Posted On: May 15, 2017 In: What's Happening
Starting Monday, June 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.
Here’s how to play:
- Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
- Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path.
DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
The gnomes at Rock Chalk are quite far apart, spanning between E 902 RD and E 1000 RD.
- Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
- Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
- Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!
GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense!
Posted On: Jul 23, 2016 In: Just for Seniors, Summer Reading, What's Happening
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
“We could end up with something approaching a people’s history of the east side of Lawrence.”
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.
Posted On: Jun 5, 2016 In: Summer Reading
Avid walker and distinguished historian Henry Fortunato is back with two awesome events for exercising your mind—and body.
TALK—A Hike Through History begins with a talk about the Burroughs Creek Trail Hike Through History exhibit that’s coming to the library in late June.
WALK—Then on Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM, Henry takes us for a 3.2 mile walk along the Burroughs Creek Trail and brings history to life on a lovely summer morning. We’ll meet at Hobbs’ Park, 702 E. 11th Street. Rain date: July 16.
Henry Fortunato is the founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC and a visiting fellow at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities. He is the award-winning former public affairs director of Kansas City Public Library. In 2014, Fortunato walked across the state of Kansas.
Check out this great list of related library resources that our Book Squad’s Shirley put together!
Sponsors—Dolph and Pam Simmons, The Health Spot (Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence Public Library), Kansas Health Foundation, Watkins Museum of History, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas Historical Society, and Sunflower Republic.