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Pen Pals Unite

Come and connect with a pen pal from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Feb 8 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater! We’ll learn about the area with KU’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, learn how to write unique letters with Wonder Fair, and more! Program is for Ages 7-11.

Kansas Day + Local History Portal Launch

Celebrate Kansas Day with the launch of our online local history portal! All ages welcome on Sunday, Jan 29 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium.

Peter and Rosalea Carttar will discuss the remarkable postcard collection available to view on the portal, and you’ll learn how you can be part of this project!

Digital Douglas County History is a collaboration of the Watkins Community Museum, the Douglas County Genealogical Society, and LPL. Email Melissa for more info.

KPR’s Points of View: Taxing the System

How does cutting taxes affect the wellbeing of our state’s budget?

On ThursdayJan 26, Kansas Public Radio’s Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium on the pros, cons, and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

Harry Potter Book Night

Accio Lawrence Potterheads!

On February 2 from 6-8 PM we’re hosting a night of spells at Hogwarts (the Castle Tea Room at 1307 Mass Street).

Be sorted into your house, show off your knowledge of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and make magical crafts. Don’t forget to wear your robes! See who else is going!

Sponsored by Maceli’s and The Castle Tea Room.

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Book Club Plus+

The library, Watkins Community Museum and City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation are partnering for Book Club Plus+.  For four weeks in March, a program featuring women who impacted Lawrence or Douglas County in the late 19th century  will be presented as the participants also read The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. The series will take a closer look at the role of women in the history of this community.

Attendees will be loaned a copy of the book or ebooks will be available at the first meeting. The event will include a discussion of the book, guest speakers each week who will present the life story of a local women of historical interest as well as a bus tour of local sites associated with these women and others who contributed to the history of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The series will be presented Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W.9th St. The last program will run 6:30-8:30 as it includes the bus tour.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115 or Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909.

Registration for this program is $28.00

To register, contact Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909 or go to the Parks&Rec online registration,  click on life long learning, page 1.  The class code number is 127448.

Harry Potter Book Night

Join us on February 2 from 6- 8 PM for a night of spells at Hogwarts (the Castle Tea Room). Be sorted into your house, show off your knowledge of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and make magical crafts. Don’t forget to wear your robes! Sponsored by Maceli’s and The Castle Tea Room.

We Need Diverse Books! Book Drive

Ready to pass on some life-affirming (and possibly life-saving) books to young people struggling to make their way in the world? Bring them to us so we can help set up a collection at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

We’re hosting a We Need Diverse Books Drive at LPL where you can drop off new or gently used books (check out their tumblr for tons of inspiration, book ideas, and more information about the campaign) at our Welcome Desk through Friday, Jan 27.

The We Need Diverse Books campaign, “recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities,” and operates with the vision that all children will be able to see themselves within the books they read.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

International LEGO Day

Special guests from KC Brick Lab will be setting up a LEGO® city for our brick-tastic party in honor of the 59th anniversary of the Lego brick!

Families with kids ages 5-11 can join us on Saturday, Jan 28 from 1-3 PM in the Auditorium.

We’ll build LEGO® models for our bookshelf display, play LEGO® games, shoot photos at our LEGO® photo booth, make LEGO® crafts, give out LEGO® prizes and more!

Harriet Lerner’s Why Won’t You Apologize?

THU | Jan 19 | 7:00 PM | Auditorium

Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Hear her insights into the research and writing of Why Won’t You ApologizeRaven Bookstore will sell copies of Dr. Lerner’s book for signing. (source:

Fast Break with Kevin Willmott

MON | Jan 16 |7 PM | Auditorium

Willmott’s latest documentary tells the story of John McLendon, the first black student at the University of Kansas to earn his degree in physical education and study under Dr. James Naismith. A legendary basketball coach, McLendon was also a pioneer, supreme innovator, teacher, and consummate gentleman who not only was the first African-American coach to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, but along the way waged a successful fight to break down barriers of racial segregation in college and professional athletics. A discussion with Willmott will follow the screening. (source: