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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week + Storywalk

From November 13–19, we’re celebrating the importance of reading in the lives of young Kansans with special storytimes at the library and a downtown Lawrence Storywalk©.

This year’s Storytime pick is Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and we’ll read it at every Storytime.

Special events include a Storytime visit from KSHB weatherman, Gary Lezak, and his dog Sunny on Tuesday, Nov 15, and an all-ages walk down Mass Street.

Grab a Storywalk© map at the Children’s Desk, look for pages of Bear Sees Colors in various businesses, then return your map for entry into a prize drawing at the end of the week!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

AARP Driving Safety Class

The Driving Safety class scheduled for November 17 & 18 is FULL.

No further registrations will be taken due to space limitations.

More classes will be offered in 2017. Please check back after January 1 for a complete schedule of the classes.

AARP Safe Driving Class

The driver safety class to be held on Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18 is FULL.  No further registrations will be taken for the class.

The library will host classes next year. Please check back after January 1st for the complete schedule of 2017 classes.


Kids in the Kitchen

Registration required, space is limited: 785-843-3833. Kids in the Kitchen is a three-week curriculum starting on Monday, November 14 in which the children will safely create and sample delicious recipes, learning about safety, nutrition, and food choices. All classes will be held in the Readers’ Theater from 4- 5:30 PM. Please register for all three classes and fill out an allergy info sheet. The class cannot accept new attendees after the 1st week of the program. This program is made possible by Harvester’s.


Together with the Strengthening Families network, we are hosting BLOCK Fest in the Auditorium on Saturday, November 12. This is a day for parents and kids aged 8 months-8 years to come together for a session of playing with blocks, education about child development, and info about how children learn science and math concepts. No registration is necessary. Two sessions will be held in the AM: 9:30- 10:30 AM and 11AM- 12PM.

Camp-in with the Girl Scouts!

Come hear Miss Linda read some campfire tales, enjoy a s’mores snack, and make a craft all with a camping theme on Thursday, November 10 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium! Event is free, but register at 843-3833.

The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table with Frank & Jayni Carey

TUE | Nov 1 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Learn about the recipes and the stories behind them. Nearly thirty years ago, cooking team Frank and Jayni Carey (of Jayni’s Kitchen) gave us The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland, a classic, much-loved volume chronicling the state’s favorite recipes and food traditions. Now they’re back with The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table, a look at modern and innovative foodways straight from their kitchen in the heart of the Midwest. Sourced from the publisher, University Press of Kansas.

The Raven Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of their book, and artist Louis Copt, the illustrator, will be selling prints of his work (they will make excellent holiday gifts for the prairie foodie in your life!).

Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture: Stamped from the Beginning

Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.

Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.

The Raven Book Store will be selling books for Dr. Kendi to sign.

In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.

​Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.

Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.

He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.

Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.

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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