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June/July Library News
What’s Happening at Your Library

From a new bookmobile to an online summer reading game, visit the library this summer and try something new, whether it’s a new author, a new library location or a reading game! It’s all fun and going on now through Aug. 1.


Monday Farmers Market

Our outdoor market features vendors offering fresh, locally grown, high-quality produce, cut flowers, bedding plants, herbs, honey and farm fresh eggs. Kids can try a different craft at the library booth each week.
Closed Memorial Day and Labor Day

■ Parking Lot, 10th and Washburn

May 19 – Oct 6 | 8-11:30 am

Medicare Mondays

Navigate the complex web of Medicare with help from Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program staff. Repeated on the first Monday of each month.

■ Menninger Room 206

Mon Jun 2 | 1-3 pm

Mon Jul 7 | 1-3 pm

Introduction to Songwriting

Budding songwriters learn about the various aspects of songwriting, including tricks and tips, as well as examples of songs to assist in the learning process. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Shawnee North Community Center -280-0676

Wed Jun 4 | 6:30-7 pm

■ Velma Paris Community Center – 862-1630

Wed Jul 2 | 4-5 pm

Loving Your Furniture

Participants learn a few basic handling techniques and the dos and don’ts of cleaning and storing your treasured pieces in this workshop, part of the Loving Your Stuff series. Find information on displaying your pieces, plus tips for when to call a professional conservator.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Thu Jun 5 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Gaming for Adults [18 and older]

If you love games and need a new challenge, then join us on the first Saturday of each month as we play board games. Bring your own or play ours. Staff’s favorites will be queued up on the Wii and Xbox 360.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Sat Jun 7 | 2-5 pm

Sat Jul 5 | 2-5 pm

Goodreads Summer Class is a simple, social way to organize your reading life. Open an account, add your favorite books, list what you are reading and what you want to read, follow friends or your favorite authors and get book recommendations. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have a account, please bring your password. Registration required. Call 785-4606.

■ Computer Training Center

Mon Jun 9 | 1-2:30 pm

Tue Jun 17 | 7-8:30 pm

Mon Jun 30 | 1-2:30 pm

Fri Jul 11 | 9:30-11 am

Take Control of Your Chronic Condition

Get support you need, practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. Chronic Disease Self-Management is a 6-week workshop. Registration required. Call 296-1627.

■ Menninger Room 206

Mon Jun 9 | 1–3:30 pm

Caregiver Support Group

Being a caregiver can be incredibly stressful, but you don’t have to go it alone. Meet and talk to others who are in the same situation as you. Moderated by Michele Dillon, of the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging.

■ Anton Room 202

Mon Jun 9 | 3:30-4:30 pm

Mon Jul 14 | 3:30-4:30 pm

Journaling with Words and Images

Explore personal writing and illustrated journals through writing exercises and appreciating others’ examples. Discover further techniques using open discussion. New writing prompts and image ideas can be found online at

■ Anton Room 202

June’s topic: Play and Pastimes

Tue Jun 10 | 10-11:30 am

July’s topic: Home, in Lists and Recollections

Tue Jul 8 | 10-11:30 am

Beginning Genealogy

Get started on your family tree and learn how to use the online and print resources our library offers. Receive a pedigree chart and other helpful forms for keeping records as you research your family history. Registration required. Limit 10. Call the number listed.

■ Garfield Community Center – 251-2950

Wed Jun 11 | 1-2 pm

■ Oakland Community Center – 251-2953

Wed Jul 9 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Your Old House: Repair Not Replace

Learn tips on maintaining and repairing old houses from Kansas Historical Society staff. Share checklists for seasonal and routine maintenance. Find resources on making your home a community showcase in this session, part of the Loving Your Stuff series.

Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 10th Ave

Wed Jun 11 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Retirement and Medicare

Join trained counselors and staff from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program as they educate those nearing retirement age about Medicare. They’ll answer questions, give unbiased counsel, and help you determine how Medicare will best work for you.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Thu Jun 12 | 6:30-8:30 pm


Roses have always been a favorite plant of many gardeners. More recently, shrub roses have gained popularity because of their landscape value and hardiness in the Kansas climate. Join the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners for ideas on growing different types of roses in Kansas.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Thu Jun 12 | 7-8 pm

National Parks 101: America’s Treasures

Plan an affordable, fun and educational getaway to a National Park. There are more than two dozen National Park sites between a one-hour and one-day drive of Topeka – many of which are free! Presented by Brown v Board Park Ranger Stephanie Kyriazis.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Thu Jun 12 | 7-8 pm

Computerized Genealogy

Learn how you can use the Internet to create your family tree. Find out how you can store your genealogy, family stories, documents and pictures for free. This class helps you to put all of your research in one place. For beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists.

■ Computer Training Center

Sat Jun 14 11 |am-12:30 pm

Sat Jul 12 11 |am-12:30 pm

Trivia Afternoon: Literary Elements Edition

Compete in this extra-special Summer Reading-themed trivia event. Enter as a team of up to 8 people working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 2:30 pm. The Millennium Café will be open. Registration required, begins May 1. Call 580-4540.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat Jun 14 3–5:30 pm

World Cup Soccer

Join other soccer fanatics as we show exciting World Cup Soccer action in The Edge. Bring some friends or just yourself. Either way you’ll see great matchups between the world’s soccer powerhouses.

■ The Edge

Tue Jun 17 | 2:30-5:30pm Mexico vs. Brazil

Marvin Auditorium 101C

Sun Jun 22 | 2:30-5:30pm U.S. vs. Portugal

■ The Edge

Mon Jun 23 | 4-6:30pm Mexico vs. Croatia

■ The Edge

Thu Jun 26 | 11:30am-2:30pm U.S. vs. Germany

Elder Care Planning

Learn the most common problems facing seniors and their families and what can be done to avoid or resolve those problems from Scott Sexton, attorney-at-law. He talks about Medicaid, Medicare and planning for long-term health care expenses. Bring your questions.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Tue Jun 17 | 7-8 pm

Learn to Knit

Learn the basics of knitting including the long tail cast on, the knit and purl stitches, and increasing and decreasing. Learn how to read and choose patterns. Materials provided. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Hillcrest Community Center – 251-2956

Tue Jun 18 | 1-2 pm

Science Meets Fiber Art

Create uniquely designed papers and fabrics. Experiment with rust-dyeing, gelatin-printing, and paste-paper. Focus on the process, learn new techniques and have fun creating. Presented by Art Before Noon, a creative group of area artists. Register at 580-4540 .

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Sat Jun 21 10 |am–12 pm

1–3 pm

Vegetable Problems

Protect your plants and vegetables. The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners share ideas on preventing and managing common vegetable problems, diseases and pests that can be problematic in mid-summer.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Thu Jun 26 | 7-8 pm

Topeka Genealogical Society

Understand the ABCs of DNA. Find out how DNA testing can be used to help solve genealogical puzzles. We’ll discuss Y-DNA, Mitochondrial and Autosomal testing and look at examples of when each can be effectively used to answer genealogical questions.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Thu Jun 26 | 7-8:45 pm

National HIV Testing Day and Health Fair

Stop by health information and screening booths from a variety of community organizations. Receive a free HIV test with Positive Connections at the fair or schedule one anytime. Learn more at

■ Rotunda

Fri Jun 27 11 |am–2 pm

Make a Difference in Your Community Fair!

Learn how you can be a community volunteer at the Managers Of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) exhibition. Meet and mingle with members from more than 20 non-profit organizations in Shawnee County that need your help. For more information, call Deb Tucker, MOVE president, at 230-2333.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat Jun 28 10 |am-2 pm

Behind the Scenes of Brown v. Board, Topeka’s Frontline

Explore the local stories behind the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case of 1954. The decision to join the NAACP’s legal battle against segregation was not an easy one. Take a closer look at the issues with Brown v. Board Park Ranger Randy Standingwater.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Thu Jul 3 | 7-8 pm

Low Water/Drought Tolerant Plants

Dry conditions make green thumbs sad, but they don’t have to. Master Gardeners explain how to choose appropriate plants and use other techniques to maintain a beautiful garden in low-water or drought conditions.

Shawnee County Extension Office, 1740 SW Western

Thu Jul 10 | 7-8 pm

Makin’ Moves Wellness Conference

Learn how to balance your life with healthy eating, intellectual growth and exercise. Discover how the library supports your wellness journey. Registration begins at 8am. Partners include K-State Research and Extension and Wellness Information Network, LLC.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat Jul 12 9 |am–12 pm

Trivia Night @ your library®

Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 6 pm. The Millennium Café will be open ‘til 6:30 pm. Registration required, begins June 1. Call 580-4540.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Fri Jul 18 | 6:30–9 pm

Trivia Afternoon @ your library®

Enter as a team of 5-8 friends, coworkers or family members working together to answer 100 questions from 10 categories. Prizes awarded to the top trivia teams! Doors open at 2:30 pm. The Millennium Café will be open. Registration required, begins June 1.
Call 580-4540.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat Jul 19 | 3–5:30 pm

Topeka Genealogical Society

View Stories from Stats, by national spokesperson Jean Wilcox Hibben, followed by tips for gathering and preserving your family stories. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of stories from their own research to share.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Thu Jul 24 | 7-8:45 pm

Bag Day Book Sale

All the books you can stuff into a brown grocery bag (purchased at the door for $5 each) are yours. There will be books of all topics to cruise through. This book sale event will be a true scavenger hunt. Come early for the best book bargains.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat Jul 26 10 |am-1 pm (or until sold out)


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The Printed Image 5

See the newest, most challenging and exciting works in American contemporary printmaking. Artists from all over the country have earned entry into this competition, now in its 5th year. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

■ Sabatini Gallery

through Jun 8

Curate This!

Regional high school students collaborated to curate an exhibit from the gallery’s permanent collection inspired by the psychology behind perspective. The artwork focuses on how people’s perspectives are formed.

■ Sabatini Gallery

through Jun 15

First Friday ArtWalk

The Printed Image 5 – it’s almost outta here! If you’ve seen it once, come in again. There’s something new to discover with each visit. We’re one of the ArtWalk shuttle stops.

■ Sabatini Gallery

Fri Jun 6 | 5:30-8:30 pm

Art Roundtable

Topekan Charles “Bud” Holman and area artists talk about the state of art in Kansas. Learn about Holman’s art experience and career.

■ Sabatini Gallery

Sat Jun 7 | 2-3 pm

Art & You [10-16 years]

Art classes offer hands-on art experiences including multi-level instruction and discussion of related artworks. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Rice Community Center – 251-2976

Wed Jun 11 | 4-5 pm

■ Central Park Community Center – 251-2965

Wed Jul 9 | 4-5 pm

Identities: Bunky Echo-Hawk

Relying on a mixture of pop culture appropriation and, at times, in-your-face stereotyping, Native artist Bunky Echo-Hawk(Pawnee) explores how Native peoples see themselves, how non-Native people perceive them, and how Native identity can be confusing for both the artist and the audience.

■ Sabatini Gallery

Jun 16 – Aug 10

Ramp It Up! Skateboard Culture in Native America

Roll to the library for this traveling exhibit organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. See 20 skateboard decks designed by Native artists and photos and videos of Native skaters. Skateboarding has inspired and influenced American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities since the ‘60s. Find out more when you explore this exhibit.

■ Sabatini Gallery

Jun 28 – Aug 24


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Classics Made Modern Book Discussion

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is a British novel serialized in 1868. This story about a stolen diamond is considered the first detective novel in the English language. The theme of attitudes toward and treatment of servants is also touched on. Read the free ebook.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Mon Jun 9 | 1:30–3 pm

Cooking by the Book

Join this book club just for cookbook lovers. Each month we pick a theme (specific book, author, or cuisine), try a recipe, and bring the results to share and discuss. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Garfield Community Center – 251-2950

Wed Jun 18 | 1-2 pm

Wed Jul 16 | 1-2 pm

So Many Books, So Little Time

Discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. After seeing the belongings of Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps sitting on the sidewalk in front of a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee recalls his own childhood in the 1940s. Registration required.
Call 580-4540.

■ Menninger Room 206

Sun Jun 22 | 2:30-5 pm

Bean There, Read That

A group for young intellectuals in their 20s and 30s who like to talk lit. Talk about books you really want to read. Email Erin at for June and July titles. Provide your own copy or pick one up at the Reference Desk, first come, first-served.

■ The Classic Bean, 21st and Fairlawn

Tue Jun 24 | 7-8:30 pm

Tue Jul 22 | 7-8:30 pm

Classics Made Modern Book Discussion

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894) collects fables which use animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons, including tales of an abandoned “man cub” Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. Each story is preceded and succeeded by a piece of verse. Read the free ebook.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Mon Jul 14 | 1:30–3 pm

So Many Books, So Little Time

Discuss Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. The appearance of a legendary blues guitarist on an Indian reservation leads to the formation of all-Indian Catholic rock band. Registration required, call 580-4540.

■ Menninger Room 206

Sun Jul 27 | 2:30-5 pm


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How to Start a Business

Learn what it takes to start your own business. Topics include business legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by the Washburn Small Business Development Center.

■ Anton Room 202

Wed Jun 4 | 6-8 pm

Wed Jul 2 | 6-8 pm


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events_okeedokeeOkee Dokee Brothers [all ages]

Enjoy this Grammy-award winning duo and remember to sign the family up for summer reading while you are here.
■ Marvin Auditorium
Sat May 31 | 11:00am-12:00pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & The Wild Thing [all ages]

Meet these larger-than-life beloved book characters as they encourage families to get signed up for summer reading. Family photo opps three times throughout the day – plus lots of fun!

■ The Story Zone

Sat May 31 | 9:00-10:30 am
| 12:30-1:30 pm
| 3:00-4:00 pm

R.E.A.D. Dogs [all ages]

Dogs are man’s best friend, but a child’s best listener. Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. They are registered therapy animals that volunteer at the library with their owners.

■ The Story Zone

Sun Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 2-2:30 pm

Sun Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 | 2-2:30 pm

Young & Little Women Book Club [grades 2-5]

Read for the love of reading and learn as you discuss books by favorite authors. Enjoy a snack and take a book home with you. Sponsored by Women Empowerment.

■ Lingo Story Room

Sun Jun 1 | 4-4:30 pm

Sun Jul 6 | 4-4:30 pm

Write-a-palooza [8-12 years]

Creativity is in you screaming to get out. Grab a pencil and let it spill into words and pictures. Register on May 19 beginning at 9 AM for this 9-week program for aspiring authors and illustrators. Call 580-4565. Participate for at least 7 weeks and take home your final copy in book form.

■ Homework Center 121D

Mon Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11 am, 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm

Wed Jun 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm

Mon Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10-11 am, 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm

Wed Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm

Tot Time [24-36 months]

Share stories, songs and crafts with your toddler. This six-week program transitions children from lapsitting to independent storytimes. Registration for the next program begins 9 AM Tuesday, May 20. Call 580-4565.

■ Lingo Story Room

Tue Jun 3, 10, 17, 24, Jul 1, 8 | 9:30-10 am, 10:30-11 am, 6:30-7 pm

Stories & Crafts [3–5 years]

Stories, songs and activities that encourage a love of reading and help develop school skills. Each session counts for 30 minutes toward your Summerfest reading goal. A different craft activity each week.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Tue Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10-11 am

Thu Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10-11 am

Tue Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10-11 am

Thu Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 10-11 am

tWiin xGaming Afternoon [8-12 years]

Come hang out and play awesome games on the Wii or Xbox in our tween space. Impress your friends with your stellar hand-eye coordination. Beat your enemies using your limitless courage. Now’s the time to show your stuff!

■ Tween Space

Tue Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 | 3-4 pm

Tue Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 3-4 pm

Readapalooza [6–12 years]

Grab some carpet and discover books you’ll dig – down-to-the-meat nail biters, snort-when-you-laugh funny, stay-up-all-night-to-finish good. And best of all, no book report. Each time you come, score 30 minutes toward your Summerfest reading goal.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Tue Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10-11 am

Thu Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10-11 am

Tue Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10-11 am

Thu Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 10-11 am

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Sal Cruz and the Cruzline: they’re loud, fun and energetic! Summer drumline kids entertain you with a variety of thunderous percussion instruments: quads, snare and bass drums. Families with kids that can take the noise and excitement will love this local talent.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jun 4 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Pajama Storytime [3–5 years]

Wear your PJs out on the town! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket. Stories, songs and finger plays. Plus, craft time. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Hillcrest Community Center – 251-2956

Wed Jun 4 | 6:30-7 pm

■ Lingo Story Room – 580-4565

Mon Jun 9 | 6:30-7 pm

Mon Jul 14 | 6:30-7 pm

■ Shawnee North Community Center -280-0676

Mon Jul 21 | 6:30-7 pm

Baby Bookworms [0-18 months]

Introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books through songs, stories and bounces.

■ Lingo Story Room

Thu Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9:30-10 am, 10:30-11 am, 1-1:30 pm, 5:30-6 pm

Thu Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 9:30-10 am, 10:30-11 am, 1-1:30 pm, 5:30-6 pm

Zoo Animals Live! [all ages]

Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps you separate fact from fiction.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Thu Jun 5 | 4-4:45 pm

Thu Jul 3 | 4-4:45 pm

School Readiness [3–5 years]

Participate in activities that help prepare your child for kindergarten. Lean about the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist used by local schools. Registration required. Call the number listed.

■ Garfield Community Center – 251-2950

Thu Jun 5 6:30-7:30 pm

■ Oakland Community Center – 251-2953

Thu Jul 24 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Math and Science Exploration [5-10 years]

Stand back! Experiments are underway. We have the whole wacky world to learn about. Bring a grownup and be prepared to discover, learn and get dirty.

■ Lingo Story Room

Sat Jun 7 | 10-10:30 am

Sat Jul 5 | 10-10:30 am

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Lend A Hand Family – Music & Magic Live. Their healthy hip hop-style gets you groovin’ while their magic makes you think the impossible is possible. All ages can expect an upbeat, fun, interactive, mentally stimulating experience.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jun 11 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Sing, Dance & Read[2-5 years]

Shake off your sleepiness with some fun songs and crazy dancing with Kyler. Occasional surprises and guests! Grab some breakfast in the Millennium Café before showtime.

■ Story Zone

Sat Jun 14, 28 | 10-10:30 am

Sat Jul 12, 26 | 10-10:30 am

Guys Read: Father’s Day Edition! [8-12 years]

Bring your favorite dad, stepdad, grandpa, cool uncle or best older brother so we can share some Guys Read awesomeness. Stories, snacks and activities the way only the Mustache Killers can do them. First timers welcome – don’t you want to come just to find out what a Mustache Killer is?

■ Lingo Story Room

Sat Jun 14 | 2-3 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Enjoy Dennis Rogers’ award-winning Hoop-dance. The Native American Navajo educator plays native flute, sings hand drum songs and performs traditional and interpretive dances in Native sign language.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jun 18 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Musical Storytime for Everybody [all ages]

Bring the whole family, daycare or preschool for some guitar pickin’ music, dancing, whimsical books and great big smiles with Kyler!

■ Story Zone

Fri Jun 20 | 10-10:30 am

Fri Jul 18 | 10-10:30 am

Stories & Art [3-8 years]

Share a story or two, encourage creativity and make memories. All you need is a fun-loving grownup, a curious kid, “okay to get messy” shirts and smiles.

■ Lingo Story Room

Sat Jun 21 | 10-10:30 am

Sat Jul 19 | 10-10:30 am

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Poppin’ Penelope, one of the most talented balloon artists in the country, brings a wildly entertaining, comedy and magic show. Penelope’s unique sense of humor, unparalleled twisting speed, and encyclopedic balloon knowledge will have families with elementary-age kids wowed.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jun 25 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Play, dance, and sing with Dino O’Dell (aka Kevin Dolan). Enjoy some of his best hits including Itty Bitty Monster, The Peanut Butter Pond, The Pizza Polka and Worms – They Really Hit the Spot. Families with preschoolers and young, elementary-age kids will love Dino.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jul 2 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

The Flying Debris Show with Richard Holmgren is a great blend of comedy, amazing juggling, zany stunts and lots of audience participation. It’s just flippin’ funny! Great for all ages! Kids, adults, seniors and everyone in between.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jul 9 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Sneak Peek & Read [18-24 months]

Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration for the four-week session begins 9 AM, Wednesday, June 25. Call 580-4565.

■ Lingo Story Room

Wed Jul 9, 16, 23, 30 | 9:30-10 am, 10:30-11 am, 6:30-7 pm

Guys Read [8-12 years]

Read awesome books dudes will dig–explosive action and farts! Then talk ’em over with the guys, play games, wolf down some food and meet new friends. First timers score a members-only bookbag. Receive books on a first-come, first-served basis. Register with the secret password GUYS READ; call 580-4565.

■ Lingo Story Room

Sat Jul 12 | 2-3 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Kid rocker Jim Cosgrove (aka Mr. Stinky Feet) is back with his high-energy, interactive program loaded with laughter, singing and dancing for families with elementary-aged children. Join the act as Mr. Stinky Feet performs his original songs and shares his box of instruments from all over the world.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jul 16 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

International yo-yo champion Brent Dellinger does freestyle routines and demonstrates beginning yo-yo tricks for children age 3 and up. Don’t miss his finale!

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jul 23 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm

Blockbuster Wednesday [all ages]

Wings of Love and Yvonne Patterson’s talented feather friends entertain and educate with this bird program. Meet a naughty toucan and watch parrots play sports. A lory dances and drives a fire truck. Be amazed by Patterson’s graceful owls. Families with elementary-aged children will love this show.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Wed Jul 30 9:30-10:30 am, 11 |am-12 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm


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Friday Flicks [all ages]

It’s showtime for the whole family every Friday during June and July from 2-4 pm. Closed captioning will be provided. Movie listings are subject to change. All films showing in The Edge teen room unless otherwise indicated.

■ The Edge

Fri Jun 6 | Frozen

Fri Jun 13 | The Croods

Fri Jun 20 | Despicable Me 2 (Marvin Auditorium 101BC)

Fri Jun 27 |The LEGO Movie (Marvin Auditorium 101BC)

Fri Jul 11 | The Lorax

Fri Jul 18 | The Nightmare Before Christmas (Marvin Auditorium 101C)

Fri Jul 25 | Monsters University

Fri Aug 1 | Dolphin Tale

International Film: Beyond Silence

A young girl with normal hearing struggles to break free from the dependency of her deaf parents.
© Miramax | German | 1996 | Rated PG-13 | 107 minutes

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Tue Jun 3 | 6:30-8:45 pm

Wes Anderson Filmmaker: Rushmore

Max Fischer, a gifted and eccentric teenager, is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular and least scholarly student. He finds himself in competition with a wealthy older man for a favorite teacher’s affections.
93 min | Rated R | 1998

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jun 6 | 6:30-8:45 pm

Classic Film: On the Town

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their 24 hours are up.
1949 | color | 98 minutes

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jun 13 | 2-5 pm

Wes Anderson Filmmaker Royal Tenenbaums

Three siblings each found genius and success at a young age, but soon after their father, Royal, left the family. Disappointment and failure soon follows, but then their father returns in hopes of reconciliation in a dysfunctional family reunion. 108 min | Rated R | 2002

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jun 13 | 6:30-8:45 pm

Wes Anderson Filmmaker: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel about Mr. Fox and his community, this animated film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. The farmers are fed up with Mr. Fox’s theft and try to kill him, destroying his tree and digging their way into his home. 86 min | Rated PG | 2009

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jun 20 | 6:30-8:45 pm

Wes Anderson Filmmaker Moonrise Kingdom

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of ‘65, this film tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to find them, a violent storm is brewing off shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than one. 94 min | Rated PG-13 | 2012

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jun 27 | 6:30-8:45 pm

International Film: Calle 54

Spend the evening listening to 13 great Latin jazz artists at this screening of a documentary that captured the heart and soul of an entire culture.
Miramax | Spain | 2000 | Rated G | 105 minutes

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Tue Jul 1 | 6:30-8:45 pm

Classic Film: The Grapes of Wrath

When a poor Midwest family is forced off their land, they head to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

1940 | b&w | 129 minutes

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Fri Jul 11 | 2-5 pm


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Okee Dokee Brothers [all ages]

Enjoy this Grammy-award winning duo and remember to sign the family up for summer reading while you are here.
■ Marvin Auditorium
Sat May 31 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Blues Pianist Shinetop, Jr.

Michael “Shinetop, Jr.” Sedovic is a Kansas City blues and jazz pianist. He plays and sings the blues with passion and flair. Don’t miss this swinging afternoon with one of KC’s finest artists. Part of Music for a Sunday Afternoon series.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sun Jun 8 | 3-4 pm

Young Pianists

Marvel at the expertise of these piano prodigies from around the world. This classical performance is brought to you by the gifted students attending the 2014 International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas.

■ Marvin Auditorium

Thu Jul 17 | 7:30-8:30 pm


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Science Gone Crazy [11-18 years]

Experiment with odd mixtures to create writhing, eruptive concoctions. Maybe we’ll stumble upon a new energy source and win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Mon Jun 2 | 2-3 pm

Double Dueling: Yugioh & Magic the Gathering

Bring your cards and prepare for fierce competition with other Yugioh and Magic players.

■ The Edge

Mon Jun 2, 16 | 4-6 pm

Mon Jul 7, 21 | 4-6 pm

Henna for You [11-18 years]

Try Henna, the mystical ancient Indian art of decorating the hands and arms in beautiful, temporary designs.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Mon Jun 9 | 2-3 pm

Teen Writing Group[12-18 years]

Find inspiration to write and create. Join others who share your passion as we delve into poetry and prose as a way to express ourselves and explore our world.

■ The Edge

Mon Jun 9, 30 | 7-8 pm

Mon Jul 14, 28 | 7-8 pm

Cool Candles [11-18 years]

Use your imagination to design a colorful, layered candle. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift to someone special.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Mon Jun 16 | 2-3 pm

Wacky Pretzels [11-18 years]

Choose a topping, then fold, twist and shape pretzel dough into a tasty, baked snack.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Mon Jun 23 | 2-3 pm

Open Mic Night [11-18 years]

You are natural performer and we want you to show off. So take the stage and strut your stuff! You can sing, dance, read poetry or tell jokes. Grab some fame at our monthly talent show.

■ The Edge

Wed Jun 25 | 4-5:30 pm

Wed Jul 30 | 4-5:30 pm

Chess Club [11-18 years]

Have fun and learn the strategy of chess or sharpen your chess skills against new competitors. If you haven’t played before, we’ll teach you and give you tips on how to win.

■ David J’s

Thu Jun 26 | 3:30-4:30 pm

Thu Jul 24 | 3:30-4:30 pm

Ramp It Up! Film and Discussion [11-18 years]

This film includes the history of skateboarding, Native skaters performing tricks, and an interview with Bunky Echo-Hawk, artist, performer and activist. Plus, Dennis Rogers, a former Native skateboarder, and medical professionals discussing safe skating.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Mon Jun 30 | 2-3 pm

Shockingly Good Books[11-18 years]

Celebrate your favorite electrifying, terrifying books like Frankenstein and The City of Ember with crafts, trivia and other high-voltage activities.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Mon Jul 7 | 2-3 pm

Everything Anime [11-18 years]

Dress up as your favorite anime character and enjoy crafts, trivia and other fun stuff in this multimedia event.

■ The Edge

Mon Jul 14 | 2-3 pm

Slow Ya Roll Summer Concert [11-18 years]

Step out of the summer heat and clap to the catchy grooves, sweet harmonies and upbeat lyrics of Slow Ya Roll, the acclaimed electro/acoustic band.

■ The Edge

Mon Jul 21 | 2-3 pm

Skateboard Logo & Sticker Design [11-18 years]

This design class brings all of the community’s young skaters together to brainstorm a design that best represents both a love of skateboarding and the library. Together, we brainstorm and create a design, then send it on to be printed on stickers you can put on your board. Participants will be contacted when the stickers are ready.

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Tue Jul 22 | 2-4 pm

Chef Competition: Pasta Cook-off [11-18 years]

Show off your culinary talents by creating a flavorful masterpiece in this fast-paced cooking contest. We’ll supply the equipment, cooked pasta and other ingredients, or you can bring your own. Will you be crowned a Top Chef?

■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Mon Jul 28 | 2-3 pm