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Fighting Back in a Different Way

“I was looking for music on YouTube and that’s when I found it. And that’s when I lost it.”

On Thursday, MAR 1 at 7 PM, follow the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist in this touching documentary. The film screening will be in our Auditorium.

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman.’

Wonder Genes

Learn all about genes and DNA from science experts from KU! You can extract your own DNA plus more from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28th! Program is for ages 5-11!

Korean Storytime (한국어-이야기)

On Saturday, February 24th from 4- 4:30 PM,  all ages are welcome to join us in the Readers’ Theater for stories, songs, rhymes and activities in Korean presented by local volunteers. For Korean speaking families and those interested in the language. IMAGE: Uijae Museum of Korean Art

Take a Spin Around Our New Website

Our current website — the one you know and love — will keep on truckin’ through APR 9. After that, we’re say goodbye and making the big switch on Tuesday, APR 10.

Before we make the forever switch, we invite you to take a few baby steps forward with us.

Explore the new events calendar. Our old calendar has been sent to greener pastures. Clicking Library Events now redirects you here.

Explore the new website. It’s currently in its “soft launch” phase, but still browseable. Have a look! There’s even a feedback button at the bottom which we hope you use. We’ll grow this together.

Stay tuned for more updates.


New Calendar of Events — Fresh Features!

  • Events paired with your interests
    When you search for books, music, games, or movies, related library programs will show up in the catalog — BOOM!
  • Never miss anything—even better, bring a friend!
    Events have a one-click, save-to calendar button as well as a social sharing option. Put feelers out and see if your people want to go, too.
  • Simple search
    Find things to do by date, event type, program name, audience, or language.
  • Easy exploration and accessibility
    In compliance with ADA web standards, information is displayed clearly and consistently in high-contrast color with underlined links.
  • Online registration
    Finally! Register for select programs with either a library card OR email address!
  • If you like this, you might also like…
    Get a “more like this…” message when programs and events have something in common.
  • Fully responsive design
    Whether you’re on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop, your browsing experience will display beautifully.
  • Need-to-know now
    Library hours of operation, location, and event contact information is included on every event page.
  • The future is clear
    Like Lego Club? Social Justice Book Club? Recurring events are grouped together. Now you can see all the dates — months in advance!

 

Outsider Art!

Explore the incredible world of Outsider Art with the Spencer Museum of Art! Join us on Friday, February 23rd from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium. We’ll look at the amazing work of self-taught artists and create work inspired by them. We’ll also make some animal-themed self-portraits (like Auggie did in Wonder) as part of the Read Across Lawrence series. Program is for ages 7-11!

Wonder(ful) Read-In

Build a fort, grab a tent and READ! It’s all happening in the Auditorium from 3:30-5 PM on Wednesday, February 21st! We’ll have snacks and drinks for perfect read-in conditions. BYOBlanket!

Mysterious Mustache Book Club

On Sunday, February 18th from 1:30- 2:30 PM, we’ll be discussing Wonder by R. J. Palacio in the Readers’ Theater! Ask at the Children’s Desk for a copy. This program is for ages 8-12 years-old! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

 

Wonder Boot Camp

On Friday, February 16th at 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, come test and build your powers of kindness with us by saving kittens, high fiving, relay racing and more! Program is for ages 7-11!

Certified-kind Community Challenge

We live in a caring community and starting Saturday, FEB 10 we’re going to see how kind we really are.

In the spirit of Wonder — our Read Across Lawrence book pick for 2018 — we want to give a visual representation of the good deeds that happen here every day. Ready to get your kind on?

Download your Kindness Log here.


Here’s how to participate!

  • Pick up a Kind Community Log at our Welcome Desk
  • Keep track of your acts of kindness by checking off a heart for each act
  • Between FEB 10–MAR 17, come add a pom-pom to our bin for every good act you’ve done
  • Pay it forward — get the word out to others and watch our collective kindness grow!

Kind Community Log 787 pxhCertified Kind collection

Read Across Lawrence welcomes anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez

After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from gaining weight, became an advocate for victims of bullying the world over.

Lizzie will deliver our 2018 Read Across Lawrence keynote address. Her message of self-acceptance aligns beautifully with the themes in Wonderour 2018 Read Across Lawrence book pick about a young boy named Auggie with a facial anomaly.

Lizzie’s family-friendly event will resonate with all ages, but will be especially powerful for teens and kids who have experienced bullying themselves.

“Lizzie Velasquez is a wonderful capstone to our Read Across Lawrence events surrounding R.J. Palacio’s Wonder,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “Her anti-bullying advocacy and message of kindness and acceptance are very much needed in the world right now.”

EVENT INFORMATION

An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez
SUN | Mar 11 | 3:30 PM | Lied Center | All ages
1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2787

Thanks to a generous gift from BNSF, this event is free and open to the public. General admission; no ticket required.


MORE ABOUT LIZZIE

In December 2013, Lizzie Velasquez took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled, How Do You Define Yourself? that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, and many other national and international media outlets. Her YouTube channel has over 793,668 subscribers.

Lizzie’s latest book, Dare to Be Kind, will be available for sale and a book signing will follow her talk.


ABOUT READ ACROSS LAWRENCE 2018
FEB 10 – MAR 17

Read Across Lawrence is an annual, community-wide reading event that encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. We’ll host book discussions and activities for all ages that explore R.J. Palacio’s themes of kindness and acceptance in her debut novel, Wonder. The Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Public Library Foundation teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.

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