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A Refreshing Series about Water in Kansas

Every Monday through the end of October, dive into discussions about water in Kansas, the Kaw River, and Lawrence.

Featuring local luminaries such as Rex Buchanan and Sarah Hill-Nelson, we’ll spend four evenings plumbing the depths of aquifers, law, water supply, and watersheds, then wrap it all up with a tour of the Bowersock Mills & Power Company’s plant just across the river.

Free, but registration for the tour required: Email Jake at jvail@lplks.org


MONDAY WATER TALKS | 7-8 PM | Library Auditorium
10/2 | Aquifers and Streamflow with Rex Buchanan
10/9 | Water Law, Water Fights, and the Kaw with Burke Griggs
10/16 | Water in a Land of Plenty with Sharon Ashworth
10/23 | Regional Advisory Committees and Watersheds with Sarah Hill-Nelson

SPECIAL SUNDAY FIELD TRIP!
10/29
| 4 PM | Bowersock Mills & Power Plant Tour

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The Great Kansas State Park Tour

What’s the matter with Kansas? Absolutely nothing!

Mary Gage and Monicka Remboldt spent a year exploring all 26 of the state parks in Kansas. On TUE, September 26 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, they’ll be here to give us a virtual tour of their adventures.

Spend an evening reveling in the natural beauty of the Sunflower State, but beware, you might be inspired to dust off your hiking boots and discover those wild places for yourself!

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Game of Gnomes 2017

Starting MondayJune 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk  starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.


Here’s how to play:

  1. Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
  2. Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path.
    NOTES:
    DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
    The gnomes at Rock Chalk are quite far apart, spanning between E 902 RD and E 1000 RD.
  3. Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
  4. Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
  5. Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!

Gnomenclature GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense! Game of Gnomes pins small

Calling All NE Kansas Authors!

We’re all about connecting readers and writers, and now NE Kansas authors can easily submit their work for consideration for inclusion in our Local Indie Author Collection.

Check out our form and submit!

KPR’s Points of View: Taxing the System

How does cutting taxes affect the wellbeing of our state’s budget?

On ThursdayJan 26, Kansas Public Radio’s Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium on the pros, cons, and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

Wild Adventures Grounded in the Historical Roots of Kansas

Lawrence author George Frazier celebrates the wilderness he finds in Kansas, lyrically linking the present with the past in his new book The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys Into Hidden Landscapes. Read More..

I Was A Revolutionary Presents a Kaleidoscope of Kansas History

Lawrence native Andrew Malan Milward has combed through Kansas history for all the secrets, idiosyncrasies, and forgotten moments of our state. With this trove of knowledge, he didn’t try to write a textbook or manifesto; instead, he created a work of short stories, speaking of the lives of Kansans, some historical, and some imagined.

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Getting Versed in Kansas Poetry: Five Questions with Eric McHenry, Kansas Poet Laureate

Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a special free event in the library auditorium at 7:00 pm. Read More..