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Summer Reading

Dinner + Movie on the Lawn: Big Hero 6

It’s Downtown Lawrence’s last summer movie outside before school starts!

Friday, Aug 12 from 7:30-11 PM, bring a chair or blanket and your family and friends to the library for an all-ages animated feature. See who’s going!


Local food and drink vendors will be onsite for your dining and drinking needs, or grab dinner at your favorite Downtown spot beforehand and then head over for the movie. Bring a picnic if you like! Free popcorn and door prizes from some of your favorite Downtown businesses. Family friendly and lots of fun but please leave your pets at home!

SCHEDULE

  • 7:30 pm
    Dinner & drinks available via direct sales from local Downtown food vendors and live entertainment starts!
    Food Vendors: Ramen Bowls, Fine Thyme Foods, Zen Zero & La Parrilla, BURGERFI, Summer Snow, & Juice Stop
    Beer, Wine & Sangria: The Free State Brewing Co. & Standard Beverage Corporation
    Activities:Face painting by Aunt Nancy’s Face Art, giveaways from WOW Connect!, Kansas Jayhawks and perhaps an appearance by Balloonman!
    Live Entertainment: Lawrence’s own Zydeco Tougeau!
  • 9:00 pm
    Movie starts!
    Free popcorn from Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and door prizes!

**CLOSED CAPTIONED FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED.

Thanks to event series partners and sponsors: Lawrence Public Library, Kansas Jayhawks, WOW Connect, MSM Systems, Essential Goods, Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, Standard Beverage Corporation, The Free State Brewing Co. and Nordera Productions

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.

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

“We could end up with something approaching a people’s history of the east side of Lawrence.”Hike Through History 3

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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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!

Bookworms & Waterbugs

Just to make sure we don’t melt before we head to the pool tomorrow (7/22), we’re having our wet-n-wild stories and songs in the AUDITORIUM at 10:30 AM and then we’re walking over to the pool for a free swim! Provided by Lawrence Public Library and Lawrence Parks & Recreation.

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.

 

Mad Science

THU | Jul 21 | 11 AM-12 PM & 2-3 PM | All Ages | Auditorium

On Your Mark… Get Set… READ -Rube Goldberg style! – Mad Science will bring to life an interactive Rube Goldberg Machine™ that will set off a series of hilarious chain reactions with a simple goal in mind: to open a book. What better way to inspire a child’s lifelong adventure in the world of books and literature!

Walking to Rivendell

From May 26 – August 19, make walking, running, or biking part of every day, keep a record of how far you travel, and then map your distance on the map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Sign up! 
Fill out the online form at bit.ly/LPLrivendell giving us some basic info about yourself.

2. Record your travels. 
Use the paper log available at the library starting May 20th or an app of your choice to track how far you travel each day. We also have a small number of pedometers that will be given out at the library Welcome Desk starting Monday May 23rd.

3. Let us know how you’re doing.
You can send us an update here. Plus, every two weeks we’ll send out an email with information about your fellow travelers, suggested walks, and a simple form to send us an update on how far you’ve traveled. We’ll post this information on a giant map of Middle-earth in the library so you can check in to see how you and your fellow travelers are doing!

4. Once you’ve reached your goal distance, come to the library and collect your prize!
We’ll have you fill out another short online form to let us know you’ve finished.

5. Keep walking!

For all of the details, please check the library’s Walking to Rivendell website.
You can also follow along at the Walking to Rivendell Facebook Event page  and find riddles to solve, parks and trails to visit, and geocaching event info–all of which will earn you extra miles!

We can’t wait to see how far your furry feet can take you, and we do so hope to see you on our unexpected journey!

Kidzapalooza: Pet World is Coming!

Kids ages 5-6 and their families will meet some of the most adorable animals in the world from the coolest pet store in town at Kidzapalooza on Wednesday, July 13 at 2 PM.

Pet World animal experts will be on hand to show off their radical beasts and creatures. Petting will happen. Registration required: (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

12 ghosts in 12 downtown locations—it’s up to YOU to protect the city! (But, beware the roaming “government agent” looking to set you back a few ghosts…)

On Saturday, July 9 at 2 PM, you and your fellow ghostbusters will need to solve puzzles to save our beloved Lawrence from a pesky ghost invasion.

The hunt starts on the library lawn and reaches out into the surrounding streets. So, put your team together, bring the little ones, and get entered into the grand prize drawing. See who’s going!