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Great Books Discussion: Ralph Waldo Emerson

SAT | Dec 5 | 2 PM

Join us in Meeting Room B for a lively discussion on the classics. This month the group is exploring Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s essay, Self-Reliance. This Cliff’s Notes summary might help you decide if this one’s for you.

For more information on the monthly readings contact Terry or George Smith at 785-312-9517.

Tech Thursday: Windows 10

THU | Dec 3 | 4-5 PM

According to, the good thing about Windows 10 is that it bridges the gap between PCs and tablets without alienating anyone. However, many of the new features can be lost on anyone who isn’t interested in touch. Let us help you navigate the newness. Meeting Room B.

Flesh, Flash & Frank Harris

THU | Dec 3 | 7-9 PM

Lawrence’s Card Table Theatre presents a staged reading of Professor Emeritus’ Paul Stephen Lim’s original work surrounding the life of Frank Harris in our Auditorium.

The story follows Harris from his student days at the University of Kansas to his glittery life as an editor in London where he meets the likes of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Upon the publication of My Life and Loves, he was abandoned by everyone in good society.

This scandalous autobiography was banned as pornography in both Europe and America; however, Harris insisted My Life and Loves was a work which helped emancipate women by loosening their Victorian corsets.

Career Clinic @The HealthSpot

On Fridays, AmeriCorps volunteers are in-house to help you organize your resumé, fill out job applications, and look for employment. 1-2PM in the HealthSpot.

The HealthSpot at Lawrence Public Library is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LPL, serving as a location for our community to access health resources in Lawrence through databases, health events, free screenings, toolkits on healthy lifestyles, and more.

IMAGE: The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox Corporation)

Ripping Yarns

This cat bed has been all over Facebook this week, and after seeing work by local yarn person and Lola Lawrence maker, Kitty Steffens, it seems chunky knitting has arrived.

Anyone experimenting with giant needles and yarn should join us Monday evening to show us how it’s done. Bring your knitting or crocheting work in progress, and if you don’t have yarn or needles, we’ve got some to get you started.

Maybe it’s cowls-n-catbeds for gifts this year?

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IMAGE: Chunky hand-knit cowl | Courtesy of Kitty Steffens
IMAGE: Cat in chunky cat bed | Anna Mo/Ohhio

Creative Fundraising: The Story of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bill Clinton isn’t the only game in town next week.

Imagine if you were able to pull off a fundraiser like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Lawrence native Brian Frederick did and he’s coming to tell you how.

Monday, November 23, 12-1PM in the Auditorium. 30 spaces left! Free, but registration required. Bring a lunch and learn.

IMAGE: Brian Frederick has water dumped on him for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by George Lange, Lawrence Journal World

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Great Poetry Discussion

Who doesn’t enjoy a poet at the holiday table?

When conversation runs thin and, “the turkey* has gleaned everyone’s teeming brain,” whip out that fly verse you picked up at the Library. Saturday, November 21, 2-3PM in Meeting Room B.

*Riff on When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats (1795-1821), his sonnet about fear of dying before publishing his best work, experiencing passion, and the worthlessness of it all without either. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

IMAGE: New Yorker cartoon by David Pascal | All rights reserved


Getting to Know You(r Smartphone)

Relationships can be challenging, especially with a smartphone.

We can help you get to know each other better. Some of our Tech people will be on hand Thursday from 4-5PM  to answer questions and off help.

Join us in Meeting Room B.

IMAGE: How I Met Your Mother; ©20th Century Fox Television

Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment — We Can Help

On November 1,  a new round of open enrollment started for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Care Marketplace.

It can be a challenge to navigate and we’re here to help.

Let’s get started.

What’s Open Enrollment?
Health insurance is renewed each year during a period called “open enrollment.” This is the time to join or change plans, carriers, etc. in your insurance coverage.

It lasts from NOV 1, 2015 — JAN 31, 2016.

What do we offer?
Beginning November 4th, we will have healthcare Navigator, Brandy Ordiway, in-house on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot.

What’s a Navigator?
It’s a trained expert on all the ins and outs about signing up for or renewing health insurance. They can answer questions, enroll patrons for insurance, and much more. And they’re rare — only about 6 of them in our county — so, we’re lucky to have her join us once a week through February.

Where can you go for information?
If it’s not a Wednesday or you need additional insurance resources, you’ll find:

  • Brochures located in the Health Spot
  • Cover Kansas ( for additional Navigator assistance
  • Health Insurance Marketplace ( to sign up directly or get more information

All-ages International Games Day

It’s your move, Saturday, November 21.

From 9am – 6pm in the Auditorium, we’ll have board, card, and dice games all day long. We might even play the International Game of Gossip. Game on!

Co-sponsored by Hometown Games and The Toy Store.