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Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture: Stamped from the Beginning

Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.

Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.

In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.

​Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.

Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.

He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.

Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.

Doing Good is Good Business

On Wednesday, Oct 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, hear local perspective on how changing the business model gives back to the community, and makes space to provide resources for those in need.

Join us for a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs bettering our community through their businesses.

The world of business is changing for the good: creating space for social entrepreneurs and others who don’t just want to earn a profit, but to do something good for other people and the planet. Building sustainability within business models can have a huge impact on the Lawrence community at large.

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We’re Your Shot Spot

Need a flu shot this year?

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be in the library’s Health Spot on Thursday, Nov 3 from 4-6 PM. Insurance, Medicaid, and regular payments accepted.

Not sure if you need one? The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department explains prevention here.

You can also visit What You Should Know for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season for flu and flu vaccine information specific to the 2016-2017 flu season. The Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have lots of info about flu vaccinations, too.


Find Your Perfect Match

When you’re cruising for books, you’ll always come up a winner with your librarian as matchmaker!

Head out for a night on the town to Maceli’s, Wednesday, Nov 16 from 7-8:30 PM. Hosted by LPL’s Book Squad and Raven Bookstore staff, Book Club Speed Dating will introduce you to new and popular reads. You’ll leave with dozens of hot numbers, and a chance to reserve Book Club in a Bag titles before they’re available to the rest of the dating pool.


Located at 1031 New Hampshire, Maceli’s delicious snacks will be on hand and the bar will be open for biz. Polli’s got details: Email or call 843-3833.

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All-ages Monster Art Hunt

Villagers have captured Frankenstein’s monster and torn him to pieces, spreading his parts all over downtown!

It’s your job to put him back together again before he appears in the Lawrence Art Center’s production of Frankenstein.

From October 14–29, grab a scavenger hunt map at the Library Welcome Desk and hit the streets in search of the monster’s “body parts.”

Prizes include a coupon for $5 off a ticket to see Frankenstein, swim pass (for 5-18 year olds), and a chance to win tickets to Science City or the Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station in KC!

Offered in partnership with the Lawrence Art Center

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AARP Driving Safety Class in November!

Information about the upcoming driving safety class is now available on the Senior’s page under “Programs”.  Click on the red  information for more details.

‘Tis the (Election) Season

Election Day 2016—November 8—is fast approaching and if you’re scrambling to find answers to some last-minute questions, we’re your spot.

Our Voter & Elections Information page will help you find out if you can still register (October 18 is the deadline), where your polling place is located, research candidates and issues, follow opinion polls, discover ways to get involved, connect with important contacts, and get important dates on your calendar.

If you still have questions, chat live with one of our librarians!

Meet A Rising Star

When author Nathan Hill was recently compared to John Irving, Irving compared him to Dickens. This guy and his debut novel are something else, and he’s coming to the Library Auditorium on Monday, Oct 24, from 7:30–9 PM!

Hill’s debut novel weaves a multi-generational tale involving political unrest, family betrayal, and redemption. Booklist hails The Nix as “engrossing, skewering, and preternaturally timely tale beside the novels of Tom Wolfe, John Irving, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon. . . . Hill takes aim at hypocrisy, greed, misogyny, addiction, and vengeance with edgy humor and deep empathy in a whiplashing mix of literary artistry and compulsive readability.”

The Raven will be selling books, so you can grab one for Nathan to sign.

To see who else is coming and what they’re saying about it, check out our Facebook event!

October Tech Programs @ Your Library

If you want to make music but don’t have the resources, check out our Sound+Vision Studio Basics class. For those already familiar with studio basics, get to know our new synthesizer, or streamline your music-making process with StudioOne.

The amazing AUMI Jam is back, too!

We’re also helping teachers teach and reach students with our Computer Science Fundamentals class, (which comes with free pizza since you’re spending Saturday lunchtime at the library.) It’s free, but registration is required: 785-843-3833. Questions: Email Melissa.

Here’s a quick look:

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Health Marketplace Navigator

Open Enrollment starts November 1, 2016. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The process can feel a bit overwhelming, so on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot we’ve got a Navigator here to help—for FREE!

A Navigator is a person or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.