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Read Across Lawrence welcomes anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez

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 Wonderour 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.”

EVENT INFORMATION

An Afternoon with Lizzie Velasquez
SUN | Mar 11 | 3:30 PM | Lied Center | All ages
1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2787

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.

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Read​ ​Across​ ​Lawrence​ ​2018​ ​Is​ ​Bound​ ​to​ ​Be​ ​Wonder​-ful!

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! 2017 Wonder Read Across LawrenceJoin us Monday, JAN 15 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 AUTHOR Wonder 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).


 

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New Series: Social Media Marketing for Beginners

Not certain where to begin your business’s or non-profit’s social media marketing strategy?

Learn the basics from local celebs and social media gurus in this 4-part series every Thursday, OCT 12–NOV 2 at 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.


SCHEDULE

Developing A Social Media Plan
THU | Oct 12 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Developments in information technology and online social networking have posed opportunities and challenges for businesses and organizations. In this first session, Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at the University of Kansas, will teach you how to develop a social media plan that supports your organizational goals. Come and learn effective ways to identify key demographics, create and share social media content, and evaluate social media-based initiatives.

Twitter Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 19 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
The immediacy of Twitter feeds attract many users, but can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. In this second session, Lawrence Public Library’s William Ottens will cover Twitter marketing basics for businesses and nonprofits while Officer Drew Fennelly (winner of 2017′s Best of Lawrence: Social Media Organization or Nonprofit) will share Lawrence Police Department’s success story.

Facebook Marketing Basics
THU | Oct 26 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Managing a Facebook page for a business or nonprofit organization can often feel like a full-time endeavor. For this third session, Lawrence Public Library’s Marketing Coordinator Heather Kearns and the owner of Ladybird Diner Meg Heriford will put their heads together to discuss the basics of managing a Facebook page for a business or organization along with some tips and tricks to succeed in connecting with the Lawrence community.

Social Media Copyright and Fair Use
THU | Nov 2 | 7-8:30 PM | Auditorium
Copyright and fair use are so fundamental to 21st century life that we frequently fail to recognize them. This is particularly true on the web and in social media, where copying and sharing are as easy as a few clicks. It’s important to have a basic understanding of copyright and fair use from both legal and ethical perspectives. In this fourth and final session, Josh Bolick, KU Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Librarian, will teach you the basics of copyright and fair use and how they work in social media contexts with specific examples, strategies, and time for discussion.

Julia Alvarez: Woman, Writer, Activist

On Sunday, March 5 at 7 PM at the Lied Center, our NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence ends on the highest of notes with a visit from the writer herself, Julia Alvarez.

Author of 19 books and three collections of poetry, Alvarez will talk about her books, in particular, In the Time of the Butterflies and Return to Sender, and what it means to be a citizen of the world as a woman, writer, and activist.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Lobby opens at 6 PM. The Lied Center is located at 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julia Alvarez is the recipient of two Pura Belpre awards and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature. She was born in New York City, and spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic. Her family was forced to flee in 1960 because of her father’s participation in an attempt to overthrow the country’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo. She returned to New York as a ten year old and turned to books and writing to cope with language and culture barriers she faced upon returning to the land of her birth.

“Lawrence Public Library and its partners were among 75 groups nationwide to receive a Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a huge honor and the first time that Lawrence has earned this grant, which makes it possible to bring Ms. Alvarez to Lawrence. KU Libraries look forward to sharing the scholarship and collections of our Latin and Caribbean Studies scholars through the collaborative programming being developed for the Lawrence community,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Head of KU Libraries’ Center for Community Engagement.


Offered in partnership with KU Libraries, the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Lied Center of Kansas. NEA Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: An Urgent Heartbreaker

“Moving and maddening in almost equal measure.”

How are social justice and the economics of information access intertwined?

Meet us in the Library Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct 25 from 6-8:30 PM for a film screening about what we lose when we are, “tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.” Stay for a discussion about open access to scholarly research led by Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communications Librarian at KU.

ABOUT THE FILM: The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy, information activist, and internet celebrity Aaron Swartz, and a two-year legal battle that ended with him taking his own life at the age of 26.

From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a legal nightmare. (Source: takepart.com)

Co-sponsored by the KU Libraries Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright

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