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A Legacy of Hometown Tunes Live at Liberty Hall

The Lawrence Songbook Project is a local legacy project designed to celebrate and uplift the songs and songwriters of Lawrence, KS. On Friday, MAR 2 at 7 PM at Liberty Hall, you can hear songs from Volume 1 live at this unique, all ages, public launch performance. Doors open at 6 PM.

As a physical and online publication, the Songbook will collect and preserve local songs by bringing them into our library, schools and homes. Lawrence Public Library is proud to support this amazing local music history project and our remarkable live music scene.

“Lawrence Songbook is a first of-its-kind local legacy publication devised to celebrate, uplift and amplify the songs and songwriters of Lawrence, KS.” —Nicholas Ward

Liberty Hall is located at 644 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.


LIBERTY HALL TICKET INFO: GET TICKETS

All tickets are General Admission. Ticket sales are CASH ONLY at Liberty Hall Box Office. General Admission tickets are sold as GA STANDING tickets. The balcony and/or floor table seating may or may not be available depending on event ticket sales, configuration and capacity requirements. No seating is guaranteed for any GA ticket. Please be advised that firearms or weapons of any kind are not permitted in Liberty Hall. All entrants to public events are subject to wanding and/or pat-down and bag searches upon each entry to the facility. Please arrive early to ensure entry prior to event start time.

For more information on Liberty Hall policies, click here.

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Fighting Back in a Different Way

“I was looking for music on YouTube and that’s when I found it. And that’s when I lost it.”

On Thursday, MAR 1 at 7 PM, follow the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist in this touching documentary. The film screening will be in our Auditorium.

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman.’

The Greatest Healthy Eating Show in Lawrence!

Back again and better than ever! Come one, come all on SaturdayMAR 10 from 11 AM–1 PM.

Bring your best edible book entry and catch a glimpse of The Last Carnival’s aerial acrobatics, enjoy super fun activities, and win prizes.

You don’t miss the hilarious food freak show, either.

What’s an Edible Book? It’s so fun! Check out these examples. Simple or complicated, create an edible work of art based on the form, title, or content of a book. Enter as an individual or a team. Bring entries between 10-11 AM on Saturday, MAR 10.

No registration required to view the submissions and vote!

Teen Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest

Calling all 6-12th grade artists!

 

We want YOU to design our teen summer reading t-shirt.

Every year we have a contest to design a t-shirt based on our summer reading theme. The shirt is given as one of the many teen prizes for summer reading finishers over the summer. That means that if your design is selected, more than 800 teens could be wearing your design in just a few months time!

To enter, download the entry form below and submit it along with your design to the Teen Zone by Friday, April 6, 2018.  You can also pick up a paper copy of the entry form in the Teen Zone.

 2018 T-shirt Design Contest Entry Form

The winning design will be selected at the end of April by the Teen Advisory Board (made up of 6-12th graders) and library staff.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card from Downtown Lawrence Inc., a one-of-a-kind hoodie or bag with their design, and t-shirts for their immediate family members.

 

Check out the entry form for all the requirements, but here is a little more information to get you started:

This year’s theme is “Unplugged”. You can interpret this however you wish. Your imagination is the limit. You also need to include the words “Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone” somewhere on your design.

Your design can only be one color – meaning one color of ink on white paper. You can draw your design by hand, use a computer, or use any other technique.

Here are the winning designs from the past few summers. Your design does not need to look anything like these, but hopefully this will get your imagination going!

 

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Don’t forget to drop off your entry in the Teen Zone by Friday, April 6.

Take a Spin Around Our New Website

Our current website — the one you know and love — will keep on truckin’ through APR 9. After that, we’re say goodbye and making the big switch on Tuesday, APR 10.

Before we make the forever switch, we invite you to take a few baby steps forward with us.

Explore the new events calendar. Our old calendar has been sent to greener pastures. Clicking Library Events now redirects you here.

Explore the new website. It’s currently in its “soft launch” phase, but still browseable. Have a look! There’s even a feedback button at the bottom which we hope you use. We’ll grow this together.

Stay tuned for more updates.


New Calendar of Events — Fresh Features!

  • Events paired with your interests
    When you search for books, music, games, or movies, related library programs will show up in the catalog — BOOM!
  • Never miss anything—even better, bring a friend!
    Events have a one-click, save-to calendar button as well as a social sharing option. Put feelers out and see if your people want to go, too.
  • Simple search
    Find things to do by date, event type, program name, audience, or language.
  • Easy exploration and accessibility
    In compliance with ADA web standards, information is displayed clearly and consistently in high-contrast color with underlined links.
  • Online registration
    Finally! Register for select programs with either a library card OR email address!
  • If you like this, you might also like…
    Get a “more like this…” message when programs and events have something in common.
  • Fully responsive design
    Whether you’re on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop, your browsing experience will display beautifully.
  • Need-to-know now
    Library hours of operation, location, and event contact information is included on every event page.
  • The future is clear
    Like Lego Club? Social Justice Book Club? Recurring events are grouped together. Now you can see all the dates — months in advance!

 

Certified-kind Community Challenge

We live in a caring community and starting Saturday, FEB 10 we’re going to see how kind we really are.

In the spirit of Wonder — our Read Across Lawrence book pick for 2018 — we want to give a visual representation of the good deeds that happen here every day. Ready to get your kind on?

Download your Kindness Log here.


Here’s how to participate!

  • Pick up a Kind Community Log at our Welcome Desk
  • Keep track of your acts of kindness by checking off a heart for each act
  • Between FEB 10–MAR 17, come add a pom-pom to our bin for every good act you’ve done
  • Pay it forward — get the word out to others and watch our collective kindness grow!

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Read Across Lawrence welcomes anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez

After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from gaining weight, became an advocate for victims of bullying the world over.

Lizzie will deliver our 2018 Read Across Lawrence keynote address. Her message of self-acceptance aligns beautifully with the themes in Wonderour 2018 Read Across Lawrence book pick about a young boy named Auggie with a facial anomaly.

Lizzie’s family-friendly event will resonate with all ages, but will be especially powerful for teens and kids who have experienced bullying themselves.

“Lizzie Velasquez is a wonderful capstone to our Read Across Lawrence events surrounding R.J. Palacio’s Wonder,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “Her anti-bullying advocacy and message of kindness and acceptance are very much needed in the world right now.”

EVENT INFORMATION

An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez
SUN | Mar 11 | 3:30 PM | Lied Center | All ages
1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2787

Thanks to a generous gift from BNSF, this event is free and open to the public. General admission; no ticket required.


MORE ABOUT LIZZIE

In December 2013, Lizzie Velasquez took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled, How Do You Define Yourself? that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, and many other national and international media outlets. Her YouTube channel has over 793,668 subscribers.

Lizzie’s latest book, Dare to Be Kind, will be available for sale and a book signing will follow her talk.


ABOUT READ ACROSS LAWRENCE 2018
FEB 10 – MAR 17

Read Across Lawrence is an annual, community-wide reading event that encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. We’ll host book discussions and activities for all ages that explore R.J. Palacio’s themes of kindness and acceptance in her debut novel, Wonder. The Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Public Library Foundation teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.

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Read​ ​Across​ ​Lawrence​ ​2018​ ​Is​ ​Bound​ ​to​ ​Be​ ​Wonder​-ful!

Read Across Lawrence is just around the corner and this year we’ve chosen to feature one book for all ages: Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The New York Times bestseller is about August Pullman, a boy with a facial difference who wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

“We picked Wonder because we feel it speaks to all ages. It sends an important message of kindness, hope, and the power of friendship at a time when bullying has reached epidemic proportions,” said Brad Allen, executive director of Lawrence Public Library. “It’s also important to us to show that good literature is being produced for children. Once we grow up, we typically don’t read it anymore and this is a chance for the ‘big kids’ to get back to their roots.”

Read Across Lawrence runs FEB 14–MAR 17, 2018 and will be packed with programs and activities for all ages to explore Wonder’s themes of kindness and acceptance.

Stay tuned for a full program of events to be announced in January.

In partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, this annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence Schools Foundation, and Lawrence Public Library teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.

“This book is destined to be a classic. We’ve got a month of phenomenal library programs planned. We’re so grateful to KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and our many other partners for their generous support in making this all possible,” Allen added.


GET A FREE COPY OF WONDER! 2017 Wonder Read Across LawrenceJoin us Monday, JAN 15 at 1 PM in the auditorium for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service celebration and get a free copy of Wonder. In addition to a diversity-focused storytime and a screening of The 13th, a free lunch will be provided by Hy-Vee from 12-1 PM with a book giveaway to follow. First come, first served until books are gone. Please limit one per family.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR Wonder is author R.J. Palacio’s debut novel. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March 2012 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book’s message of kindness has inspired the Choose Kind movement, and has been embraced by readers young and old around the world. Palacio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons, and two dogs (Bear and Beau).


 

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Computer Coding Demystified

Anybody can learn the basics of computer programming!

Join us Saturday, DEC 9 from 10:30-11:30 AM for some hands-on fun at this Hour of Code event. No experience needed, all ages welcome! We’ll meet in the Auditorium. Need info? Ask Melissa: mfisherisaacs@lplks.org

Turn Growing Pains into Gains

Are you a teen or new adult navigating a world of new responsibility? We’re here to help.

Starting Tuesday, OCT 24 from 7-8 PM in Meeting Room B, our How to Adult 4-part series will show you how to pay your taxes, manage money, rent an apartment, and buy a car!

BONUS: We’re offering sweet door prizes at each event — everyone who attends all four sessions will get a prize. Offered in partnership with Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. and Kansas Legal Aid.

Totally free, just register: 785-843-3833.


SCHEDULE (Click links for details)

10/24 | Taxes 101
Learn the ins and outs of filing your taxes for the first time with help from Kansas Legal Aid.​

11/14 | 15 Things to Know Before You Leave Home: A Student Survival Guide
High school and college students learn what they need to know to live independently. This class covers how to develop a budget, track spending and keep personal finances healthy and safe.

11/28 | On My Own: Finding and Renting Your First Apartment
Need an apartment, but don’t know the first thing about renting? Thinking about having a roommate? Signing a rental lease can be scary and confusing. What exactly are you responsible for? Find out details you should know before moving into your first apartment. You’ll be glad you did.

12/12 | Try It, Drive It: Buying Your First Car
Time for new wheels? Learn how to: accurately calculate the amount you can comfortably spend on a vehicle, plan ahead for which periodic vehicle-related expenses are important, and determine if your next vehicle should be new, used, or leased.