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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!)

Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques

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

On Monday, May 9 from 6-8 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio, learn from LPL’s Muriel Green who’s worked as an independent contractor on television shows, commercials, and feature films in the midwest for several years and earned a bachelor’s degree in film from KU.

This class is for those who have already made a video but wish to learn more techniques. This two-hour class will get you started using:

  • green screen
  • titles
  • effects

Continue your crash-course in filmmaking with Muriel with:

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

Seeking Summer VolunTeens!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer? Why not become a VolunTeen?

VolunTeens play an important role in our library by helping us to achieve our goal of providing the best service to library patrons possible.

They help with everything from running children’s programs (prepare materials and set up for program, assist small groups during the program, and clean up afterwards) to shelving returned books.  Each VolunTeen chooses the area that they think sounds most interesting and we do our best to match them with that opportunity. There’s something for everyone no matter if you’re looking for some quiet alone time, or you want to be in the middle of a rambunctious crowd.

Sound good? Fill out this Volunteen Summer Application  form and return it and a letter of recommendation from an adult who knows you to the Teen Zone by Tuesday May 10th, 2016.

We hope to hear from you soon!




Kool Thing: Kim Gordon

Put on your dirty boots and get ready for Kim Gordon, the godmother of grunge and co-founding member of the legendary rock band, Sonic Youth (1981-2011).

Kansas Public Radio’s Laura Lorson will host this year’s 780s Series and visit with Gordon about her life, musical career, and what it was like to witness punk rock enter the music mainstream in the 1990s.

Our 780s Series is an annual event celebrating a notable life in music. In the Dewey Decimal system, 780 marks all things music, a literary reference to tie in our annual library speaker series that brings musicians to Lawrence to tell the stories that influenced their music. The 780s Series is made possible through a generous private donation from the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, and in partnership with Eleven Productions Presents and The Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

Raven Book Store will be selling copies of Kim Gordon’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Girl In A Band, for a book signing at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

TUE | May 17 | 7:30 PM | Liberty Hall

Who is Kim Gordon?
Interview Magazine
Girl in A Band: A Memoir 
Official Sonic Youth website

PHOTO: David Black

Kim Gordon

Hoopla: Stream for Free, Instantly—24/7

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

Sign up.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.


Hello, Space Station? Yeah, It’s Lawrence, KS…

We’re going on a 10-minute date with the International Space Station* and we’re inviting Lawrence teens for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to speak with astronauts—live—sometime between July and December this year with the help of the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club and Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Anyone can attend, but we’re handing the radio over to teens, so start thinking about what you might want to talk about in this rare, live chat.

*we have been conditionally approved and only have a few more steps before our date will be set!

More news as we know more.

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.

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