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Modular Synthesis 101

You’ve heard a lot about our fab new synthesizer, but do you know how to use it?

Class is in session with studio manager Ed Rose on Friday, May 13 from 5-6 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio. See who’s going!

We’ll learn the basics of modular synthesis—what the individual modules do, how to connect them, and how to construct basic patches.



Author Talk with Molly Krause

On Thursday, May 12 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, local restaurateur and cookbook author, Molly Krause, takes a walk into the realms of fiction with her new book, Joy Again.

The story follows the journey of a woman grappling with the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected, and mysterious death.

Raven Book Store will be on hand to sell books, and Molly will stick around to sign them.



Apothecary Garden

Learn to grow a healing garden!

We’re meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 7-8 PM in the Auditorium to find out how a medicinal plant garden can provide remedies for a variety of conditions.

Joanne Bauman of Herbalists Without Borders will be here to teach us how to choose plants and design a sustainable medicinal garden.

A Brilliant Cosmic Event!

The best place to watch Mercury pass across the face of the sun is on top of the parking garage.

So, before school or work on Monday, May 9 at 7 AM, we’re meeting for breakfast and a brilliant cosmic event: the transit of Mercury.

With help from Astronomy Associates of Lawrence, we’ll cheer as the little black dot makes its passage visible for the last time until 2019.

Drop in any time between 7 AM and 2:30 PM, but early birds will be treated to delicious Starbucks Coffee and Einstein Bros Bagels – Mass Street at 7 AM!

>> See who’s going! <<


Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques

If you’ve got the vision, we have the tools to make your film a reality.

On Monday, May 9 from 6-8 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio, learn from LPL’s Muriel Green who’s worked as an independent contractor on television shows, commercials, and feature films in the midwest for several years and earned a bachelor’s degree in film from KU.

This class is for those who have already made a video but wish to learn more techniques. This two-hour class will get you started using:

  • green screen
  • titles
  • effects

Continue your crash-course in filmmaking with Muriel with:

Advanced Projects in Filmmaking (May 16)
Documinutes: Making a 60-second Documentary (May 23)

Kool Thing: Kim Gordon

Put on your dirty boots and get ready for Kim Gordon, the godmother of grunge and co-founding member of the legendary rock band, Sonic Youth (1981-2011).

Kansas Public Radio’s Laura Lorson will host this year’s 780s Series and visit with Gordon about her life, musical career, and what it was like to witness punk rock enter the music mainstream in the 1990s.

Our 780s Series is an annual event celebrating a notable life in music. In the Dewey Decimal system, 780 marks all things music, a literary reference to tie in our annual library speaker series that brings musicians to Lawrence to tell the stories that influenced their music. The 780s Series is made possible through a generous private donation from the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, and in partnership with Eleven Productions Presents and The Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

Raven Book Store will be selling copies of Kim Gordon’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Girl In A Band, for a book signing at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

TUE | May 17 | 7:30 PM | Liberty Hall

Who is Kim Gordon?
Interview Magazine
Girl in A Band: A Memoir 
Official Sonic Youth website

PHOTO: David Black

Kim Gordon

Hoopla: Stream for Free, Instantly—24/7

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

Sign up.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.


Sign Up for A Sit-down

Drop-ins and focused tech programs are great, but sometimes you need a bit more facetime with our staff to get the help you need.

Now, by appointment, you can visit with us individually. Schedule an appointment here:

Woman with her attendant (and laptop!)
Unknown maker
Greece (100 B.C.)
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