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Read Across Lawrence welcomes anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez

After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from gaining weight, became an advocate for victims of bullying the world over.

Lizzie will deliver our 2018 Read Across Lawrence keynote address. Her message of self-acceptance aligns beautifully with the themes in Wonderour 2018 Read Across Lawrence book pick about a young boy named Auggie with a facial anomaly.

Lizzie’s family-friendly event will resonate with all ages, but will be especially powerful for teens and kids who have experienced bullying themselves.

“Lizzie Velasquez is a wonderful capstone to our Read Across Lawrence events surrounding R.J. Palacio’s Wonder,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “Her anti-bullying advocacy and message of kindness and acceptance are very much needed in the world right now.”

EVENT INFORMATION

An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez
SUN | Mar 11 | 3:30 PM | Lied Center | All ages
1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2787

Thanks to a generous gift from BNSF, this event is free and open to the public. General admission; no ticket required.


MORE ABOUT LIZZIE

In December 2013, Lizzie Velasquez took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled, How Do You Define Yourself? that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, and many other national and international media outlets. Her YouTube channel has over 793,668 subscribers.

Lizzie’s latest book, Dare to Be Kind, will be available for sale and a book signing will follow her talk.


ABOUT READ ACROSS LAWRENCE 2018
FEB 10 – MAR 17

Read Across Lawrence is an annual, community-wide reading event that encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. We’ll host book discussions and activities for all ages that explore R.J. Palacio’s themes of kindness and acceptance in her debut novel, Wonder. The Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Public Library Foundation teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.

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Play Winter Reading Bingo!

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues at your library!

All ages are invited to participate in our Blizzard Bingo Challenge and be entered to win awesome prizes. Starting December 1, teens, kids, and adults can pick up a Bingo card and informational booklet at any desk.

Participation includes things like reading digital books, checking out a library event, and reviewing an item on our online catalog. Bingo cards can be completed and turned in by January 31 for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.

Need more info? Adults can email Kate at kgramlich@lplks.org. Parents, kids, and teens can reach out to Karen at kallen@lplks.org.

Family Yoga @ Your Library

On Sunday, October 1st at PM in the Auditorium, bring your whole family to stretch together, relieve stress, laugh and play with yoga instructor Sarah. All ages, skill levels—bring a mat!

 

StoryWalk® Along DeVictor Park Trail

Get your hiking shoes ready! From June 5–July 28 you can take a hike on the trails at DeVictor Park and read the book Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long. Visit our Children’s Desk for more info.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk®is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

BONUS: The Storywalk® is also part of the library’s Game of Gnomes fitness adventure this summer—so, look for a gnome to mark off your list, too. Stop by the Welcome Desk, grab a gnome map, and start playing!

Family Yoga with A Hogwart’s Twist!

Join us for Magic of Mindfulness, a Harry Potter-inspired night of yoga and relaxation on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:30-8 PM in the Auditorium.

We’ll use our wands in “Reverse Wizard Pose” and get in touch with our Patronus with deep breathing. Ages 5+ and families. Registration requested: 843-3833

Dinner + A Movie on the Lawn: Storks

Hot dogs, and smoothies, and crepes, oh my!

On Thursday, May 25 from 7:30–11 PM on the Library Lawn, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and Lawrence Public Library invite you to eat some grub, listen to some music, and watch a movie. Grab dinner from local vendors at 7:30, settle in for some local music from the Beer Bellies, then at 9, we’ll push play!

We’ll watch Storks, eat popcorn, drink beer and sodas, and settle in for a lovely evening with friends and neighbors. See you there!

Edible Book Challenge Call for Entries

The recipe is simple: Pick one book you love and a creative way of interpreting it with edible ingredients!

Register as an individual or team: 785-843-3833 by 5 PM on FRI, March 10. Bring entries to the library between 10-11 AM on SAT, March 11.

This all-ages food challenge gives readers a chance to transform a favorite book into a culinary masterpiece based on the content or appearance of the book, from puns to literal interpretations! It’s ok to play with your food!

Email Gwen at ggeigerwolfe@lplks.org for more info.

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Chicken Care 101

Would you like to raise chickens in your own backyard? Join us on Sunday, Feb 12 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium! We’re partnering with Douglas County K-State Research and Extension to explore raising chickens in Lawrence. We’ll meet live chickens, have fun activities for kids, and more! For chicken lovers of ALL AGES!

All-Ages Winter Reading for Prizes

Defrost your brain and beat the winter blues through reading!

From December 1–January 31, cozy up with your favorite book and blanket, and compete for prizes!

Adults
Adults who read 3 books (or listen/read for 15 hours) can fill out this online form and claim your prizes after December 16th. Pick up a Winter Reading booklet at any desk starting December 1! Questions? Email Kate!

Teens
Embrace the winter break and cozy up with some great books. Bring in a favorite quote from the book you’re reading, or write a 3-4 sentence review, and drop it off in the Teen Zone to be entered into a weekly prize drawing for free books or other prizes. Questions? Email Miriam!

Kids
Read with us this winter! Ages 0-11 (or birth to 5th grade) can pick up a reading log at the children’s desk. Read 10 books or 10 hours and turn in your log from 12/12/16-1/31/17 for some high-fives and prizes. You’ll also need to fill out the kids’ finisher form when you’re finished with your log. Make sure to stop by the children’s area to see how the librarians are challenging themselves to read more this winter! Questions? Email Jenny!