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The More You Know

The Kansas State Library’s online resources are hopping and we’re gonna show you what’s there and and how to access them this Thursday, May 5 from 10-11 AM.

Join us in Mtg Room C to explore online tools for general research, job, health, genealogy, business—there’s plenty en Español además. What you don’t know might thrill you.

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! <<


Madeline: A Ballet

Hold on to your yellow straw hats—Madeline is coming to LPL!

On Saturday, May 7 in the Library Auditorium watch Lawrence Arts Center dancers bring to life Madeline—the bravest, littlest, 7-year-old heroine of Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved children’s books.

In partnership with the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Music Club, we’re happy to bring you two classical ballet performances, one at 10 AM and a repeat performance at 11 AM.

With choreography by Cynthia Crews, this free, general admission performance is for children and adults of all ages!

Lawrence Music Club Concert

Bring your friends and family on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-8:30 PM for an enjoyable evening of music in celebration of National Music Week.

Meet up in the Auditorium for selections featuring Lawrence Music Club members and special invited guests: Free State High School Percussion Group, and the Paulina & Steve Leisring, Margaret Marco Trio.

IMAGE: ©Mike Lemanski (Check out more of his incredible sheet music artwork here!)

Intro to Filmmaking

Are you the next Varda, Bigelow, or Kubrick?

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

Start Monday, May 2 from 6-8 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio by getting familiar with all the Sound+Vision video production equipment that LPL has to offer!

This two-hour class will cover the basics of:

  • video camera operation
  • file transfer
  • video editing
  • file management

Continue your crash-course in filmmaking every Monday in May with:

Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques (May 9)
Advanced Projects in Filmmaking (May 16)
Documinutes: Making a 60-second Documentary (May 23)

Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Islamophobia

Monday evening, April 25 from 7-8:30 in the Library Auditorium, leading scholars from the University of Kansas will talk about what drives, and what can conquer, the growing trend of hate speech directed toward Muslims.

In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the KU Department of African and African American Studies.

LPL Blood Drive

On Thursday, April 28 from 1-7 PM in the Auditorium, we’re hosting another much-needed drive.

You can sign up here or email Angela and she can add you to the schedule!

Walk-ins welcome also, but be prepared to wait!

Image courtesy

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Google Apps April — Slides!

Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 PM in Meeting Room B.

Join us for a one-hour introduction to word processing and collaboration with Google Slides.

Google Slides makes your ideas shine with a variety of presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations, and more. All for free.

Mother’s Day Gifts at the Friends Pop-Up Sale

This Saturday, April 23 from 10am–4pm, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library are setting up shop in the library entrance with books featuring poetry and poets!

We’ve also heard there will be a section on exercise and nutrition, too. All books $2 or less!

Find the FOL on Facebook for updates and events.

2016 Nutrition Carnivale

Step right up! This Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 1 pm, come one, come all for aerial acrobats from The Last Carnival, our annual Edible Books Festival, food fortunes and sculptures, and a food freak show to set the stage for discussions about healthy food.

Our Edible Books Festival—where contestants interpret a book with food for prizes—will be hopping in the auditorium, too. Register to enter an Edible Book as a group or individual: 785-843-3833.

Edible Book Festival event info:

This Health Spot program is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LPL.