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Honoring Dr. King with an All-ages Day of Service

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

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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Out of This World Fundraiser

On Saturday, February 27 at 7 PM, come mingle with Martians in the new library with stellar special guests, heavenly appetizers, drinks in the Venus Lounge, space music from the SOUND+VISION studio, and our famous themed basket fundraiser.

Get your tickets here! More info is here. Cocktail attire. All proceeds support your public library.


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