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Priscilla Howe: Hopping on one Foot! Story Stretches, Songs, and Silliness

THU | Jul 7 | 11 AM-12 PM & 2-3 PM | All Ages | Auditorium

Storyteller Priscilla Howe pulls out her favorite ridiculous story stretches, songs and silliness for a rollicking good time at the library. Of course Priscilla will have some help (or hindrance?) from her hand puppet buddies.

Kidsapalooza: Quantum Camp for Kids

WED | Jul 6 | 2-3 PM | Ages 5-6 | Auditorium

What is an electron anyway? Can tiny particles stay in touch without touching? Our special guest Jenny Nielsen from KU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will guide us in easy but mind-blowing activities and games that explore the workings of our quantum universe.

Microscopy and Water Treatment

On Wednesday, July 6 at 7 PM in the Auditorium, Renée Whaley will take us on a microscopic, visual tour of the water treatment process.

See who’s going!

Renée is both a photographer of tiny life forms and graduate of the University of Kansas where she studied philosophy.

She currently works for the City of Lawrence Utilities Department, is a state-certified water and wastewater operator, and maintains a fascinating micro-blog about microscopy (

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An Evening with Author Patrick Dobson

Join us Thursday, July 7 at 7 PM in our Auditorium for tales from a fantastic book about the healing powers of nature. Kansas City author, Patrick Dobson, author, quit his job and walked 1,450 miles to Helena, Montana. There he got in a canoe and rode the Missouri river back home. This transcendental travelogue, Canoeing the Great Plains, recounts the author’s transformation, with nature as the catalyst. See who’s going!

Finding Funding for Your Film

Join us Monday, June 27 from 7-8 PM in the Sound + Vision Studio for an overview of how filmmakers can use crowdfunding sites like kickstarter and indiegogo to raise money for their projects.

We’ll also introduce you to the Foundation Network database of grants and the Small Business Reference Center.

Library Closed for Holiday

Just a heads up that LPL will be closed SUN July 3–MON July 4. We’ll be back bright and early TUE, July 5 at 9 AM.

Be safe, stay cool, and keep that potato salad out of the sun.

Press Start to Join

For two straight hours this Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 PM, we’re showcasing a panorama of vintage “local-multiplayer” favorites and modern classic video games.

Take a break from the heat and come dig the classic version of “multiplayer” gaming with us. All ages welcome in the Library Auditorium.

Draw Along

THU | Jun 30 | 11 AM-12 PM & 2-4 PM | Ages 5+ | Auditorium

During this hilariously engaging “draw along” art program, your kiddos, family, and friends will complete three refrigerator-ready pictures using elementary art educator Kyle Tiernan’s unique, fail safe approach to teaching kids to draw. You’ll see your children’s artistic self-confidence soar!


Kidsapalooza: Lawrence Arts Center

WED | Jun 29 | 2-3 PM | Ages 5-6 | Auditorium

The Lawrence Arts Center offers an array of arts classes and camps for kids of all ages. For this Kidsapalooza meetup, LAC educators will give us a taste of what they have to offer. Registration required. Call (785) 843-3833 or register in person at the Children’s Desk.


Fitness Fridays: Tai Chi for Life

It’s week four of our free workouts on the library lawn.

At 7 AM this Friday, July 1, learn the basics of this graceful, low-impact exercise through a series of slow-motion movements. Not only will your body benefit from improved strength and coordination, your mind will benefit from the focused, meditative movements of this popular martial art.

In partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.