Friday–Sunday, Jan 26-28, bring your A-game and come putt-putt on our 18-hole, community-built golf course that winds throughout the library!
Caddy Stacks, the Library Foundation’s wildly popular fundraiser, is taking inspiration this year from Wonder, our Read Across Lawrence book by R.J. Palacio.
The course will feature the people, places, and things that make our community wonderful. Caddy Stacks happens only every 2 years — don’t miss it! All proceeds support community literacy programs at your library.
The library will close early at 6 PM on Friday, Jan 26.
Adults Only Mini Golf Party! FRI | Jan 26 | 7:30 PM | $40 per person — click RSVP button below “Par-Tee” after hours at the library with Lawrence’s wonderful sports guys, Brian Hanni, Kevin Romary, and Tom Keegan! Your reservation includes unlimited mini golf, clubhouse snacks, and drinks. The best golfers advance to the Wonders of Lawrence Tournament.
$5/player or $20/group of six — Pay at the door SAT | Jan 27 | 10 AM–5:30 PM SUN | Jan 28 | 12–5:30 PM
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.
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).