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Library Closed for Holiday

Just a heads up that LPL will be closed SUN July 3–MON July 4. We’ll be back bright and early TUE, July 5 at 9 AM.

Be safe, stay cool, and keep that potato salad out of the sun.

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For two straight hours this Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 PM, we’re showcasing a panorama of vintage “local-multiplayer” favorites and modern classic video games.

Take a break from the heat and come dig the classic version of “multiplayer” gaming with us. All ages welcome in the Library Auditorium.

Fitness Fridays: Tai Chi for Life

It’s week four of our free workouts on the library lawn.

At 7 AM this Friday, July 1, learn the basics of this graceful, low-impact exercise through a series of slow-motion movements. Not only will your body benefit from improved strength and coordination, your mind will benefit from the focused, meditative movements of this popular martial art.

In partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.

Summer HAM Jam!

This weekend at Wells Overlook Park, we’ll be talking to as many HAM Radio operators around the world as possible!

The Douglas County Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day runs Saturday, June 25 from 1–10 PM and Sunday, June 26 from 8 AM–1 PM. All ages welcome!

We’ll have a radio specifically for “non-hams” to make supervised contacts. Swing by to learn about HAM radios and get ready for our contact with the International Space Station in September. Questions? Miriam‘s got answers!

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Waste (Not)

Multi-media, New York City-based artist Aurora Robson visited Lawrence recently and inspired a KU art class to explore sculpture using trash. You can see the results starting Friday, June 24 in the Library Atrium.

Matthew Burke, associate professor at KU’s School of Art, asked his students to save their recycling and garbage for two weeks. Then, they worked with Friends of the Kaw to collect trash along the river bank and toured Hamm Recycling—Lawrence’s recycling contractor facilities—to learn about our community’s “waste stream.”

Taking cues from Aurora Robson’s artistic process and her “Waste Stream Curriculum”, Burke’s students went deep into Lawrence’s waste and garbage​ culture and discovered aspects about human environmental impact of which they were previously unaware.

The Enchanted Re•mediation exhibition offers works that use 90% trash and recycling as building material. All works are for sale through a silent auction, and proceeds of the sales will benefit the Friends of the Kaw, our community’s eyes and ears of the Kansas (Kaw) river.


  • Opening Reception
    FRI | Jun 24 | 5-6:30 PM | Lawrence Public Library | Open to the public
  • Exhibit and Silent Auction
    Jun 24 — Jul 8, 2016

Thank you to our sponsors:

Aurora Robson, Artist
Department of Visual Art, KU School of the Arts
Lawrence Arts Center
Solid Waste Management, City of Lawrence
Hamm Recycling
Friends of the Kaw
The University of Hartford
KU Environmental Studies Program
Friends and family

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