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Doing Good is Good Business

On Wednesday, Oct 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, hear local perspective on how changing the business model gives back to the community, and makes space to provide resources for those in need.

Join us for a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs bettering our community through their businesses.

The world of business is changing for the good: creating space for social entrepreneurs and others who don’t just want to earn a profit, but to do something good for other people and the planet. Building sustainability within business models can have a huge impact on the Lawrence community at large.

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Find Your Perfect Match

When you’re cruising for books, you’ll always come up a winner with your librarian as matchmaker!

Head out for a night on the town to Maceli’s, Wednesday, Nov 16 from 7-8:30 PM. Hosted by LPL’s Book Squad and Raven Bookstore staff, Book Club Speed Dating will introduce you to new and popular reads. You’ll leave with dozens of hot numbers, and a chance to reserve Book Club in a Bag titles before they’re available to the rest of the dating pool.


Located at 1031 New Hampshire, Maceli’s delicious snacks will be on hand and the bar will be open for biz. Polli’s got details: Email or call 843-3833.

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Hamiltunes for Hamilteens!

Teens—quick—download the soundtrack to the musical for free and get ready for the ultimate sing-off with your fellow Hamilton fans this Friday, Oct 21 from 7-10 PM in the Auditorium.

We’ll kick things off with a Hamilton sing-along with trivia, feather penmanship, and snacks. Then, it’s watch party time! We’ll join the rest of the country for the national premier of PBS’ Hamilton documentary with 15 minutes of footage from the actual Broadway show.

See you there—bring your besties!

All-ages Monster Art Hunt

Villagers have captured Frankenstein’s monster and torn him to pieces, spreading his parts all over downtown!

It’s your job to put him back together again before he appears in the Lawrence Art Center’s production of Frankenstein.

From October 14–29, grab a scavenger hunt map at the Library Welcome Desk and hit the streets in search of the monster’s “body parts.”

Prizes include a coupon for $5 off a ticket to see Frankenstein, swim pass (for 5-18 year olds), and a chance to win tickets to Science City or the Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station in KC!

Offered in partnership with the Lawrence Art Center

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Spooky Science

Looking for SpooOooky Halloween fun? On Wednesday, October 6 from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have a mad scientist performing experiments, make our own goo, and create spooky (and tasty) crafts! Free fun for all ages!

The Internet’s Own Boy: An Urgent Heartbreaker

“Moving and maddening in almost equal measure.”

How are social justice and the economics of information access intertwined?

Meet us in the Library Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct 25 from 6-8:30 PM for a film screening about what we lose when we are, “tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.” Stay for a discussion about open access to scholarly research led by Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communications Librarian at KU.

ABOUT THE FILM: The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy, information activist, and internet celebrity Aaron Swartz, and a two-year legal battle that ended with him taking his own life at the age of 26.

From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a legal nightmare. (Source:

Co-sponsored by the KU Libraries Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright

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DIY Home Repair with Linda Cottin

Winter will be here soon enough!

To help get you ready and save some money, Linda from Cottin’s Hardware will be here on Wednesday, Oct 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM with tips and tricks for weatherizing your home for the upcoming season. Meet up in the Library Auditorium.

Linda Cotton is Lawrence’s “Fix It Chick”. She and her husband, Tom, own and operate Cottin’s Hardware and Linda writes the Fix It Chick column for the Lawrence Journal World.

Image courtesy of Cottin’s Hardware.


New Series Explores Widely Debated Topics

We’ve teamed up with Kansas Public Radio to talk about some of the big issues making headlines in Lawrence.

Points Of View kicks off on Thursday, Oct 20 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium with Kansas Public Radio News Director, J. Schafer, moderating a community discussion surrounding Kansas’ permit free, concealed carry law.

We’ll look at the the different perspectives surrounding this controversial interpretation of the second amendment with Professor Thomas Stacy from the KU Law School, who will discuss his opposition to guns on campus.

This partnership program is the first in a series of widely debated topics with Kansas Public Radio. Together we plan to present two different sides of each issue.

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Meet A Rising Star

When author Nathan Hill was recently compared to John Irving, Irving compared him to Dickens. This guy and his debut novel are something else, and he’s coming to the Library Auditorium on Monday, Oct 24, from 7:30–9 PM!

Hill’s debut novel weaves a multi-generational tale involving political unrest, family betrayal, and redemption. Booklist hails The Nix as “engrossing, skewering, and preternaturally timely tale beside the novels of Tom Wolfe, John Irving, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon. . . . Hill takes aim at hypocrisy, greed, misogyny, addiction, and vengeance with edgy humor and deep empathy in a whiplashing mix of literary artistry and compulsive readability.”

The Raven will be selling books, so you can grab one for Nathan to sign.

To see who else is coming and what they’re saying about it, check out our Facebook event!

AARP Driving Class

The library will again host the AARP Driving Safety Class (formerly 55 Alive) on Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18. The class will be held each day from 10:00am-3:00pm in Meeting Room B. This refresher class will provide tips and techniques for older drivers and updates on current state and federal laws. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The class is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Those completing the two day course will receive a certificate for insurance discounts. 

To register for the class or to inquire about the class, contact PATTIE JOHNSTON at the library,  785-843-3833 extension 115.

***THIS CLASS IS FULL. Due to space limitations, no further registrations can be taken. This will be the last class offered in 2016. Please check after January 1 for the 2017 schedule of classes.