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Add more fun learning to your classroom with these free library programs. We offer programs on animals, science, math, language, fine art and social studies to schools in Shawnee County. Programs are available Mondays – Wednesdays and are 30 minutes in length.

Schedule a program for the 2022/2023 school year!

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Program List

13 Colonies (3rd-4th Grades)
Learn how and why the first American states were formed as we explore life in the original 13 colonies during the Age of Exploration
A Water Molecule Adventure (3rd-4th Grades)
Water can be found on earth in all three states of matter – solid, liquid, and gas. Students will experience this as they move through the water cycle. They will get to make a beaded water cycle bracelet or zipper pull as they complete their adventure.
Amazing Animal Engineers (3rd-4th Grades)
Designing, fixing, and improving habitats for survival. Find out how animals build shelters to protect themselves from predators and extreme weather. Students will be challenged to make a spiderweb that can hold an insect (kidney bean).
Bird Beak Bonanza! (3rd Grades)
Discover the amazing adaptation of birds and their beaks. Students will get to experiment with different tools to see what works best to pick up the gummy worms, seeds, etc. and what bird would have that beak.
Breakout Box (4th-5th Grades)
Can your class use teamwork to break out of the box? Four programs are available
Flowing Electrons Electricity (3rd-5th Grades)
What’s going on when we flip the light switch? Students will see demonstrations of electricity and learn the basics, including safety.
KS Trivia (4th-5th Grades)
How much do you know about your home on the range? Team up and play a trivia game. Kansas Trivia uses a multimedia format to present questions and answers about Kansas history, geography, people, places, and wildlife.
Sensational Science (3rd-5th Grades)
Science can be fun! Students will see different types of processes, learn about why they work, and will get instructions for doing them at home.
Topeka City Council (3rd-5th Grades)
A look inside the Topeka City Council. Learn how local government works for you. Improving sidewalks, parks, roads and bridges – improving Topeka for its citizens.
Topeka’s Top 10 (3rd-5th Grades)
Take a quick tour of the Top 10 people and places that have helped shape Topeka
Weather (4th-5th Grades)
Students will learn the basics about how moving masses of air make weather work.
What’s That Sound? (3rd-5th Grades)
What is sound? Students know how to make it, but this program will teach them what it is, how it works, and show them how to make a simple musical instrument.
Why Space? (3rd-5th Grades)
Why do earthlings explore the planets? Can we breathe, grow food, or even live amongst the stars? Find out what NASA’s exploration missions have revealed about the vast mysteries of space.
William Allen White Book Talks (3rd-5th Grades)
Book Talks on the 2022-2023 William Allen White Children’s Book Award nominees

Spotlight on Kansas
Programs only offered during the month of January 2023

Kansas Folklore (1st-3rd Grades)
Kansas has had 100s of years of human habitation from Native Americans, Pioneers and Cowboys.  This has made it ripe for folklore of all kinds from both European and Native cultures. Get acquainted with some of the highlights of the folklore of the state of Kansas.
Famous Kansans (4th-5th Grades)
Kansas is known for producing a lot of great things like wheat, college sports teams, and helium, but did you know that the Sunflower State has also produced some pretty famous faces? Learn about some of the most famous people…. from KANSAS!
Kansas Symbols (1st-3rd Grades)
Get acquainted with our state symbols through sight and touch. Children discover fun and interesting facts as they interact with our state symbols.
Kansas Symbols Storytime (Kindergarten)
This program includes a quick exploration of our state’s symbols followed by a Kansas-themed story!