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All-ages Monster Art Hunt

Villagers have captured Frankenstein’s monster and torn him to pieces, spreading his parts all over downtown!

It’s your job to put him back together again before he appears in the Lawrence Art Center’s production of Frankenstein.

From October 14–29, grab a scavenger hunt map at the Library Welcome Desk and hit the streets in search of the monster’s “body parts.”

Prizes include a coupon for $5 off a ticket to see Frankenstein, swim pass (for 5-18 year olds), and a chance to win tickets to Science City or the Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station in KC!

Offered in partnership with the Lawrence Art Center

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AARP Driving Safety Class in November!

Information about the upcoming driving safety class is now available on the Senior’s page under “Programs”.  Click on the red  information for more details.

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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‘Tis the (Election) Season

Election Day 2016—November 8—is four weeks away and if you’re scrambling to find answers to some last-minute questions, we’re your spot.

Our Voter & Elections Information page will help you find out if you can still register (October 18 is the deadline), where your polling place is located, research candidates and issues, follow opinion polls, discover ways to get involved, connect with important contacts, and get important dates on your calendar.

If you still have questions, chat live with one of our librarians!

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!

October Tech Programs @ Your Library

If you want to make music but don’t have the resources, check out our Sound+Vision Studio Basics class. For those already familiar with studio basics, get to know our new synthesizer, or streamline your music-making process with StudioOne.

The amazing AUMI Jam is back, too!

We’re also helping teachers teach and reach students with our Computer Science Fundamentals class, (which comes with free pizza since you’re spending Saturday lunchtime at the library.) It’s free, but registration is required: 785-843-3833. Questions: Email Melissa.

Here’s a quick look:

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Health Marketplace Navigator

Open Enrollment starts November 1, 2016. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The process can feel a bit overwhelming, so on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot we’ve got a Navigator here to help—for FREE!

A Navigator is a person or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.

Stock Up on Cold Weather Reads!

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!

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Haskell Asks: What Would You Ask a Native American?

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.

Skillbuilders is Back!

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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.

Map of 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, KS 66047


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