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Diverse Dialogues: Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water

Dr. Heather Ann Thompsonaward-winning historian at the University of Michigan, will talk about her latest book, Blood in the WaterWednesday, June 28th at 7 pmWinner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History, Blood in the Water sheds new light on every aspect of the 1971 Attica Prison uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement. Blood in the Water is the searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century. Thompson has written on the history of mass incarceration and its current impact for The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Newsweek, NBC, Dissent, New Labor Forum, and The Huffington Post, as well as for various top scholarly publications. (from
The Raven Bookstore will sell copies of Thompson’s book, and a book signing will follow the reading.
In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our ongoing series, Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture.
Image Credit: Graham MacIndoe

All-ages Dinner + A Movie: LEGO Batman

Join us on Friday, June 23 from 7:30-11 PM for hot dogs, and smoothies, and crepes, oh my!

Downtown Lawrence Inc. and Lawrence Public Library invite you to eat some grub, listen to some music, and watch a movie. Grab dinner from local vendors at 7:30, settle in for some music from Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers, then at 9, we’ll push play!

Watch the trailer!

Tiny House Festival

By now you’ve probably heard of tiny houses. This social movement focuses on downsizing living spaces for environmental and financial reasons, and the desire for more time and freedom.

On SundayJune 18 from 1-5 PM, come see what all the fuss is about and tour a tiny house!  Then join us from 2-3:30 PM for a panel discussion about sustainable design, affordable housing, and tiny homes. Email Melissa at for more info.

The Stars of Centron

In celebration of Centron’s 70th anniversary,  we hope you’ll join us for The Stars of Centron!

Thursday, June 22 at 7PM, we’ll be at Liberty Hall with local luminary Hank Booth as he hosts an evening of short films and interviews with Lawrencians who worked both in front of, and behind the camera. From 1950′s etiquette films, to corporate marketing musicals from the 60′s, to Halloween safety tips from the 70′s, it’s sure to be an entertaining evening. In partnership with Watkins Museum of History.

Deja’s Reading Rainbow

Happy Pride Month, Lawrence!

We’ve got a superstar guest joining us for an all-ages storytime this month! Miss Deja Brooks will be here Sunday, June 25 at 3:30 PM in the Auditorium with stories celebrating our local LGBTQIA+ community, families of all kinds, fun, and of course—RAINBOWS!

Following the lead of Harvey Milk Memorial Library and Brooklyn Public Library, we’re hoping our own version of drag queen storytime is as sparkly and glamorous as it is a safe space for, “positive, and unabashedly queer role models…where kids can imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.” (SOURCE: Drag Queen Story Hour)

Check out this clip from Park Slope Library in Brooklyn:

Chef’s Throw Down: Food Fight

Join us Thursday, June 15 from 6:30–8 PM at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to watch chefs battle it out to create the best dish featuring local veggies!

Meet at the Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen in Building 21. Co-sponsored by Just Food. Need info? Email Yilan:


Build A Better Mix at the SOUND + VISION Studio

Got tracks? Want to share them with the world?

On Friday, June 9 from 5-6:30 in the SOUND+VISION Studio, we’ll learn the basics of audio mixing and mastering using today’s latest digital audio workstations. We’ll dive into basic eq, compression, panning, fx, and increasing the overall volume of your mix in preparation for public release. Get info from Jim:

Exploratorium: LEGO Build-a-thon!

Join us on Monday, June 12 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have a number of LEGO building challenges ready for you to test your skills! Matt Lord, the leader of LPL’s Lego Club, will join us for this LEGO-tastic program! Program is for ages 7-11. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Mysterious Mustache Movie and Book Club

For our summer meetings we’ll watch the movie, then compare it to the book! Meet in the Auditorium on Sunday, June 11 from 1:30-4:30 PM. This month it’s The BFG. We’ll also have snacks and pass out a book for the next meeting. Ask at the Children’s Desk for a copy!  Program is for ages 8-12! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

Keep It Moving with H3TV

We have an action packed performance on Thursday, June 15 at 11 AM and 2 PM in the Auditorium! It  includes music, dance contest, magic, live animals, audience participation, Do It Now segment, and lots of FUN! Award winning entertainment provided by Rapping Roy & Reggie Regg the Magic Man. TWO FREE SHOWS! ALL AGES!