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Video Game Wingding

To celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Metroid’s original release, the we’re partnering with Game Nut to host a video game get-together celebrating the beloved series and its lasting influence.

On Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 PM in the Auditorium, come and play video games with us!

Summer Reading Closing Ceremonies (aka PARTY!)

Summer Readers! You’ve impressed us with hours of reading, exercising, and learning this summer, and we want to celebrate your success—so, let’s party!

We’re getting together Thursday, August 4 from 6-8 PM for all-ages festivities on the Library Lawn.

See who’s going!

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year, we’re featuring a spectacular Brazilian martials arts group, Axé Capoeira Kansas City, who promises to bring high energy and Brazilian culture, music, and dance! Come out for family fun, crafts, light snacks, and beverages.

LPL is so proud of every kid, teen, and adult who exercised their minds and finished Summer Reading. Great work, everyone!


Visit the Grupo Axé Capoeira website to learn more about this amazing art form.

A Hike Through History (With Walking Tour Guide!)

From July 18 – September 10, 2016 take a “hike” through history in the Library Atrium.

This unique exhibit blends health and local history, and ties together William Clarke Quantrill and Langston Hughes, 19th-century travelers on the Oregon Trail and World War II-era German prisoners of war, the artistry of William S. Burroughs and the agricultural history of Douglas County, plus a long-forgotten railroad line and a number of dimly-remembered east side neighborhood notables whose names still grace streets and parks.

“A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail” offers a ten-panel display of engaging stories that invites visitors to envision the 1.7 mile paved path and linear park running from 11th Street to 23rd Street as a venue where people (especially those taking part in our Summer Reading challenge!) can exercise their minds and their bodies at the same time.

“We are delighted to host this exhibit that highlights local history while encouraging health and wellness,” says Brad Allen, the Library’s executive director. “Additionally, as a largely locally-sourced undertaking, it demonstrates the depth of talent and expertise available for public humanities projects here in Lawrence and environs.”


A series of accompanying bookmarks will offer suggestions for further reading about each topic. It also comes with its own reading list and mobile PDF Walking Guide for smartphone hikes!


ABOUT THE PROJECT

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Nearly two years in the making, the “Hike through History” exhibit was developed by Sunflower Republic, LLC, under the auspices of the Lawrence Public Library and the Watkins Museum of History, with in-kind support from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. Funding was provided by Dolph and Pam Simons, the Kansas Health Foundation, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Exhibit scripts were written by scholars and experts in their fields. The panels are illustrated with archival images from the Kansas State Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Society, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the Library of Congress, and other repositories. The project also enjoys formal support from the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association. “This exhibit aims to enhance a sense of place and promote a deeper understanding of the history that happened in East Lawrence,” notes Henry Fortunato, founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC, who conceived and directed the project, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Hall Center.

“Our hope is that it benefits residents who already use the Burroughs Creek Trail as an active transportation corridor while encouraging visitors to check it out.”

During its run here at the library, you will be encouraged to suggest other historical vignettes of more recent vintage for inclusion in possible future iterations of the project. “This exhibit is not supposed to be simply didactic,” adds Fortunato. “Ideally, it will spur dialogue as well, sparking conversations about other stories that need to be told.” Catch “A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail”  at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the KU Memorial Union, and the Watkins Museum of History after it leaves the library.

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Lit Lounge Book Club

If you like to get lit…erary, this club’s for you: raise a pint and your bookish IQ at the same time! We’ll be at Decade Coffee Thursday, July 28 from 7-8:30 PM.

We meet the fourth Thursday each month at Decade to talk about what book(s) you’ve been reading and get some awesome recommendations for brand new titles! Kate‘s got details.

Celebrate the Bard with Music!

Opera enthusiasts and curious admirers—join us on Final Friday, July 29 from 6-7 PM in the Auditorium as the Lawrence Opera Theater (LOT) makes their Shakespeare 400 7th Summer Festival debut!

Join us for free musical treats, complimentary light snacks, and beverages.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and LOT is celebrating the lasting legacy of the world’s greatest playwright. Five of LOT’s talented singers will present a varied program, featuring songs and arias from works based on the Bard’s words, characters, and plays.

It gets even better: We’ve created a corresponding reading and listening list inspired by Shakespeare’s works featured in the LOT’s Shakespeare 400 season!

See who’s going!


Featured peformers:

  • Antonio Tony Cruz
  • Alexandra Roth
  • Jen Stephenson
  • Jake Chris Walters
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • Hugo Vera
  • Erica Fox Zabusky
  • Pianist: Brian Woods

More information at Lawrence Opera Theater.

Community Torch Relay + Party!

On Wednesday, July 27, the Watkins Museum of History opens their new exhibit about Douglas County Olympians with the only way to begin an Olympics…with a torch relay!

At 10 AM, participants will gather at the Lawrence Public Library before sending off the first runner. The relay will make its way down Massachusetts Street before its dramatic finish at the Watkins at 11th and Mass, where we will “light” the torch of the new exhibit!

From 10:15 AM–12 PM, join us at the museum for a party with Olympic-themed games, crafts, and refreshments celebrating the exhibit and the athletic achievements of our area’s residents.

If being a torch-bearer sounds like fun, Watkins is looking for volunteers ages 6-adult to be part of their relay.Kids ages 6-15 must sign up with a parent or guardian. Contact Abby Magariel at the Watkins Museum for more information: amagariel@watkinsmuseum.org, or call 841-4109.

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Fitness Fridays: POUND! with Parks + Rec

We’re wrapping up Fitness Fridays with drumsticks and Marianne Hoffman from Lawrence Parks and Recreation.

Meet us Friday, July 29 at 7 AM on the Library Lawn for a fun, full-body cardio session that combines cardio moves with strength training and drumming!

Offered In partnership with Body Boutique and 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.

Total Boox: New, Free, Easy.

Total Boox (pronounced Total Books) is an ebook service now available to all Kansas residents—and it’s easy! Login with a Kansas Library eCard, which you can get at any public, academic, or school library in Kansas.

Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

All you need to know is right here.


Availability: All ebooks are always available for reading. No holds or wait lists. For use on your iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (no computer use available).

Simplicity: An ebook is always just a tap away on your mobile device.

Unlimited: Downloaded ebooks never expire, check out as many as you want at a time.

 

Third Thursday Book Club

From 7-8:30 PM on Thursday July 21, the 3TBC is meeting for food and cocktails at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground) to discuss our most recent read.

If you haven’t read this month’s selection and want to get on board, email Kate!

LEGO Pictionary at Frank’s

Grab some friends and head over the bridge this Thursday, July 14 at 7 PM for a 3D-take on the classic game of Pictionary at Frank’s North Star Tavern.

Using Legos, you’ll have to build a person, place, animal, object, action, and tricky words for your teammates to guess.

Beverages and hilarity will flow.