June 1 – July 31: Pick up your prize(s) by Aug 15, 2022

Kids and adults can take the Summer Reading Challenge to read at least 12 hours in June and July. Kids 5+ and teens earn a prize for every 2 hours of reading (up to 12 hours). Adults will earn a voucher for a free delicious pastry from the Millennium Café when they complete the challenge.

A trip to the library, bookmobile or the library website is a great way to keep brains active and entertained with an Ocean of Possibilities themed activities.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up online through Beanstack or inside the library at the Kids Library desk. Next, read to your child at home, at the library, anywhere. Keep track of the books you read in Beanstack or with a paper log sheet. When you finish reading 100 books, visit the Kids Library to receive a special reward. Contact 1000books@tscpl.org, and we will get it ready for you. Your child will continue to receive a special reward for each 100 books read.

Program Details

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery | June 4 – Aug 21

Dive beneath the waves, explore creatures of the deep , and learn how we all impact the worlds oceans.

Creative Fun | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 1-2pm

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in June & July create with a super cool activity for elementary age kids!

Blockbuster Wednesdays
10-11am, 1-2pm & 6:30-7:30pm

Every other Wednesday watch an amazing performer for kids and teens!

Spirit Dancer | June 1 |10am | 1pm
Watch celebrated Dine’ (Navajo) artist & multicultural educator Dennis Rodgers perform!

Topeka High School Drumline | June 1 |6:30pm
Get entertained with a variety of thunderous percussion instruments!

Wings of Love | June 29 | 10am | 1pm | 6:30pm
Amazing birds doing incredible tricks

Mad Science of Greater KC | July 27 | 10am | 1pm | 6:30pm
Factual fun science of the ocean

The Amazing Arthur | June 15 | 10am | 1pm | 6:30pm
Juggling, comedy, magic & fun

Magician Joseph Stringer | July 13 | 10am | 1pm | 6:30pm
Comedy and magic combined

Friday Flicks | 1-3pm

Let’s watch seafaring family movies together every Friday in June & July!


June 3 | The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (en Español)
June 10 | Finding Nemo
June 17 | Dolphin Tale
June 24 | Nim’s Island


July 1 | Luca
July 8 | Soul Surfer
July 15 | Shark Tale
July 22 | Finding Dory
July 29 | Moana (en Español)

Start Reading

Reading is a voyage that lasts all summer – it’s a family activity that’s fun, relaxing and provides playful learning that prompts lots of questions and a few snuggles with your kids. Reading this summer is a trip that doesn’t require a schedule.

Easy to choose books

Easy ways to get your books

  • Checkout while at the library (don’t miss the Children’s Art Exhibit)
  • Select Curbside Pickup or TSCPL@Home for pick up or delivery
  • Download ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels
  • Visit the library or bookmobiles.