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Doc Discussions

I’ll be honest, until this year I had never participated in a book club. In theory, they’re right up my alley. I work at a library. I’ve always worked in bookstores. Reading = good. Discussions = good. But joining a book club can be a little intimidating.

Apart from leaving the comfort of my home, which as a rule I only leave to work or shop for groceries, it’s a time commitment. There are only 24 hours in a day and when eight of those are spent playing video games, time just gets away from you. Who knew?

For those of you in a similar time crunch–legitimate or self imposed–the library is launching our first documentary club, Doc Discussions. It’s as easy as “book” clubs get. Step one: an hour and a half (more or less) commitment to watch one of the best documentaries around. Step two: Come talk about it in an hour long gab sesh at the library. Doesn’t get more efficient than that.

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2016: Lawrence’s Space Odyssey

It’s been a very space centric year here at LPL. We’ve read The Martian for Read Across Lawrence, listened to astronauts at Liberty Hall, and spoke with the International Space Station via radio! And we’re not done yet.  Read More..

Being Mortal: Film, Discussion, and Interactive Wall

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

Join us Thursday, Nov 10 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of Atul Gawande’s story of experiences of death and dying from the perspective of a healer and his patients.

Based on his book, Being Mortal, we invite our community to have critical conversations about end of life care. Our discussion will be led by local providers and healers hoping to provide context for early decision making.

Offered in partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital. More information: Gwen GeigerWolfe


Before I Die Interactive Exhibit
NOV 1–30, 2016 | Library Atrium
What is important to you? Come reflect on your life and share personal aspirations on our community “bucket list” in the Atrium.

After losing someone she loved and experiencing deep depression, artist Candy Chang created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with neighbors while remaining an introvert.

What started as a personal outlet has led to an international experience. Walls have appeared all over the world and now we have one right here in Lawrence. It will be documented and added to the project. More information, photos, and stories can be found at the website.

Offered in partnership with Midland Care and Visiting Nurses Association.

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Hamiltunes for Hamilteens!

Teens—quick—download the soundtrack to the musical for free and get ready for the ultimate sing-off with your fellow Hamilton fans this Friday, Oct 21 from 7-10 PM in the Auditorium.

We’ll kick things off with a Hamilton sing-along with trivia, feather penmanship, and snacks. Then, it’s watch party time! We’ll join the rest of the country for the national premier of PBS’ Hamilton documentary with 15 minutes of footage from the actual Broadway show.

See you there—bring your besties!

Documinutes

If you’ve got the vision, we have the tools to make your film a reality.

On Monday, May 23 from 5:30-8:30 PM in the Sound+Vision Studio, learn from LPL’s Muriel Green who’s worked as an independent contractor on television shows, commercials, and feature films in the midwest for several years and earned a bachelor’s degree in film from KU.

Green’s sharing a proven method for creating short documentaries on any topic! You will get one-on-one help as you pick a topic and make a plan for shooting and editing your short documentary. Bring ideas and we’ll provide the rest!