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DIY Home Repair with Linda Cottin

Winter will be here soon enough!

To help get you ready and save some money, Linda from Cottin’s Hardware will be here on Wednesday, Oct 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM with tips and tricks for weatherizing your home for the upcoming season. Meet up in the Library Auditorium.

Linda Cotton is Lawrence’s “Fix It Chick”. She and her husband, Tom, own and operate Cottin’s Hardware and Linda writes the Fix It Chick column for the Lawrence Journal World.

Image courtesy of Cottin’s Hardware.


New Series Explores Widely Debated Topics

We’ve teamed up with Kansas Public Radio to talk about some of the big issues making headlines in Lawrence.

Points Of View kicks off on Thursday, Oct 20 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium with Kansas Public Radio News Director, J. Schafer, moderating a community discussion surrounding Kansas’ permit free, concealed carry law.

We’ll look at the the different perspectives surrounding this controversial interpretation of the second amendment with Professor Thomas Stacy from the KU Law School, who will discuss his opposition to guns on campus.

This partnership program is the first in a series of widely debated topics with Kansas Public Radio. Together we plan to present two different sides of each issue.

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AARP Driving Class

The library will again host the AARP Driving Safety Class (formerly 55 Alive) on Thursday and Friday, November 16 & 17. The class will be held each day from 10:00am-3:00pm in Meeting Room B. This refresher class will provide tips and techniques for older drivers and updates on current state and federal laws. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The class is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Those completing the two day course will receive a certificate for insurance discounts. 

To register for the class or to inquire about the class, contact PATTIE JOHNSTON at the library,  785-843-3833 extension 115.

Kids! Do Something Nice Day

Douglas County Master Gardeners will chat about succulents—those fabulous, water-storing plants found in arid climates—on Wednesday, Oct 5 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater.

Kids ages 8-11 will learn what makes these plants different from other plants and what they need in order to grow.

Then, because it’s Do Something Nice Day, you’ll make a sweet little succulent planter as a gift for someone! It’s all free, just register: 785-843-3833

The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: History & Impact of US Presidential Debates

Diana Carlin, 13-year veteran advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates, will talk about the history of these events from candidate debate strategies, formats, sponsorship and viewer learning.

On Sunday, Oct 16 from 2-3:30 PM in the Library Auditorium, learn and understand how these debates help the electorate use their voice to determine the course of a country.

Presented in partnership with the Watkins Museum of History and the Kansas Humanities Council as part of The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech project, this series explores issues related to the freedom of speech, the life of William Allen White, and democracy today.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Movie & Tamale Dinner

We’re transporting to the beautiful Latin American country of Columbia on Tuesday, Oct 4 from 6-9 PM with a gorgeous box office smash and delicious tamale dinner!

The evening kicks off on the Library Lawn at 6 PM with a $5 tamale dinner that will help support KU’s Latin American Graduate Organization.

Then, we’ll move indoors for Magia Salvaje (with subtitles), a film featuring never-before-seen images of Colombian nature, starring the Andean condor, the silver arowana fish, the spectacled bear, the jaguar, the Orinoco crocodile, the humpbacked whale, the pink dolphin and many others. “This is the perfect, 90-minute opportunity to learn more about Colombia’s unique biodiversity and to fall in love with the heaven on earth that is Colombia.” (

See who else is going!

Watch the trailer:

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Diverse Dialogues presents Fair Housing at 50: Then and Now

How far have we come?
How much further must we go?

Join us Monday, Oct 3 from 7-8:30 PM to celebrate fifty years of legislation designed to allow anyone the opportunity to create a happy, healthy home. We’ll meet in the Library Auditorium.

In July of 1967, the City of Lawrence passed its first Fair Housing Ordinance, one of the first in the nation and nearly a year ahead of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. This enactment was a seminal law designed to address housing discrimination and inequities in the community.

The Lawrence Human Relations Commission and the City of Lawrence will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of passage of this ordinance in 2017 with a series of events.

Speakers: University of Kansas Professor of African and African-American Studies and Director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU Shawn Alexander will be joined by retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six along with Betty Bottiger, a Lawrence resident and a regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Clarence Lang, University of Kansas Professor and Chair of KU’s Department of African and African-American Studies.

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This Diverse Dialogue event is held in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, the City of Lawrence Human Relations Commission, and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Returning to Etzanoa

You’ve read about it Lawrence Magazine, now, on Sunday, Oct 9 from 6-7:30 PM, hear the inside scoop on Etzanoa, a pre-1500 AD city located near Wichita whose population rivaled that of London and Paris at the time.

Professor of Archeology at Wichita State University, Donald Blakeslee, will talk about what led to the discovery of the city, and how his team works to preserve the site.

See who’s going! Meet up in the Library Auditorium.


Stock Up on Cold Weather Reads!

The last Friends Booksale of the year is just around the corner.

Thursday through Sunday, September 29–October 2, come scour the shelves for great deals while supporting your library!

Thursday is a special night just for members, which means a first crack at all the goods with the purchase of an annual membership. You can join right at the door.

See you soon!

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Ouran High School Book Club

Do you call yourself an otaku and argue endlessly with your friends over who’s the best waifu/husbando?

Let’s geek out on Saturday, Oct 1 from 1-2 PM over the latest in manga, anime, and Japanese culture with the Teen Zone’s Ben. See who’s going!

Meet up in the Reader’s Theater.