Diverse Environmental Leaders Bring Hope For A Paradigm Shift

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."             -- Audre Lorde --- Greater wildlife and plant biodiversity in the natural world creates stronger and more resilient responses to stresses in an ecosystem. Humans are a part of the natural world; with more diverse people…
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On The Realistically Magical Storytelling & Word-Singing Of Téa Obreht

I’ve recently been reading everything I can find by Téa Obreht. Her stories are vivid and heady with realistic insight into death and grief while simultaneously invoking power from benevolent ghosts. She also writes knowingly of our connections to a place or an animal—especially a tiger in her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, and a…
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Inspiration From Elizabeth Schultz, Intrepid Advocate & Author

I've written to share my admiration for environmental and social justice leaders before, as well as to celebrate local authors; however, I haven't yet shined the spotlight on Lawrence-based scholar, poet and essayist Elizabeth (Beth) Schultz. Her writing shares connections to the natural world in thoughtful prose and poetry and her influential work to further environmental…
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Wild Hybrid Reality Tales

I am captivated by the storytelling of Jackalope Lamat Kelly, also known as Jack or Jaq. The short stories and flash fiction in Jackalope by Denise Low feature the Indigenous-centered, anthropomorphic and playful excursions of one inter-gender cryptid. These tales are based on the long-lived legend of a hybrid offspring from a jackrabbit mating with…
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An Eloquent And Provocative New Barbara Kingsolver Novel

Unsheltered is more than the title of Barbara Kingsolver's new book; it is the thoughtful overarching metaphor which connects the characters from two distinct time frames in one place. Kingsolver juxtaposes turmoil from today and the past, and yet wit and resilience are found throughout each storyline via gripping dialogue between the characters—their struggles and…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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Black Birdwatcher, J. Drew Lanham, to Speak in Lawrence

I’m proud to announce that J. Drew Lanham is coming to speak in Lawrence on May 24. Dr. Lanham connects storytelling, wit, and land ethics to advocate for greater participation in the natural world—especially among people of color. He is a conservation ornithologist, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist; Drew is also an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni…
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Mystery Book Club

Third Sundays | JAN, MAR, MAY, JUL, SEP, NOV |  1:30-3:30 PM  |  Meeting Room A We look at a different mystery subgenre at each meeting. Reserve your spot at the discussion (limited number available) and choose a book from our list of recommended titles. We’ll put the book on hold for you. Pick up…
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