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What was Standing Rock Really About?

What was it like seeing people from over 300 different Nations from around the world gather to protect water, ceremony, and culture?

On Monday, NOV 20 from 5-7 PM in the Auditorium, hear the first-hand experience of those who spent a year protecting the Standing Rock community, including braving -68℉ temperatures to ensure the camp’s safety.

Like others from around the world, they left everything to bear witness to the cultural appropriation of native lands, and support the Standing Rock people.

IMAGE: Modified version of an original photograph:
Sacred Stone Camp Message by Joe Brusky / Flickr

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Lawrence Latches On!

In partnership with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County, we’re hosting a family-friendly celebration and latch on Saturday, Aug 5 from 10 AM – 12 PM in the Library Auditorium.

Activities include story and song times, a baby wearing demonstration, information on finding support for breastfeeding in our community, and much more!

Email our Health Librarian, Gwen with any questions:

Kidsapalooza: Firefighters

On Wednesday, July 26 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll explore a fire truck and learn about what firefighters do to build a better community! Program is for ages 5-6. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Kidsapalooza: LKPD & Me

Join us on Wednesday, June 7 from 2- 3 PM in the Auditorium, Lawrence Police Officers will talk to us about teamwork, share some info on being an officer and talk about how they help build a better world by working in our community! Kidsapalooza is for ages 5-6! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Children’s Desk.

Let’s Get Growing!

After many hours of volunteer help and generous seed donations from our partners, the LPL Seed Library is back and ready for business starting Monday, Feb 20 in the Library Atrium.

Come browse vegetable, herb, and flower seeds and connect with gardening resources and a variety of free programs and events on topics related to green spaces and green living.

Download our brochure to help get you started, and give Melissa a holler if you have any questions!


A Magical RAL Kids Kick-off Party

Our month-long community read for kids starts with magic and free books! See Korso the Curious and hear what we have in store for Kids RAL 2017!

On SaturdayFeb 4 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, kids ages 7-11 can get a free copy of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones while supplies last.

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.

Electronic Music Meet-Up

Another smashing event from Ed and our Sound + Vision Studio!

On Saturday, September 17 from 3-5 in Meeting Room C, come hang with fellow electronic music enthusiasts, check out new and vintage gear and see what’s happening in the electronic music community.

See who’s going and get more info here.

Making History—What’s Your Story?

Every Friday afternoon in April, from 4:30–7 PM, we’re collecting stories from our Latino American community.

These histories will be recorded, preserved and made accessible for future generations by the Lawrence Public Library and the KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Meet us in the Library’s Sound + Vision Studio.

It’s All About Commune-ity

I recently came across a book that I’ve been needing to read for a long time — but never knew it existed. Arcadia, Lauren Groff’s dreamy, lyrical novel hooked me in tight and then pied-pipered me along a winding path through what would be a strange and beautiful tale of a boy’s life as it relates to a 1970’s commune in western New York.  Read More..