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Midcentury Modern and Japanese Design

Join us January 11th at 3pm for an afternoon of design.

Japan’s successes in design-related industries after World War II helped propel its future economic boom. Admiring foreigners, including Elizabeth Gordon, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine, and former KU architecture professor Curtis Besinger, who wrote for Gordon’s magazine, helped promote interest in the livable qualities of Japanese design internationally, which greatly influenced mid-century modern design in the West. This talk will explore Japanese aesthetics and how the West discovered them, the focus of Graham’s new book, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, and Culture.

Located in the Library Auditorium.

Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

The library will be closed to ring in the new year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1. Be sure to stock up on books, movies and music to get you through the holiday!

Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 for the holidays. Be sure to grab all of your books, movies, magazines, video games, and more before we close!

Adventures on Appalachian Trail

So you’ve read Wild, and loved Cheryl Strayed’s journey across the Pacific Crest Trail…did you know we have the same type of adventurer in our midst? Jo Renfro, a local Lawrence artist, hiked all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Come hear her story at the library on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00pm. 

This event is offered in collaboration with Lawrence Memorial Hospital as part of the Health Spot programming.

Thrifty Gifter

Give something practical this season to a loved one, or even yourself. On Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6:00pm, we’ll be making Magnetic Spice Jars with mason jars and rare earth magnets. Supplies are limited to 20 people, so if interested, email Kristin Soper to register at: or call (785) 843-3833 x122.

Floss Bar

Forget boring peppermint dental floss! On Saturday, Dec. 13, we aim to mix up your floss routine (or inspire you to floss more). Drop in at the Health Spot from 11:00am to 12:00pm as we sample all varieties of dental floss from Absinthe to ranch to bubblegum!

Want a chance to put your dentist in the hot seat? Check out our Drill Your Dentist program on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Ask Dr. Marvin Heinbach and Dr. Jeff Larkin anything regarding teeth!

This Weekend Only: 50% Off Fines!

In the midst of your holiday shopping, get 50% off your fines when you pay the remaining balance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 28-30)! To redeem this holiday deal, you must go to the Accounts desk (across from the self check machines). In addition, this promotion is also good for $2 off at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, happening Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. Be sure to stock up on books, movies and music to enjoy over the holiday! We will reopen on Friday at 9:00am. Be on the lookout for our Black Friday weekend special!

Special Storytime: Carmen Agra Deedy

On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2:00pm, master storyteller and award-winning picture book author Carmen Agra Deedy will read from her books to the children of Lawrence. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio, and her popular picture books include The Library Dragon14 Cows for America, and Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach. This extra special storytime is brought to you in partnership with the Lawrence Arts Center where Carmen will perform stories for adults later that evening.

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