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Celebrate the Bard with Music!

Opera enthusiasts and curious admirers—join us on Final Friday, July 29 from 6-7 PM in the Auditorium as the Lawrence Opera Theater (LOT) makes their Shakespeare 400 7th Summer Festival debut!

Join us for free musical treats, complimentary light snacks, and beverages.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and LOT is celebrating the lasting legacy of the world’s greatest playwright. Five of LOT’s talented singers will present a varied program, featuring songs and arias from works based on the Bard’s words, characters, and plays.

It gets even better: We’ve created a corresponding reading and listening list inspired by Shakespeare’s works featured in the LOT’s Shakespeare 400 season!

See who’s going!

Featured peformers:

  • Antonio Tony Cruz
  • Alexandra Roth
  • Jen Stephenson
  • Jake Chris Walters
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • Hugo Vera
  • Erica Fox Zabusky
  • Pianist: Brian Woods

More information at Lawrence Opera Theater.

Community Torch Relay + Party!

On Wednesday, July 27, the Watkins Museum of History opens their new exhibit about Douglas County Olympians with the only way to begin an Olympics…with a torch relay!

At 10 AM, participants will gather at the Lawrence Public Library before sending off the first runner. The relay will make its way down Massachusetts Street before its dramatic finish at the Watkins at 11th and Mass, where we will “light” the torch of the new exhibit!

From 10:15 AM–12 PM, join us at the museum for a party with Olympic-themed games, crafts, and refreshments celebrating the exhibit and the athletic achievements of our area’s residents.

If being a torch-bearer sounds like fun, Watkins is looking for volunteers ages 6-adult to be part of their relay.Kids ages 6-15 must sign up with a parent or guardian. Contact Abby Magariel at the Watkins Museum for more information:, or call 841-4109.

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Bookworms & Waterbugs

Just to make sure we don’t melt before we head to the pool tomorrow (7/22), we’re having our wet-n-wild stories and songs in the AUDITORIUM at 10:30 AM and then we’re walking over to the pool for a free swim! Provided by Lawrence Public Library and Lawrence Parks & Recreation.

Exploratorium: Pet World Day

MON | Jul 25 | 2-3 PM | Ages 7-11 |  Auditorium

Pet World will join us with an amazing array of animals to learn about. We hope you can join us for this fuzzy finale to Exploratorium! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.


Quantum Camp for Kids

SAT | Jul 23 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 7-11 | Library Auditorium

What is an electron anyway? Can tiny particles stay in touch without touching? Our special guest, Jenny Nielsen from KU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will help your kids take off and soar with the information they need to build now for future success in easy but mind-blowing activities and games that explore the workings of our quantum universe. Please register at 785-843-3833 or at the Children’s Desk.

Fitness Fridays: POUND! with Parks + Rec

We’re wrapping up Fitness Fridays with drumsticks and Marianne Hoffman from Lawrence Parks and Recreation.

Meet us Friday, July 29 at 7 AM on the Library Lawn for a fun, full-body cardio session that combines cardio moves with strength training and drumming!

Offered In partnership with Body Boutique and Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.

Water Conservation in Your Garden

Tap or purified? Well or rain? On Thursday, July 21 from 7-8:30 PM, Mary Locniskar of the Douglas County Master Gardeners, will discuss how to conserve this precious resource, and maintain a beautiful garden. Meet up in the Auditorium.

Image Credit: By Sven Hoppe ( [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Kansas Trail Guide

On Monday, July 18 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium, siblings Jonathan and Kristin Conard will talk about their book, Kansas Trail Guide, which outlines where to go, what to do, where to eat, where to sleep, and what to bring with you as you get out and explore Kansas.

Kidsapalooza: Masters of the Garden

WED | Jul 20 | 2-3 PM | Ages 5-6 | Auditorium

Fruits, flowers, vegetables, and fun! We’ll be joined by the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners for homegrown snacks, wheelbarrow racing, and more.  Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.

Exploratorium: Master Gardeners

MON| Jul 18 | 2-3 PM | Ages 7-11 | Auditorium

Join the Master Gardeners for wheelbarrow races, garden games, and snacks! Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.