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Kansas Day Celebration

WED | Jan 27 | 3:30-5 PM | Auditorium

All ages welcome to come celebrate Kansas Day with us. We’ll have music, crafts, games, snacks, and of course, buffalo chips!

IMAGE: Vintage Kansas postcard; Palmer News. Co., Topeka, Kansas, c. 1930s

Get Help Getting Help Paying for College

SUN | Jan 31 | 2-3 PM | Meeting Room B

Adults and teens, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be intimidating.

Come to a presentation led by Leah Maness from KU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships office and take the guesswork out of the process.


Official FAFSA website

Dance @ Your Library

SUN | Jan 24 | 4 PM …

All ages welcome as we get moving with the Ottawa University Dance Team!

We’ll show you dance moves that will keep you healthy, all while having a great time with your family. Meet us in the Auditorium.

Cucharada: Tango without Borders

Join us for an all-ages Sunday afternoon of travel, dance, and music. Musicians, Cucharada, will share their tour of Buenos Aires and their love of tango.

SUN | Jan 24 | 2 PM
Library Auditorium—Free!

Cucharada’s … approach to the music is fresh, and the end result is a very pleasant listening experience. I’ve hosted the group at Kansas Public Radio’s performance studio, and their live performances are every bit as impressive as their recorded work. —Mark Edwards, host of Kansas Public Radio

Image courtesy of the artists’ website.

KC Ale Trail with Pete Dulin

THURS | Jan 14 | 7 PM

Join us for a virtual tour of local breweries including our very own Free State Brewery & 23rd Street Brewery. Author Pete Dulin will talk about hops, malts, and the passionate community of local brewers that dot Kansas and Missouri.

We’ll be in the Auditorium.

A Presentation and Taste-Testing Dedicated to Tap Water

It’s on! Another Lawrence vs. Manhattan grudge match … this time in the world of competitive tap-water tasting!

On January 12 at 7 PM, Lawrence water will attempt a second trouncing of Manhattan water (and take on other Kansas cities) at a special taste-test event dedicated to tap water. Held in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of The Eldridge, this free and open event features a presentation from the City of Lawrence on the process of creating safe drinking water and a blind taste-test for the audience led by Eldridge executive chef Drue Kennedy.

MERCH PROMO 2015-12-18 Your Spot For Water bottles frontGwen GeigerWolfe from the Lawrence Public Library’s information services team will speak briefly about the importance of drinking water and our Health Spot focus for January on hydration and fitness. We’ll make hydration even easier for you with free, refillable water bottles compliments of the library and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The program is based on a story and taste-test that appeared in the winter edition of Lawrence Magazine, where chefs, foodies and wine experts discussed how tap water affects the food we eat and the beverages we consume and also rated a range of Kansas tap water. Lawrence’s water soundly defeated Manhattan in that test, but on January 12, we’ll see what our guests say (and throw in a few different waters into the mix).

This is a free and open event, part of Lawrence Magazine’s and Lawrence Public Library’s “About Lawrence…” lecture series, with additional sponsorship from The Olivia Collection and The City of Lawrence. Space, however, is limited. The doors will close after the first 60 guests.

Sponsored by:

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Happy New Year!

The library will be closed December 31 and January 1. See you in 2016!

Book Van Holiday

The Book Van is on vacation this week! Services will resume Monday, January 4, 2016. Don’t be surprised if it comes back with a tan.

Thought-provoking art installation in the Library Atrium

JAN 3-9, 2016 | All day | Atrium

Through a series of pop-up Zen gardens equipped with hidden cameras, Rocket Grant recipients Bryon Darby, Aaron Long, Cotter Mitchell, and Aaron Paden seek to confront our culture’s growing love/hate relationship with surveillance.

In Rest Assured, You Are Under Video Surveillance, guests “relax” within the space under the safe but watchful camera eyes, each broadcasting their feeds to a publicly accessible website.

This public art installation aims to bring the duality in thinking about surveillance to the surface and engage thoughtful conversations about rights, privacy, and individual liberties.

Visit the project’s website for more information.

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