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Strong Girls

What extraordinary women inspire you? What qualities make them stand out? On Wednesday, March 15 from 4- 5:30 PM in the Readers’ Theater, come talk about amazing women, create a vision book, and take a moment to relax. All are welcome. We’ll have a number of special guests join us! Program is for Ages 7-11! Registration requested. Call 843-3833.

Teddy Bear Picnic with Meadowlark Music—Together!

Kids ages 0-7, bring your Teddy Bears or other favorite lovey and a blanket for your family to sit on in the Readers’ Theater on Sunday, Mar 5 from 3:30-4:30 PM. We’ll have songs, movement, snacks, and fun — with a Bear theme!

Advisory Board Meet-n-Greet

Interested in affordable housing, arts and culture, or senior services? What about bicycling in Lawrence and historic resources?

City of Lawrence and Douglas County advisory boards play an important role in local government. On Thursday, Mar 2 at 6:30 PM, find out about the issues local boards are working on and how you can get involved! We’ll meet in our Auditorium.

Free and open to the public. Need more info? Melissa:

Activism, Protest, and Change

America has a long tradition of political activism and protest, but it’s not always clear whether these methods of dissent can create real and lasting change.

In the wake of recent national and campus-wide protests, on Wednesday, Mar 1 at 7 PM in our Auditorium we’ll discuss protest’s place in our democracy with an interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty. Presented in partnership with the KU Honors Program.

This event is free and open to the public and is offered in connection with Lawrence Public Library’s NEA Big Read/Real Across Lawrence community novel, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies.

Teddy Bear Picnic with Meadowlark Music Together

On Sunday, Mar 5 from 3:30- 4:30 PM, bring your Teddy Bears or other favorite lovey and a blanket for your family to sit on in the Readers’ Theater. Songs, movement, snacks, and fun – with a Bear theme! This program is for ages 0- 7.

Web Archiving 101

The average lifespan of a webpage is estimated to be just 44 days, and this includes webpages that convey important cultural and legal information.

On Thu, Feb 23 from 6:30-7:30 PM in Meeting Room B, learn about current efforts to archive the Internet, and basic tools you can use to help. Adults and teens welcome!

Questions? Contact Melissa:

Multicultural Storytime: Dominican Republic

Our all-ages storytime on SAT, Feb 18 at 1 PM in our Readers’ Theater features the Dominican Republic!

Learn to dance the merengue, hear stories in English and Spanish, and try new snacks you’ve maybe never eaten before!

Inspiring African Americans

On Thursday, Feb 23 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, kids ages 5-11 are invited to an interactive event where they’ll “meet” some of the most inspiring African Americans in our country’s history, from George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, and Rosa Parks to Oprah Winfrey and Senator John Lewis. Special guests Stefanie Bryant from 6 News will read stories and Ramona Wilson will entertain us with songs!

Special Storytimes in February

Come celebrate the art and words of African American authors and illustrators! Join us all week from Feb 19 – Feb 24 during regular storytime hours.

Julia Alvarez: Woman, Writer, Activist

On Sunday, March 5 at 7 PM at the Lied Center, our NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence ends on the highest of notes with a visit from the writer herself, Julia Alvarez.

Author of 19 books and three collections of poetry, Alvarez will talk about her books, in particular, In the Time of the Butterflies and Return to Sender, and what it means to be a citizen of the world as a woman, writer, and activist.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Lobby opens at 6 PM. The Lied Center is located at 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julia Alvarez is the recipient of two Pura Belpre awards and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature. She was born in New York City, and spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic. Her family was forced to flee in 1960 because of her father’s participation in an attempt to overthrow the country’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo. She returned to New York as a ten year old and turned to books and writing to cope with language and culture barriers she faced upon returning to the land of her birth.

“Lawrence Public Library and its partners were among 75 groups nationwide to receive a Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a huge honor and the first time that Lawrence has earned this grant, which makes it possible to bring Ms. Alvarez to Lawrence. KU Libraries look forward to sharing the scholarship and collections of our Latin and Caribbean Studies scholars through the collaborative programming being developed for the Lawrence community,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Head of KU Libraries’ Center for Community Engagement.

Offered in partnership with KU Libraries, the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Lied Center of Kansas. NEA Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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