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MOOC Mondays—The History of Human Space Flight

Who’s ready for Space School?! Adults and teens, join your fellow space junkies on Monday nights from Oct 10–Nov 14 for a 5-part MOOC (massive, open, online class) about space!

Free, but registration required: 785-843-3833

Inspired by last month’s conversation with the International Space Station, we’ll look at an interesting and entertaining slice of space history. From early musings about our fascination with space through the early Russian and American space stations, we’ll view amazing footage and hear from experts in the space world. We’ll wrap up with a viewing party on the night of the Super Moon!

No class on 10/31 (Halloween)


Schedule:

MON | Oct 10 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Introduction. We’ll introduce our MOOC of choice (University of Houston System’s “A Brief History of Human Space Flight”) and  Jim Remar of the Cosmosphere will visit us to talk to us about humanity’s long-held aspirations to travel the stars—the “Why?” of space flight. We’ll wrap up by watching Georges Melies’ famous film “Le Voyage Dans la Lune.” See who’s going

MON | Oct 17 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come ready to discuss last week’s homework. Then we’ll move onto a great selection of clips that give an overview of the history of spaceflight. See who’s going

MON | Oct 24 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
The Cosmosphere’s Caleb Gimar will address the “How?” of space flight. Q&A session after. See who’s going

MON | Nov 7 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
This week we’ll be watching a film about space flight. While we might not be sure which film we’ll end up showing, we guarantee it’ll be great. See who’s going

MON | Nov 14 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come watch what the world saw on June 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon. Stick around for super moon viewing party on the upper deck of the parking garage. We’ll provide the telescopes! Musicians Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers will be there to to third rock us from the sun. See who’s going

 

 

Best Listeners Ever!

Reading to a sweet dog is a safe, non-threatening way for your child to practice their skills in a fun and comfortable setting.

15-minute slots are available this Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater. Register: 785-843-3833.

Winners Revealed and Collecting Begins!

Celebrate your freedom to read all week by collecting a new Banned Book Trading Card each day at the Welcome Desk.

The 2016 edition includes an unprecedented 8th card! Here’s the release schedule:

We had 8 stunning finalists, so we made an exception this year to add a BONUS CARD!


BBTC 2016 winners

SUN, 9/25/16
Two Boys Kissing | (Lana Grove)

MON, 9/26/16
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | (Charley Forsyth)

TUE, 9/27/16
The Jungle | (Tyler Jones)

WED, 9/28/16
The Color Purple | (Charlotte Pemberton)

THU, 9/29/16
Annie on My Mind | (Myka Small)

FRI, 9/30/16
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | (Anne Patterson)

SAT, 10/1/16 — Special Double Feature
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | (Ursula Minor)
A People’s History of the United States | (Dave Loewenstein)

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Reading is essential for democracy and intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

How can you fight censorship?

1. Attend our 5th Annual Banned Books Trading Card Reveal Party on Friday, September 23.

2. Collect all 7 2016 Banned Book Trading Cards at the Welcome Desk—a new one revealed each day from 9/25–10/1!

3. Explore these recently challenged books from 2015:

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  • The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

4. Explore these.

5. Get involved.

 

 

Stock Up on Cold Weather Reads!

The last Friends Booksale of the year is just around the corner.

Thursday through Sunday, September 29–October 2, come scour the shelves for great deals while supporting your library!

Thursday is a special night just for members, which means a first crack at all the goods with the purchase of an annual membership. You can join right at the door.

See you soon!


2016 Friends Fall Booksale Poster hours dates only

Calling All Coffee Shops!

It’s a corner office like no other, and if you’ve been thinking about expanding your business, this might be the coolest little outpost in town.

Coffee and books go hand-in-hand and we’re looking for a vendor to offer a unique experience in the lobby of our award-winning, internationally recognized library.

Wowing customers with fantastic coffee and providing top-notch customer service is key. We’re accepting proposals through September 30, 2016Click on the coffee beans to get started!

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A room with a view…

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Tell your sister, tell your boss—tell everyone!—how cool it is to have a library card.

There are so many hidden benefits to signing up, like free access to learning tools like Lynda.com, home delivery for patons with mobility issues, and thousands of free downloadable ebooks, movies, music, and audiobooks.

Plus, it’s a total bargain: For every $1 in taxes, a Lawrence Public Library card gives back $5.45 in materials, services, databases, and events!

What’s not to love? Come see us today and #GetCarded!