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An Evening at Watkins Museum with Author Thomas Fox Averill

Although Nell Doerr seems real enough to reach out and touch, Thomas Fox Averill’s protagonist is a fictional character whose life unfolds entirely through Doerr’s journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings. On Friday, MAR 2 from 6-7 PM at Watkins Museum of History, Averill will discuss his new novel, Found Documents from the Life of…

Fighting Back in a Different Way

“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…

The Greatest Healthy Eating Show in Lawrence!

Back again and better than ever! Come one, come all on Saturday, MAR 10 from 11 AM–1 PM. Bring your best edible book entry and catch a glimpse of The Last Carnival’s aerial acrobatics, enjoy super fun activities, and win prizes. You don’t miss the hilarious food freak show, either. What’s an Edible Book? It’s so fun! Check out these examples. Simple…

Teen Zone Expanded: Button-Making!

We’re pulling out the button machine! On Wednesday, FEB 28 from 2-5 PM, head to the Readers’ Theater and design your own kindness-themed buttons to on your favorite book bag or “Canadian tuxedo” (insert laugh-cry emoji). Supplies and friendship provided!

LPL Welcomes Legendary Gospel, R&B, and Grammy-winning Singer Mavis Staples

We are thrilled to announce legendary R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples as our 780s Series music storyteller for 2018. She is a Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and Kennedy Center Honoree. Ms. Staples will spend an evening in Lawrence on April 4th to share stories from her 60+ year…

Teen Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest

Calling all 6-12th grade artists!   We want YOU to design our teen summer reading t-shirt. Every year we have a contest to design a t-shirt based on our summer reading theme. The shirt is given as one of the many teen prizes for summer reading finishers over the summer. That means that if your…

Hurts So Good

I’ve always liked sad songs, sad movies, sad books. It seems to defy logic sometimes, that something that makes us feel pain or shed tears can be something we like. Or if “like” is the wrong word, perhaps it’s better to say these are things we indulge in. There are plenty of things going on…

Wonder Genes

Learn all about genes and DNA from science experts from KU! You can extract your own DNA plus more from 4-5 PM in the Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28th! Program is for ages 5-11!

What are we having for dinner?

Being a reader almost inevitably means forging relationships (at least in our own minds) with favorite authors. Once upon a time, as a nine-year-old hardcore Little House on the Prairie fan, I was devastated when at last it dawned on me that I would never, ever meet Laura Ingalls Wilder–I felt so deeply connected to…

Diverse Dialogues

On Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30 pm we’ll talk about the ongoing epidemic of violence towards native women with Sarah Deer, Professor in the KU schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center of KU. Located in the auditorium.