers Group

Monday, April 8, 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

Teen STEAM: Leadership

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

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

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

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

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

Audience: Family

Make It: Flag Waver

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Kids Teens Adults

Make a flag waver using our new TeacherGeek building system. Learn about transmissions, mechanical advantage, linear motion and rotary motion all while having fun and building. Take home your very own flag waver to impress your family and friends.

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

Monday, April 22, 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

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 2-4:30pm | The Edge Adults Kids Teens Books

Pick from a huge selection of free comic books, including titles for all ages, tastes and genders. The fun continues with comic book-themed crafts. In partnership with Gatekeeper Hobbies.

Audience: All Ages

Written in the Stars

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Teen STEAM: Leadership

Wednesday, May 8, 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

How-To Fair

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Noon-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Fairs/Community Kids Teens Adults

Explore our immersive fair where you can learn, try, experience and investigate more than a dozen opportunities and engage with community members who share your interests. From fire eaters to bike repair, Topeka is full of resourceful, creative and innovative people!

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

Monday, May 13, 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

Make It: Electric Racer

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 2-5pm | Marvin Auditorium 101C Kids Teens Adults

Build an electric race car using our TeacherGeek system. We'll provide plenty of materials, instructions to design, construct and evolve a unique battery-powered car. We may even have time to race them!

Audience: All Ages

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

Tuesday, May 21, 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

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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

CosmiCon

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 1-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Kids Teens Adults

Calling all Browncoats, Jedi, Stormtroopers, Superheroes, Trekkies, and Whovians! Celebrate all things Sci-Fi at your library with a day filled with books, costumes, crafts, gaming, trivia and good geeky fun. We'll have breakout sessions on Godzilla and more. Don't miss Cosmic Khaaaaan!

Audience: All Ages

LEGO for All Ages

Monday, June 3, 2019 | 9am-1pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A Adults Teens Kids

Create your favorite space vehicle or test your engineering skills at our builder stations. Builders of every age welcome.

Audience: All Ages

Megacake Meltdown

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 9am-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults Teens

Be part of this premiere event for the fighting video game community. Play Dragon Ball Fighterz and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. We have spaces for competitive and casual gamers/observers.

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

Monday, June 10, 2019 | 7-8pm | Menninger Room 206 Teens

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

Audience: All Ages

Trivia Hunt

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 11am-3pm | David J's Place Teens

Use the library to find answers to space related trivia and win a sweet prize!

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Teen STEAM: Leadership

Wednesday, June 12, 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

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

Tuesday, June 18, 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

Zoo Animal Spaces

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am, 11am-12pm | Marvin Auditorium Fairs/Community Teens Kids

The Topeka Zoo introduces us to scaly, furry and feathery animals. We'll talk all about the spaces they call home.

Audience: All Ages

Space Painting and Moon Walk

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 1-4pm | Marvin Auditorium 101AB Adults Teens Art

Use virtual reality to paint in space with the Google Tilt brush. Then take steps on the moon in augmented reality! 

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 7-8pm | Menninger Room 206 Teens

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

Audience: All Ages

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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

Share Space Memories

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 10am-2pm | Atrium Kids Teens Adults

Watch important moments in space exploration history and share your memories on these events.

Audience: All Ages

Space Craft

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Meteorite Hunt

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

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

Audience: All Ages

The War of the Worlds - Radio To Reality

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

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

Audience: All Ages

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Make Rockets

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Astrophotography for Amateurs

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

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

Audience: Family

String Art Constellations

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Summer Learning Celebration

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

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

Audience: Birth - 18 years

Tour the Solar System VR

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 2-4pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A Adults Kids Teens

Explore the solar system and then squint your eyes in the intense light of a few of the largest known stars through virtual reality.

Audience: 8 - 18 years

Teen STEAM: Leadership

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

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

Audience: 12 - 18 years

Spaceballs

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Lift Off! / Despegue!

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

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

Audience: Family

Solar System Jewelry

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 1-2pm | Atrium Kids Teens

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

Audience: 8 - 12 years

Make a Crater

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

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

Audience: 8 - 18 years

Topeka Cemetery History

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Topeka Anime and Manga Society (TAMS)

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

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

Audience: Family

Moon Landing Celebration

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Teen Writers Group

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Space Station Fair

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

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

Audience: Family

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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

What can astrology do for you?

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Extraordinary Relationships Through Astrology

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

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

Audience: All Ages

Comet Formation with NASA Ambassador

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

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

Audience: All Ages

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

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

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

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

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

Teen STEAM: Live

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm | Anton Room 202 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