Make time for reading in the summer to let your imagination work and keep your brain from losing a booster rocket before the school year. Keep all systems ready for launch by setting aside a specific time to read – maybe at the end of the day to unwind from outdoor fun. We’ve also got a plethora of happenings at the library including the summer art exhibit for kids Across the Universe and on the Adventuremobile throughout town. Take some time to explore summer with your library.


Sign up for Summer Reading online or through the Beanstack Tracker app. Tracking reading for you and the whole family is super easy. You’ll have one username and password. Track your time after reading or start the timer in the app when you sit down to read and it will record your time.


Summer Reading & Events are ready for lift off with aliens around the library to welcome you! This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the library is all about space. Accept our reading challenge and explore space related events for all ages. Let’s moonwalk through the highlights.

Register for the summer reading challenge and track your reading May 28 – Aug 18. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kids will receive a prize for every 2 hours of reading (up to 12 hours). When you complete the mission by reading 12 hours, you’ll be entered in a grand prize drawing for one of the following:

  • Infants, toddlers & preschoolers (birth – 5 years old) – family pass to Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • Kids (5 – 17 years old)– family pass to Worlds of Fun
  • Adults (17 years old and up) – Topeka Civic Theatre gift certificate

There is a little overlap in ages – 5-year-olds can participate in the 5 and under challenge or the kids challenge, and 17-year-olds can participate in the kids challenge or the adult challenge. It’s your choice.

Main Events

We have more than 300 events scheduled for summer for toddlers, kids, teens, families and adults. Check out the full schedule and mark your calendars for our main events below.

Adventuremobile & Curiosity Club
curiosity club cardBetween May 28 & August 2 the Adventuremobile visits 11 locations each week for kids to check out and return books, music, DVDs and curiosity kits, and explore different STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math) activities. Kids can also join the summer Curiosity Club to earn prizes – just ask for a card on your first visit. Check the schedule of STREAM activities.

Splash Down Party
Sun, Aug 18 | 1-4pm | Claire’s Courtyard (weather permitting)
Bring the summer fun back to Earth with a party outside. We’ll have games, activities, creative projects, treats and prizes. Let’s put up the heat shields and have some fun!

2Book Topeka
booksTake part in the community read in June-July 2019 by reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.