The Kids Library is so much more than just books. We have lots to see and do, and we encourage kids to play! Play is the very important work of children.
Why play is important
Regular active play helps babies and children to develop a lifelong habit of daily exercise and life skills such as:
- Communication and social skills
- An understanding of social rules
- Making friends
Play is closely tied to the development of cognitive, social-emotional, and physical behaviors. | earlychildhoodnews.com
Play in the Community
Check out a Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Passport from the library to play at a fun, hands-on children’s attraction with emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math.
See what other fun awaits families and children throughout Topeka with these suggestions from Visit Topeka.
Play at the library
Book bins for child-led browsing
Arranged by subject, our picture books are easy for little ones to claim for their very own.
Toys and pretend play
Spaces optimal for exploration and play.
Programs for kids
Events that promote play and learning rolled into one.
Curl up with a good book in many fun spots in the Kids Library.
You’ll love visiting the library fish family.
The Story Zone
The Story Zone is often full of music, stories, activities and dancing!
The Learn and Play Bus
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can climb aboard and dig into play that cultivates pre-reading skills. Check the schedule for a time and place near you.
Kids Library Donors
75th Anniversary Gift to the Community by the Junior League of Topeka
Estate of Patricia “Pat” Bump
David J’s Mom
Topeka Active 20-30 Club
Doug Sheafor and AlBo Glass
Friends of the Library
The Library Foundation
The Kids Library began with the generous support of these major donors:
Susan and Kent Garlinghouse
Tim and Jett Elmer
Robert M. and Hazel F. Lingo
Eldon and Harriet Sloan