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Exploratorium: LEGO Build-a-thon!

Join us on Monday, June 12 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have a number of LEGO building challenges ready for you to test your skills! Matt Lord, the leader of LPL’s Lego Club, will join us for this LEGO-tastic program! Program is for ages 7-11. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Keep It Moving with H3TV

We have an action packed performance on Thursday, June 15 at 11 AM and 2 PM in the Auditorium! It  includes music, dance contest, magic, live animals, audience participation, Do It Now segment, and lots of FUN! Award winning entertainment provided by Rapping Roy & Reggie Regg the Magic Man. TWO FREE SHOWS! ALL AGES!

Fitness Sampler Classes Every Friday on the Lawn

Back by popular demand, we’ve teamed up with area fitness instructors and gyms to bring you something new to add to your workout routine.

Every Friday through July 28, we’ll meet from 7-8 AM (before it gets unbearably hot!) for an hour of community exercise. We’ll provide water—just bring a towel so you don’t get chiggers from the grass.

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Free Lunch All Summer for Kids + Teens!

Through the Lawrence Summer Food Program, kids ages 1-18 can enjoy a FREE lunch on the Library Lawn. Adults won’t be left out! They can also eat a healthy meal for $3.50. No tickets or sign ups required. Just show up at noon Monday–Friday through August 4.

This program is sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, City of Lawrence Parks & Recreation, K-State Research & Extension-Douglas County, Lawrence Public Schools Food Service Program, Just Food, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence DG CO Health Dept., Lawrence Housing Authority, and LiveWell Lawrence

Book Squad Podcast 006: Parable of the Sower vs 1984, I Am Not Your Negro and more – BONUS EDITION

P 6: Parable of the Sower vs 1984, I Am Not Your Negro and more – BONUS EDITION

(We got a little wordy in this one!)


Two Book Minimum:

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Bestiary (Poems) by Donika Kelly

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Some of My Best Friends are Black by Tanner Colby


She Said / She Said:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.

Why not read 1984?

“Parable Of The Sower – Not 1984 – Is The Dystopia For Our Age”
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A little piece of Poetry:

Polli read Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy by Thomas Lux, which was share by Poet Laureate of Kansas Eric McHenry


This episode was produced by Nick Carswell at AudioReader.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Film + Discussion: Gender Revolution

Follow Katie Couric through the journey that is our blossoming definition of gender and identity.

Join us Thursday, June 8 from 7-9 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Lawrence Public Library is a safe environment to learn more, ask questions, and expand your knowledge base about the complexities of gender identity. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presenters

An Sasala (they/them) is a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies graduate student at KU. An studies transgender/non-binary identities and issues in relation to race, gender, sexuality, class, and robots and volunteers with the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project.

Megan Williams (she/her) is the KU Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity’s program coordinator. Meg earned her PhD in American Studies from KU. To her position at the Emily Taylor Center, Meg brings over a decade of experience teaching women, gender, and sexuality studies to undergraduates at KU and Johnson County Community College in Kansas and at Skidmore College and The College of Saint Rose in Upstate NY.

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Wings of Love

Jayhawks aren’t the only basketball playing birds! Come see for yourself on Thursday, June 8 at 11 AM and 2 PM in the Auditorium! See the Midwest’s ONLY performing bird show! Endangered parrots, the largest type of owl in the world, a curly-crested toucan, even a bird that talks and/or sings! You’ll see a bird ride a bicycle, play basketball (not nearly as great as KU), and other amazing things. TWO FREE SHOWS! ALL AGES!

Kidsapalooza: LKPD & Me

Join us on Wednesday, June 7 from 2- 3 PM in the Auditorium, Lawrence Police Officers will talk to us about teamwork, share some info on being an officer and talk about how they help build a better world by working in our community! Kidsapalooza is for ages 5-6! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Children’s Desk.

Exploratorium: Fingerprints and Firefighters!

We’ll kick off Exploratorium by visiting with the police and fire department on Monday, June 5 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium! We’ll explore fingerprints, test our observational skills, take a tour of a firetruck, and more! Exploratorium is for ages 7-11. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Children’s Desk.

780s Series Presents Legendary Songwriter Jimmy Webb

We’re so excited to announce that songwriter Jimmy Webb is the library’s 780s Series music storyteller for 2017.

Webb is a songwriting legend.

Rolling Stone has called him one of the 50 greatest songwriters of all time and he’s worked with music megastars like Donna Summer, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, The Fifth Dimension, and Art Garfunkel. He also wrote the soundtrack for The Last Unicorn.

Webb will take the Liberty Hall stage on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 PM to share stories and songs from his 50+ year music career. Named for the Dewey Decimal range for music, the 780s Series brings prominent music storytellers to Lawrence to share the stories behind their music. Previous guests have included Booker T. Jones (2015) and Kim Gordon (2016).

Made possible by the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation.

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