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Sara Paretsky: Fallout

This Sunday, April 23rd, at 7pm we’ll be hosting bestselling author Sara Paretsky in our auditorium. Paretsky will talk about the latest chronicle in V. I. Warshawski’s casebook. The legendary investigator finds herself following a puzzling case that will take her into deadly new territory as she searches for a young film student and a former film star who are on the run in the heart of the Midwest. A book signing will follow Paretsky’s talk and the Raven will sell copies of Fallout.

Be Well with Herbs

Local herbal educator, Tamara Fairbanks-Ishmael, will discuss the original medicine—plants—for healing. Join us TUE, Apr 18 from 7-8 PM in the Auditorium to learn more about common, easy-to-grow herbs and see a demo of plants used for healing.

Questions? Email Gwen:

Get Your West Side Stories!!

We now have a fancy new SmartLocker at the 6th street Hy-Vee location thanks to a generous grant from US Bank! It’s a new service, so here’s some pointers that will help make the process a little easier. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 785-843-3833!

Select the “SmartLocker at Hy-Vee Sixth” option for your hold pick-up location. If you don’t see this option, turn off your single-click holds preference.

You will get an email alerting you to pick up your items. Just like holding an item for pick-up at the library location, or checking out any item, your account will need to be up-to-date, and in good standing.

When you pick your items up, follow these steps to open your locker, or lockers.

  • Scan your Library Card
  • Enter your pin number
  • Select the locker you want to open (if you have more than one)
  • The locker number is next to the title of the items it contains
  • Select Open Selected Lockers, or Open All
  • Your locker or lockers will open and you can take your stuff home

Thanks again to US Bank for making this fantastic new service possible!

Advance Directives

April 17th at 7pm, we’ll begin our Before You Check Out series with a discussion on advance directives. Before You Check Out is a series of programs about what you, your family, your friends…anyone…should know about death, options of care, legalities of end of life choices and funerals plus other options.  It isn’t something that is commonly talked about in ways that you know what you should do, what you can do and what you want to do before you can’t make your desires known.  Each of the programs will focus on a different aspect. Each will be informal discussions with information that will help you make an informed decision with time for questions and answers.

Local health care professionals will answer your questions concerning all the details of what you need to know about advance directives. Linda Upstill from the Lawrence Coalition to Honor End of Life Choices and Terri Kaiser from the LMH Palliative Care team will explain what the directives are and how to have a meaningful conversation with your family and friends abut what you want.

This program is free and open to the public.  No prior registration is required.  Before You Check Out programs will be held on a regular basis through this year.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115

Points of View: Building a Better Lawrence

Thursday, April 13th, at 7pm in the Library Auditorium, Laura Lorson of Kansas Public Radio will moderate a panel of local thinkers on the tension between individual rights and the well-being of the wider population, particularly applied to our community. Panelists include Meg Heriford of Ladybird Diner, Reggie Robinson from the KU School of Public Administration, Julia Good Fox of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University, and Ben Eggleston of KU Philosophy Department.

This program is in partnership with Kansas Public Radio as part of our quarterly Points of View Series.

Multicultural Storytime: German

Join us in the Readers’ Theater at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 15th for stories and songs with guest presenters highlighting a featured language or culture! This week it’s German! Our guest presenter is Friedemann Eisert.

Library Closed April 20 For All-Staff Day

The library will be closed THU, April 20 for our annual Staff Development Day.

Being your library is the best thing ever. So, to keep us sharp and on our toes, we’re spending the day together learning new things and planning for the library’s future. We’ll see you back on Friday, April 21 at 9 AM!




Library Closed Sunday April 16

In observance of the Easter holiday, we’ll be closed SUN, Apr 16.

Tanner Colby: Some of My Best Friends are Black

On Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM, Tanner Colby and Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African American Studies at KU, will talk about Colby’s book, Some of My Best Friends are Black at Plymouth Congregational Church. They will explore the endemic problems of segregation and racism that still affect our country, “where equality is the law, but actual integration is hard to find.” A book signing will follow Colby’s talk and the Raven Book Store  will sell copies of his book. In partnership with Freedom’s Frontier, Johnson County Library, the Langston Hughes Center at KU, and Plymouth Congregational Church.

Don’t Drive Your Jet Ski in the Dark: The Wisdom of DJ Khaled

If you listen to much Top 40 radio, you’re already familiar with DJ Khaled; even if you can’t quite connect his name to a particular song or face, there’s likely some liminal awareness. Just close your eyes and think of the times a moment of transition static has been torn through with the bombastic roar of “DEE JAY KHA-LED” just as a beat starts playing. Read More..