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Video Game Wingding

To celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Metroid’s original release, the we’re partnering with Game Nut to host a video game get-together celebrating the beloved series and its lasting influence.

On Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 PM in the Auditorium, come and play video games with us!

Summer Reading Closing Ceremonies (aka PARTY!)

Summer Readers! You’ve impressed us with hours of reading, exercising, and learning this summer, and we want to celebrate your success—so, let’s party!

We’re getting together Thursday, August 4 from 6-8 PM for all-ages festivities on the Library Lawn.

See who’s going!

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year, we’re featuring a spectacular Brazilian martials arts group, Axé Capoeira Kansas City, who promises to bring high energy and Brazilian culture, music, and dance! Come out for family fun, crafts, light snacks, and beverages.

LPL is so proud of every kid, teen, and adult who exercised their minds and finished Summer Reading. Great work, everyone!


Visit the Grupo Axé Capoeira website to learn more about this amazing art form.

LEGO Club

SAT | Jul 30 | 4- 5 PM | Ages 5-11 | Auditorium

Everything is awesome at Lego Club! Register for LEGO Club at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833. 

 

Celebrate the Bard with Music!

Opera enthusiasts and curious admirers—join us on Final Friday, July 29 from 6-7 PM in the Auditorium as the Lawrence Opera Theater (LOT) makes their Shakespeare 400 7th Summer Festival debut!

Join us for free musical treats, complimentary light snacks, and beverages.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and LOT is celebrating the lasting legacy of the world’s greatest playwright. Five of LOT’s talented singers will present a varied program, featuring songs and arias from works based on the Bard’s words, characters, and plays.

It gets even better: We’ve created a corresponding reading and listening list inspired by Shakespeare’s works featured in the LOT’s Shakespeare 400 season!

See who’s going!


Featured peformers:

  • Antonio Tony Cruz
  • Alexandra Roth
  • Jen Stephenson
  • Jake Chris Walters
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • Hugo Vera
  • Erica Fox Zabusky
  • Pianist: Brian Woods

More information at Lawrence Opera Theater.

Community Torch Relay + Party!

On Wednesday, July 27, the Watkins Museum of History opens their new exhibit about Douglas County Olympians with the only way to begin an Olympics…with a torch relay!

At 10 AM, participants will gather at the Lawrence Public Library before sending off the first runner. The relay will make its way down Massachusetts Street before its dramatic finish at the Watkins at 11th and Mass, where we will “light” the torch of the new exhibit!

From 10:15 AM–12 PM, join us at the museum for a party with Olympic-themed games, crafts, and refreshments celebrating the exhibit and the athletic achievements of our area’s residents.

If being a torch-bearer sounds like fun, Watkins is looking for volunteers ages 6-adult to be part of their relay.Kids ages 6-15 must sign up with a parent or guardian. Contact Abby Magariel at the Watkins Museum for more information: amagariel@watkinsmuseum.org, or call 841-4109.

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Thursday Performer: Parasol Puppets

You’ll have a front row seat to some free, all-ages fun when you sit down to watch Parasol Puppets’ READY, SET, PUPPETS!

On Thursday, July 28 puppeteer Peter Allen is giving two performances—11 AM and 2 PM—using four different styles of puppetry to illustrate the classic tale of The Tortoise and the Hare.

amily audiences will enjoy seeing the familiar story told with shadow puppets, string puppets, hand puppets, and rod puppets. The performance includes a demonstration of how each type of puppet is built and operated. Met up in the Library Auditorium!

Kidsapalooza: Big Games and Healthy Snacks

WED | Jul 27 | 2-3 PM | Ages 5-6 |  Auditorium

Michael Bradley will lead kids and parents in playing group games that encourage cooperation, creativity, and self-expression. Then, snacks! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

 

Exploratorium: Pet World Day

MON | Jul 25 | 2-3 PM | Ages 7-11 |  Auditorium

Pet World will join us with an amazing array of animals to learn about. We hope you can join us for this fuzzy finale to Exploratorium! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

 

Tail Wagging Readers

SAT | Jul 23 | 10-11 AM | Grades K-5 | Readers’ Theater

Read out loud to registered therapy dogs from Loving Paws Animal Therapy. Register for a 15-minute read at 785-843-3833. This is a great way to practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm furry friend.  Bring a book from home or choose one at the library.

Quantum Camp for Kids

SAT | Jul 23 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 7-11 | Library Auditorium

What is an electron anyway? Can tiny particles stay in touch without touching? Our special guest, Jenny Nielsen from KU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will help your kids take off and soar with the information they need to build now for future success in easy but mind-blowing activities and games that explore the workings of our quantum universe. Please register at 785-843-3833 or at the Children’s Desk.