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Library Closed Sunday April 16

In observance of the Easter holiday, we’ll be closed SUN, Apr 16.

Tanner Colby: Some of My Best Friends are Black

On Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM, Tanner Colby and Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African American Studies at KU, will talk about Colby’s book, Some of My Best Friends are Black at Plymouth Congregational Church. They will explore the endemic problems of segregation and racism that still affect our country, “where equality is the law, but actual integration is hard to find.” A book signing will follow Colby’s talk and the Raven Book Store  will sell copies of his book. In partnership with Freedom’s Frontier, Johnson County Library, the Langston Hughes Center at KU, and Plymouth Congregational Church.

Don’t Drive Your Jet Ski in the Dark: The Wisdom of DJ Khaled

If you listen to much Top 40 radio, you’re already familiar with DJ Khaled; even if you can’t quite connect his name to a particular song or face, there’s likely some liminal awareness. Just close your eyes and think of the times a moment of transition static has been torn through with the bombastic roar of “DEE JAY KHA-LED” just as a beat starts playing. Read More..

Maggie Herrington’s Lawrence

What was life like for kids in Lawrence 150 years ago? Find out on Wednesday, April 12 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Come explore the world of Maggie Herrington, a real girl whose journal is the inspiration for this hands-on history program from the Watkins Museum. Program is for ages 7-11.

Magic Tree House Club

It’s the Jack and Annie fan club! We’re meeting on Saturday, April 8 from 3:30- 4:30 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Join us for crafts and fun with a historical twist about book #45, A Crazy Day with Cobras. Program is for ages 5-8! Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

Preschool Fair

Interested in finding out more about local preschools, center, and home-based preschool programs? Come to our Preschool Fair on Saturday, April 8 from 9 AM- 12 PM in the Auditorium. Meet with local child care programs to learn about their curriculum, rates, hours, and more! Sponsored by Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas.

Families + Autism: A Research Update

KU Autism researchers, Doctors Nancy Brady and Steve Warren from the University of Kansas’ Lifespan Institute, will be here to talk about issues affecting teens and their families on MON, Mar 27 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Bring your questions and learn more about recent developments in this field of study.

For more info, email Gwen at ggeigerwolfe@lplks.orgNOTE: This is incorrectly listed in our March paper calendar as THU, Mar 27.


Let’s Flock Together!

Beginning WED, Apr 5 at 7 PM, right in the thick of spring migration, we’ll spend the month learning some local birding basics from some of the best birders in the field!

Throughout this 4-part series, we’ll divide our time between the library and a living laboratory—the Baker Wetlands. For more info, email Jake:

All ages welcome!

Birding Basics: Part 1
WED | Apr 5 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
Birds up close, with Prairie Park Nature Center. Get a good look at some live birds!

Birding Basics: Part 2
WED | Apr 19 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
The Jayhawk Audubon Society will teach you how to be a better bird watcher.

Birding Basics: Part 3
SUN | Apr 23 | 7 AM | Baker Wetlands
Rise and shine! Go birding with Dr. Roger Boyd and the Jayhawk Audubon Society in one of the best locations around.

Birding Basics: Part 4
WED | Apr 26 | 7 PM | Library Auditorium
The History and Future of the Baker Wetlands, with Dr. Roger Boyd, Baker Wetlands Education Coordinator.

AARP Driving Safety Class June 15, 2017

The next AARP Driving Safety Class will be held in Meeting Room B from 10:00am-5:00pm  on Thursday , June 15th. Please note that this is a one-day class instead of two consecutive days as in previous sessions. There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

This is a refresher class that includes driving techniques, information on new laws and techniques for older drivers. Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.  Cost is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown), $20 for non-members. 

Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage at the cost of $1 for the day or streetside metered parking is available around the library.

To register or for more details about the class, contact Pattie Johnston at the Library—785-843-3833 extension 115.



Spring Skillbuilders Series

Anxiety and stress can interfere with memory and the familiar, making even the easiest things harder to navigate. Help is here! Our Outreach Coordinator, Pattie, organizes a series of classes each year to help get folks back on track after a significant life change.

Due to an unexpected circumstance, the final program in this session will be MAY 9th.  The series will resume on September 12th at 10:00am at the Smith Center.

Click the image below to download the PDF and list of Tuesday Skillbuilders programming this spring.

2017_Skillbuilders_Handout Spring Series