Posted On: Sep 26, 2016 In: Seniors
Tonight at 7 PM in the Library Auditorium, Haskell students invite the Lawrence community to join them in an open and honest question and answer session.
Any question is welcome, and you can ask without fear of being offensive or intrusive. Non-Natives can also spend one-on-one time with a representative from a broad tribal spectrum representing Natives from coast to coast.
“What have you always wanted to know about Haskell or Native people? Let’s get to know each other and build a better, shared community,” encourages Dr. Eric Anderson, Haskell Professor of History and Indigenous American Indian Studies.
Refreshments will follow.
Posted On: Sep 26, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Kids Room, Seniors, Teen Zone, Teens Featured
BB-8 loves to read, and so do we!
While the Empire would most likely be displeased, Star Wars Reads Day — a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading — is back.
This Saturday, October 1 from 2-4 PM in the Library Auditorium, bring your best Wookie yell and celebrate all things Star Wars! We’ll perform Jedi mind tricks, create lightsabers, and more for our 5th annual event!
Bring a friend and see who else is going!
Posted On: Sep 21, 2016 In: Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured
Who’s ready for Space School?! Adults and teens, join your fellow space junkies on Monday nights from Oct 10–Nov 14 for a 5-part MOOC (massive, open, online class) about space!
Free, but registration required: 785-843-3833
Inspired by last month’s conversation with the International Space Station, we’ll look at an interesting and entertaining slice of space history. From early musings about our fascination with space through the early Russian and American space stations, we’ll view amazing footage and hear from experts in the space world. We’ll wrap up with a viewing party on the night of the Super Moon!
No class on 10/31 (Halloween)
MON | Oct 10 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Introduction. We’ll introduce our MOOC of choice (University of Houston System’s “A Brief History of Human Space Flight”) and Jim Remar of the Cosmosphere will visit us to talk to us about humanity’s long-held aspirations to travel the stars—the “Why?” of space flight. We’ll wrap up by watching Georges Melies’ famous film “Le Voyage Dans la Lune.” See who’s going
MON | Oct 17 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come ready to discuss last week’s homework. Then we’ll move onto a great selection of clips that give an overview of the history of spaceflight. See who’s going
MON | Oct 24 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
The Cosmosphere’s Caleb Gimar will address the “How?” of space flight. Q&A session after. See who’s going
MON | Nov 7 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
This week we’ll be watching a film about space flight. While we might not be sure which film we’ll end up showing, we guarantee it’ll be great. See who’s going
MON | Nov 14 | 6:30–8 PM | Meeting Room C
Come watch what the world saw on June 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon. Stick around for super moon viewing party on the upper deck of the parking garage. We’ll provide the telescopes! Musicians Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers will be there to to third rock us from the sun. See who’s going
Posted On: Sep 19, 2016 In: Seniors, Uncategorized
Skillbuilders Fall 2016
Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before things changed? Who do I ask? How do I know what I should do?
Skillbuilders is our annual series of programs for people going through a major life change. Regardless of age, transitions in life can cause indecision, confusion or upset. Anyone that has lost a loved one by death and are making the adjustment to a new life comes with a different perspective to changes in daily actions. Anyone who is adapting to being a single person after being a part of a couple or having taken care of a parent, finds that it is a different world. Anyone that must make adjustments to their lives because physical limitations now confine their choices or who find that aging is now making limitations on daily activites know that finding the line between “then and now” has moved. Making these changes while also grieving the life that was makes common decisions more difficult or trying. Having someone that understands from this perspective makes these transitions easier. Skillbuilders provides a comfortable, easy way to ask questions, refresh information and find a way through the maze of change.
Each Spring and Fall, area experts lead sessions on everything from cooking for one to estate planning to basic car care. There is no registration needed. All sessions are free and open to all interested persons of all ages. Come for all or only those topics that are of interest.
Transportation can be arranged by calling Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925 Refreshments are provided by Brandon Woods.
Questions are encouraged but Skillbuilders strives to be a place where those who need answers can find them without pressure. All of the speakers are local and can be contacted after the series.
Skillbuilders is held each Tuesday at 10:00am from September 20 through November 22 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods.
Schedule for Fall 2016
September 20 Adjusting to Change #1: Making Transitions Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LPL
September 27 Talking with Your Pharmacist Tammi Willits — VNA-QualiCare Pharmacy
October 4 Financial Planning 101 Barbara Braa — Central Bank of the Midwest
October 11 Estate & Legal Planning Web Golden — Stevens & Brand, LLP
October 18 Stress: the good, the bad and the inevitable Christine Jordan & Julie Baldwin — VNA
October 25 Car Care 101 Richard Haig — Westside 66 & Carwash
November 1 Cooking for 1 (food will be served!) Susan Johnson — Douglas County Extension Office
November 8 Personal Safety Susan Hadl – Lawrence Police Department (retired)
November 15 Home Care 101 Neil Gaskin — Natural Breeze Remodeling & Painting
November 22 Adjusting to Change #2: Holidays & Special Events Paul Reed, VNA and Pattie Johnston, LP
Skillbuilders is co-sponsored by the library, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, and Douglas County Senior Services.
For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, Senior Outreach Coordinator by phone at 785-843-3833, ext. 115 or via email at email@example.com
Posted On: Sep 17, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured, Uncategorized
Celebrate your freedom to read all week by collecting a new Banned Book Trading Card each day at the Welcome Desk.
The 2016 edition includes an unprecedented 8th card! Here’s the release schedule:
We had 8 stunning finalists, so we made an exception this year to add a BONUS CARD!
Two Boys Kissing | (Lana Grove)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | (Charley Forsyth)
The Jungle | (Tyler Jones)
The Color Purple | (Charlotte Pemberton)
Annie on My Mind | (Myka Small)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | (Anne Patterson)
SAT, 10/1/16 — Special Double Feature
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | (Ursula Minor)
A People’s History of the United States | (Dave Loewenstein)
Posted On: Sep 17, 2016 In: Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured
Reading is essential for democracy and intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
How can you fight censorship?
1. Attend our 5th Annual Banned Books Trading Card Reveal Party on Friday, September 23.
2. Collect all 7 2016 Banned Book Trading Cards at the Welcome Desk—a new one revealed each day from 9/25–10/1!
3. Explore these recently challenged books from 2015:
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
- The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).
4. Explore these.
5. Get involved.
Posted On: Sep 17, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured
The last Friends Booksale of the year is just around the corner.
Thursday through Sunday, September 29–October 2, come scour the shelves for great deals while supporting your library!
Thursday is a special night just for members, which means a first crack at all the goods with the purchase of an annual membership. You can join right at the door.
See you soon!
Posted On: Sep 10, 2016 In: Seniors
Our series of free, personal financial management classes continues on Tuesday, 9/20 at 7 PM in the Auditorium. Learn what landlords, lenders, and potential employers know about you from your credit report. Come back Wednesday, 9/21, same time and place to learn what pitfalls to avoid when looking for a new rental home.
In partnership with the United Way of Douglas County and Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., we’re tackling some of the challenges typically facing young adults as they venture out on their own, but not exclusively. These classes are for anyone regardless of age, so please come!
Money Matters: All About Credit Reports
TUE | Sep 20 | 7 PM | Auditorium
Money Matters: Renter Prep
WED | Sep 21 | 7 PM | Auditorium
Posted On: Sep 5, 2016 In: Featured, Kids Featured, Seniors, Teens Featured
Tell your sister, tell your boss—tell everyone!—how cool it is to have a library card.
There are so many hidden benefits to signing up, like free access to learning tools like Lynda.com, home delivery for patons with mobility issues, and thousands of free downloadable ebooks, movies, music, and audiobooks.
Plus, it’s a total bargain: For every $1 in taxes, a Lawrence Public Library card gives back $5.45 in materials, services, databases, and events!
What’s not to love? Come see us today and #GetCarded!
Posted On: Sep 3, 2016 In: Kids Room, Seniors
Fire trucks, police cars, and storytime!
Join us Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 PM in the Library Auditorium for a very special Sunday Storytime with our first responders.
First responders will visit the library with their vehicles and read stories.
And in the spirit of September 11th National Day of Service, bring a can of food for the Heartland Food Pantry as a, “forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who rose up in service.”