Community Outreach

The library is more than a place, and it is more than the people who make up its community. It is a platform that reaches throughout Shawnee County to extend lifelong learning to all. In order to pursue community aspirations identified in our strategic planning, the library needs to be mobile and it needs to be present at the table. Our outreach programs seek to nourish imaginations, improve quality of life and strengthen economic vitality in the community.

AdventureMobile

DetailsThe library’s AdventureMobile is a service utilized by Shawnee County elementary schools. The bus visits participating schools every other week during the school year and provides a variety of children’s materials for students to check out.

Book Bike

DetailsWe have a new way to take part in community events – we’re rolling in on the Book Bike. The bike is an environmentally friendly way to increase awareness of the library’s materials, events and services.

Book Clubs

DetailsThe library hosts or co-sponsors a great variety of book clubs for people of all reading interests. It’s a great way to meet friends, find fuel for your reading energies and enjoy an evening of book-worship or book debate.

Bookmobiles

DetailsBookmobiles carry a wide variety of books, movies, and music for all ages with an emphasis on popular fiction and non-fiction. There are 20 bookmobile stops around the city and county.

Community Centers

DetailsIn a joint partnership with the Parks and Recreation of Shawnee County, the library provides touch-screen computers and software for use at these Community Centers: Central Park, Crestview, Garfield, Hillcrest, Oakland, and Rice.

Deer Creek Training Center

DetailsThe library provides 12 computers, an IT technician and two computer trainers at the Deer Creek Training Center in the East End neighborhood, where the Deer Creek Apartment complex houses families who typically don’t have easy access to the internet. The library’s two professional trainers offer digital literacy classes in the center. The initiative is a partnership with the Topeka Housing Authority.

Facilitation

The library is the community leader in facilitation services to other organizations. Our facilitators plan, guide and manage a group’s event to ensure that the objectives are met effectively, with good participation and buy-in from everyone who is involved.

Kansas Connections

DetailsTurn your classroom into a fun learning environment with these free programs. Over 25 programs on animals, science, language and fine art, or social studies.

Outreach Storytellers

DetailsThe Outreach Storytellers have stories and activities to raise a reader, especially programs geared toward the 3-5 age range. The storytellers share 188 storytimes each month, lasting about 30 minutes per visit.

Red Carpet Services

DetailsRed Carpet Services visits retirement complexes, adult care facilities, senior centers and meal sites with both regular and large print books, DVDs, activity materials and adaptive equipment.

SmartLockers

DetailsRequest items be delivered to the Oakland Community Center or Topeka Hy-Vee grocery store. Virtually anything in the library (books, movies, music and magazines) can be delivered to you and checked out there. You’ll be notified by phone or email when your items arrive.

Speakers Bureau

DetailsThe Speakers Bureau brings audiences quality speakers and trainers—specialists that will entertain, inspire or inform. Think of us the next time you’re looking for a speaker for your organization’s events.