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Our New Friend Libby

It’s no secret how much I love Hoopla. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about it at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the bar, the laundromat… pretty much anywhere.) It’s just so easy to use and I’m a bit of a give-upper when it comes to confusing…

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, 2017 we will have the exciting opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse visible across the continuous United States since 1979. To help celebrate the Lawrence Public Library and KU are providing a number of different opportunities to learn about and then enjoy viewing the eclipse together. A total solar eclipse…

Reading Water, Hearing Trees

It’s Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday! In honor of the man who’s mostly famous for sitting by a pond, here’s a look at a few recent books that might be of interest – whether or not you choose to go to the woods, build a cabin, and live deliberately.

I See London, I See France

Is brevity the soul of wit, or just briefs?  I should have asked my 8th grade English teacher Mr. King, the seat of whose pants ripped wide open as he sprinted toward first base during our annual kids-versus-teachers softball game. Like all great teachers, he was a master at problem-solving on the run: rather than…

Tween Club: Watergun Tie Dye

Meet up and hang out, play games, and craft with your friends. On Friday, July 21 from 3:30-5:30 PM, we are tie dying shirts with waterguns!!! Meet up in the Readers’ Theater, then we’ll head outside to make our tie dye creations! A club just for tweens in grades 3-5, or ages 8-11!  Register for clubs at the children’s desk…

Draw Along: Dream and Draw a Better World

On Thursday, July 27  at 11 AM and 2 PM in the Auditorium, your kiddos, family, and friends will complete three refrigerator-ready pictures using elementary art educator Kyle Tiernan’s unique, fail safe approach to teaching kids to draw. Kyle’s shape-by-shape and story-by-story approach to drawing makes the process ridiculously simple for children ages 5-12. You’ll see your children’s artistic self-confidence soar as they…

New to Medicare

New to Medicare? Join the Senior Resource Center’s  Health & Human Services team as they present information on what to expect from the Medicare system at this informative session. The July session will be held next Wed, July 19, from noon to 1 PM in meeting room A on the lower level of  the Lawrence Public Library.

Kidsapalooza: Firefighters

On Wednesday, July 26 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll explore a fire truck and learn about what firefighters do to build a better community! Program is for ages 5-6. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Into the Woods: A Different Take on Beach Reads

When I was growing up, “going on vacation” was synonymous with “going to the beach.” Every summer, my parents loaded me and my brothers in our beat-up Ford Aerostar – books and Barbies in tow for yours truly – and trekked seven hours straight south from our house in Alabama to a condo in Florida,…

Exploratorium: Kitchen Building Challenge!

On Monday, July 24 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll create towers, bridges, and walls out of marshmallows, toothpicks, cups, straws, and other supplies that can be found in your kitchen! Program is for ages 7-11. Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.