After first being bullied as a child in school for looking different and later online as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from gaining weight, became an advocate for victims of bullying the world over.
Lizzie will deliver our 2018 Read Across Lawrence keynote address. Her message of self-acceptance aligns beautifully with the themes in Wonder, our 2018 Read Across Lawrence book pick about a young boy named Auggie with a facial anomaly.
Lizzie’s family-friendly event will resonate with all ages, but will be especially powerful for teens and kids who have experienced bullying themselves.
“Lizzie Velasquez is a wonderful capstone to our Read Across Lawrence events surrounding R.J. Palacio’s Wonder,” said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. “Her anti-bullying advocacy and message of kindness and acceptance are very much needed in the world right now.”
An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez SUN | Mar 11 | 3:30 PM | Lied Center | All ages 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
Thanks to a generous gift from BNSF, this event is free and open to the public. General admission; no ticket required.
MORE ABOUT LIZZIE
In December 2013, Lizzie Velasquez took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled, How Do You Define Yourself? that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, and many other national and international media outlets. Her YouTube channel has over 793,668 subscribers.
Lizzie’s latest book, Dare to Be Kind, will be available for sale and a book signing will follow her talk.
ABOUT READ ACROSS LAWRENCE 2018
FEB 10 – MAR 17
Read Across Lawrence is an annual, community-wide reading event that encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. We’ll host book discussions and activities for all ages that explore R.J. Palacio’s themes of kindness and acceptance in her debut novel, Wonder. The Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Public Library Foundation teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.
When you get a chance, thank any of the 227 active Friends of the Lawrence Public Library volunteers who keep their efforts alive day in and day out.
They just finished another heavy-hitting year. Following 2016′s unprecedented $100,000 donation, Lawrence Public Library just received a whopping $90,000 at the end of 2017.
With huge attendance to their book sales combined with online sales via Amazon, they’ve built a network of incredibly generous bookish folks to help keep LPL running smoothly.
The Friends changed the game when they launched DownHall Books — a static display of various reads for sale on the honor system — that has passively earned $2,000 on its own by simply being available.
The Friends’ incredible gifts support our signature events like Summer Reading and Read Across Lawrence, help us spread the library word in our community, and keep our sweet saltwater (and fresh!) fish friends fed. You can become a Friend, too, and join the greatest group of library advocates that we’ve ever seen.
Without Friends, Lawrence Public Library simply wouldn’t be the place it is today.
Read Across Lawrence is just around the corner and this year we’ve chosen to feature one book for all ages: Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
The New York Times bestseller is about August Pullman, a boy with a facial difference who wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
“We picked Wonder because we feel it speaks to all ages. It sends an important message of kindness, hope, and the power of friendship at a time when bullying has reached epidemic proportions,” said Brad Allen, executive director of Lawrence Public Library. “It’s also important to us to show that good literature is being produced for children. Once we grow up, we typically don’t read it anymore and this is a chance for the ‘big kids’ to get back to their roots.”
Read Across Lawrence runs FEB 14–MAR 17, 2018 and will be packed with programs and activities for all ages to explore Wonder’s themes of kindness and acceptance.
Stay tuned for a full program of events to be announced in January.
In partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, this annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence Schools Foundation, and Lawrence Public Library teamed up and received a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation to supply 1,000 copies of the book to students, teachers, and classrooms all over Lawrence.
“This book is destined to be a classic. We’ve got a month of phenomenal library programs planned. We’re so grateful to KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and our many other partners for their generous support in making this all possible,” Allen added.
GET A FREE COPY OF WONDER!Join us Monday, JAN15 at 1 PM in the auditorium for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service celebration and get a free copy of Wonder. In addition to a diversity-focused storytime and a screening of The 13th, a free lunch will be provided by Hy-Vee from 12-1 PM with a book giveaway to follow. First come, first served until books are gone. Please limit one per family.
ABOUT THE AUTHORWonder is author R.J. Palacio’s debut novel. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March 2012 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The book’s message of kindness has inspired the Choose Kind movement, and has been embraced by readers young and old around the world. Palacio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons, and two dogs (Bear and Beau).
Need the perfect book for your warm weather adventures? Grab fresh reads from your Friends every Tuesday! We are rolling out our best selection of poolside, picnic blanket, and hammock-friendly books to the Kentucky Street side of the library. All priced $2 and under.
The Friends of the Library’s Summer Booksale is one of the biggest community sales of the year! Come score incredible deals while helping to support your library.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes a strong library is vital to our community. Through membership dues and legendary book sales, they raise funds to support library collections, programs, and services.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library now has a storefront!
DownHall Books (aptly named for being “down the hall”) opened this week as a permanent browsing outpost for book sales.
The idea behind it is two-fold: how to address increasing storage challenges while answering requests for more book sales. In 2016, your donations helped the Friends of LPL raise a whopping $100,000 for library programs, speakers, collections, reading prizes, and more. That’s a whole lot of books, folks!
We found some prime wall space directly outside the elevator, installed shelving, and magically, the Friends’ overflow solution led to a fantastic benefit for you. Happy Browsing!
Behold the DownHall deets:
Located on the Lower Level of the library
BY ELEVATOR: When the doors open, boom—books!
BY STAIRS: Our Tech Desk can point you in the right direction
Hardbacks are $2; soft covers are $1
An honor system cashbox allows for cash/check payment and donations
Broad selection: classics, genre fiction, bestsellers, oversized books—you name it, it’s likely there
Questions? Call or email our Friends Coordinator, Angela: 843-3833 x 149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.