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Spooky Science

Looking for SpooOooky Halloween fun? On Wednesday, October 6 from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll have a mad scientist performing experiments, make our own goo, and create spooky (and tasty) crafts! Free fun for all ages!

The Internet’s Own Boy: An Urgent Heartbreaker

“Moving and maddening in almost equal measure.”

How are social justice and the economics of information access intertwined?

Meet us in the Library Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct 25 from 6-8:30 PM for a film screening about what we lose when we are, “tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.” Stay for a discussion about open access to scholarly research led by Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communications Librarian at KU.

ABOUT THE FILM: The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy, information activist, and internet celebrity Aaron Swartz, and a two-year legal battle that ended with him taking his own life at the age of 26.

From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a legal nightmare. (Source:

Co-sponsored by the KU Libraries Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright

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DIY Home Repair with Linda Cottin

Winter will be here soon enough!

To help get you ready and save some money, Linda from Cottin’s Hardware will be here on Wednesday, Oct 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM with tips and tricks for weatherizing your home for the upcoming season. Meet up in the Library Auditorium.

Linda Cotton is Lawrence’s “Fix It Chick”. She and her husband, Tom, own and operate Cottin’s Hardware and Linda writes the Fix It Chick column for the Lawrence Journal World.

Image courtesy of Cottin’s Hardware.


New Series Explores Widely Debated Topics

We’ve teamed up with Kansas Public Radio to talk about some of the big issues making headlines in Lawrence.

Points Of View kicks off on Thursday, Oct 20 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium with Kansas Public Radio News Director, J. Schafer, moderating a community discussion surrounding Kansas’ permit free, concealed carry law.

We’ll look at the the different perspectives surrounding this controversial interpretation of the second amendment with Professor Thomas Stacy from the KU Law School, who will discuss his opposition to guns on campus.

This partnership program is the first in a series of widely debated topics with Kansas Public Radio. Together we plan to present two different sides of each issue.

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Meet A Rising Star

When author Nathan Hill was recently compared to John Irving, Irving compared him to Dickens. This guy and his debut novel are something else, and he’s coming to the Library Auditorium on Monday, Oct 24, from 7:30–9 PM!

Hill’s debut novel weaves a multi-generational tale involving political unrest, family betrayal, and redemption. Booklist hails The Nix as “engrossing, skewering, and preternaturally timely tale beside the novels of Tom Wolfe, John Irving, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon. . . . Hill takes aim at hypocrisy, greed, misogyny, addiction, and vengeance with edgy humor and deep empathy in a whiplashing mix of literary artistry and compulsive readability.”

The Raven will be selling books, so you can grab one for Nathan to sign.

To see who else is coming and what they’re saying about it, check out our Facebook event!

AARP Driving Class

The library will again host the AARP Driving Safety Class (formerly 55 Alive) on Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18. The class will be held each day from 10:00am-3:00pm in Meeting Room B. This refresher class will provide tips and techniques for older drivers and updates on current state and federal laws. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The class is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Those completing the two day course will receive a certificate for insurance discounts. 

To register for the class or to inquire about the class, contact PATTIE JOHNSTON at the library,  785-843-3833 extension 115.

***THIS CLASS IS FULL. Due to space limitations, no further registrations can be taken. This will be the last class offered in 2016. Please check after January 1 for the 2017 schedule of classes.

Tech Programs @ Your Library

Tech Drop-In is back! Bring gadgets and questions every Tuesday this month to get help from our resident techies with things like adding e-book apps to your tablet and phone, navigating your device, etc.

Douglas County GIS analyst Amy Roust will be here to show us how to use the county’s interactive property map. Learn how to look up property ownership and value info.

The Sound + Vision Studio is busy, too. Get a tour of the studio, learn the basics of modular synthesis, and meet Jason Phoenix and learn about beats, virtual instruments, and more about the amazing Abelton Live 9 tool. We’ll wrap the month with another AUMI Jam where anyone can make music regardless of physical limitations.



Kids! Do Something Nice Day

Douglas County Master Gardeners will chat about succulents—those fabulous, water-storing plants found in arid climates—on Wednesday, Oct 5 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater.

Kids ages 8-11 will learn what makes these plants different from other plants and what they need in order to grow.

Then, because it’s Do Something Nice Day, you’ll make a sweet little succulent planter as a gift for someone! It’s all free, just register: 785-843-3833

The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: History & Impact of US Presidential Debates

Diana Carlin, 13-year veteran advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates, will talk about the history of these events from candidate debate strategies, formats, sponsorship and viewer learning.

On Sunday, Oct 16 from 2-3:30 PM in the Library Auditorium, learn and understand how these debates help the electorate use their voice to determine the course of a country.

Presented in partnership with the Watkins Museum of History and the Kansas Humanities Council as part of The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech project, this series explores issues related to the freedom of speech, the life of William Allen White, and democracy today.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Movie & Tamale Dinner

We’re transporting to the beautiful Latin American country of Columbia on Tuesday, Oct 4 from 6-9 PM with a gorgeous box office smash and delicious tamale dinner!

The evening kicks off on the Library Lawn at 6 PM with a $5 tamale dinner that will help support KU’s Latin American Graduate Organization.

Then, we’ll move indoors for Magia Salvaje (with subtitles), a film featuring never-before-seen images of Colombian nature, starring the Andean condor, the silver arowana fish, the spectacled bear, the jaguar, the Orinoco crocodile, the humpbacked whale, the pink dolphin and many others. “This is the perfect, 90-minute opportunity to learn more about Colombia’s unique biodiversity and to fall in love with the heaven on earth that is Colombia.” (

See who else is going!

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