A New Kids Library Opens Oct. 12

The Kids Library begins a new chapter of service Oct. 12. As you and your children approach the new Kids Library, you’ll be greeted by a grand oak tree, complete with a digital schedule of activities for kids that day. Expect the kids to be “wowed” by the biggest version of Charlotte’s Web they’ve ever seen. Attractions like a Tyrannosaurus Rex and octopus-wrapped aquarium ensure family visits spark a desire in kids to learn and explore.

The Kids Library’s new landscape goes beyond the books on the shelves. For example, the 3D school bus pulling up to the schoolhouse teaches children to be ready for school. “There’s so much more learning that happens when kids get to interact with something. These installations will guide children as they go from learning to read to reading to learn,” said Marie Pyko, Public Services director. Installation began in late-September by Studio Displays, Pineville, N.C., which was awarded the bid for building the structures.

Opening activities begin at 9:30am Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Story Zone with donor recognition, entertaining stories, live music, tours and treats. This open house gives the community a chance to explore a new landscape for kids and honor those who helped make it happen. The day will be full of stories, music and activities sure to appeal to families.


Beth Horner

9:00-11:00am  – Enjoy balloon art by Airheads Tooty and Lolly
10:00am – Be enchanted by the music of Paul Spring, indie-folk rocker from Minnesota
10:35am – Award-winning storyteller Beth Horner, of Missouri, captivates the kids with her amazing stage presence
1:00pm –Paul Spring, indie-folk rocker, returns to the stage for an encore performance
1:35pm – Enjoy an encore of Horner’s storytime for kids
3:00pm – Horner tells ghost stories that will haunt and humor adults


Paul Spring

Paul Spring

The new Kids Library offers a hands-on, interactive experience to learn, explore and have fun 78 hours a week, 7 days a week – perfect for a family’s busy schedule and out-of-school learning.

The project is funded by The Library Foundation with gifts from the 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, and the Friends of the Library.

Library hours are Mon–Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

tooty and lolly

Airheads Tooty and Lolly


Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.

2 thoughts on “A New Kids Library Opens Oct. 12

  1. I was upset that the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library didn’t contact me, a Topeka resident, who is also an accomplished freelance Professional Clown known as “JR Juggles” and celebrated 30 years of clowning last May 6th, to do the Grand Re-Opening of the Children’s Library! I am in the NEKLS catalog of entertainers so there is no use saying that you couldn’t find me. Take Care!
    In Service and In Clownin’ Around, Jerry Loney aka “JR Juggles” the Clown <{:o)

  2. Dear Mr. Jerry, I can deeply appreciate your frustration over the Library’s choice of Tooty and Lolly, but somebody gave you an opportunity in the early years of your career to become a professional clown as you are today. How about we give these two young adults the opportunity to break ground in these ancient profession. As a military veteran of 24 years, my advice to you–get over it! 🙂

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