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Video Basics: Filming an Interview

Take your school assignment, college application, or family history preservation to the next level with a high-quality video for your next project. We’ll show you how!

On THU, October 26 from 6-7 PM in the S+V Studio, we’ll cover the basics of filming an interview including lighting, sound, cameras, and more in the SOUND + VISION Studio’s new video room.

Email Jim if you have questions: jbarnes@lplks.org. All ages welcome!

Doc Discussions Presents: Unbranded

Sixteen mustangs, four men, 3000 miles, and one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West.

On SUN, Oct 21 at 3:30 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll watch Unbranded together, then talk about it! Doc Discussions is a library program that brings documentary film buffs together. Feel free to watch at home and come just for the talk, too.

The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of-college buddies as they take on wild mustangs to be their trusted mounts, and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate: a 3000-mile gauntlet that is equally indescribable and unforgiving.

WATCH IT: 3:30–5:15 PM
TALK ABOUT IT: 5:20–6 PM

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Register Now + Put Your Brains Together to Benefit the Library

Gather your smartest friends (up to 8 per team), grab a cocktail, and show us your literary trivia skills at the first-ever Biblio Friends & Foundation Trivia Night!

On THU, October 19 at 7 PM at Maceli’s, local trivia master and sardonic host Andy Morton (of Lawrence’s Smackdown Trivia fame) will push your brain to the limit for a good cause.

We’ll provide delicious desserts and snacks to fuel your brain.

Register your team now with Angela at ahyde@lplks.org.

Each person on the winning team will receive a basket full of gift cards, library goodies, free books, and treats.

Admission: Friends of the Library get in free, but you can join at the door for $10 individual/ $15 household. Doors open 6:30 PM, question rounds begin at 7 PM. For more info, visit: LPLFriends.org

 

Turn Growing Pains into Gains

Are you a teen or new adult navigating a world of new responsibility? We’re here to help.

Starting TUE, October 24 from 7-8 PM in Meeting Room B, our How to Adult 4-part series will show you how to pay your taxes, manage money, rent an apartment, and buy a car!

BONUS: We’re offering sweet door prizes at each event — everyone who attends all four sessions will get a prize. Offered in partnership with Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. and Kansas Legal Aid.

Totally free, just register: 785-843-3833.


SCHEDULE (Click links for details)

10/24 | Taxes 101
Learn the ins and outs of filing your taxes for the first time with help from Kansas Legal Aid.​

11/14 | 15 Things to Know Before You Leave Home: A Student Survival Guide
High school and college students learn what they need to know to live independently. This class covers how to develop a budget, track spending and keep personal finances healthy and safe.

11/28 | On My Own: Finding and Renting Your First Apartment
Need an apartment, but don’t know the first thing about renting? Thinking about having a roommate? Signing a rental lease can be scary and confusing. What exactly are you responsible for? Find out details you should know before moving into your first apartment. You’ll be glad you did.

12/12 | Try It, Drive It: Buying Your First Car
Time for new wheels? Learn how to: accurately calculate the amount you can comfortably spend on a vehicle, plan ahead for which periodic vehicle-related expenses are important, and determine if your next vehicle should be new, used, or leased.

New Series: Social Media Marketing for Beginners

Not certain where to begin your business’s or non-profit’s social media marketing strategy?

Learn the basics from local celebs and social media gurus in this 4-part series every Thursday, OCT 12–NOV 2 at 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.

Developing A Social Media Plan
THU | Oct 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Developments in information technology and online social networking have posed opportunities and challenges for businesses and organizations. In this first session, Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Kansas, will teach you how to develop a social media plan that supports your organizational goals. Come and learn effective ways to identify key demographics, create and share social media content, and evaluate social media-based initiatives.

Twitter Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 19 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
The immediacy of Twitter feeds attract many users, but can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. In this second session, Lawrence Public Library’s William Ottens will cover Twitter marketing basics for businesses and nonprofits while Officer Drew Fennelly (winner of 2017′s Best of Lawrence: Social Media Organization or Nonprofit) will share Lawrence Police Department’s success story.

Facebook Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 26 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Managing a Facebook page for a business or nonprofit organization can often feel like a full time endeavor. For this third session, Lawrence Public Library’s Marketing Coordinator Heather Kearns and the owner of Ladybird Diner Meg Heriford will put their heads together to discuss the basics of managing a Facebook page for a business or organization along with some tips and tricks to succeed in connecting with the Lawrence community.

Social Media Copyright and Fair Use
THU | Nov 2 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Copyright and fair use are so fundamental to 21st century life that we frequently fail to recognize them. This is particularly true on the web and in social media, where copying and sharing are as easy as a few clicks. It’s important to have a basic understanding of copyright and fair use from both legal and ethical perspectives. In this fourth and final session, Josh Bolick, KU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Librarian, will teach you the basics of copyright and fair use and how they work in social media contexts with specific examples, strategies, and time for discussion.

A Refreshing Series about Water in Kansas

Every Monday through the end of October, dive into discussions about water in Kansas, the Kaw River, and Lawrence.

Featuring local luminaries such as Rex Buchanan and Sarah Hill-Nelson, we’ll spend four evenings plumbing the depths of aquifers, law, water supply, and watersheds, then wrap it all up with a tour of the Bowersock Mills & Power Company’s plant just across the river.

Free, but registration for the tour required: Email Jake at jvail@lplks.org


MONDAY WATER TALKS | 7-8 PM | Library Auditorium
10/2 | Aquifers and Streamflow with Rex Buchanan
10/9 | Water Law, Water Fights, and the Kaw with Burke Griggs
10/16 | Water in a Land of Plenty with Sharon Ashworth
10/23 | Regional Advisory Committees and Watersheds with Sarah Hill-Nelson

SPECIAL SUNDAY FIELD TRIP!
10/29
| 4 PM | Bowersock Mills & Power Plant Tour

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Book Club Plus+

The library, Watkins Community Museum and City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation are partnering for Book Club Plus+.  For four weeks in March, a program featuring women who impacted Lawrence or Douglas County in the late 19th century  will be presented as the participants also read The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. The series will take a closer look at the role of women in the history of this community.

Attendees will be loaned a copy of the book or ebooks will be available at the first meeting. The event will include a discussion of the book, guest speakers each week who will present the life story of a local women of historical interest as well as a bus tour of local sites associated with these women and others who contributed to the history of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The series will be presented Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W.9th St. The last program will run 6:30-8:30 as it includes the bus tour.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115 or Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909.

Registration for this program is $28.00

To register, contact Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909 or go to the Parks&Rec online registration, https://lawrenceks.org/lprd/webenroll/  click on life long learning, page 1.  The class code number is 127448.