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Social Service League Prom & Formal Dress Giveaway

Find your one-of-a-kind prom or formal look all for absolutely free!

On Saturday, NOV 11 from 10 AM–4 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have dresses, accessories, and tons of fun!

High school and middle school students get first dibs from 10 AM–2 PM. After that, the public can have at it! Dresses are free for students with ID and available to the public for a $5 cash donation.

We are currently accepting formal wear dresses at our Welcome Desk. Please consider donating so someone can go to prom!

AARP Driving Safety Class for Folks Ages 50+

Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from refreshing their driving skills.

On Thursday–FridayNOV 16–17 from 10 AM–3 PM in Meeting Room B, come learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. Space is limited. Registration is required. There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

COST: Two-day class is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown) and $20 for non-members. Payment will be made to the instructor at the first class.

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

QUESTIONS + REGISTRATION: Connect with Pattie at 785-843-3833 x 115.

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

The librarians are in! Tune in for Kate and Polli’s favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, and updates from Lawrence Public Library and beyond.

Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

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Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist 

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:


We skipped bookish news in order to bring you a (slightly) short(er) episode!

Two Book Minimum:

Note: what Kate meant was omniscient, not omnipresent.




1.  knowing everything.
“the story is told by an omniscient narrator”


She Said/She Said: THE DILEMMA. 

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

Some notes:

“The Dilemma” — Polli’s brill blog post

“The ‘Product of Its Time’ Defense: No Excuse for Sexism and Racism” by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic (2014)

Are these books with problematic authors canon because they’re essentially better? Or do we perpetuate the canonization by continually reading/teaching them? Could they die out if we chose not to? OR NOT. IDK.


What are we up to this week? 



  • First BLACK Lawrence art exhibit (10/27) – check out the FB event for more details and stay tuned for upcoming events!
    • Movie night! 3rd Weds at Franks North Star Tavern -  7pm and 9pm (with free popcorn from Liberty Hall!) Check their Facebook page and watch for details on the 11/15 showings!
  • And? Also my birfday. (11/3)

ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th - there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Flu Shot Clinic

It’s that time of year again, and if you need one, come get one!

On Thursday, NOV 2 between 3:30–5:45 PM in the Auditorium, flu shots will be available from the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department and can be covered by insurance, check, cash or credit. Questions? Email Gwen:

Author Talk: Legendary Statistician Solves a Serial Killer Mystery

On ThursdayNOV 9 from 7-8:30 PM, celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James, along with his daughter and researcher Rachel McCarthy James, will be here to talk about their new book, The Man From the Train.

When James first learned about a string of murders between 1898 and 1912—all within walking distance from the local train station—he began to investigate others that fit the same pattern.

After sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery, and in turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. We’ll meet in the Auditorium.

Photo courtesy of The Kansas City Star


Author Visit: Charlotte Hinger

Charlotte Hinger, award winning novelist and Kansas historian, will give a presentation about her Lottie Albright mystery series.

Hinger is also the author of the historical novel, Come Spring, which won the Medicine Pipe Bearers award from Western Writers of America and was a Spur finalist. The first book in the Lottie Albright series, Deadly Descent, won the AZ Publisher’s Award for Best Mystery/Suspense. In 2016 University Press of Oklahoma published her non-fiction book Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice.

Join Ms.Hinger as she talks about her writing and her Kansas locales.  No registration is required.


All About the Book

Explore the book not simply as a container of content, but a “meaningful physical object that has shaped the way we understand the world around us.”

Starting Wednesday, NOV 8, this 4-part series focuses one of our favorite topics—books!—with insight and expertise from KU faculty and staff.

Adults and Teens welcome! Free, but registration is required for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections Tour. Questions? Email Ian:


WED | Nov 8 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Anne D Hedeman: Shaping the Medieval Illuminated Manuscript

WED | Nov 15 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Elspeth Healey: A Past You Can Touch: History of the Book in the Collections of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library

WED | Nov 29 | 7-8 PM | Auditorium
Dr. Jonathan Lamb: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: the Typographical Revolution in Retrospect


FRI | Dec 8 | 2 PM | Kenneth Spencer Research Library Special Collections
Register with Ian:

QUOTE SOURCE: Harvard University


Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Seminar

“Support for caregivers is crucial. Connecting with other people who are going through the same thing is a helpful way to share ideas and learn more,” says LMH’s Aynsley Anderson Sosinski.

On SaturdayNOV 4 from 9:30 AM–2:30 PM in our Auditorium, join Lawrence Memorial Hospital and community partners for a free multi-session seminar on the many aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

We’ll host drop-in sessions and exhibitors all day; no registration required. For more information on session times and topics, go to or contact Kathleen at


An Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease
9:30 – 10:15 AM
Dr. Robert Beck | Lawrence Neurology Specialists

Current Research into Alzheimer’s Disease
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Eric Vidoni | Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine & Assistant Director of KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Financial Considerations When Someone Has Alzheimer’s Disease
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Barbara Braa | Trust Officer, Central Bank of the Midwest

Supportive Decision-Making Skills for Patients and Caregivers
12:45 – 1:30 PM
Dana Lambert | AgeWise Advocacy and Consulting

Caring for the Caregiver
1:45 – 2:30 PM
Janet Ikenberry | Director of Health and Human Services, Douglas Co. Senior Resource Center

Diverse Dialogues Presents: Class, Race, and Marxism

On MondayOCT 30 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, join KU American Studies professors David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch, and Tony Bolden (KU African and African-American Studies professor) for a discussion around Roediger’s latest book, Class, Race, and Marxism.

Roediger’s influential work on working people who have come to identify as white has so illuminated questions of identity that its grounding in Marxism has sometimes been missed. This new volume implicitly and explicitly reminds us that his ideas, and the best studies of whiteness generally come from within the Marxist tradition.

In his historical studies of the intersections of race, settler colonialism, and slavery, in his major chapter (with Elizabeth Esch) on race and the management of labor, in his detailing of the origins of critical studies of whiteness within Marxism, and in his reflections on the history of solidarity, Roediger argues that racial divisions not only tell us about the history of capitalism but also shed light on the logic of capital (from

This event is in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

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