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HALL OF FAME BLOGS page 3 READERS FOR LIFE

LOCAL KIDS FIND LOVE FOR LITERATURE page 4

 summer, children may fall behind in reading by a month or more. But students who participate in the library’s summer reading program maintain or improve their reading skills with just two hours of reading a week, according to a study conducted in partnership with Pauline Central Primary School. “Summer readers make better grades because reading practice helps stop the ‘summer slide,’” said Hope Krug, Pauline Central. “The wonderful summer reading program sponsored by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library helps to make summer reading practice fun.”

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ore than 5,500 children read 37,000 hours during their summer vacation as part of our SummerFest reading challenge. As they reached each reading milestone, kids collected coupons for free food and bowling, but the real reward – whether they realized it or not – came in the form of sharpened reading skills. There are three primary ways to shore up reading skills: attending public library reading programs, learning to read at school, and having books available at home. When school is out for the

Every school in Shawnee County had students participate for the second year in a row. Topeka Seventh-Day Adventist School earned the grand championship trophy in the library’s summer reading school competition. Indian Hills Elementary, Shawnee Heights Elementary, West Indianola Elementary and Meadows Elementary won for their respective districts. In addition to our reading successes, attendance at SummerFest kids’ programs jumped 21 percent. The library’s summer reading program is a tremendous educational opportunity that will have a lasting impact during the school year and as these students become the next generation of citizens and leaders in this community.

DON’T MISS THIS PREMIER EVENT

TEEN FILM FESTIVAL page 5

A 70’s MUSIC EXPERIENCE

WITHOUT THE NEEDLES page 6 CARVE ‘EM or COOK ‘EM

PUMPKINS ARE FRUITY page 8 WHAT’S HAPPENING

YOUR LIBRARY SCHEDULE page 10 CELEBRITY LIBRARIAN

NANCY PEARL SATISFIES YOUR LUST FOR BOOKS page 14


Not Getting The Job You Want? Get A Resumé Makeover Terry also helps give customers a new perspective on their career history.

“For blue collar or white collar, whether you need a little assistance or a resumé makeover, we can help,” Terry Miller, our Business Librarian, said.

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ords. Resumés are full of them, and job seekers need to make every word count if they are going to stand out in this competitive job market.

And this human resource offers something a simple Google search would never produce.

At a loss for words? No problem. Our WinWay Resumé program provides a variety of power words that will win over hiring managers. After meeting with Terry Miller, our Business Librarian, and using the WinWay Resumé software, Gayle, who was applying for a position as a musician at a Northeast Kansas organization, had created a more effective resumé in hardly any time at all. “My new resumé is definitely more reflective of my skills. By using this template, I was able to really reflect on my skills as a musician and update my resumé,” Gayle said. Almost every day, Terry works with customers in search of a job (or a better job).

“I’d Googled different resumé formats, but I thought the library might have a better understanding of what employers are looking for now,” Gayle said. “The library has a career center. Their job is keeping up with the needs of the employers and the skill sets that employers are looking for.” Terry has worked closely with human resources professionals and hiring managers and provides insight on what they are looking for. Scheduling a one-on-one appointment with Terry was the best thing Gayle did to enhance her resumé, she said. “She gave me what I needed. She told me how to access the exact part of the (WinWay Resumé) program that I needed and then she let me go, which is what I wanted,” Gayle said.

“We had a man come in who had a long list of jobs dating back to the ‘70s. I said ‘you know you have 30 years’ experience and why don’t we put that at the top of your resumé?” Terry said. “I saw the light bulb come on; he had just found a whole new way to market himself to potential employers.” After an hour or two of working with Terry and using library resources, a job seeker – or even someone established but looking for a career change – will have a better organized, clearer and more effective resumé. When updating a resumé, Terry strongly suggests integrating keywords from the job description into the cover letter and resumé. “Employers like you to focus on your skills and tell them what you can do for them,” she added. Every day, people who have been laid off come into the library looking for help. Sometimes they are lacking critical skills to apply for another job: computer literacy and word processing, Terry said. “We have a great staff of reference librarians and a computer training group who help people develop those valuable skills,” Terry said.

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Typos and Grammatical Errors

Your resumé needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-soflattering conclusions about you.

Lack of Specifics

Employers need to understand what you’ve done and accomplished. Use details and specifics that grab an employer’s attention.

Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments

Employers don’t care so much about what you’ve done as what you’ve accomplished in your various activities.

No Action Verbs

Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs like “oversaw.”

Visually Too Busy

Show your resumé to several people before sending it out. If what you have is hard on the eyes, revise. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread,

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Do something brave; read a book you wouldn’t normally read as part of our Fall Reading program, which begins Sept. 20.

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If you’re a local sports fan, you’ve probably heard about the Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame. But you might not know that the plaques honoring all the inductees are on display here at the library. Created by the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council to honor a legacy of outstanding performance by athletes, coaches, administrators, and sports writers and broadcasters with Shawnee County ties, the Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1996.

While you’re here looking at these sports greats, be sure to take advantage of all the other great resources that can enhance your sporting life. We have books and DVDs on exercise and diet. Learn techniques on how to knock strokes off your golf score. We can help you with coaching that little league team or helping youngsters with the fundamentals of wrestling. Who knows, maybe we can help you develop a future hall-offamer along the way! - Paul Brennan

Goodreads.com is a social network for readers that allows them to easily organize the titles and authors they’ve read and connect with other readers. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Group on Goodreads.com is a great place to find reading recommendations, book discussions, and to see what’s happening at your library. So, if you want to find out what the latest reading buzz is, check out the What Are You Reading Now? discussion. By creating a profile, a member can keep track of what books they’ve already read, keep a list of titles they want to read, compare the books they select with what their friends are reading, write book reviews, participate in online book discussion groups, and follow their favorite authors’ blogs. Starting an account is easy and free. Goodreads.com only requires three things from you to get an account: your name, a current email address, and a password. Once your account is made, you can add as much or as little personal information you want to in the account settings. You then can search for friends and books to add to your profile. - Kelli Smith

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Each week, our librarians will make recommendations to go along with this year’s theme of “Read Beyond.” Sign up and read with us as we explore a new genre each week: Week 1 is historical fiction. Week 2 is sports fiction. Week 3 is science fiction. Week 4 is graphic novels. Week 5 is non-fiction. Week 6 is mystery. Week 7 is animals. Week 8 is fantasy. - Betty Jean Neal

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Members represent a wide range of sports. Included are former Major League baseball players, former NFL players, an Olympic wrestler as well as two current Division 1 men’s basketball coaches. All the Topeka high schools are represented. KU, K-State and Washburn are included as well. Inductee plaques include a photograph and a listing of outstanding accomplishments that earned the honoree the title hall-of-famer. You’ll find the Hall-of-Fame plaques on the main floor in our New Books/Media Room.

VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSIONS ON GOODREADS.COM

Pick up a backpack time tracker at any bookmobile or at the library (starting Sept. 20) to get your child started. Track hours read through Nov. 13. When kids reach 8 hours in the program, come to the library to claim a free book, bookmark and Arby’s coupon.

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Programs like our educational and interactive storytimes are, for many, the gateway to becoming a reader for life.

the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, we take the phrase “lifelong reader” seriously. And when it comes to spreading our love for books and other media, the library starts ‘em young.

“I started coming here when I was in the 7th grade,” said Janet Richardson, who regularly attends Preschool Storytime with her granddaughter. “She’s coming to the library now. It’s amazing.” Janet’s granddaughter, Temple, who was 2 when they first started coming to storytime, is now 5. This summer, the two spent some quality time at the library developing Temple’s reading skills before she heads off to kindergarten. Thanks to the early literacy skills Temple learned during library storytimes, Janet can get through their favorite Elephant Gerald and Piggie books without losing her granddaughter’s attention.

Our Kansas Reads to Preschoolers events focus on creating an educational and entertaining experience for children 2-5 years old and their parents or childcare providers. “She’s learned to follow a story,” she said. “She learns a lot from the library. She loves coming into the library.” The library fosters a love of reading among its youngest customers with programs like I Love Letters, a special edition of storytime held as part of Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week. Circle Nov. 15 and 16 on your calendar and await our engaging recital of this year’s selected title, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Kansas author Bill Martin, Jr.

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“When others show the joy of reading, it makes them want to read too,” Melissa said. She said parents “more than approved” of her taking their kids to Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. Last year’s events attracted 157 kids, parents and childcare providers, including Lissa Staley, librarian, and her two children. “My kid was happiest when she got to hold on to a cardboard cutout of a vegetable and wait her turn to hold it up in the air as part of the interactive story. She really, really liked being involved and getting to physically touch something and be a helper,” Lissa said.

Come on, bring it here.

And Lissa, like Janet, knows the library isn’t just a resource for teaching reading. It can be used in other ways that improve quality of life. For example, Janet used library resources to help with that all-important aspect of parenting: potty training. “I recommend it to everyone. It’s good to bring the kids here. They have lots of programs that don’t cost anything and with the economy it’s nice to have that,” Janet said.

We’re fetching stuff for needy dogs

Bring your old towels, rugs, blankets, pillows, grooming supplies, dog toys, leashes, pet taxis and other stuff to collection boxes located in the library’s rotunda in October. More on www.tscpl.org/blog/pets. Gifts of cash or gift cards are not accepted at the library; please send to Helping Hands Humane Society directly. TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

The events nurture children’s social skills and gives them a chance to be read to by someone different. It helps transform children from being passive about reading to enthusiastic about reading, said Melissa Patterson, Patterson Family Childcare and Preschool Program.

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Attendance at I Love Letters and some of our other pre-literacy classes are free, but registration is required. For more information call 785-580-4565 or check the kids programs listed on pages 10 and 11 of this newspaper. OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2011


eens will showcase their creative storytelling abilities through acting, directing and filming original movies for the library’s first-ever Teen Film Festival. A screening of the selected movies will be Oct. 21 at 7pm in The Edge. This event provides a safe and accepting venue for creative teens interested in filmmaking and helps generate interest in the art. “Who knows, the next Steven Spielberg, George Lucas or Peter Jackson might come from our talented pool of teens here in Topeka and Shawnee County. We have connected with local schools to help encourage that creativity,” said Jean Marshall, Youth Services specialist. “For many participants the biggest reward will be making their first movie debut in front of an audience.”

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For a movie to make the cut it must be 3 to 5 minutes long and be inspired by a book geared toward teen readers. The deadline for registration is Oct. 3 and film entries are due by Oct. 10. For registration information, visit www.tscpl.org or The Edge inside the library. The film festival wraps up our Teen Read Week events (see page 12), which stress the importance of making time to read in teens’ busy schedules. The library encourages teens to read for fun during its Fall Reading Program, Sept. 20 through Nov. 13. Pick up a backpack time tracker at any bookmobile or at the library (starting Sept. 20) . Kids can win prizes for reading just one hour each week. And best of all, reading homework can count too! Kids are encouraged to read beyond their comfort zone, picking up an author or genre they might not otherwise read, in honor of this year’s theme “Read Beyond.”

My kitty listens to Baldacci -Diana

Members are needed to help fill the library’s shelves with books. Your gift of at least $35 helps bring a parade of books marching onto our library shelves. Since 2008, the library’s collections budget has been cut by over $1 million. Being a member of this club is something you’ll be proud of – providing more bestsellers, more books for your children and more eBooks to download. To join the club, contact The Library Foundation today at 785-580-4498 or donate online at foundation.tscpl.org. TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

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The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library houses a surprisingly diverse collection of books about all genres of popular music. One can stumble upon anything from the history of country, rock, soul, blues, and reggae to highly-specialized subjects like a detailed study of Philly soul, a history of iconic recording studios or a price guide to vintage guitars. As I browsed, my eyes fixed on a book entitled Hotel California: The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends by Barney Hoskyns (781.6609 HOS).

Hoskyns starts in the early 1960s was created that is still a staple of as kids with guitars from all corners FM radio. Hoskyns’ survey and of North America descended on the analysis of this vast oeuvre is nothing Sunset Strip, into the winding roads of short of inspiring. His enthusiastic Laurel Canyon, and eventually into the prose made me want to give this recording studios where they would music that I had dismissed in its find great success and be catapulted to entirety a second chance. rock god status. Hotel California reads like a novel as we follow the titular Hoskyns concludes Hotel California musicians from ideal-infused nascency with the saga of record company to jaded mega-stardom. Hoskyns mogul David Geffen and the formation tells us who hooked up with of the Eagles, the quintessential whom, what classic L.A. country rock band. songs were written Did you know the Eagles about specific were as pre-fabricated people, who had as the Monkees, the best drugs, calculated to yield and whose houses maximum profits were the best to by capitalizing crash at, the best on the artistry by T to create at or of country rock? the best to party Hoskyns takes us at. We also get a on a journey where, glimpse into the boys’ in just a few years, we club that abased the move from innocence to work of Linda Ronstadt, experience to rank cynicism Joni Mitchell and the criminallyas cocaine addiction becomes the overlooked Judie Sill. defining lifestyle. The reader travels from the idyllic artist communes of Most important though is Hoskyns’ Laurel Canyon to the nihilism of research and knowledge of the music the just-lurking-around-the-corner – despite or due to the roiling high punk movement ready to eradicate a drama of the Laurel Canyon scene, generation fueled by drugs, greed and the foundation for all folk rock was money. This is epic drama. established. A canon of classic rock h

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uring the 1970s the last thing I was interested in was the laid-back, singersongwriter music coming out of L.A. – The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, etc. If it wasn’t sporting a leather jacket, a spiked haircut and an electric guitar, I wasn’t interested. However, as a librarian I have to be prepared to answer questions about music that falls outside my particular tastes. So, I visited the area of the library that houses the music books (or in library-terms the 780s) for a dose of music discovery.

Strip As I finished Hotel California I felt I needed to give the music a better listen. I went to the library’s catalog and discovered that we own many of the albums Hoskyns champions so I decided to create a soundtrack to the book. Five classic albums you can check out from the library that would be the perfect accompaniment to Hotel California are: Crosby, Stills and Nash – self-titled – CSN were the first folk super group. Who can forget those achingly beautiful and tight harmonies and chiming acoustic guitars? There has never been a better harmony singer than David Crosby. Check out Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and Marrakesh Express. Joni Mitchell – Blue – Regarded by many to be Mitchell’s finest moment. Blue is a song cycle of minimalist instrumentation and lush poetry delving into the maelstrom of the many facets of relationships from infatuation to disintegration. Standout tracks: All I Want and A Case of You.

Gary Clarke’s

AFRICA Wildlife, Rainbows and Laughter

Come experience the stories of Kansans who served on the front lines and the home front.

Be captivated by Gary’s safari pictures, stories, and discoveries. Book signing to follow talk.

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Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky – Considered by many, including Bruce Springsteen, to be Browne’s masterpiece, this Grammy-nominated album includes the iconic tracks For a Dancer and Before the Deluge.

Ghosts of Kansas

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Linda Ronstadt – Greatest Hits – Out of all the women to come out of the L.A. scene Ronstadt was the most successful. Her male contemporaries now admit she was the most intelligent of the L.A. crowd and always chose the best songs. This is a greatest hits collection; every track is golden, but most noteworthy are You’re No Good, When Will I Be Loved, and Different Drum.

Come find out about Kansas’ most spooky places

Beth talks about her book Ghosts of Kansas

The Eagles – Hotel California – Perhaps the defining album of the seventies L.A. music scene, Hotel California’s songs encapsulate the unbridled decadence that fueled the scene and ultimately caused its demise. The standout songs are the title track and the FM staple Life in the Fast Lane. Interestingly, the same singers and musicians can be found playing on all five of these albums giving them a cohesion that defines the L.A. sound. Barney Hoskyns’ Hotel California, accompanied by a selection of the L.A. scene’s definitive albums, places the reader/listener in one of the most highly creative and recognizable epochs in American music and culture.

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Magician Fri | Oct 28 | 7–10pm

Grace Episcopal Cathedral | 701 SW 8th Ave Silent films accompanied by the live organ performance of Marvin Faulwell and percussion by Bob Keckeisen. For information call 580-4510 or visit www.tscpl.org.

It’s free

A program of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in cooperation with Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Become a card-carrying Friend of the Library [only $20] and be an advocate for a great library. Friends enjoy bargain books, social activities, and LIBRARY bragging rights.

Be a FRIEND, call 785 580-4445

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all is our best season in Kansas, with bright colors swirling from our maple trees, our browning prairie grasses, and bright patches of orange from our pumpkins. Pumpkins don’t get the attention the orange gets even though they share the same color, but they should. You can eat the shell, the seeds, the leaves and even the flowers before it becomes a pumpkin. You can boil, bake, steam or roast to make soups, pies and snacks. A pumpkin can make you healthier and is a good source of protein and a myriad of vitamins and minerals. The pumpkin is stuffed with everything good for you – and even your chickens when you feed it to them as a supplement in the winter. Poets and authors love to write about pumpkins in folklore and fiction. Halloween has made pumpkins the rock star squash it is, and the Pilgrims knew they had a winner of a dessert to bring to the potluck supper with their pumpkin pie.

FALL WORD SCRAMBLE

So, before the frost is on the pumpkin, follow the path to the library to discover all the things you can do this season with pumpkins. From harvest to home-baked, the Lawn & Garden and Cooking neighborhoods will help you get your pumpkin rolling—or chucking! Librarian Kathy Jennings has some recipes for you to take a look at. She has tried them all and said they are good. Enjoy our pumpkin puzzle and plant pumpkin seeds of creativity so you can carve the perfect jack-o-latern for Halloween.

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Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time | Ready in 45-55 min. Servings (8) Original Recipe Yield 2 cups

For Young Reading Punkins’ • Cinderella • Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach • Night of the Pumpkinheads by Michael Rosen • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman • Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Mariane Kennedy

Ingredients 2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 drops hot pepper sauce Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Stir together the pumpkin seeds and butter in a bowl. Add the salt, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce; stir. Spread the seeds in a single layer on the baking pan. Bake in preheated oven until crispy, about 45 minutes.

For Ripe Readers • Backyard Giants by Susan Warren • The Legend of Sleepy Hallow • How to Carve Pumpkins for Great Results by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell • Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird • The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower’s Guide by Amy Goldman • A Harvest of Pumpkins and Squash by Lou Seibert Pappas • Pumpkin: A Super Food for all 12 Months of the Year by DeeDee Stovel

WATCH • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown • Max & Ruby’s Perfect Pumpkin • The Haunted Pumpkin of Sleepy Hollow • Cinderella

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Fall For Our Muffins

Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors by Tom Nardone. Tools for terror, extreme pumpkin-carving know-how, supercool ways to light it up and how to throw the ultimate extreme pumpkin-carving party.

Fall mornings are a perfect time for a visit to the Millennium Café. Lots of muffin flavors to fall for including pumpkin. Grab a cup of PT’s Coffee and leaf your cares behind.

Pumpkin Chic: Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds by Mary Caldwell. Sophisticated and elegant autumn decorations.

create Pumpkin Painting by Jordan McKinnery. When you don’t want to carve, paint the pumpkins! Patterns included.

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C ALENDAR OF EVENTS

OCTOBER

october 1 saturday Bag Day Book Sale 10:00am A Where the Wild Things Are 10:00am K october 2 sunday Gary Clarke’s Africa Homework Assistance R.E.A.D

2:00pm B 2:00pm K 2:00pm K

october 3 monday Monday Farmers Market Cut, Copy and Paste Homework Assistance Amazing Animals Word: Mail Merge

7:30am A 1:00pm C 4:00pm K 4:30pm K 7:00pm C

october 4 tuesday Tot Time 9:30am K Word: Tables, Tabs 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K Health Information 1:30pm A Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C 4-H in the Library 4:00pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Small Business Orientation 6:00pm BU International Film 6:30pm M Tot Time 6:30pm K october 5 wednesday Excel: Introduction 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Word: Graphics 1:00pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K 1930s Book Discussion 7:00pm B

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9:30am K 9:30am C 10:00am K 10:30am K 1:00pm C 3:45pm K 4:00pm K 5:00pm T 5:30pm K 6:00pm A 7:00pm A 7:00pm C

october 7 friday PowerPoint Apple iPad for Beginners First Friday ArtWalk WWII Film

1:00pm C 3:00pm C 5:30pm AR 6:30pm M

october 8 saturday SAR Presents Ancestor Fair 2011 Storytime With Kyler Living Intentionally Astrology

9:00am A 10:00am A 10:00am K 2:00pm A 3:30pm A

october 9 sunday Homework Assistance R.E.A.D. Steven Elisha, Cellist

2:00pm K 2:00pm K 3:00pm MU

october 10 monday Monday Farmers Market Literature with Lunch Taming Your Mouse Homework Assistance tWiin Gaming Pajama Storytime Beginning Windows Planning to Write a Novel Teen Writing Group

7:30am A 1:00pm B 1:00pm C 4:00pm K 4:00pm K 6:30pm K 7:00pm C 7:00pm A 7:00pm T

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Where the Wild Things Are [all ages]

Unleash your inner wild thing with songs, stories and crafts based on the picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Make and take home wild thing goodies for you and your family. Sat

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10:00–11:00 am

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

Grab your favorite book and read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs. They are registered therapy animals who volunteer at the library with their owners. ■ Story Zone

Sun Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2:00 –3:00 pm

Amazing Animals Gee Whiz! All About Pee [grades 1–5]

Respond to nature’s call in this program overflowing with facts and fun. If you like meeting animals, making crafts and have ever wondered about how, why, and where animals pee, you might just say, urine luck! ■ Lingo Story Room 121

Mon Oct 3

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october 17 monday Google It Books and Bites Homework Assistance Crazy Extreme Science Word: Introduction

october 13 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K Internet Introduction 1:00pm C No Couch Potatoes 3:30pm T Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K Women & Money 6:00pm A Conscious Discipline 6:30pm A october 14 friday E-Mail with Yahoo! Mail Masks and Monsters Classic Film: Cimarron WWII Film

1:00pm C 1:30pm K 2:00pm M 6:30pm M

october 15 saturday Drop-In Computer Training 9:30am C Leeme Un Cuento 10:00am K Gaming @ your library® 2:00pm A october 16 sunday Homework Assistance 2:00pm K R.E.A.D. 2:00pm K Kansas Masters Art Talk 3:00pm AR Sherman Alexie’s Challenge 3:00pm B

4:30–5:30 pm

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10:00am K 1:00pm C 3:45pm K 6:30pm M 7:00pm T

october 22 saturday PodCamp Topeka 8:30am A Storytime With Kyler 10:00am K october 23 sunday Homework Assistance R.E.A.D. Author Imam Omar Hazim Off Screen: Kevin Willmott So Many Books

2:00pm K 2:00pm K 2:00pm B 3:00pm T 3:00pm B

october 19 wednesday Sneak Peek and Read 9:30am K Word: Graphics 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Author Chris Crutcher 10:30am T Sneak Peek and Read 10:30am K Author Chris Crutcher 1:00pm T Facebook for Beginners 1:00pm C Gross Stuff 3:30pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Living History 6:30pm A Sneak Peek and Read 6:30pm K African American Writers 7:00pm B Take Your Photos Farther! 7:00pm C

october 24 monday Excel: Lists Homework Assistance tWiin Gaming Excel: Introduction How to Write a Novel Teen Writing Group

1:00pm C 4:00pm K 4:00pm K 7:00pm C 7:00pm A 7:00pm T

october 20 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K Word: Tables, Tabs 1:00pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K Women & Money 6:00pm A Using Grow Lights 7:00pm A

october 26 wednesday Beginning Windows 9:30am C Sneak Peek and Read 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Sneak Peek and Read 10:30am K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Sneak Peek and Read 6:30pm K 1930s Book Discussion 7:00pm B

october 25 tuesday Taming Your Mouse 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Word: Mail Merge 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K

october 27 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:30am K Word: Introduction 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K No Couch Potatoes 3:30pm T Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K TGS Presents 7:00pm A Word: Graphics 7:00pm C october 28 friday Internet Introduction WWII Film Silents in the Cathedral

9:30am C 6:30pm M 7:00pm M

october 29 saturday Drop-In Computer Training 9:30am C Make & Take Crafts 10:00am K october 30 sunday Homework Assistance Kansas in Film R.E.A.D.

2:00pm K 2:00pm A 2:00pm K

october 31 monday WinWay Resume Writing 1:00pm C Halloween Cookies 3:30pm T Homework Assistance 4:00pm K

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 1, 8, 22, 29 Nov 2, 9, 23, 30 Nov 3, 10, 17

10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am

Oct 4, 18 Nov 8

■ Lingo Story Room 121

3:45–4:30 pm 3:45–4:30 pm

Sleepy heads get out of bed. Grab a fresh muffin from the Millennium Café and then join Kyler for songs, stories and other creative activities. ■ Story Zone

Sat Sat

4:00–5:00 pm 4:00–5:00 pm

Oct 8, 22 Nov 12, 26

10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am

tWiin Gaming Afternoon [9–12 years]

Come in and try your hand (and feet!) at Wii by competing in dancing, bowling, baseball and other sports.

Entertaining our youngest readers with stories, songs and bounces. Thu Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 Thu Nov 3, 10, 17

■ Story Zone

Storytime with Kyler [all ages]

Baby Bookworms [0–18 months] ■ Lingo Story Room 121

In It to Win It [9–12 years]

Thu Oct 6 Thu Nov 3

Shawnee County 4-H members stop by to entertain you with a variety of fun crafts and projects. ■ Story Zone

Zoo Animals Live [all ages]

Meet some of the Topeka Zoo’s animal residents up close and personal as Topeka Zoo education staff helps you separate animal fact from fiction.

4-H in the Library [6–11 years]

Tue Tue

october 21 friday Musical Storytime Excel: Introduction Lights on Afterschool WWII Film Teen Film Festival

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Stories, songs, activities and crafts that encourage a love of reading and develop school skills at an early age. Tue Wed Thu Tue Wed Thu

1:00pm C 3:30pm T 4:00pm K 6:00pm K 7:00pm C

october 18 Tuesday Cut, Copy and Paste 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Look It Up on the Internet 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C 4-H in the Library 4:00pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Playing to Read 6:30pm K Free eBooks 7:00pm C Living Intentionally 7:00pm A

october 12 wednesday Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Word: Introduction 1:00pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Make a Graphic Novel 5:00pm K How to Start a Business 6:00pm BU Sing, Move and Learn 6:30pm K Ghosts of Kansas 7:00pm B

Preschool Storytime [3–5 years]

KIDS

■ Lingo Story Room 121

october 11 tuesday Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Beginning Windows 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K In it to Win it! 4:00pm K Anime Cosplay 6:00pm T

october 6 thursday Baby Bookworms Excel: Lists Preschool Storytime Baby Bookworms Editing Digital Photos Zoo Animals Live Homework Assistance Save Your Self Baby Bookworms Women & Money Bulbs Do You HULU?

■ Lingo Story Room 121

Mon Oct 10, 24 Mon Nov 14, 28

9:30–10:00 am 10:30–11:00 am 5:30–6:00 pm 9:30–10:00 am 10:30–11:00 am 5:30–6:00 pm

4:00–5:00 pm 4:00–5:00 pm

Pajama Storytime [3–5 years]

Wear your pajamas to the library! Bring along a fuzzy friend and your blanket. Stories, songs and finger plays. Plus, make a craft to take home. Registration required. Call 580-4565. ■ Lingo Story Room 121

Mon Oct 10 Mon Nov 14

6:30–7:00 pm 6:30–7:00 pm

Heard of TV’s Minute to Win It? Now you can win cool prizes playing the same games. Have fun with other kids testing your mental and physical talents. Tue Tue

10

4:00–5:00 pm 4:00–5:00 pm

Sing Move & Learn [3–5 years and their families]

Learn how to use music, movement and books to connect with your child and promote playful learning. Cosponsored by Child Care Aware of Northeast and North Central Kansas and Early Reading First. Registration required. Call Child Care Aware of NE & NC Kansas at 357-5171. ■ Story Zone

Wed Wed

Oct 12 Nov 9

6:30–7:30 pm 6:30–7:30 pm

How to Make a Graphic Novel [grades 1–3]

Kids plan stories and use our computers to turn them into graphic novels. Space is limited, registration required. Call 580-4565. ■ Computer Training Center

Wed Oct 12

5:00–6:00 pm

Masks and Monsters [grades 1–5]

Horns, extra eyes, claws, and fangs. They are all here. Looking for something to do while school’s out? Slither, crawl or creep on in for a howling good time making paper masks and monsters. ■ Story Zone

Fri

TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

Oct 11 Nov 15

Oct 14

1:30–3:30 pm

OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2011


C ALENDAR OF EVENTS

NOVEMBER

november 6 sunday Come Write In 1:00pm A Homework Assistance 2:00pm K Friends Annual Meeting 2:30pm A

november 1 tuesday E-Mail with Yahoo! Mail 9:30am C Tot Time 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Small Business Orientation 6:00pm BU International Film 6:30pm M Tot Time 6:30pm K

november 7 monday Make Lotion Homework Assistance Amazing Animals Excel: Lists

3:30pm T 4:00pm K 4:30pm K 7:00pm C

november 8 tuesday Facebook for Beginners 9:30am C Tot Time 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K Taming Your Mouse 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C 4-H in the Library 4:00pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Legal Issues 6:00pm BU Tot Time 6:30pm K

november 2 wednesday Sneak Peek and Read 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Sneak Peek and Read 10:30am K Cut, Copy and Paste 1:00pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Sneak Peek and Read 6:30pm K november 3 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:30am K Google It 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K Word: Graphics 1:00pm C Zoo Animals Live 3:45pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K School Readiness 6:30pm K Author Nancy Pearl 6:30pm B Editing Digital Photos 7:00pm C

november 11 friday Library closed/Veterans Day

november 16 wednesday Excel: Introduction 9:30am C KS Reads to Preschoolers 10:00am K Google It 1:00pm C Trendy U 3:30pm K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Living History 6:30pm A African American Writers 7:00pm B 1930s Book Discussion 7:00pm B

november 12 saturday SAR Presents 9:00am A Storytime With Kyler 10:00am K National Gaming Day 12:00pm T Family on 3 3:00pm B november 13 sunday Homework Assistance 2:00pm K Author Helen Alley-Taylor 2:00pm B

november 9 wednesday Sneak Peek and Read 9:30am K Health Information 10:00am A Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Sneak Peek and Read 10:30am K Gallery Canteen 11:00am AR Beginning Windows 1:00pm C Honoring Veterans Display 2:00pm A Honoring Veterans in Song 3:30pm MU Homework Assistance 4:00pm K How to Start a Business 6:00pm BU Sing, Move and Learn 6:30pm K Sneak Peek and Read 6:30pm K Take Your Photos Farther! 7:00pm C

november 4 friday First Friday ArtWalk 5:30pm AR

november 15 tuesday Tot Time 9:30am K KS Reads to Preschoolers 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K E-Mail with Yahoo! Mail 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K In it to Win it! 4:00pm K Playing to Read 6:30pm K Tot Time 6:30pm K Feng Shui 6:30pm A

november 10 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:30am K Word: Tables, Tabs 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K Word: Introduction 1:00pm C No Couch Potatoes 3:30pm T Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K

november 17 thursday Baby Bookworms 9:00am K Excel: Lists 9:30am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Baby Bookworms 10:30am K Do You HULU? 1:00pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Save Your Self 5:00pm T Baby Bookworms 5:30pm K Musical Winds 7:00pm MU PowerPoint 7:00pm C

november 14 monday Internet Introduction 1:00pm C Literature with Lunch 1:00pm B Homework Assistance 4:00pm K tWiin Gaming 4:00pm K Pajama Storytime 6:30pm K Teen Writing Group 7:00pm T Word: Mail Merge 7:00pm C

november 18 friday Musical Storytime 10:00am K Look It Up on the Internet 1:00pm C Classic Film: Grand Hotel 2:00pm M november 19 saturday Drop-In Computer Training 9:30am C Leeme Un Cuento 10:00am K Free eBooks 1:00pm C Gaming @ your library® 2:00pm A november 20 sunday Come Write In 1:00pm A Homework Assistance 2:00pm K november 21 monday Nifty Nails 3:30pm T Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Crazy Extreme Science 6:00pm K Facebook for Beginners 7:00pm C november 22 tuesday Tot Time 9:30am K Apple iPad for Beginners 10:00am C Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Tot Time 6:30pm K november 23 wednesday Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K

november 25 friday No library events scheduled

BLACK FRIDAY SALE AT THE BOOKTIQUE november 26 saturday Storytime With Kyler 10:00am K november 27 sunday Homework Assistance 2:00pm K So Many Books 3:00pm B november 28 monday Homework Assistance 4:00pm K tWiin Gaming 4:00pm K Access: Introduction 7:00pm C Teen Writing Group 7:00pm T november 29 tuesday Tot Time 9:30am K Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Tot Time 10:30am K Facebook for Beginners 1:00pm C Drop-In Computer Training 3:30pm C Homework Assistance 4:00pm K Tot Time 6:30pm K november 30 wednesday Preschool Storytime 10:00am K Homework Assistance 4:00pm K

november 24 thursday Library closed/Thanksgiving

november 5 saturday Drop-In Computer Training 9:30am C Great Gifts 10:00am K

K= K I D S

[bir th-11 years]

T=T e e n s

Read Me a Story [3–8 years]

Learn Spanish. Learn English. Give your child a head start on learning languages.

Léeme Un Cuento

Aprenda español. Aprenda inglés. Regale a su niño un comienzo temprano en el aprendizaje de idiomas. ■ Lingo Story Room 121

Sat/sabados Oct 15/octubre 10:00-10:30 am Sat/sabados Nov 19/noviembre 10:00-10:30 am

Crazy Extreme Science [grades 3–5]

[12-18 years]

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Gross Stuff: You Caught My Eye! [grades 3–5]

Tot Time [24–36 months]

■ Family Zone

Join us for an awesome alphabet adventure featuring stories, songs and activities. Families and child care providers are welcome! Cosponsor: Child Care Aware ■ Lingo Story Room 121 of Northeast & North Central Kansas. Registration Tue Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6 9:30–10:00 am required. Call 580-4565.

If you always keep your eyes peeled for disgusting sights, we’ve got an eye-catching experience for you! Come in after last bell to feast your eyes on this gross stuff. Wed Oct 19

3:30–4:30 pm

Musical Storytime for Everybody [all ages] ■ Story Zone

Fri Fri

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Try out our afterschool action at this activity smorgasbord. Get a taste of what goes on at the library after last bell, including visits by live animals, gaming and DIY craft projects.

Mon Oct 17

6:00–7:00 pm

Playing to Read [3–6 years]

Parents and children alike have fun with hands-on activities that help preschoolers develop skills that are necessary for learning to read. Join the fun and games! October’s theme is “Cowboy Round-up” and November’s theme is “Let’s Eat!” ■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Tue Tue

Oct 18 Nov 15

6:30–7:30 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 Oct. 5. Call 580-4565.

10:30–11:00 am ■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB 6:30–7:00 pm Tue Nov 15 10:00–11:00 am Wed Nov 16 10:00–11:00 am School Readiness Roundup [3–5 years]

Kyler sings, plays the guitar, and reads entertaining books for your family.

Prepare to be slimed! Be sure to wear an old shirt. Things could get a little messy. Registration required by Oct. 13. Call 580-4565.

Oct 21 Nov 18

10:00–10:30 am 10:00–10:30 am

Lights on Afterschool [grades 2–6]

Oct 21

3:45–5:15 pm

Oct 29

Wed Nov 16

■ Lingo Story Room 121

Sat

■ Family Zone

6:30–7:30 pm

Nov 5

10:00–11:00 am

Explore the science of weather. We create our own weather station making barometers, anemometers, and wind vanes. Registration required by Nov. 17. Call 580-4565. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

10:00–11:00 am

Mon Nov 21

Mon Nov 7

Wed Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 9:30–10:00 am 10:30–11:00 am 6:30–7:00 pm

6:00–7:00 pm

Homework Center [5–18 years]

Homework coaches help children with questions and assignments.

Hop into the library to meet a rabbit, learn about animal tracks, play a few games of Track Twister, and make a plaster cast of an animal’s footprint. ■ Lingo Story Room 121

3:30–4:30 pm

Crazy Extreme Science [grades 3–5]

Amazing Animals Making Tracks [grades 1–5]

■ Lingo Story Room 121

TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

■ Lingo Story Room 121

Here’s your chance to shine as we make shimmering body lotions. Join us right after school for an experience that highlights fun and fashion.

Following some stories and songs about thanks and giving, kids and parents use their creativity to make great gifts to share with their friends and family.

Don’t throw away those empty boxes! Use your imagination and a little glue, tape and odds and ends to create something wonderful and useful. Join us for stories and songs too. Sat

Trendy U: Shimmer and Shine [grades 3–5]

Great Gifts for Grateful Givers [all ages]

Easy Make & Take Crafts [2–6 years]

■ Lingo Story Room 121

Participate in activities that help prepare your child for kindergarten. Learn about the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist used by local schools. Cosponsors: Capital Area Smart Start & Child Care Aware of Northeast & North Central Kansas. Registration required. Call 580-4565. Thu Nov 3

■ Story Zone, Family Zone & Lingo Story Room 121

Fri

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers I Love Letters [2–5 years]

Share stories, songs, and crafts with your toddler. This six-week program transitions children from lapsitting to independent storytimes. Registration for this program begins 9 am, Oct. 18. Call 580-4565.

■ Homework Center 121D [closed Nov. 11 and 24]

Mon-Thu Sun

4:30–5:30 pm

OCTOBER

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI

4:00–8:00 pm 2:00–6:00 pm

SAT

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23/30 24/31 25 26 27 28 29

11

Library Closed

NOVEMBER

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI

SAT

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2011


Make Your Own Lotion [12–18 years]

teens Save Your Self [12–18 years]

This prevention program inspires, educates and empowers you. Teens gain the confidence to make respectful, empowering decisions regarding their bodies. Cosponsor: Women Empowerment, Inc. ■ Check the daily room schedule

Thu Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 5:00–6:00 pm Thu Nov 3, 10, 17 5:00–6:00 pm

Teen Writing Group [12–18 years]

Together we find inspiration for writing both poetry and prose. ■ The Edge

Mon Oct 10, 24 Mon Nov 14, 28

7:00–8:00 pm 7:00–8:00 pm

Anime Cosplay [12–18 years]

Dress up as your favorite anime character for the costume contest! Watch an anime movie, learn about Japanese culture and hang out with other teens who love anime as much as you do. ■ The Edge

Tue

Oct 11

6:00–8:00 pm

No Couch Potatoes Needed [11–18 years]

Physical Therapist Natalie Sykes leads you in stressrelieving aerobics, martial arts or meditative exercises. Learn to make healthy snacks at each program. ■ The Edge

Thu Oct 13, 27 Thu Nov 10

3:30–4:30 pm 3:30–4:30 pm

Books and Bites [11–18 years]

Satisfy your appetite for good books by browsing the nominations and winners of a teen choice book list created by teens across the U.S. Learn more about the books at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Talk about your favorites and enjoy some yummy snacks with friends. ■ David J’s Place

Mon Oct 17

3:30–4:30 pm

Author Chris Crutcher [11–18 years]

Award-winning Young Adult Author Chris Crutcher entertains and educates us during Teen Read Week. Cosponsors: Highland Park High School (Louise O’Brien Endowment) and Shawnee Heights High School. ■ Marvin Auditorium

■ The Edge

Mon Nov 7

7:00–8:00 pm

Off Screen: A Conversation with Director Kevin Willmott [12–18 years]

Join us as Kevin weaves film clips and other media together to tell the story of his journey from small-town Kansas to Hollywood. This program is made possible by the Jeanne and Cotter Hirschberg Lecture Fund. ■ Marvin Auditorium

Sun Oct 23

3:00–5:00 pm

Halloween Cookies [11–18 years]

Flour, sugar, butter and a little imagination is all that is needed to make your own unique Halloween cookies. All ingredients are provided. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101AB

Mon Oct 31

3:30–5:00 pm

Oct 8

10:00 am– 3:00 pm

The Art of Living Intentionally

Learn how to improve the quality of life and navigate through change with certified life coach Shirley Bradley.

■ The Edge and Marvin Auditorium 101AB

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Nifty Nails [11–18 years]

■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Sat

Nov 12

12:00–5:00 pm

Sat

Tue

Try out blue, purple, green, pink or red fingernail polish. Maybe a ladybug painted on your thumb nail would be fun. Supplies provided, just bring your creativity. ■ The Edge

Mon Nov 21

Oct 8

Oct 18

2:00–3:00 pm 7:00–8:00 pm

What Astrology Can Do for You

More than just a horoscope, hear what real astrology is and how it can help you understand yourself and others, improve your life, and prepare for the future.

3:30–4:30 pm

■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

ADULT

Sat

Bag Day Book Sale

Practice world building with words as you prepare for National Novel Writing Month in November. Learn how to lay the groundwork for characters, plots and fictional worlds. Visit www.nanowrimo.org for more information.

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 is a true scavenger hunt. Don’t miss it! Come early for the best bargains. ■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat

Oct 1

Mon Oct 10

10:00 am–4:00 pm

7:30–11:30 am

■ Hughes Room 205

Thu Oct 13

Health Information You Can Trust

Play Halloween-themed games. Take the battle to the streets in Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia or defend your lawn in Plants vs. Zombies on the Xbox 360. If you prefer board games, you can try to map out a safe escape route in The Haunting House and Zombies!!! Enjoy this fun, free, social event for all adults. ■

1:30–2:30 pm 10:00–11:00 am

Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Sat

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

6:00–8:30 pm

Wed Oct 19 Wed Nov 16

Learn from the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners how to overwinter your houseplants and perennial containers and to start flower, herb, and veggies in the early spring using grow lights.

7:00–8:00 pm

Many Faces of the Kansas Civil War

■ Anton Room 202

Thu Oct 20

Learn about the role Kansas played in the Civil War from Roy Bird, Kansas State Library. Presented by the Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson Chapter. Sat

Oct 8

7:00–8:00 pm

PodCamp Topeka

The ultimate networking and idea-sharing event for movers and shakers in the social media world. Dozens of break-out sessions and a keynote speech geared toward the tech crowd. Breakfast and lunch provided. Registration and sponsorship information at www.podcamptopeka.org.

9:00–10:30 am

■ Marvin Auditorium

Sat TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

6:30–7:30 pm 6:30–7:30 pm

Using Grow Lights in the Home

Learn from the Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners how to plant, fertilize, divide, and enjoy bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.

■ Menninger Room 206

2:00–4:00 pm

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site park rangers portray two figures from the history of the Monroe School in period costume: African American teacher Julia Roundtree and Board of Education member Chester Woodward. They share stories and answer questions about segregation in Topeka’s public schools.

Bulbs

Thu Oct 6

Oct 15

Living History from Brown v. Board

Increase your financial knowledge about investments, retirement options, wills and trusts. Enroll now in the advanced sessions of the Women & Money Series. The classes have been developed by women for women of all ages, income and education levels. Call 234-0217 to enroll. Fee is $30 for three classes and covers handouts.

■ Anton Room 202

6:30–7:30 pm

Gaming @ your library® [18 and over]

Don’t just Google it. Find reliable information from trustworthy sources at your library. From prescription drug information to the latest research, our materials can support your health information needs. Bring your questions and have our Consumer Health Librarian assist in finding credible information you can use now.

Thu Oct 6, 13, 20

7:00–8:00 pm

Achieve a more peaceful home environment. Gain cooperation. Learn effective and fun ways to connect with your kids using Conscious Discipline techniques. Sponsor: Child Care Aware of Northeast & North Central Kansas. Registration required. Call 580-4565

■ Library parking lot, 10th & Garfield

■ Marvin Auditorium

3:30–4:30 pm

Conscious Discipline

From the farm to your library, get your staples at our farmers market. Vendors offer fresh produce as the garden season winds down.

■ Computer Training Center

■ Menninger Room 206

Monday Farmers Market @ your library®

Mon Oct 3, 10

Oct 8

Planning to Write a Novel

Women & Money Series

Oct 21

Sat

As libraries across the country compete in the nation’s largest, simultaneous video game tournament, we battle to move from second place to first. The event includes a variety of board games for all ages.

Teen Film Festival [12–18 years]

Fri

■ Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Ave.

National Gaming Day [all ages]

Wed Oct 19 10:30–11:30 am 1:00–2:00 pm

■ The Edge

This event features genealogy classes and presentations by experts. Browse sesquicentennial, Kansas statehood and Civil War exhibits. See live demonstrations by representatives from Ancestry.com. For more information, visit www.ksancestorfair.org.

3:30–4:30 pm

Tue Oct 4 Wed Nov 9

Join us for an evening of films created by local talent. Prizes will be awarded. To learn more about how to submit your video and to sign up visit www.tscpl.org.

Ancestor Fair 2011

If you think lotion only comes from a store, think again! Make your own luxurious lotion at the library for free and keep your skin smooth. Supplies provided.

12

Oct 22

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days Nanowrimo Kickoff

National Novel Writing Month begins Nov. 1 with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by the 30. Prepare for this frantic writing adventure with fun and helpful advice offered at this event. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Mon Oct 24

7:00–8:00 pm

Topeka Genealogical Society Presents Pinkerton Detectives in Kansas History Phil Skow, ANSEC Security, describes the colorful 150-year history of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, the oldest company of private investigators in the United States. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Thu Oct 27

7:00–8:45 pm

Kansas in Film

Author and Kansas scholar Tom Averill discusses Kansas’ role in movies. Kansas has been a film location since the early 1950s with movies of pioneering (Sarah, Plain and Tall), small town (Picnic), con men (Paper Moon), crooks (In Cold Blood), science fiction (A Boy and His Dog), horror (Carnival of Souls), comedy (Vacation) and drama (The Learning Tree). ■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC Sun Oct 30

2:00–4:00 pm

Come Write In: Writing Session

Participants of National Novel Writing Month bring laptops for a creative and frantic writing session to help boost word counts! Learn more about writing a novel in 30 days at www.nanowrimo.org. Register at 580-4540 to reserve a laptop if needed. ■ Menninger Room 206

Sun Nov 6, 20

1:00–5:00 pm

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

In commemoration of Kansas’ sesquicentennial, keynote speakers discuss President Lincoln’s visit to Kansas back in the day. Tony Ruiz portrays Senator Lane and Troy Strahan portrays Lincoln.Time to renew your Friends membership. ■ Marvin Auditorium

Sun Nov 6

2:30–5:30 pm

Gallery Canteen [all ages]

In the spirit of the USO, stop in the gallery for a pick-me-up and some good conversations, coffee and donuts in honor of Veterans Day. The canteen is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. ■ Sabatini Gallery

Wed Nov 9

11:00 am

Honoring Our Veterans [all ages]

History comes alive in this display of restored military vehicles, reenactors, and memorabilia, courtesy of Rolling Thunder, the local chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. ■ Rotunda, Front of the Building

Wed Nov 9

2:00–4:00 pm

Kansas History and the State’s Sesquicentennial

Join Virgil Dean, a Kansas historian, as he reflects on our state’s sesquicentennial. Presented by the Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson Chapter. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Sat

Nov 12

9:00–10:30 am

What Feng Shui Can Do for You

Discover the Chinese art of design and placement. Learn how people are affected by their surroundings and how their homes reflect their inner lives. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101B

Tue

Nov 15

6:30–7:30 pm

8:30 am–3:30 pm OCTOBER–NOVEMBER 2011


Gaming @ your library® [18 and older]

Play brain teaser games. Test your movie knowledge in Scene It (Xbox 360) or spatial intelligence in Tetris Party Deluxe and Boom Blox on the Wii. If you prefer a board game challenge, try Wits & Wagers or the classic Trivial Pursuit. Enjoy this fun, free, social event for all adults. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Sat

Nov 19

2:00–4:00 pm

Books Gary Clarke’s AFRICA Author Talk

Gary Clarke’s AFRICA: Wildlife, Rainbows and Laughter is a limited edition collection of photographs from his 30 years of safaris. Be captivated by his safari pictures, stories, and discoveries. Book signing to follow talk; books available to purchase at the event. ■ Marvin Auditorium

Sun Oct 2

2:00–4:00 pm

The 1930s Book Discussion

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren traces the tragic arc from impoverished idealistic beginnings to the corruption, bullying, and fall of politician Willie Stark. Books and program provided by the Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Discussion moderated by Dr. Sara Tucker. Registration is required. Call 580-4510. ■ Hughes Room 205

Wed Oct 5

7:00–8:30 pm

Literature with Lunch

Read The Wings of the Dove by Henry James. When an American heiress is stricken with disease, some of the people who befriend her have honorable motives while others are more self-interested in this 1902 novel. A brief presentation on the cultural impact of this classic is followed by discussion. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Mon Oct 10

1:00–2:30 pm

Ghosts of Kansas

Author Beth Cooper talks about Kansas’ most spooky places, her book Ghosts of Kansas and answers questions about paranormal events. Books available for purchase and signing after the program. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

Wed Oct 12

7:00–8:00 pm

Without Dancing Around the Topic

Sherman Alexie’s Challenge Against Stereotypes, a discussion based on the Washburn University iRead book, War Dances, led by WU English Professor Dennis Etzel Jr. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Sun Oct 16

3:00–4:30 pm

African-American Writers Book Discussion

Discuss Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes, facilitated by Vince Omni. Bring your own copy of the book. Suggested for adults over 18. ■ Perkins Room 201

Wed Oct 19

7:00–8:30 pm

Kansas Author Imam Omar Hazim

Islam in the Heartland of America offers readers curious about the world’s fastest growing religion a close-up look at how Islam is taught and experienced in a mosque in Topeka. Books available for purchase and signing after the program. ■ Topeka Room 204

Sun Oct 23

2:00–3:00 pm

So Many Books, So Little Time

So Many Books, So Little Time

An abolitionist is murdered in Kansas. His wife takes on a secret identity as she seeks revenge in The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. Books provided, registration required. Call 580-4540. ■ Menninger Room 206

Sun Oct 23

3:00–4:30 pm

■ Menninger Room 206

The 1930s Book Discussion

Sun Nov 27

Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston examines the shaping of African-American identity. Books and program provided by the Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Discussion moderated by Dr. Sara Tucker. Registration is required. Call 580-4510. ■ Hughes Room 205

Wed

Oct 26

7:00–8:30 pm

■ Hughes Room 205

Tue Tue

Nov 12

■ Marvin Auditorium 101A

Wed Oct 12 Wed Nov 9

6:30–8:45 pm

Tue

3:00–4:00 pm

2:00–3:00 pm

Read Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Lucy Snowe teaches at an all-girls school where she is pulled into both adventure and romance in this 1853 novel which exemplifies Gothic doubling – the literary technique where external events mirror Lucy’s suffering internally. A brief presentation on the cultural impact of this classic is followed by discussion. Mon Nov 14

Fri

International Film – The River

Adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn difficult life lessons after falling for the same older man. © United Artists | France/India | 1951 | Not Rated | 99 minutes

6:00–8:00 pm

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

■ Marvin Auditorium Room 101BC

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

World War II Command Film Series – Mister Roberts

music

Fri

Oct 4

Oct 7

Oct 14

6:30–8:45 pm

Fri

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

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Oct 14

Nov 18

2:00–5:00 pm

This marvelous cello virtuoso treats us to his beautiful playing. Don’t miss this exceptional afternoon of music-making. Elisha, a longtime member of the Topeka community, is now living and working in Georgia. Catch this national act while you can. ■ Marvin Auditorium

Sun Oct 9

3:00–4:00 pm

Honoring our Veterans in Song [all ages]

Honor our World War II vets as library staff sing the songs that kept both the troops and the people on the home front entertained during the second world war. ■ The Edge

Wed Nov 9

2:00–5:00 pm

6:30–8:45 pm

6:30–8:45 pm

Music for a Sunday Afternoon Steven Elisha, Cellist

6:30–8:45 pm

This classic Irving Berlin wartime revue stars George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and soldiers fresh from the war. Highlights include Irving Berlin with the song Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning and Kate Smith singing God Bless America. 1943 | Not Rated | 114 minutes | Color

Nov 1

Classic Film – Grand Hotel

3:30–5:00 pm

An Evening of Musical Winds

World War II Command Film Series – This Is the Army

7:00–8:30 pm

7:00–10:00 pm

The lives of guests staying at a luxurious Berlin hotel intertwine as love, crime and drama unfold challenging this all-star cast – and the audience – to stay on their toes. 1932 | b&w | 112 minutes

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

7:00–8:30 pm

Oct 28

Two stories, two cops. The only thing that is similar is that they both broke up with their girlfriends. © Miramax | Hong Kong | 1996 | PG-13 | 98 minutes

Fri TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

■ Grace Episcopal Cathedral

In this big budget (for its time), Academy Awardwinning film, a newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town in 1889 with his reluctant wife who ends up serving a bigger role than expected. 1931 | b&w | 123 minutes

Discuss Erasure by Percival Everett, facilitated by Vince Omni. Bring your own copy of the book. Suggested for adults over 18. Wed Nov 16

6:00–8:00 pm 6:00–8:00 pm

Classic Film – Cimarron

African-American Writers Book Discussion

■ Perkins Room 201

This “spooky” event features the black-and-white silent film The Magician as well as a variety of short subject “trick” and animated films. Accompanying the films is live music played by Marvin Faulwell, organ, and Bob Keckeisen, percussion. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

International Film – Chungking Express

Fri

1:00–2:30 pm

6:30–8:45 pm

Tue

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan integrates ecological and economic history of the Dust Bowl with first-person recollections. Books and program provided by the Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas program. Discussion moderated by Dr. Sara Tucker. Registration is required. Call 580-4510. Wed Nov 16

Nov 8

Oct 28

Silents in the Cathedral

Henry Fonda is first officer Lt. Roberts on a U.S. cargo ship near the end of World War II far from the battlefield. He is anxious to get into combat before it’s too late, while the rest of the crew is entertained by Ensign Pulver (Jack Lemmon) who is in charge of laundry and morale. 1955 | Not Rated | 122 minutes | Color

The 1930s Book Discussion

■ Hughes Room 205

Fri

movies

Tue

Literature with Lunch

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Learn more about business structure including corporations and LLCs, Tax ID numbers, and other legal topics related to your business by Washburn’s Transactional Law Clinic.

East Toward Home is a fictional account of the lives of Eddy and Jessie that looks back over their long relationship, which began during the Great Depression. Join the author as she talks about the story and the process of writing and publishing the book. Signing to follow talk; books available for purchase at the event. Sun Nov 13

6:00–7:30 pm 6:00–7:30 pm

Legal Issues & Your Small Business

■ Menninger Room 206

6:30–8:45 pm

One of the greatest romantic dramas ever, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are ex-lovers in a difficult time as she and her Czech freedom fighter husband try to escape the Nazis. Rick’s Café in Casablanca is a safe-haven for those fleeing, but emotions fly when these lovers meet again. 1942 | PG | 102 minutes | b&w

Prospective entrepreneurs learn the necessary steps to starting a business, including legal business structure, business plans, and financial projections. Presented by Washburn’s Small Business Development Center.

Kansas Author Helen Alley-Taylor

■ Topeka Room 204

Oct 4 Nov 1

Oct 21

World War II Command Film Series – Casablanca

How to Start a Business

Christopher Stock’s book features the Highland Park Scots 2006-2007 undefeated basketball team, discusses the bond between the players and the adversity they faced. Meet the author and special guests from the successful Scots team. Sat

Fri

Prospective entrepreneurs learn of the various business resources available in Topeka. Presented by Washburn’s Small Business Development Center.

Family on 3

■ Marvin Auditorium 101C

■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

3:00–4:30 pm

Small Business Orientation

2011 Librarian of the Year shares the origins of her love of reading and libraries, how her Book Lust series came to be, the perils of dedicating your life to reading. And of course, she’ll recommend a few good titles to check out. Signing to follow the talk; books available for purchase at the event. Thu Nov 3

John Stryker (John Wayne), a tough Marine sergeant, is at odds with new recruits over his ruthless training and rigid code of ethics. His training methods pay off, though, at the legendary battle of Iwo Jima. 1949 | Not Rated | 109 minutes | b&w

business

The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading with Nancy Pearl

■ Marvin Auditorium

World War II Command Film Series – Sands of Iwo Jima

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Eddie awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. Books provided, registration required. Call 580-4540.

Enjoy the vibrant sounds of the Washburn University Faculty Woodwind Quintet as they perform a concert of classical music favorites. ■ Marvin Auditorium 101BC

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The library gets a Pearl Art

“ What

should I read next” is a question that is asked by those who love to read and turn to the nearest librarian for inspiration. Nancy Pearl, 2011 Librarian of the Year, from Seattle, is a onewoman missionary working to help both the reader and the librarian. She will answer that question on Nov. 3 at 6:30pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Beginning Windows

Cut, Copy & Paste

Mon Tue Wed Wed

Mon Oct 3 Tue Oct 18 Wed Nov 2

Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show

Learn about the keyboard, desktop, icons, start button, task bar, calculator and WordPad.

■ Sabatini Gallery

Word: Introduction to Word Processing

56 Kansas artists present a diverse look at the state through artwork - from oils to collage to 3D objects. This exhibit recognizes Kansas artists who have made and are making significant marks on this state. September 2 – October 21

First Friday ArtWalk – Kansas Masters

Join us for mingling, laughs and discussion about the works on exhibit in the Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show. Make the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery your first stop during the citywide First Friday celebration of the arts. ■ Sabatini Gallery

Fri

Oct 7

5:30–8:30 pm

Kansas Masters Invitational Art Talk

Be part of an informal discussion about the best and most well-respected artists working in Kansas today led by Curator Don Lambert and exhibit organizers Jay and Barbara Nelson. This is a traveling exhibit commemorating Kansas’ 150th. ■ Sabatini Gallery

Sun Oct 16

3:00–4:00 pm

Call of Duty: Kansans in World War II

Dedicated to the young men and women of Kansas who answered the call of duty, this exhibit tells stories from the front lines and the home front. After your tour, you’ll better understand what it was like to be an American during World War II. This exhibit is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. ■ Sabatini Gallery

November 4 – December 30

First Friday ArtWalk – Call of Duty

Gallery staff answer questions and talk art and Kansas military culture during the opening of the newest exhibition, Call of Duty: Kansans in World War II. This exhibit is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. ■ Sabatini Gallery

Fri

Nov 4

5:30–8:30 pm

computer classes To register for the free classes, call 580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org. All classroom computers have Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007. ■ All classes in the Computer Training Center.

Beginning Classes

Designed for the new computer user and presented at a relaxed pace. Try taking the classes in the order listed for a good, basic understanding.

Taming Your Mouse

Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Come to one of these sessions or attend a Drop-In class. Dates and times at the end of this page. Mon Oct 10 Tue Oct 25 Tue Nov 8

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 26 Nov 9

Using Microsoft Word, learn to select text, cut, copy and paste.

7:00–8:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Oct 12 Oct 17 Oct 27 Nov 10

Learn to draw shapes, use clip art, WordArt, and text boxes. Wed Wed Thu Thu

1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Thu Oct 6 Thu Nov 3

1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm

Take your Photos Farther!

E-mail With Yahoo! Mail

See demonstrations using photos to create collages, post pictures online, and make great gifts from simple digital images.

Learn to address, compose, reply to and forward messages. Oct 14 Nov 1 Nov 15

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 7:00–8:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm

Learn to crop, rotate, resize, reduce red eye, play with color and use special effects on your digital photos using free online software.

Learn basic Internet functions and visit some interesting sites.

Fri Tue Tue

Oct 5 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 3

Editing Digital Photos

Internet Introduction Thu Oct 13 Fri Oct 28 Mon Nov 14

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Word: Graphics

Learn to set margins and tabs, change fonts, spell check, select text, save and delete files. Wed Mon Thu Thu

Nancy Pearl is the Oprah among librarians and connects with her fans through www.nancypearl. com, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads and NPR’s Morning Edition. Book Lust, More Book Lust, Book Lust to Go, Book Crush, and the Book Crush Journals are Pearl’s books many of her peers use as the ultimate reference manual when trying to answer the “what should I read next” question.

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Wed Oct 19 Wed Nov 9

7:00–8:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm

PowerPoint

Create dynamic presentations. Learn to insert slides, add text, graphics, transitions and animations.

Beyond The Basics

Take the following classes whenever you feel ready for more challenging projects. These classes are presented at a faster pace than the beginning classes.

Fri Oct 7 Thu Nov 17

Google It

Learn to set tabs, construct tables and use columns.

Word: Tables, Tabs & Columns Tue Oct 4 Thu Oct 20 Thu Nov 10

Search for pictures, videos, maps and stuff to buy on the Internet. See your home with Google Maps. Use Google Docs for word processing, spreadsheets and more. Mon Oct 17 Thu Nov 3 Wed Nov 16

Learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple functions or formulas and page setup features. Wed Fri Mon Wed

Learn to use the library’s online catalog and some electronic resources available from the library or from home. Oct 18 Nov 18

Thu Mon Mon Thu

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 7:00–8:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm

9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am

Mon Oct 3 Tue Oct 25 Mon Nov 14

7:00–8:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm

WinWay Resumé Writing

Learn to create professional-looking resumés with WinWay Resumé, a simple-to-use program also used at the Topeka Workforce Center. Mon Oct 31

1:00–2:30 pm

Apple iPad for Beginners

Get acquainted with the iPad, the most popular tablet computer on the market. Bring your own or try one of ours. Learn about settings, searching, and apps. Registration required. Call 785-580-4606 or email class@tscpl.org. Fri Tue

Oct 7 Nov 22

3:00–4:00 pm 10:00–11:00 am

Free eBooks @ your library®

Learn how to use your eReader with our free eBooks service. Learn how to browse titles, download eBook software, and transfer eBooks to your Sony eReader, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo eReader, Pandigital Novel, or iPad. Email class@tscpl.org or call for a list of additional compatible devices. Registration required. Call 580-4606 or e-mail class@tscpl.org. Tue Sat

Oct 18 Nov 19

Drop-In

7:00–8:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm

Practice new computer skills, learn to use a mouse or get a little help with computer problems. This is also a good time to learn more advanced techniques or to work on job applications and resumés. Come and go anytime during the session. Tue Tue Sat Tue Tue Sat Tue Sat Tue Tue Sat Tue Tue

Oct 4 Oct 11 Oct 15 Oct 18 Oct 25 Oct 29 Nov 1 Nov 5 Nov 8 Nov 15 Nov 19 Nov 22 Nov 29

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Create a database from a template or from scratch, add data and use reports. This is an advanced class for those who want to learn a database program.

Explore current trends for entertainment on the Internet including YouTube videos, Hulu television and movies, webcams, museum tours and more.

TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CONNECTNOW

Oct 6 Oct 24 Nov 7 Nov 17

Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters and directories by combining a data list with Word.

Access: Introduction to Databases

Do You HULU?

Thu Oct 6 Thu Nov 17

9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am

Familiarity with basic Excel is required for this class. Learn the basics of data lists or tables. Create field names, sort lists and link worksheets.

Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your e-mail address and password. Oct 19 Nov 8 Nov 21 Nov 29

Oct 5 Oct 21 Oct 24 Nov 16

Excel: Lists

1:00–2:30 pm 1:00–2:30 pm

Facebook for Beginners

Wed Tue Mon Tue

9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am

Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets

1:00–2:30 pm 9:30–11:00 am 1:00–2:30 pm

Look It Up on the Internet

Tue Fri

1:00–2:30 pm 7:00–8:30 pm

Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels

Mon Nov 28

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Nancy Pearl, the only librarian you’ll ever meet with her own action figure.

With

Amazing

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Shushing Action!

Pearl said. “We picked books that made good discussions; we wanted to introduce people to books that wouldn’t have chosen them on their own. We wouldn’t have done Marley & Me.”

“I do a Tweet every day about a good book to read,” Pearl said. “This is very important because there are so many books out there that are under the radar. How do I find the books? I ignore the bestsellers list and look at the author or something I have heard about,” Pearl explains. “I probably start 12 books for every one that I finish.”

The popularity of community reading programs has spread like wildfire since that time. (Our community has hosted six: Rocket Boys, When the Emperor Was Divine, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Maltese Falcon.) Pearl sees it as a way to build community.

In 1998, she developed the idea for “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” program to help readers discover the books that don’t make the bestsellers list and encourage them to read books they wouldn’t have otherwise.

“It gets people together who otherwise would have nothing to do with one another,” Pearl said. “Different ethnicities, different religions, different ages, and you give them something to talk about that isn’t political; it’s

“The books chosen for the whole community to read weren’t on the bestsellers or on a college reading list,”

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BOOKMOBILE NO BOOKMOBILE SERVICE NOV 11 & 24 | FOR SCHEDULE UPDATES, CHECK ONLINE @ www.tscpl.org MONDAY 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wal-Mart, 1301 SW 37th 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, SE 45th/Shawnee Hts 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, SW 21st & Fairlawn TUESDAY 9:45 am – 1:00 pm 9:45 am – 1:00 pm 2:15 pm – 7:30 pm 2:15 pm – 7:30 pm WEDNESDAY 9:45 am – 1:00 pm 9:45 am – 1:00 pm 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Brookwood Shopping Center, SW 29th & Oakley California Crossing Shopping Center, SE 29th & California Villa West Shopping Center, SW 29th & Wanamaker Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 SE Tecumseh Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3625 SW Wanamaker Hunter’s Ridge, NW 46th & Hwy 75 California Crossing Shopping Center, SE 29th & California Dillons, SW 29th & Urish

THURSDAY 9:45 am – 1:30 pm Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, SW 21st & Fairlawn 9:45 am – 11:00 am Berryton Elementary School, 2921 SE 69th 11:45 am – 1:30 pm Quincy Street Station, 820 SE Quincy 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm Brookwood Shopping Center, SW 29th & Oakley 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm K-Mart North, NW Lyman & Tyler FRIDAY 9:45 am – 1:00 pm 9:45 am – 12:30 pm 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm SATURDAY 9:45 am – 12:15 pm 9:45 am – 12:15 pm 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Villa West Shopping Center, SW 29th & Wanamaker Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd Mike’s IGA, NE Sardou & Forest Velma Paris Community Center, 6715 SW Westview Apple Market, 1431 North Washington, Auburn Educational Credit Union & Quest Credit Union, SE 29th & Croco Villa West Shopping Center, SW 29th & Wanamaker Wal-Mart, 1301 SW 37th

Call the Bookmobile office at 785-580-4590 for more information.

Nancy Pearl retired from the Seattle Public Library in 2004 and spends her time and talents teaching others these days. She travels the U.S. and Canada as a presenter and consultant at libraries and bookstores. She is also an instructor at Washington University Library Information School, teaching courses in reader’s advisory and in genre fiction. She owes much of her skill for finding good books and helping others find books to her years working in retail bookstores. “Working in a retail bookstore was the best thing I ever did,” said Pearl. “I know that is why I am doing what I do now.”

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