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Korean Storytime (한국어-이야기)

On Saturday, October 28 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: Latin

Join us in the Readers’ Theater at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 7th with stories and songs with guest presenters highlighting a featured language or culture! This storytime features Latin!

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.