February and March are Read Across Lawrence months at Lawrence Public Library. The goal is to get everyone in the community on the same page by reading the same book at the same time; this year, we tried a grand experiment: one book for all ages.
Wonder by RJ Palacio was the perfect choice. Its central lesson, “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind” resonates with readers of any age.
In the spirit of Wonder, we’ve put together this short list of inspirational reads that focus on the universal themes of kindness and the power of friendship. All are available at your public library. Read More..
“I was looking for music on YouTube and that’s when I found it. And that’s when I lost it.”
On Thursday, MAR 1 at 7 PM, follow the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist in this touching documentary. The film screening will be in our Auditorium.
Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Velasquez was first 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.’
Nerd Nite is like the Discovery Channel — with beer — and on Wednesday, FEB 7 from 8-10:30 PM at Maceli’s, we’re partnering up to celebrate Read Across Lawrence and a variety of themes in our community read pick: Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Haven’t finished the book yet? No worries! Nerd Night 68′s presentations won’t spoil the book for you.
Doors open at 7, $1 cover charge, and we’ll get things going at 8 PM. It’s going to be Wonderful!
Nerd Nite 68 Presentations
“The Future is Now: Clinical Genetics as the Forerunner of Precision Medicine,” by Eric Rush
Discoveries in genetics that impact the health of humans are in the news daily. While these advances are exciting, did you ever wonder who actually uses them to improve patient care? Enter Clinical Geneticists. We are clinicians who use our eyes, our brains, and ever-expanding cytogenetic and molecular testing to diagnose patients with genetic conditions. We use this knowledge to treat our patients either symptomatically or with targeted molecular therapies. The paradigm of giving a patient the correct treatment, at the correct dose, and at the correct time is the essence of what has come to be called Precision Medicine. We in Genetics have been approaching our patients in this fashion for the past fifty years. We will discuss the history of Clinical Genetics and how this relates to our current medical practice.
“The Creative Outsider, or Why Marginalized People Make the Best Innovators,” by Barbara Kerr
Kerr will talk about her research on creative, eminent women for her book “Smart Girls” and eminent men for her book “Smart Boys” — and show how long periods of aloneness, rejection by popular peers, and distance from privilege can stir the imagination. The importance of one good friend and a family that provides both challenge and refuge also helps in the development of the creative person.
“‘The Wonderful[?] World of Disney’: Film Adaptations of Popular Children’s Narratives,” by Giselle Anatol
Anatol will explore several popular Disney films from the 1930s to the present and juxtapose them with the stories on which they are based. She will consider changes to the original tales and how those provide clues to the historical and cultural contexts in which both versions were created. She will also consider the messages both versions send to viewers about a variety of ideas, such as gender roles, romantic love, and beauty ideals.
Dr. Eric Rush is a Clinical Geneticist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Kansas Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As a high school student, he became interested in genetics when learning of the cause of his own color-blindness. He graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in biochemistry and genetics in 2001, and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2005. Between 2005 and 2017, Eric took his show on the road, completing his training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical Genetics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and staying on the faculty for five years after training. His research interests include treatment of rare genetic bone conditions and discovery of new syndromes.
Barbara Kerr is Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology and Co-Director of the new Center for Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Education at KU. She is also co-founder of the Lawrence Creates Makerspace. Her life’s mission is to make the world safe for creative people, but she worries it is becoming less, rather than more so. She studies how creative talent develops and the conditions that encourage it in the family, school, work, and cultures. She is author of the “Smart Girls in the Twenty-first Century: The Development of Talent in Women;” “Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, the Search for Meaning,” seven other books and over a hundred articles. Her most recent is “Creativity and Innovation in Iceland: Individual and Cultural Variables.”
Giselle Anatol is a Professor of English at KU. Anatol’s primary fields of interest are Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Literature, especially 20th- and 21st-century women’s writing, African American Literature, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature, particularly representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in narratives for young people.
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.
“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..
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
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