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Lit Lounge Book Club

If you like to get lit…erary, this club’s for you: raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We’ll be at Decade Coffee Thursday, July 28 from 7-8:30 PM.

We meet the fourth Thursday each month at Decade to talk about what book(s) you’ve been reading and get some awesome recommendations for brand new titles! Kate‘s got details.

If music be the food of love, play on!

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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Fitness Fridays: POUND! with Parks + Rec

We’re wrapping up Fitness Fridays with drumsticks and Marianne Hoffman from Lawrence Parks and Recreation.

Meet us Friday, July 22 at 7 AM on the Library Lawn for a fun, full-body cardio session that combines cardio moves with strength training and drumming!

Offered In partnership with Body Boutique and Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.

Total Boox: New, Free, Easy.

Total Boox (pronounced Total Books) is an ebook service now available to all Kansas residents—and it’s easy! Login with a Kansas Library eCard, which you can get at any public, academic, or school library in Kansas.

Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

All you need to know is right here.


Availability: All ebooks are always available for reading. No holds or wait lists. For use on your iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (no computer use available).

Simplicity: An ebook is always just a tap away on your mobile device.

Unlimited: Downloaded ebooks never expire, check out as many as you want at a time.

 

Third Thursday Book Club

From 7-8:30 PM on Thursday July 21, the 3TBC is meeting for food and cocktails at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground) to discuss our most recent read.

If you haven’t read this month’s selection and want to get on board, email Kate!

A Hike Through History (With Walking Tour Guide!)

From July 18 – September 10, 2016 take a “hike” through history in the Library Atrium.

This unique exhibit blends health and local history, and ties together William Clarke Quantrill and Langston Hughes, 19th-century travelers on the Oregon Trail and World War II-era German prisoners of war, the artistry of William S. Burroughs and the agricultural history of Douglas County, plus a long-forgotten railroad line and a number of dimly-remembered east side neighborhood notables whose names still grace streets and parks.

“A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail” offers a ten-panel display of engaging stories that invites visitors to envision the 1.7 mile paved path and linear park running from 11th Street to 23rd Street as a venue where people (especially those taking part in our Summer Reading challenge!) can exercise their minds and their bodies at the same time.

“We are delighted to host this exhibit that highlights local history while encouraging health and wellness,” says Brad Allen, the Library’s executive director. “Additionally, as a largely locally-sourced undertaking, it demonstrates the depth of talent and expertise available for public humanities projects here in Lawrence and environs.”


A series of accompanying bookmarks will offer suggestions for further reading about each topic. It also comes with its own reading list and mobile PDF Walking Guide for smartphone hikes!


ABOUT THE PROJECT

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Nearly two years in the making, the “Hike through History” exhibit was developed by Sunflower Republic, LLC, under the auspices of the Lawrence Public Library and the Watkins Museum of History, with in-kind support from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. Funding was provided by Dolph and Pam Simons, the Kansas Health Foundation, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Exhibit scripts were written by scholars and experts in their fields. The panels are illustrated with archival images from the Kansas State Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Society, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the Library of Congress, and other repositories. The project also enjoys formal support from the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association. “This exhibit aims to enhance a sense of place and promote a deeper understanding of the history that happened in East Lawrence,” notes Henry Fortunato, founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC, who conceived and directed the project, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Hall Center.

“Our hope is that it benefits residents who already use the Burroughs Creek Trail as an active transportation corridor while encouraging visitors to check it out.”

During its run here at the library, you will be encouraged to suggest other historical vignettes of more recent vintage for inclusion in possible future iterations of the project. “This exhibit is not supposed to be simply didactic,” adds Fortunato. “Ideally, it will spur dialogue as well, sparking conversations about other stories that need to be told.” Catch “A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail”  at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the KU Memorial Union, and the Watkins Museum of History after it leaves the library.

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LEGO Pictionary at Frank’s

Grab some friends and head over the bridge this Thursday, July 14 at 7 PM for a 3D-take on the classic game of Pictionary at Frank’s North Star Tavern.

Using Legos, you’ll have to build a person, place, animal, object, action, and tricky words for your teammates to guess.

Beverages and hilarity will flow.

Great News for Kids!

TumbleBooks brings children’s literature into the 21st century.

Used by tens of thousands of schools and public libraries all over the world, these are now available to you with a Kansas Library eCard. It’s free and takes about 2 minutes to process. Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

TumbleBooks are animated, narrated, and include highlighted texts as it’s being read!

Visiting Author Whitney Terrell

Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)

Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.

His nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesDetailsHarper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post MagazineSlate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

SOURCE: whitneyterrell.com
IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star