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SAT | Apr 30 | 9:30-10:30 & 11-12 PM | Auditorium

Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting a BLOCK Fest. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to come together for a session of playing with blocks, education about child development, and info about how children learn science and math concepts. No pre-registration is necessary. Two sessions will be held in the AM.

2016 May Calendar

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Drawing the Line: Comics for Social Change

SUN | Apr 17 | 5 PM | Auditorium

Using examples of their recent publishing project, “Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back!”, this presentation will focus on the benefits of using comic books to talk social justice – from marginalized histories to modern-day experiences of sexism, from political satire of the powerful, to the do’s and don’t's of being an ally, comics offer a unique capacity to engage, inform, and entertain.

Family Mindfulness

WED | Apr 27 | 6-7 PM | Auditorium

What is mindfulness? How can it fit into school and family life? We’ll talk about these questions and do some mindful activities with our guide, Melissa Arthur! Registration is limited. Please call 843-3833 to register.

Image from The Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli. Check it out!

Poetry in Motion

WED | Apr 20 | 4-5 PM | Auditorium

Come on let’s dance! Lawrence Arts Center dance instructor, Ellie Goudie-Averill, will get us moving to the rhythm of words. Use your creativity to create new poems and dances! Register at 843-3833.

Edible Book Festival Call for Entries

It’s a simple recipe.

1 book you love
1 creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients

What’s an “edible book”?

Check these out.

All ages are welcome to participate in transforming a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of your book, from puns to literal interpretations.


  • FRI | Apr 22 — Register as an individual or a team at 785-843-3833 by 5 PM
  • SAT | Apr 23 — Bring entries between 9-11 AM to the Auditorium
  • No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote

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Local Musicians + Music Industry Meet-Up

Join our Sound+Vision Studio‘s Ed Rose and the MixMaster2016 crew for two days of info, connections, collaboration, and showcasing of some of the best local talent that the Lawrence and Kansas City region has to offer.

This music community event brings local artists and music industry professionals together to share ideas and sounds.

Check out the line-up for Friday’s Production Workshops and Saturday’s Panels + Workshops.

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Magic Tree House Club

SAT | Apr 16 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Readers’ Theater

It’s the Jack and Annie fan club! Join us for crafts and fun with a historical twist about book #26, Good Morning, Gorillas. Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

Multicultural Storytime: Haitian/Creole

SAT | Apr 16 | Choctaw | 10:30-11 AM | Readers’ Theater

Stories and songs with guest presenters highlight a featured language or culture!


Celebration + Thanks Parade!

TUE | Apr 12 | 5 PM | Library Lawn

National Library Week is April 10-16 and we’re rallying library supporters for a walk to City Hall to say “thank you” for our wonderful library!

As if it couldn’t get any better, Michael and Morris the Monkey from our ridiculously popular Toddler Storytime will play music for our stroll! So, wear your library t-shirt, make a sign telling the City why you love your library, and we’ll provide the flags (red with white dots, of course!) Once we arrive at City Hall, there will be a brief, 5-minute presentation of the library’s annual report and a proclamation from our Mayor.

Help rally support with our Facebook event!

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Join us and bring friends!

5:00 PM — Assemble on the Library Lawn
5:15 PM — Parade walk begins with Michael & Morris
5:35 PM — Arrive at City Hall (Cheers! ♥)
5:45 PM — Proclamation kick-off with Mayor Mike Amyx

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