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AARP Driving Safety Class June 15, 2017

The next AARP Driving Safety Class will be held in Meeting Room B from 10:00am-5:00pm  on Thursday , June 15th. Please note that this is a one-day class instead of two consecutive days as in previous sessions. There will be an hour’s lunch break at Noon.

This is a refresher class that includes driving techniques, information on new laws and techniques for older drivers. Insurance discount certificates will be given to those completing both days of the class. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.  Cost is $15 for AARP members (membership must be shown), $20 for non-members. 

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

To register or for more details about the class, contact Pattie Johnston at the Library—785-843-3833 extension 115.



Spring Skillbuilders Series

Anxiety and stress can interfere with memory and the familiar, making even the easiest things harder to navigate. Help is here! Our Outreach Coordinator, Pattie, organizes a series of classes each year to help get folks back on track after a significant life change.

Due to an unexpected circumstance, the final program in this session will be MAY 9th.  The series will resume on September 12th at 10:00am at the Smith Center.

Click the image below to download the PDF and list of Tuesday Skillbuilders programming this spring.

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Dynamite Deals at DownHall Books

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library now has a storefront!

DownHall Books (aptly named for being “down the hall”) opened this week as a permanent browsing outpost for book sales.

The idea behind it is two-fold: how to address increasing storage challenges while answering requests for more book sales. In 2016, your donations helped the Friends of LPL raise a whopping $100,000 for library programs, speakers, collections, reading prizes, and more. That’s a whole lot of books, folks!

We found some prime wall space directly outside the elevator, installed shelving, and magically, the Friends’ overflow solution led to a fantastic benefit for you. Happy Browsing!

Behold the DownHall deets: 

  • Located on the Lower Level of the library
  • BY ELEVATOR: When the doors open, boom—books!
  • BY STAIRS: Our Tech Desk can point you in the right direction
  • Hardbacks are $2; soft covers are $1
  • An honor system cashbox allows for cash/check payment and donations
  • Broad selection: classics, genre fiction, bestsellers, oversized books—you name it, it’s likely there

Questions? Call or email our Friends Coordinator, Angela: 843-3833 x 149 or

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Drive-In Movie

On Friday, Mar 24 from 2-4 PM in the Auditorium, come craft a car, grab some popcorn, and watch a movie in your custom ride! Program is for Ages 5-11!

Mad Science: Up, Up, and Away!

Join us on Monday, Mar 20 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium for this spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air. This program is for Ages 5-11.


The Spring 2017 Skillbuilders programs will begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 10:00am at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. The ten-week series for anyone experiencing significant life changes, including the death of a loved one, divorce, change of location, illness or physical limitations. A variety of topics that deal with practical concerns and others that address personal issues are discussed by local speakers. Skillbuilders is intended to provide information, encouragement and support for making decisions and daily activities.
Skillbuilders is presented 10:00-11:30am on Tuesday morning, March 14-May16, 2017. No registration is required. Each program is a separate program. Attend all or only those topics of interest.
For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library 843-3833 extension 115.
Skillbuilders is presented by LPL, Visiting Nurses Association and Brandon Woods at Alvamar with sponsorship with the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County.
Spring 2017 Schedule:
March 14 Adjusting to Change #1: introduction to Skillbuilders
March 21 Feeling Fit–Exercise & You Charloote Robertson, PT at BW
March 28 Estate + Legal Planning Webster Golden, attorney at Stevens & Brand LLP
April 4 Car Care 101 Richard Haig, Westside 66 & Car Wash
April 11 Family Dynamics When LIfe Makes Changes Christina Jordan, VNA
April 18 Oh, It”s Nothing: How Transitions Affect Your Health Julie Andrews, VNA
April 25 Cooking for One (or Two) Susan Johnson, Dg.Co.Extension Office
**program will be held at the Deal Six Auditorium, Dg.Co.Fairgrounds
May 2 Financial Planning Barbara Braa, Central Bank of the Midwest
May 9 How Does Your Garden Grow
Ann Peuser, Clinton Pkwy Nursery & Garden Store
May 16 Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays and Other Events
Donna Flory, MSW (retired)

Storytime with Zapatino

On Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM in the Readers’ Theater, come and enjoy a pop-up storytime event with Ruben Zapatini from Paraguay! Enjoy stories in Spanish and English with us! This storytime is FREE and for ALL AGES!

Six Months in ’61 That Changed America Forever

Meet one of the women from the 1963 Woolworth’s Lunch Counter Sit-In that happened in Jackson, Mississippi.

Growing up in Arlington, Virginia, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland witnessed firsthand the ugly realities of segregation and racism. Vowing to ally herself with anti racists, Mulholland joined the Freedom Riders to fight against injustice. Mulholland’s social justice activism eventually led her to death row in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary.

We are honored to offer two events, in partnership with Eudora Public Library, detailing an incredible story of white allyship during the Civil Rights movement.

Film Screening: An Ordinary Hero
THU | Mar 16 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
From the website: “An Ordinary Hero” is the amazing true story of one woman’s courage to help change the world. By the time she was 19 years old, legendary Civil Rights Activists, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests she was put on death row in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penitentiary with other Freedom Riders. She was involved in one of the most famous and violent sit-ins of the Movement at the Jackson Woolworth’s lunch counter and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.

A Conversation with Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
SAT | Mar 18 | 11AM–12:30 PM | Auditorium

Representative Barbara Ballard will talk with Mulholland about her experience as a Freedom Rider and the trials she endured as a white ally.

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Visit the film’s website for more of the story.
View the official trailer:

Edible Book Challenge Call for Entries

The recipe is simple: Pick one book you love and a creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients!

Register as an individual or team: 785-843-3833 by 5 PM on FRI, March 10. Bring entries to the library between 10-11 AM on SAT, March 11.

This all-ages food challenge gives readers a chance to transform a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of the book, from puns to literal interpretations! It’s ok to play with your food!

Email Gwen at for more info.

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2017 Nutrition Carnivale

Back again and better than ever! Come one, come all to the greatest healthy eating show in Lawrence on Saturday, Mar 11 from 11 AM–1 PM at the library.

Bring your best edible book entry, catch a glimpse of The Last Carnival’s aerial acrobatics and enjoy the amazing activities and prizes, with special guest, Channel 6 News’ Stefanie Bryant as our Food Freak Show Barker!

This is one fantastic food freak show that can’t be missed. Contact Gwen at for more info.

In partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

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