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Magic Tree House Club

SAT | Oct 8 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Ages 5-8 | Readers’ Theater 

It’s the Jack and Annie fan club! Join us for crafts and fun with a historical twist about book #18, Buffalo Before Breakfast. Register for clubs at the children’s desk or call 785-843-3833.

MOOC Mondays—The History of Human Space Flight

Who’s ready for Space School?! Adults and teens, join your fellow space junkies on Monday nights from Oct 10–Nov 14 for a 5-part MOOC (massive, open, online class) about space!

Free, but registration required: 785-843-3833

Inspired by last month’s conversation with the International Space Station, we’ll look at an interesting and entertaining slice of space history. From early musings about our fascination with space through the early Russian and American space stations, we’ll view amazing footage and hear from experts in the space world. We’ll wrap up with a viewing party on the night of the Super Moon!

No class on 10/31 (Halloween)


MON | Oct 10 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Introduction. We’ll introduce our MOOC of choice (University of Houston System’s “A Brief History of Human Space Flight”) and  Jim Remar of the Cosmosphere will visit us to talk to us about humanity’s long-held aspirations to travel the stars—the “Why?” of space flight. We’ll wrap up by watching Georges Melies’ famous film “Le Voyage Dans la Lune.” See who’s going

MON | Oct 17 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come ready to discuss last week’s homework. Then we’ll move onto a great selection of clips that give an overview of the history of spaceflight. See who’s going

MON | Oct 24 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
The Cosmosphere’s Caleb Gimar will address the “How?” of space flight. Q&A session after. See who’s going

MON | Nov 7 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
This week we’ll be watching a film about space flight. While we might not be sure which film we’ll end up showing, we guarantee it’ll be great. See who’s going

MON | Nov 14 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come watch what the world saw on June 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon. Stick around for super moon viewing party on the upper deck of the parking garage. We’ll provide the telescopes! Musicians Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers will be there to to third rock us from the sun. See who’s going



Master Gardeners: Do Something Nice Day!

On October 5th from 4pm- 5pm, the Douglas County Master Gardeners will talk about all kinds of succulents, what makes them different from other plants, and what their needs are to grow. Then, as it is “Do Something Nice Day”, we will make a planter with a succulent to give to someone as a gift. This program is for ages 8-11 and will be held in the Readers’ Theater. Please call 785-843-3833 to register.

Children’s Book Club Sets: Not Just For Kids!

Are you looking for something new and fun to read with your book club? Why not try a children’s BCIAB set! Time travel, code breaking, evil geniuses, awkward heroines, cardboard that comes to life… our collection holds a rich mix of amazing stories, characters and subjects.  We have over forty sets, including: mysteries, fantasies, graphic novels, classics and popular new titles that can inspire great discussions for readers of any age. Read More..

Skillbuilders is Back!

Skillbuilders       Fall 2016

Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before things changed? Who do I ask? How do I know what I should do? 

Skillbuilders is our annual series of programs for people going through a major life change. Regardless of age, transitions in life can cause indecision, confusion or upset. Anyone that has lost a loved one by death and are making the adjustment to a new life comes with a different perspective to changes in daily actions. Anyone who is adapting to being a single person after being a part of a couple or having taken care of a parent, finds that it is a different world. Anyone that must make adjustments to their lives because physical limitations now confine their choices or who find that aging is now making limitations on daily activites know that finding the line between “then and now” has moved. Making these changes while also grieving the life that was makes common decisions more difficult or trying. Having someone that understands from this perspective makes these transitions easier. Skillbuilders provides a comfortable, easy way to ask questions, refresh information and find a way through the maze of change.

Each Spring and Fall, area experts lead sessions on everything from cooking for one to estate planning to basic car care. There is no registration needed. All sessions are free and open to all interested persons of all ages. Come for all or only those topics that are of interest.

Transportation can be arranged by calling Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925  Refreshments are provided by Brandon Woods.

Questions are encouraged but Skillbuilders strives to be a place where those who need answers can find them without pressure. All of the speakers are local and can be contacted after the series.

Skillbuilders is held each Tuesday at 10:00am from September 20 through November 22 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.

Map of 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66047


Schedule for Fall 2016

September 20     Adjusting to Change #1: Making Transitions           Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LPL

September 27     Talking with Your Pharmacist                                       Tammi Willits — VNA-QualiCare Pharmacy

October   4           Financial Planning 101                                                   Barbara Braa —  Central Bank of the Midwest

October 11           Estate & Legal Planning                                                   Web Golden — Stevens & Brand, LLP

October 18          Stress: the good, the bad and the inevitable                Christine Jordan & Julie Baldwin — VNA

October 25          Car Care 101                                                                         Richard Haig — Westside 66 & Carwash

November  1       Cooking for 1  (food will be served!)                              Susan Johnson — Douglas County Extension Office

November   8      Personal Safety                                                                   Susan Hadl  – Lawrence Police Department (retired)

November 15      Home Care 101                                                                    Neil Gaskin — Natural Breeze Remodeling & Painting

November 22     Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays & Special Events    Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LP

Skillbuilders is co-sponsored by the library, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and Douglas County Senior Services.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, Senior Outreach Coordinator by phone at 785-843-3833, ext. 115 or via email at


Best Listeners Ever!

Reading to a sweet dog is a safe, non-threatening way for your child to practice their skills in a fun and comfortable setting.

15-minute slots are available this Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 AM in the Readers’ Theater. Register: 785-843-3833.

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Join us Monday, September 19 at 7 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of the film, Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the new season of Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture at the library.

“In a year of historic change, one town in the Heartland questions what it means to be an American. With rapidly changing demographics, longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” Visit for more.

Offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Free and open to the public.

Sponsors of this Event: The Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas African Studies Center, the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Winners Revealed and Collecting Begins!

Celebrate your freedom to read all week by collecting a new Banned Book Trading Card each day at the Welcome Desk.

The 2016 edition includes an unprecedented 8th card! Here’s the release schedule:

We had 8 stunning finalists, so we made an exception this year to add a BONUS CARD!

BBTC 2016 winners

SUN, 9/25/16
Two Boys Kissing | (Lana Grove)

MON, 9/26/16
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | (Charley Forsyth)

TUE, 9/27/16
The Jungle | (Tyler Jones)

WED, 9/28/16
The Color Purple | (Charlotte Pemberton)

THU, 9/29/16
Annie on My Mind | (Myka Small)

FRI, 9/30/16
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | (Anne Patterson)

SAT, 10/1/16 — Special Double Feature
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | (Ursula Minor)
A People’s History of the United States | (Dave Loewenstein)

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Reading is essential for democracy and intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

How can you fight censorship?

1. Attend our 5th Annual Banned Books Trading Card Reveal Party on Friday, September 23.

2. Collect all 7 2016 Banned Book Trading Cards at the Welcome Desk—a new one revealed each day from 9/25–10/1!

3. Explore these recently challenged books from 2015:

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  • The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  • Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  • Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

4. Explore these.

5. Get involved.



Star Wars Reads Day

On Saturday, October 1st, bring your best Wookie yell and celebrate all things Star Wars! We’re kicking things off at 2pm and festivities will last ’til 4pm in the Auditorium. We’ll perform Jedi mind tricks, create lightsabers, and more for our 5th annual event! Free + All Ages!