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Sunday Sillies!

Shake your sillies out with Matt and Nate, our new Sunday Storytime guys!

Each week from 3:30-4 PM, you’ll dance, sing songs, get crafty, and listen to stories especially chosen to excite young minds. Meet up in our Readers’ Theater and brace yourself for some serious fun!

Star Wars Reads Day 2016

BB-8 loves to read, and so do we!

While the Empire would most likely be displeased, Star Wars Reads Day — a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading — is back.

This Saturday, October 1 from 2-4 PM in the Library Auditorium, bring your best Wookie yell and celebrate all things Star Wars! We’ll perform Jedi mind tricks, create lightsabers, and more for our 5th annual event!

Bring a friend and see who else is going!

Best Listeners Ever!

Read out loud to registered therapy dogs from Loving Paws Animal Therapy this Saturday, Oct 8 from 10-11 AM in the Readers’ Theater.

It’s a great way for kids grades K-5  to practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm furry friend. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library.

Register for a 15-minute read at 785-843-3833.

Magic Tree House Club

SAT | Oct 8 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 5-8 | Readers’ Theater 

It’s the Jack and Annie fan club! Join us for crafts and fun with a historical twist about book #18, Buffalo Before Breakfast. Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

MOOC Mondays—The History of Human Space Flight

Who’s ready for Space School?! Adults and teens, join your fellow space junkies on Monday nights from Oct 10–Nov 14 for a 5-part MOOC (massive, open, online class) about space!

Free, but registration required: 785-843-3833

Inspired by last month’s conversation with the International Space Station, we’ll look at an interesting and entertaining slice of space history. From early musings about our fascination with space through the early Russian and American space stations, we’ll view amazing footage and hear from experts in the space world. We’ll wrap up with a viewing party on the night of the Super Moon!

No class on 10/31 (Halloween)


MON | Oct 10 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Introduction. We’ll introduce our MOOC of choice (University of Houston System’s “A Brief History of Human Space Flight”) and  Jim Remar of the Cosmosphere will visit us to talk to us about humanity’s long-held aspirations to travel the stars—the “Why?” of space flight. We’ll wrap up by watching Georges Melies’ famous film “Le Voyage Dans la Lune.” See who’s going

MON | Oct 17 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come ready to discuss last week’s homework. Then we’ll move onto a great selection of clips that give an overview of the history of spaceflight. See who’s going

MON | Oct 24 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
The Cosmosphere’s Caleb Gimar will address the “How?” of space flight. Q&A session after. See who’s going

MON | Nov 7 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
This week we’ll be watching a film about space flight. While we might not be sure which film we’ll end up showing, we guarantee it’ll be great. See who’s going

MON | Nov 14 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come watch what the world saw on June 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon. Stick around for super moon viewing party on the upper deck of the parking garage. We’ll provide the telescopes! Musicians Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers will be there to to third rock us from the sun. See who’s going



Master Gardeners: Do Something Nice Day!

On October 5th from 4pm- 5pm, the Douglas County Master Gardeners will talk about all kinds of succulents, what makes them different from other plants, and what their needs are to grow. Then, as it is “Do Something Nice Day”, we will make a planter with a succulent to give to someone as a gift. This program is for ages 8-11 and will be held in the Readers’ Theater. Please call 785-843-3833 to register.

Children’s Book Club Sets: Not Just For Kids!

Are you looking for something new and fun to read with your book club? Why not try a children’s BCIAB set! Time travel, code breaking, evil geniuses, awkward heroines, cardboard that comes to life… our collection holds a rich mix of amazing stories, characters and subjects.  We have over forty sets, including: mysteries, fantasies, graphic novels, classics and popular new titles that can inspire great discussions for readers of any age. Read More..

Skillbuilders is Back!

Skillbuilders       Fall 2016

Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before things changed? Who do I ask? How do I know what I should do? 

Skillbuilders is our annual series of programs for people going through a major life change. Regardless of age, transitions in life can cause indecision, confusion or upset. Anyone that has lost a loved one by death and are making the adjustment to a new life comes with a different perspective to changes in daily actions. Anyone who is adapting to being a single person after being a part of a couple or having taken care of a parent, finds that it is a different world. Anyone that must make adjustments to their lives because physical limitations now confine their choices or who find that aging is now making limitations on daily activites know that finding the line between “then and now” has moved. Making these changes while also grieving the life that was makes common decisions more difficult or trying. Having someone that understands from this perspective makes these transitions easier. Skillbuilders provides a comfortable, easy way to ask questions, refresh information and find a way through the maze of change.

Each Spring and Fall, area experts lead sessions on everything from cooking for one to estate planning to basic car care. There is no registration needed. All sessions are free and open to all interested persons of all ages. Come for all or only those topics that are of interest.

Transportation can be arranged by calling Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925  Refreshments are provided by Brandon Woods.

Questions are encouraged but Skillbuilders strives to be a place where those who need answers can find them without pressure. All of the speakers are local and can be contacted after the series.

Skillbuilders is held each Tuesday at 10:00am from September 20 through November 22 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.

Map of 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66047


Schedule for Fall 2016

September 20     Adjusting to Change #1: Making Transitions           Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LPL

September 27     Talking with Your Pharmacist                                       Tammi Willits — VNA-QualiCare Pharmacy

October   4           Financial Planning 101                                                   Barbara Braa —  Central Bank of the Midwest

October 11           Estate & Legal Planning                                                   Web Golden — Stevens & Brand, LLP

October 18          Stress: the good, the bad and the inevitable                Christine Jordan & Julie Baldwin — VNA

October 25          Car Care 101                                                                         Richard Haig — Westside 66 & Carwash

November  1       Cooking for 1  (food will be served!)                              Susan Johnson — Douglas County Extension Office

November   8      Personal Safety                                                                   Susan Hadl  – Lawrence Police Department (retired)

November 15      Home Care 101                                                                    Neil Gaskin — Natural Breeze Remodeling & Painting

November 22     Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays & Special Events    Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LP

Skillbuilders is co-sponsored by the library, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and Douglas County Senior Services.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, Senior Outreach Coordinator by phone at 785-843-3833, ext. 115 or via email at


Best Listeners Ever!

Reading to a sweet dog is a safe, non-threatening way for your child to practice their skills in a fun and comfortable setting.

15-minute slots are available this Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater. Register: 785-843-3833.

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Join us Monday, September 19 at 7 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of the film, Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the new season of Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture at the library.

“In a year of historic change, one town in the Heartland questions what it means to be an American. With rapidly changing demographics, longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” Visit for more.

Offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Free and open to the public.

Sponsors of this Event: The Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas African Studies Center, the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies