“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.” -Auggie, Wonder
Whenever I’m handed a book with the promise “This will make you cry,” I’m always a little skeptical. A montage of dogs seeing their owners after they get back from deployment, I am bawling, but it is the rare book that makes me break down and cry. So when Wonder by R.J. Palacio was handed to me and I was told that it was a tearjerker that might become our Read Across Lawrence book, I was skeptical. Read More..
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.
Take the “day on, not off” with us as we follow Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s steps in serving our community with a day of activities for everyone.
Beginning at 10:30 AM on Mon, JAN 15 in the Auditorium, join us in honoring America’s seminal figure of the civil rights movement with a day of service and dialogue.
Together with our partners from AmeriCorps, the NAACP, the Women of Color Muralists, and students from Lawrence and Free State high schools, we aim to commemorate King’s legacy on this day and throughout the year by involving the community in critical conversations.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:30 AM | Diversity Storytime with LPL Board of Trustees trustee, Ursula Minor 11 AM | Community Art Project with W.O.C. Muralists 12 PM | Free lunch from Hy-Vee 1 PM | Get your free copy of 2018’s Read Across Lawrence selection, Wonder — while supplies last! 2 PM | Speak Up! for Teens 4 PM | Film screening of The 13th followed by moderated discussion