Services will resume Wednesday, JAN 3. Don’t be surprised if it comes back with a tan.
Let us bring the library to you! LPL offers free door-to-door delivery for patrons with physical disabilities or transportation limitations that prevent visits to the library. Deliveries are made within the city limits of Lawrence twice a month.
Take the “day on, not off” with us as we follow Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s steps in serving our community with a day of activities for everyone.
Beginning at 10:30 AM on Mon, JAN 15 in the Auditorium, join us in honoring America’s seminal figure of the civil rights movement with a day of service and dialogue.
Together with our partners from AmeriCorps, the NAACP, the Women of Color Muralists, and students from Lawrence and Free State high schools, we aim to commemorate King’s legacy on this day and throughout the year by involving the community in critical conversations.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:30 AM | Diversity Storytime with LPL Board of Trustees trustee, Ursula Minor 11 AM | Community Art Project with W.O.C. Muralists 12 PM | Free lunch from Hy-Vee 1 PM | Get your free copy of 2018’s Read Across Lawrence selection, Wonder — while supplies last! 2 PM | Speak Up! for Teens 4 PM | Film screening of The 13th followed by moderated discussion
TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong (Packs a buncha feels into fewer than 200pgs! Sweet, charming, awkward, sad, feels.)
She Said / She Said: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (2004, repub 2016)
Hope in the Dark was written (in 2004) to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them–and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.
Some favorite quotes:
“Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes–you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and knowable, a alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what is may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.”
“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.”
“Cause-and-effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension.”
If you need last minute bookish gift ideas, remember to listen to our last episode
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The library will be closed both SUN-MON, Dec 24-25 and SUN-MON, Dec 31-Jan 1 for the holidays, but our eLibrary will be open 24-7-365.
For those of you hitting the road, we’ll be here until 6 PM on the 23rd and 30th, so load up on stuff to read, listen to, and watch on your long drive.
If your preferred format is a smartphone, tablet, or other device, hit up our eLibrary for downloads or streaming content while traveling. You’ll need a library card to access, so get one now.
The LPL eLibrary is packed with stuff for all ages:
Overdrive | eBooks (including Kindle) and audiobooks Hoopla | eBooks (including comics) and audiobooks Flipster | popular magazines galore like Time, People, US, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, etc. New York Times | Yes! No more 10-article monthly limit! You get unlimited with your LPL card! Kanopy | 26,000+ indie and documentary films! State Library of Kansas | eBooks, audiobooks, picturebooks
To help members of our community who are struggling with basic needs, from MON-FRI, December 11-22, the library will be a drop-off site for the following items listed below.
Together we can support the mission of the Lawrence Community Shelter in providing “safe shelter and comprehensive programs that set individuals and families facing homelessness on a path to a positive future.”
Please bring donations to our Welcome Desk. Personal hygiene products, intimate apparel, and edibles should be new. Coats, shoes, socks, and sheets can be gently used, but washed and/or clean.
In 1854, sponsored by the anti-slavery Emigrant Aid Society, numerous pioneers left their homes in New England to establish the Kansas Territory. Four members of the Savage family brought musical horn instruments along on the journey, and formed one of the earliest Kansas bands. The band originated on the train ride to the Kansas Territory, with Frank Savage as the first conductor of the band. It was at this time that the popular poem by John Greenleaf Whittier was turned into the song, “The Kansas Emigrant,” which the band played regularly on the passage.
Once in Kansas, the band continued to play at special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, or gatherings. During the Lawrence Massacre in August, 1863, three members of the band were killed. About a year later, the existing band members, including Savage, formally established the town band, although the group operated as a military unit. There has continuously been an official town band in Lawrence ever since.
The band began hosting regular outdoor concerts around the turn of the century. In 1906, Buch’s Military Band (as the band was called), gave a special concert for then vice-presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt at Lawrence’s Santa Fe Train Station. The event raised enough funds for a gazebo to be built in Lawrence’s South Park. Shortly after this, the band was disbanded and taken up by the Haskell, Lawrence High School, and University of Kansas bands.
In 1964, Charlie Kassinger, the high school’s band director, reorganized the Lawrence City Band. Like today, the band comprised of Lawrence locals, rather than students. During Kassinger’s time, the first established “Summer Concert Series” were held in different parks in Lawrence. However, when Conductor William Kelly took over in 1969, he quickly established the South Park Gazebo as the only location for the concerts, which remains in effect today.
In 1992, Robert Foster took over the role of conductor and soon implemented the first recordkeeping procedures of the band, including filing yearly notebooks made up of rosters, printed programs, and newsprint. Today, the band is comprised of forty-five players, with room for fifteen extra players at a given concert. The band continues to play in the South Park Gazebo weekly during the summer season.