At the turn of each new year, I try not to make resolutions. I avoid them. I really do. Instead, I think about the clean slate that a new year brings–the fresh opportunities to try something different, to improve in so many ways, or to take a look at life through a new lens without the strict confines of being resolved to do something. Observing, staying curious, and taking action to get outside of my day-to-day are how I try to greet the next 365. Read More..
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.
Need a flu shot this year?
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be in the library’s Health Spot on Thursday, Nov 3 from 4-6 PM. Insurance, Medicaid, and regular payments accepted.
Not sure if you need one? The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department explains prevention here.
You can also visit What You Should Know for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season for flu and flu vaccine information specific to the 2016-2017 flu season. The Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have lots of info about flu vaccinations, too.
Open Enrollment starts November 1, 2016. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The process can feel a bit overwhelming, so on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM in the Health Spot we’ve got a Navigator here to help—for FREE!
A Navigator is a person or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.
We just added another perk to having a library card.
Three area athletic facilities, Body Boutique, CrossFit Lawrence, and Summit Gym have collaborated with Gwen, our Health Librarian, to offer a free 1-month pass to library cardholders.
Pick one up at the ask desk, get on the holds list—and get moving!
We have four passes total, you can only check it out once a year, but you get 30 days of free access to see if joining a gym is your jam or not!
The passes will be treated like any other library item: there will be a holds list, they have a return date, and they’re absolutely free. You must be 18+ to use this collection.
Step right up! This Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 1 pm, come one, come all for aerial acrobats from The Last Carnival, our annual Edible Books Festival, food fortunes and sculptures, and a food freak show to set the stage for discussions about healthy food.
Our Edible Books Festival—where contestants interpret a book with food for prizes—will be hopping in the auditorium, too. Register to enter an Edible Book as a group or individual: 785-843-3833.
Edible Book Festival event info:
This Health Spot program is a partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and LPL.
SAT | Mar 12 | 2 PM | Auditorium
As part of healthy relationships month, we’re screening this Billy Wilder classic film and talking about relationships, both romantic and ribald.
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Some Like It Hot is considered to be one of the greatest film comedies of all time. The film is also notable for featuring cross dressing and homosexuality, which led to it being produced without approval from the Motion Picture Production Code.
Calling all home cooks, local chefs, scout troops, foodies—Do you have a healthy corn dog or fried twinkie recipe?
Your recipe might be what it takes to help someone eat healthier without sacrificing decadence. On April 23rd, 2016, the Carnivale is rolling in to the library with entertainment, exhibits, and a spectacle of information will lead you through the annual Nutrition Carnivale, including a recipe contest!
In partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Health Spot, come on down if you’re up for the challenge! Win prizes and bragging rights: Enter here!