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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Librarian @ 712
Details712 Innovations is a makerspace and shared workspace housing equipment and technologies that startups and entrepreneurs usually don’t have access to. Librarians spend time there using their research expertise to assist people at 712 in doing market research, finding small business resources, researching patents and more.
Library @ Work
DetailsLibrary@Work services include books, movies and more delivered directly to businesses and gives employees access to 400,000 materials via the online catalog. Through the service, you can also return items and sign-up for a library card.
Net Reach Dream Center
DetailsAt the Dream Center, Hi-Crest residents get connected to a wealth of resources to find employment. They can find access to ESL training (English as a Second Language), take online classes, get help writing a resume and cover letter and get connected to job providers.
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.
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.
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.
Deer Creek Training Center
The 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.