Load up on books for summer reading at the Friends of the Library’s second annual children’s book sale. It will be held from 9:30am-1:30pm. From picture books to chapter books, the Friends have hand-picked a huge selection for every reading level. Check out the sale in the library’s event room during the June 1st Summer School kick-off party. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection. All proceeds benefit your public library.
Travel to other lands in the Traveling Tales Book Club. This summer is filled with stories from East Asia. In partnership with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, scholars will lead the discussion on books from China, Korea and Japan here at the library.
Contact Polli Kenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-843-3833 to reserve a book. Up to 15 books will be available for checkout, but anyone who has read the book is welcome to participate in the discussion.
- June 12, 7:00 pm- Waiting by Ha Jin (China) – Speaker TBA
- July 10, 7:00 pm- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Korea) – lead by Dr. Marsha Haufler; Associate Dean for International Studies, Professor, Art History
- August 7, 7:00 pm- Fires on the Plain by Shohei Ooka (Japan) – lead by Dr. Megan Greene; Director, Center for East Asian Studies; Assoc. Professor, History
Saturday, June 1, 10 am to noon, in the Library parking lot, we’re formally kicking off summer with the Library’s own version of “Summer School”.
No more homework, no more text books, just experts from around town to teach you some fun DIY. Want to know how to change a tire? Sing the new KU Fight song? Sink the perfect putt? Learn gardening, make art with dead fish, speak in a foreign language, play the fiddle, and lots of other cool things. We are partnering with tons of awesome community organizations to teach you some fun new skills to show off to your friends. Put this on your calendar!
Special thanks to Douglas County Community Foundation and Kansas Health Foundation for their support of the library and summer reading.
Sit down with KU professors in Architecture, Public Administration and Slavic language as they talk about… something else. Come grab a schmear and a cuppa joe, and prepare to go off track on Saturday mornings.
Our first guest will be Anne Patterson, Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture, Design & Urban Planning on June 8th at 10am. Anne makes what she calls Birthday Art. This, she says, “a) fulfills my insatiable desire to make stuff, b) fills that time while the kettle boils in the morning and c) brings a smile to birthday people on their special day.” The perfect storm of morning light in her kitchen, a handy-dandy Exacto blade, an Ipad, and an endless supply of birthdays has made hundreds of people happy when her art shows up in their Facebook feed. As Anne says, “Shared art is the best medicine.”
Future guests include Charles Jones (Director of KU Public Management Center) and his Ukulele on June 22nd and Marc Greenberg, (Professor of Slavic Languages) and his Russian Guitar on July 27th.
9th-12th graders! Do you like fashion and history? Join us for our Project Runway-esque workshop and fashion show this summer!
We’re putting a special historical twist on fashion by celebrating the looks that were in style during the Civil War. Participants in the program will choose a person that was associated with Lawrence during the time of Quantrill’s raid and create an updated modern look with some inspiration from the past. We’ll meet every Thursday starting in June to work on our designs and will showcase all of our hard work with a fashion show on July 28 at the Watkins Community Museum of History. Registration is required for the program. Please sign up by calling 785-843-3833.
Civil War Fashion Show Workshops
Thursdays, June 6-July 25 (no meeting July 4)
10:30 am- 12:30 pm
Watkins Community Museum of History
Civil War Fashion Show
Sunday, July 28
Watkins Community Museum of History
Reception to follow
If you have questions or want more info about this program, please email Karen Allen at email@example.com.
Banned Books Week may have officially ended, but it is still a hot topic here. Our Banned Books Trading Card Project featured seven cards designed by local artists and inspired by banned books or authors. We gave away 450 sets at the library and at the Lawrence Arts Center and fielded calls and emails from all over the country – and the world!
To meet this demand, we have done a second printing of cards and are making them available for purchase for $7 a set, with all proceeds going to the artists and the library. If you live in Lawrence, starting Monday, October 8, you can stop by the Circulation Desk and pick up a set. If you live outside of the area, click the “Buy Now” button at the bottom of this page to order yours.
We were one of only eight libraries in the United States to be awarded a 2012 Judith Krug Memorial Fund Grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation. The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation provided additional support for this project.
Want to get your hands on a set of Banned Books Trading Cards but you aren’t lucky enough to live in Lawrence? Good news! Banned Books Trading Cards are now available for sale. All proceeds go to the artists and the library. Click on the “Buy Now” button and get started ordering your set. All sales are final.
TEACHERS - If you would like to purchase a set of cards for your classroom, please email Susan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss an educator’s bulk discount.
Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Check it out here!
What kind of music: R&B
Sounds like (other artists): Nobody–he’s one of a kind.
Why I picked it up: Heard one of his songs on the radio and loved it.
What I thought of it: It was amazing! It’s my favorite CD. I love everything Bruno Mars does. He has an amazing voice.
What was your favorite song and why: “Marry You” because it is so sweet and it’s spontaneous. But every song is really good on this CD.
Reviewed by: Sarah C., Grade 12