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Author Talk with C.J. Janovy

Far from the coastal centers of culture and politics, Kansas stands at the very center of American stereotypes about red states. In the American imagination, it is a place LGBT people leave. No Place Like Home is about why they stay.

MondayJAN 29 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium, C.J. Janovy will join us to talk about her book and its epic story of how, “a few disorganized and politically naïve Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country’s most hostile states.” (SOURCE: University Press of Kansas)


C.J. Janovy is the Arts Reporter at KCUR. She also spent many years as an alt-weekly journalist in Kansas City, including a decade as editor of The Pitch, whose writers won local, regional, and national awards and were published in several Best American writing anthologies. She then spent a few years in academia, serving as director of communications at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where reporters frequently gave her a taste of her own medicine.

A native of Nebraska, C.J. majored in English at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University.


Multicultural Storytime: German

Join us in the Readers’ Theater at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 20th with stories and songs with guest presenters highlighting a featured language or culture! This storytime features German!

Korean Storytime (한국어-이야기)

On Saturday, November 25 from 4- 4:30 PM,  all ages are welcome to join us in the Readers’ Theater for stories, songs, rhymes and activities in Korean presented by local volunteers. For Korean speaking families and those interested in the language. IMAGE: Uijae Museum of Korean Art

Multicultural Storytime: Tai Chi

Join us in the Readers’ Theater at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 15th with guest presenters featuring stories and songs from a different language. MariaAna Garza will teach a few yoga poses and David Hann will teach some Tai Chi poses that we will read about in the story.  We’ll learn a few Chinese words from Yilan Zhao at the beginning of the storytime and finishing up with a fan craft!

El día de los niños, El día de los libros | Children’s Day, Book Day

On Saturday, April 29, we’ll celebrate the world of books and the diverse culture of Lawrence with some of our favorite Multicultural Storytime presenters in the Auditorium from 3-4 PM. We’ll have stories and songs followed by a reception. Visit for more info about Día.

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Join us Monday, September 19 at 7 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of the film, Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the new season of Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture at the library.

“In a year of historic change, one town in the Heartland questions what it means to be an American. With rapidly changing demographics, longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” Visit for more.

Offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Free and open to the public.

Sponsors of this Event: The Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas African Studies Center, the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Islamophobia

Monday evening, April 25 from 7-8:30 in the Library Auditorium, leading scholars from the University of Kansas will talk about what drives, and what can conquer, the growing trend of hate speech directed toward Muslims.

In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the KU Department of African and African American Studies.

Diverse Dialogues On Race & Culture: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

THU | Mar 10 | 7 PM | Auditorium

“Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar.

His innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form.”

Join us for a look into Hendrix’s short, yet influential career. Offered in partnership with KU’s Langston Hughes Center.