Library Starts Tracking "Summerfest" Reading Wednesday

By: Ralph Hipp, 13 News at 4
By: Ralph Hipp, 13 News at 4

TOPEKA LIBRARY -- From energy-filled live performances to interactive story times, the library is your place for fun this summer. Summerfest begins June 2nd, with the Topeka High/ Sal Cruz Drumline filling the library’s halls at 9:30 am, 11:00am and 6:30pm. Readers will begin tracking the time they spend reading and receive rewards. Just for registering ( for the summer reading program, the first 4,000 kids (18 and younger) will receive a book provided by the Friends of the Library and The Library Foundation.

The library is a great place for families to enjoy reading, watching movies, playing games, learning, and attending exciting events during the eight-week Summerfest. A complete schedule of activities is available in the library’s bright orange connectnow schedule or use the digital library at Summerfest offers adults, teens and kids many new events, as well as summer reading registration online. New this year:

• Readapalooza, Tuesdays at 10am, is a new story time for elementary school-aged children. Different storytellers read to kids, and the program counts toward kids' summer reading goals.

• Blockbuster Wednesday performers, including Mr. Stinky Feet and Kansas Native Spinmaster Brent Dellinger, with performances at 9:30 and 11 am, and a new time at 6:30 pm.

• The Sabatini Art Gallery’s Annual Art Exhibit for Children, H20 Kansas: Discover Our Ecosystems, is open through June 18. The next exhibit, Convergence, photographs, painting, collages and sculpture by Jim Brothers, Daniel Coburn and Louis Copt, begins July 1 and continues through September 3.

“Summerfest is fun, but it is more than entertainment. Participating in summer reading helps children keep up their reading skills so when they start school in the fall, they are able to jump right in where they left off. The majority of our programs are designed with literacy building activities in mind, but the kids don’t need to know that,” says LeAnn Sevy, Youth Services supervisor.

For kids and teens, our summer reading program rewards reaching reading milestones with coupons to local businesses. Adult participants are entered to win weekly drawings. Readers can even earn a chance to win grand prizes, including a family pass to Worlds of Fun.

Online registration for summer reading participants makes it easy for everyone in Shawnee County to participate. The link guides readers through the process and allows them to record what they read – library books or any literature they own. Library books not on the shelf can be reserved online at and when available they can be picked-up at the library, delivered to your designated bookmobile stop or mailed to your home for a small fee.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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