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Summer School Party!

Saturday, June 1, 10 am to noon, in the Library parking lot, we’re formally kicking off summer with the Library’s own version of “Summer School”.

No more homework, no more text books, just experts from around town to teach you some fun DIY.  Want to know how to change a tire?   Sing the new KU Fight song? Sink the perfect putt? Learn gardening, make art with dead fish, speak in a foreign language, play the fiddle, and lots of other cool things. We are partnering with tons of awesome community organizations to teach you some fun new skills to show off to your friends. Check out the full list of activities here.

In case of rain, come over to the Hobbs Taylor Lofts, just south of the Library.

Special thanks to Douglas County Community Foundation and Kansas Health Foundation for their support of the library and summer reading.

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Closed for Staff In-Service

The library will be closed this Friday, May 3, for staff training.  We will reopen Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

If you would like to return an item while we are closed, book drops can be located outside of Checkers, both Hy-Vee locations, and here at the library.  Each book drop is now equipped to accept all material types, including CDs and DVDs.  If you’d prefer to hang on to your item for an additional day, please feel free to do so, as no items will be due (and no overdue fines will be assessed) on days that we are closed.

Good books. Good prices. Great cause.

It’s almost time for another legendary Friends of the Library book sale! Because of library construction, the sale will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. While the space might be different, the bargains will be the same – thousands of books, audiobooks, dvds, and more at great prices.  If you’d like to get first crack at all the great deals, just become a member of the Friends and you can get in the first night.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE

DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, Bldgs 1 and 2

Thursday, April 25, 4 pm – 8 pm (Members Night)

Friday, April 26, 10 am – 6 p

Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, April 28, 12 noon – 6 pm (Half Price Day)

 

Computer Classes are Back in Session

Technology moves so fast these days, that it’s easy to let important tools pass you by.  We want to get you back up to speed with Computer Classes @ Lawrence Public Library!  Whether you are interested in connecting with friends and family through social media, or if you want to punch up your resume by learning workplace software – we have a class that’s right for you.  Our technology courses are perfect for beginners, but can also be a great place for seasoned users to ask a few questions or learn cool new tricks.   And the best part is – the Computer Classes are absolutely free!

Each class will last for one hour, and seating is limited so it’s important to register in advance.  To contact us, please call 843-1178 or email Lynn Koenig at lkoenig@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

(May class dates were originally listed on Thursdays. These classes will now be offered on Tuesdays. The Computer Troubleshooting class originally listed will not be offered in May.)

Upcoming classes:

Introduction to Excel Part I
Thrusday, April 11—7pm

An introduction to Microsoft’s spreadsheet application commonly used for statistical and financial needs.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

Introduction to Excel Part II
Thursday, April 18—7pm

A continuation of the skills learned in  “Introduction to Excel Part I”.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Thursday, April 25—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

Introduction to Facebook
Tuesday, May 7—7pm

Get started on the web’s most popular social networking site, Facebook.  Learn how to establish an account, edit your personal information, find friends, and control content and privacy settings.  Participants must have a valid email address and be familiar with the web.

Googley Goodies
Tuesday, May 14—7pm

Chances are you’ve used Google to search the internet, but did you know they offer a great free alternative to Microsoft Office?  If not, this class is for you.  Our resident Technology Assistant gives you a guided tour of useful Google sites and services.

Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 21—7pm

Get started with Microsoft’s word processing software.  Learn how to format a document, enter and edit text, save and manage files, and more!  Basic computer skills are needed for this class.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Tuesday, May 28—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

April Fools

Get your laughs at a premium as a truckload of Lawrence comedy icons gather together at the Jackpot Music Hall for three rounds of head-to-head, no holds barred, Lawrence-themed sketch comedy mayhem. Your opinion could be taken into consideration for once by being selected for the judges’ panel via an edge-of-your-seat raffle drawing. Those special few selected will decide which of the two competing teams will claim the title “April Fool” and more importantly where the grand prize, a charitable donation of 200 ducats will be given. Collect mountains of door prize swag and laugh your pants off as Lawrence Magazine and Lawrence Public Library bring you the next installment of the About Lawrence series.

Here are the deets:

-There is no cover charge

-As this is an “anything goes” grudge match and is being held in a venue that serves alcoholic beverages, we ask that no one under the age of 18 show up without a legal guardian

-Seating will be limited and not guaranteed

-The location for this event is the Jackpot Music Hall located at 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

- See a list of participating fools here…

April Fools!

Get your laughs at a premium as a truckload of Lawrence comedy icons gather together at the Jackpot Music Hall for 3 rounds of head-to-head, no holds barred, Lawrence-themed, sketch mayhem. Your opinion could be taken into consideration for once by being selected for the judges’ panel via an edge-of-your-seat raffle drawing. Those special few selected will decide which of the two competing teams will claim the title “April Fool” and more importantly where the grand prize, a charitable donation of 200 ducats will be given. Collect mountains of door prize swag and laugh your pants off as Lawrence Magazine and Lawrence Public Library bring you the next installment of the About Lawrence… series.

Performers include: Mike Anderson (Host of Channel 6’s “TheNot So Late Show”), Will Averill (That guy
from FYIFK), Barry Barnes(Washboard musician extraordinaire and Zumba instructor), Matt Gaus(Co‐
Creator of “Loaded for Bear”), Monica Greenwood (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”),
Jacqueline Grunau (Co‐Founder of “Underthe Table”), Emily Lowrance‐Floyd (Co‐Creator of “Loaded
for Bear”), Peter Lyrene, Jay Maus, Chris Nelson (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”), Ed
Parker, Kitty Steffens (from“Loaded for Bear” and “Victor Continental”), October Strange, Vintage
Players (Theatre Lawrence’sroaming senior comedy squad) and The Travelers (A division of Theatre
Lawrence.)

Here are the deets:

-There is no cover charge

-As this is an “anything goes” grudge match and is being held in a venue that serves alcoholic beverages, we ask that no one under the age of 18 show up without a legal guardian

-Seating will be limited and not guaranteed

-The Location for this event is the Jackpot Music Hall located at 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

Show us your pièce de résistance!

If you’ve ever thought that reading is delicious, than this event is for you! We invite all ages to create an edible work of art based on the form, title, or content of a book. Bring your masterpiece to the library on the morning of April 6 and take part in our first ever Edible Book Festival. Participants and casual viewers will get the chance to vote on their favorites and prizes will be awarded!

Edible Books Festival 
Saturday, April 6
10:00 am-12:00 pm

To enter the Edible Books Festival as an individual or a team, call 785-843-3833 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5.  Entries must be brought to the library between 9:00-10:00 am on Saturday, April 6 along with the inspiring book or picture of the book. No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote for your favorites. Stop by and check them out!

If you want to double up on your chances at winning, enter your creation to The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Edible Book Festival held on the evening of Friday, April 5. This is their 7th year creating edible works of art. Check out their Flickr collection for past entries and inspiration.

For more information about the international phenomenon of edible books, please visit  www.Books2eat.com.

 

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Candy Creations

The spring break fun continues with Candy Creations! Express your creativity and satisfy your sweet tooth. We invite you to play with your food today and make art out of delicious, delicious candy. Prizes will be awarded for the top three fan favorites.

 

When: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Teen Zone/Event Space

 

Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. No registration required. Questions? Call (785) 843-3833 or email teenzone@lawrencepubliclibrary.org.

Teen March Madness Bracket Contest Begins March 17, Win an iPod Nano!

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a week away, which means that the Teen Zone’s March Madness Bracket Challenge is nearly here.  Even more exciting, the top Teen Zone Bracketologist will win an iPod Nano!

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Warrior? Prophet? Terrorist?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and noted author Tony Horwitz is coming to Lawrence! Together with the Lawrence Public Library Foundation and Crown Automotive, we are thrilled to sponsor this special guest as part of the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence year-long observance of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid. Join us on Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 pm at Liberty Hall for this free event. Mr. Horwitz will be joined on stage by KU Professor of History Jonathan Earle for a lively discussion about John Brown, his life, and his legacy. Mr. Horwitz is the author of several best-selling books, including his most recent, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. The Raven Bookstore will be selling copies of Mr. Horwitz’s books at the event.  We expect a big crowd for this event, so plan on coming early. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.