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Fast Break with Kevin Willmott

MON | Jan 16 |7 PM | Auditorium

Willmott’s latest documentary tells the story of John McLendon, the first black student at the University of Kansas to earn his degree in physical education and study under Dr. James Naismith. A legendary basketball coach, McLendon was also a pioneer, supreme innovator, teacher, and consummate gentleman who not only was the first African-American coach to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, but along the way waged a successful fight to break down barriers of racial segregation in college and professional athletics. A discussion with Willmott will follow the screening. (source: theforgottencoach.com)

MLK Day of Service: What Are You Doing for Others?

Spend your day off as a “day on” with us at the Library with day-long events for all ages on Monday, Jan 16 in the LPL Lobby and Auditorium.

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, we’re hosting programs and activities in partnership with the United Way of Douglas County and AmeriCorps Kansas that highlight Dr. King’s life and work, and spark discussion around issues of civil rights, both throughout history and in our community today.


Schedule of Events

10:30 AM — Service Storytime
All ages welcome to hear Deacon Stephen Dowdell of the 9th Street Baptist Church read stories!

12 PM — Free Lunch in the Auditorium
Children and families eat free—sponsored by HyVee!

2-5 PM — Table Talks
Browse tables in the library auditorium, hosted by AmeriCorps members and community groups, designed to educate and engage you in topics such as Black inventions history, LGBTQIA issues and Muslim culture.

3 PM — Teen Program (with Snacks!)
Teens are invited to join AmeriCorps members from the United Way for a discussion and vision board activity. Meet in Meeting Room B.

7 PM — FILM SCREENING: Fast Break
A discussion with Kevin Willmott will follow the screening
Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon is a documentary about the life and legacy of coach John McLendon directed by award-winning director, Kevin Willmott. Willmott’s latest documentary tells the story of John McLendon, the first black student at the University of Kansas to earn his degree in physical education and study under Dr. James Naismith. A legendary basketball coach, McLendon was also a pioneer, supreme innovator, teacher, and consummate gentleman who not only was the first African-American coach to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, but along the way waged a successful fight to break down barriers of racial segregation in college and professional athletics. (source: theforgottencoach.com)

Women in Science with Author Rachel Ignotofsky

All ages are invited to meet celebrated author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky on Thursday, JAN 12 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium.

Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.

Full of Rachel Ignotofsky’s striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! (source: readwomeninscience.com)

Multicultural Storytime: Dominican Republic

Join us in the Readers’ Theater at 1 PM on Saturday, February 18th for a story exchange via Skype with friends from the Biblioteca Infantil y Juvenil República Dominicana in Santo DomingoWe will also learn the merengue, listen to some music, and try some snacks from the Dominican Republic.

RESCHEDULED: Magic Tree House Club

Due to weather concerns, Magic Tree House Club on Jan 14 has been rescheduled to Jan 21!

SAT | Jan 21 | 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 #6, Afternoon on the Amazon. Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

After Hours at the Library Fundraiser Featuring Mundo Nouvo

Make your reservations now for Saturday, Feb 11 at 7 PM at the Lawrence Public Library!

Inspired by our 2017 NEA Big Read selection, In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, the Library Foundation invites you to a Caribbean Carnaval de la Biblioteca.

This year’s fundraiser promises vibrant music by Mundo Nouvo, mouth-watering food and cocktails from Lawrence restaurants, and our wildly popular themed basket fundraiser.

For reservations and information, visit lplafterhours.com. Questions? Contact Kathleen Morgan.

Huge thanks to Crown Automotive and BNSF for their generous support. All proceeds benefit Lawrence Public Library.

Foundation Fundraiser Carnaval tickets

 

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Lego Robotics

On Jan 11 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater, come explore Lego Robotics with Douglas County K-State Research and Extension! Registration Required. Register at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

Library Closed for Holiday

Whether you’re staying in town or headed out for the holidays, be sure to grab a fresh stock of books for #WinterReading, plus movies and CDs before we close:

Saturday | Dec 24
Sunday | Dec 25
Monday | Dec 26

Bonus! Our eLibrary is open 24-7.

Even if you’re stuck without wi-fi, you can download plenty of eBooks, music, audiobooks—even popular magazines—before you travel (or hibernate.) Note: As the holiday lands on a weekend this year, the Library will be closed for three days instead of the typical two.

Gift Ideas for Library Fans

From helping to keep Howie in goldfish food to building our Storytime @ Home kits for young readers, the LPL Friends and Foundation Holiday Shop makes it possible to give the gift of knowledge, progress, hope, and community this season.

Grab a coffee, get cozy, and take a spin around the Holiday Shop. There’s something inside for everyone.

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From Slavery to a Free State: The Story of Maria Rogers Martin

SUN | Dec 18 | 1 PM | Auditorium

How complicated is the notion of freedom for African Americans and Native Americans living in a free state? Marla Jackson, Director and CEO, Marla Quilts Inc., and African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, explores the connection between Maria Rogers Martin and Haskell Institute student, Stakakaa. Details of Maria and Stakakaa’s lives will be shared at this public lecture, as well as at the African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy in Lawrence, through exhibit labels, Marla Quilts, Inc. website, and through social media.

This lecture is part of a Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) grant, “From Slavery to a Free State: The Story of Maria Rogers Martin.” Ms. Jackson serves as the project director.

Ms. Jackson has been researching Maria’s story since she first learned about her experiences living in Lawrence and surviving Quantrill’s raid. This is a unique story about Maria’s life and her art as a quilter. Maria’s quilts will be displayed at the Spencer Museum of Art in July 2017 as part of the National African American Quilt Conference in Lawrence. Area junior high students participating in Marla Jackson’s Beyond the Book Project worked as volunteers on this KHC project, trained in research methodologies by Ms Jackson and historian Judy Sweets. Narrative quilts made by the students reflecting on Maria’s life will also be displayed at the Spencer Museum in 2017.

 “KHC Heritage grants encourage the preservation of local cultural resources,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “This project provides us with the opportunity to learn more about the early history of our state.” The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

 

(Photo by Mike Yoder, retrieved from http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/mar/25/final-friday-preview-marla-jackson-celebrate-mothe/)