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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

 

 

Skillbuilders is Back!

Skillbuilders       Fall 2016

Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before things changed? Who do I ask? How do I know what I should do? 

Skillbuilders is our annual series of programs for people going through a major life change. Regardless of age, transitions in life can cause indecision, confusion or upset. Anyone that has lost a loved one by death and are making the adjustment to a new life comes with a different perspective to changes in daily actions. Anyone who is adapting to being a single person after being a part of a couple or having taken care of a parent, finds that it is a different world. Anyone that must make adjustments to their lives because physical limitations now confine their choices or who find that aging is now making limitations on daily activites know that finding the line between “then and now” has moved. Making these changes while also grieving the life that was makes common decisions more difficult or trying. Having someone that understands from this perspective makes these transitions easier. Skillbuilders provides a comfortable, easy way to ask questions, refresh information and find a way through the maze of change.

Each Spring and Fall, area experts lead sessions on everything from cooking for one to estate planning to basic car care. There is no registration needed. All sessions are free and open to all interested persons of all ages. Come for all or only those topics that are of interest.

Transportation can be arranged by calling Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925  Refreshments are provided by Brandon Woods.

Questions are encouraged but Skillbuilders strives to be a place where those who need answers can find them without pressure. All of the speakers are local and can be contacted after the series.

Skillbuilders is held each Tuesday at 10:00am from September 20 through November 22 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.

Map of 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66047

 

Schedule for Fall 2016

September 20     Adjusting to Change #1: Making Transitions           Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LPL

September 27     Talking with Your Pharmacist                                       Tammi Willits — VNA-QualiCare Pharmacy

October   4           Financial Planning 101                                                   Barbara Braa —  Central Bank of the Midwest

October 11           Estate & Legal Planning                                                   Web Golden — Stevens & Brand, LLP

October 18          Stress: the good, the bad and the inevitable                Christine Jordan & Julie Baldwin — VNA

October 25          Car Care 101                                                                         Richard Haig — Westside 66 & Carwash

November  1       Cooking for 1  (food will be served!)                              Susan Johnson — Douglas County Extension Office

November   8      Personal Safety                                                                   Susan Hadl  – Lawrence Police Department (retired)

November 15      Home Care 101                                                                    Neil Gaskin — Natural Breeze Remodeling & Painting

November 22     Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays & Special Events    Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LP

Skillbuilders is co-sponsored by the library, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and Douglas County Senior Services.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, Senior Outreach Coordinator by phone at 785-843-3833, ext. 115 or via email at johnston@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

 

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

Money & You: Credit Reports and Renter Prep

Our series of free, personal financial management classes continues on Tuesday, 9/20 at 7 PM in the Auditorium. Learn what landlords, lenders, and potential employers know about you from your credit report. Come back Wednesday, 9/21, same time and place to learn what pitfalls to avoid when looking for a new rental home.

In partnership with the United Way of Douglas County and Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., we’re tackling some of the challenges typically facing young adults as they venture out on their own, but not exclusively. These classes are for anyone regardless of age, so please come!


Money Matters: All About Credit Reports
TUE | Sep 20 | 7 PM | Auditorium

Money Matters: Renter Prep
WED | Sep 21 | 7 PM | Auditorium

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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!

9/11 Day of Service Storytime

Fire trucks, police cars, and storytime!

Join us Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 PM in the Library Auditorium for a very special Sunday Storytime with our first responders.

First responders will visit the library with their vehicles and read stories.

And in the spirit of September 11th National Day of Service, bring a can of food for the Heartland Food Pantry as a, “forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who rose up in service.”

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We Have A Date!

WATCH LIVE: http://youtu.be/n69xvaEJY5Q

On Friday, September 9 at 11:25 AM, we have a once-in-a-lifetime, 10-minute date with astronaut Takuya Onishi on the International Space Station!

Doors to the auditorium will open at 10:30 AM.

Anyone can attend, but we’re handing the radio over to teens to ask some all-important (and fun) questions. While awaiting contact you can check out local organizations sharing their space and science knowledge AND we’ll be launching paper rockets on the lawn. Watch our Facebook event page for up to date information and fun facts about the ISS.


ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. Made possible with help from the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club and Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

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Geraldine Brooks is our 2016 Beach Author!

Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will be at Liberty Hall on Friday, October 7th at 7:30 pm.

Most will know her from her intricately researched works of fiction. However, Brooks is also a seasoned war reporter who covered conflicts for the Wall Street Journal in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa for the better part of two decades.

“We are delighted that Geraldine Brooks is coming to Lawrence,” said Brad Allen, library executive director. “She has so much to share with us about her career as a writer. Brooks has worked as a reporter in the Middle East, written three works of non-fiction, and five novels. Her books are huge favorites of local book clubs.”

Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her novel March, which tells the story of the absent patriarch of the March family in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women. Her latest book, The Secret Chord, was released in the spring of 2015 to glowing reviews. It is a vivid and original story that reinterprets the life of King David, inspired by brief biblical references to the lost book of Nathan. It has been called her most ambitious novel yet.

Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, their two sons, two dogs, three alpacas, and a mare named Valentine.

Brooks will be interviewed by Lawrence author and KU Assistant Professor of English Laura Moriarty. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A book signing follows the program and Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Brooks’ books.

 A gift to our community from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation, this special series brings a prominent author to Lawrence each year. The series debuted in 2014 with National Book Award winner James McBride. MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Karen Russell was the 2015 Beach Author.