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Join the Book Squad’s Polli and Kate on Soundcloud to catch their latest wits (and greatest hits).

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

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Fitness Sampler Classes Every Friday on the Lawn

Back by popular demand, we’ve teamed up with area fitness instructors and gyms to bring you something new to add to your workout routine.

Every Friday through July 28, we’ll meet from 7-8 AM (before it gets unbearably hot!) for an hour of community exercise. We’ll provide water—just bring a towel so you don’t get chiggers from the grass.

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Film + Discussion: Gender Revolution

Follow Katie Couric through the journey that is our blossoming definition of gender and identity.

Join us Thursday, June 8 from 7-9 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Lawrence Public Library is a safe environment to learn more, ask questions, and expand your knowledge base about the complexities of gender identity. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presenters

An Sasala (they/them) is a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies graduate student at KU. An studies transgender/non-binary identities and issues in relation to race, gender, sexuality, class, and robots and volunteers with the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project.

Megan Williams (she/her) is the KU Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity’s program coordinator. Meg earned her PhD in American Studies from KU. To her position at the Emily Taylor Center, Meg brings over a decade of experience teaching women, gender, and sexuality studies to undergraduates at KU and Johnson County Community College in Kansas and at Skidmore College and The College of Saint Rose in Upstate NY.

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Fact Checking Bootcamp

Is the news you read true?

Join KU Journalism faculty to learn about evaluating and verifying news sources in this 4-part series. Then, do some fact checking of your own! Questions? Ask Melissa:

TUESDAYS | 6:30-8 PM

TUE | Apr 18: | Meeting Room C
Gain strategies for effective online searching, plus ways to search and access public documents.

TUE | April 25 | Meeting Room A
Learn the telltale signs of news that may not be factually sound, and about the online resources you can use to verify the veracity of news stories.

TUE | May 2 | Meeting Room A
Uncover the ins and outs of filing requests for public documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).

TUE | May 9 | Meeting Room A
Follow the money in campaign and other political financing by learning about campaign finance laws and searching public records.

Families + Autism: A Research Update

KU Autism researchers, Doctors Nancy Brady and Steve Warren from the University of Kansas’ Lifespan Institute, will be here to talk about issues affecting teens and their families on MON, Mar 27 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Bring your questions and learn more about recent developments in this field of study.

For more info, email Gwen at ggeigerwolfe@lplks.orgNOTE: This is incorrectly listed in our March paper calendar as THU, Mar 27.


Activism, Protest, and Change

America has a long tradition of political activism and protest, but it’s not always clear whether these methods of dissent can create real and lasting change.

In the wake of recent national and campus-wide protests, on Wednesday, Mar 1 at 7 PM in our Auditorium we’ll discuss protest’s place in our democracy with an interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty. Presented in partnership with the KU Honors Program.

This event is free and open to the public and is offered in connection with Lawrence Public Library’s NEA Big Read/Real Across Lawrence community novel, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies.

What Does It Mean to Be American?

Join us Monday, September 19 at 7 PM in the Auditorium for a screening of the film, Welcome to Shelbyville, as part of the new season of Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture at the library.

“In a year of historic change, one town in the Heartland questions what it means to be an American. With rapidly changing demographics, longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” Visit for more.

Offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. Free and open to the public.

Sponsors of this Event: The Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas African Studies Center, the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Powerful Film: “The Listeners”

What if the most important conversation of your life is with a stranger?

Thursday, September 1 from 7-9 PM in our Auditorium, we’re screening The Listeners, a film directed and produced by Bob Hurst that explores the role of crisis phone lines in mental health care and follows a cohort of new volunteers undergoing rigorous training at the Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, KS.

The Listeners delivers a powerful and uplifting message of acceptance, altruism, and empathy. Q&A to follow with panel of crisis line volunteers and a candlelight vigil. Sponsored by Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Microscopy and Water Treatment

On Wednesday, July 6 at 7 PM in the Auditorium, Renée Whaley will take us on a microscopic, visual tour of the water treatment process.

See who’s going!

Renée is both a photographer of tiny life forms and graduate of the University of Kansas where she studied philosophy.

She currently works for the City of Lawrence Utilities Department, is a state-certified water and wastewater operator, and maintains a fascinating micro-blog about microscopy (

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Waste (Not)

Multi-media, New York City-based artist Aurora Robson visited Lawrence recently and inspired a KU art class to explore sculpture using trash. You can see the results starting Friday, June 24 in the Library Atrium.

Matthew Burke, associate professor at KU’s School of Art, asked his students to save their recycling and garbage for two weeks. Then, they worked with Friends of the Kaw to collect trash along the river bank and toured Hamm Recycling—Lawrence’s recycling contractor facilities—to learn about our community’s “waste stream.”

Taking cues from Aurora Robson’s artistic process and her “Waste Stream Curriculum”, Burke’s students went deep into Lawrence’s waste and garbage​ culture and discovered aspects about human environmental impact of which they were previously unaware.

The Enchanted Re•mediation exhibition offers works that use 90% trash and recycling as building material. All works are for sale through a silent auction, and proceeds of the sales will benefit the Friends of the Kaw, our community’s eyes and ears of the Kansas (Kaw) river.

Have a look.


  • Opening Reception
    FRI | Jun 24 | 5-6:30 PM | Lawrence Public Library | Open to the public
  • Exhibit and Silent Auction
    Jun 24 — Jul 8, 2016

Thank you to our sponsors:

Aurora Robson, Artist
Department of Visual Art, KU School of the Arts
Lawrence Arts Center
Solid Waste Management, City of Lawrence
Hamm Recycling
Friends of the Kaw
The University of Hartford
KU Environmental Studies Program
Friends and family