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Children’s Book Club Sets: Not Just For Kids!

Are you looking for something new and fun to read with your book club? Why not try a children’s BCIAB set! Time travel, code breaking, evil geniuses, awkward heroines, cardboard that comes to life… our collection holds a rich mix of amazing stories, characters and subjects.  We have over forty sets, including: mysteries, fantasies, graphic novels, classics and popular new titles that can inspire great discussions for readers of any age. Read More..

Skillbuilders is Back!

Skillbuilders       Fall 2016

Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before things changed? Who do I ask? How do I know what I should do? 

Skillbuilders is our annual series of programs for people going through a major life change. Regardless of age, transitions in life can cause indecision, confusion or upset. Anyone that has lost a loved one by death and are making the adjustment to a new life comes with a different perspective to changes in daily actions. Anyone who is adapting to being a single person after being a part of a couple or having taken care of a parent, finds that it is a different world. Anyone that must make adjustments to their lives because physical limitations now confine their choices or who find that aging is now making limitations on daily activites know that finding the line between “then and now” has moved. Making these changes while also grieving the life that was makes common decisions more difficult or trying. Having someone that understands from this perspective makes these transitions easier. Skillbuilders provides a comfortable, easy way to ask questions, refresh information and find a way through the maze of change.

Each Spring and Fall, area experts lead sessions on everything from cooking for one to estate planning to basic car care. There is no registration needed. All sessions are free and open to all interested persons of all ages. Come for all or only those topics that are of interest.

Transportation can be arranged by calling Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925  Refreshments are provided by Brandon Woods.

Questions are encouraged but Skillbuilders strives to be a place where those who need answers can find them without pressure. All of the speakers are local and can be contacted after the series.

Skillbuilders is held each Tuesday at 10:00am from September 20 through November 22 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.

Map of 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66047

 

Schedule for Fall 2016

September 20     Adjusting to Change #1: Making Transitions           Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LPL

September 27     Talking with Your Pharmacist                                       Tammi Willits — VNA-QualiCare Pharmacy

October   4           Financial Planning 101                                                   Barbara Braa —  Central Bank of the Midwest

October 11           Estate & Legal Planning                                                   Web Golden — Stevens & Brand, LLP

October 18          Stress: the good, the bad and the inevitable                Christine Jordan & Julie Baldwin — VNA

October 25          Car Care 101                                                                         Richard Haig — Westside 66 & Carwash

November  1       Cooking for 1  (food will be served!)                              Susan Johnson — Douglas County Extension Office

November   8      Personal Safety                                                                   Susan Hadl  – Lawrence Police Department (retired)

November 15      Home Care 101                                                                    Neil Gaskin — Natural Breeze Remodeling & Painting

November 22     Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays & Special Events    Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LP

Skillbuilders is co-sponsored by the library, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and Douglas County Senior Services.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, Senior Outreach Coordinator by phone at 785-843-3833, ext. 115 or via email at johnston@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

 

Best Listeners Ever!

Reading to a sweet dog is a safe, non-threatening way for your child to practice their skills in a fun and comfortable setting.

15-minute slots are available this Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater. Register: 785-843-3833.

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Join us Monday, September 19 at 7 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of the film, Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the new season of Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture at the library.

“In a year of historic change, one town in the Heartland questions what it means to be an American. With rapidly changing demographics, longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” Visit pbs.org for more.

Offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Free and open to the public.

Sponsors of this Event: The Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas African Studies Center, the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Winners Revealed and Collecting Begins!

Celebrate your freedom to read all week by collecting a new Banned Book Trading Card each day at the Welcome Desk.

The 2016 edition includes an unprecedented 8th card! Here’s the release schedule:

We had 8 stunning finalists, so we made an exception this year to add a BONUS CARD!


BBTC 2016 winners

SUN, 9/25/16
Two Boys Kissing | (Lana Grove)

MON, 9/26/16
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | (Charley Forsyth)

TUE, 9/27/16
The Jungle | (Tyler Jones)

WED, 9/28/16
The Color Purple | (Charlotte Pemberton)

THU, 9/29/16
Annie on My Mind | (Myka Small)

FRI, 9/30/16
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | (Anne Patterson)

SAT, 10/1/16 — Special Double Feature
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | (Ursula Minor)
A People’s History of the United States | (Dave Loewenstein)

Star Wars Reads Day

On Saturday, October 1st, bring your best Wookie yell and celebrate all things Star Wars! We’re kicking things off at 2pm and festivities will last ’til 4pm in the Auditorium. We’ll perform Jedi mind tricks, create lightsabers, and more for our 5th annual event! Free + All Ages! 

STEAM: Sparkology

On Wednesday, September 28th from 4PM to 5PM, join SPARK from KU School of Engineering in the Library Auditorium for some hands on engineering experience ! This program is for ages 7-11 and space is limited. Call 843-3833 to register or sign up at the Children’s Desk.

The ABCs of GMOs

Master Gardeners are back on Thursday, September 15 with Dr. Mary Locniskar. Learn how genetically engineered crops are produced and see some examples in this science-based presentation.

Meet up in the Auditorium from 7-8:30 PM.

Kids’ Behavioral Wellness Fair

Join us for a day of fun and information in the Library Auditorium!

On Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM-1 PM, the KU Child and Family Services Clinic will offer helpful resources for parents, free mental and behavioral health screenings for kids of all ages, and information about support services.

Kids can visit fun, free activity booths to learn mindfulness and relaxation strategies.

Screenings are not treatment or assessment and are non-diagnostic; topics include developmental concerns, attention and hyperactivity, disruptive behaviors, and mood and anxiety issues.

Electronic Music Meet-Up

Another smashing event from Ed and our Sound + Vision Studio!

On Saturday, September 17 from 3-5 in Meeting Room C, come hang with fellow electronic music enthusiasts, check out new and vintage gear and see what’s happening in the electronic music community.

See who’s going and get more info here.