We’ve got a superstar guest joining us for an all-ages storytime this month! Miss Deja Brooks will be here Sunday, June 25 at 3:30 PM in the Auditorium with stories celebrating our local LGBTQIA+ community, families of all kinds, fun, and of course—RAINBOWS!
Last year, we put together a list of some of our most anticipated summer releases to enjoy whether you’re vacationing in the Caribbean or in your own living room. This year, we have even more unconventional beach reads that will transport you to exotic locales and will introduce you to interesting new characters. All you’ll need is a library card, and your adventure awaits. Read More..
Join us on the Library Lawn, Saturday, June 3rd from 10 AM- 12 PM and Build a Better World with us this summer! Start your summer reading off with a fun morning of building with Home Depot! FREE! ALL AGES!
On Thursday, May 25 from 7:30–11 PM on the Library Lawn, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and Lawrence Public Library invite you to eat some grub, listen to some music, and watch a movie. Grab dinner from local vendors at 7:30, settle in for some local music from the Beer Bellies, then at 9, we’ll push play!
We’ll watch Storks, eat popcorn, drink beer and sodas, and settle in for a lovely evening with friends and neighbors. See you there!
Starting Monday, June 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.
Here’s how to play:
Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path. NOTE: DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!
GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense!
From May 26 – August 19, make walking, running, or biking part of every day, keep a record of how far you travel, and then map your distance on the map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Here’s how to participate:
1. Sign up!
Fill out the online form at bit.ly/LPLrivendell giving us some basic info about yourself.
2. Record your travels.
Use the paper log available at the library starting May 20th or an app of your choice to track how far you travel each day. We also have a small number of pedometers that will be given out at the library Welcome Desk starting Monday May 23rd.
3. Let us know how you’re doing.
You can send us an update here. Plus, every two weeks we’ll send out an email with information about your fellow travelers, suggested walks, and a simple form to send us an update on how far you’ve traveled. We’ll post this information on a giant map of Middle-earth in the library so you can check in to see how you and your fellow travelers are doing!
4. Once you’ve reached your goal distance, come to the library and collect your prize!
We’ll have you fill out another short online form to let us know you’ve finished.
In the summer of 2011, I came up with the perfect challenge: read at least one title by each of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature since its first awarding in 1901 and blog about my thoughts and reflections. I had the best title for my blog too: What Would Alfred Read? (The Nobel Prize is named after its Swedish inventor, Alfred Nobel.) Read More..
Avid walker and distinguished historian Henry Fortunato is back with two awesome events for exercising your mind—and body.
TALK—A Hike Through History begins with a talk about the Burroughs Creek Trail Hike Through History exhibit that’s coming to the library in late June.
WALK—Then on Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM, Henry takes us for a 3.2 mile walk along the Burroughs Creek Trail and brings history to life on a lovely summer morning. We’ll meet at Hobbs’ Park, 702 E. 11th Street. Rain date: July 16.
Henry Fortunato is the founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC and a visiting fellow at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities. He is the award-winning former public affairs director of Kansas City Public Library. In 2014, Fortunato walked across the state of Kansas.
Sponsors—Dolph and Pam Simmons, The Health Spot (Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence Public Library), Kansas Health Foundation, Watkins Museum of History, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas Historical Society, and Sunflower Republic.