Summer Adventures

This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the library is all about space. Summer Reading & Events are ready for lift off with a universe of stories. Signing up for our summer reading challenge is easier than ever at or by downloading the Beanstack App. Kids will receive a prize for every 2 hours of reading (up to 12 hours). Everyone who complete the mission by reading 12 hours between May 28 and Aug 18 will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a family pass to Children’s Discovery Center, a family pass to Worlds of Fun or a gift certificate to the Topeka Civic Theatre. Read all the details and check out the all our summer events in this issue of Library News.

Our space theme carries into the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery’s 18th Annual Art Exhibit for Kids – Across the Universe. Kids and adults can uncover a variety of projects and interactive activities. Use everything from hula hoops to iPads to explore the universe and how we fit into it.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Security Benefit Foundation Charitable Trust to The Library Foundation, the library has a new bookmobile for kids, the Adventuremobile. This summer the Adventuremobile will visit 11 locations each week for kids to check out books, music, movies and curiosity kits, and explore different STREAM activities.

With the soon-to-be-completed outdoor space, Claire’s Courtyard, we are adding an exclusive after-hours 21+ event on Sat, July 20 – Cocktails in the Courtyard: Fly Me to the Moon. While the festivities will start in the Courtyard, we’ll have a photo booth, trivia, an escape room, cash bar and creative activities for adults throughout the library from 6:30-9:30pm. With a $25 ticket you’ll receive entrance to the event, heavy appetizers and one drink. Tickets are limited so get yours today at

This issue of Library News also highlights the Learning Center, which will be a new space to create and explore. When it opens in June, stop in and join whatever’s happening – a book discussion, building electric race cars, games, tech classes, knitting or movies. Check out Book Fix for book recommendations from library staff and regular library users.

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As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. She loves reading fiction and is working to keep her To Be Read list under 100. Ginger is also a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society.