How To Have an Adventure

Every year, at the beginning of summer, I check out a stack of craft books. The sun is shining (sometimes, even when it’s raining!), my garden is bursting with life, and I’m inspired to try my hand at creation. Our annual How-To Festival, our all-ages celebration of our community’s creativity and know-how, fits perfectly into this early summer feeling. Do you feel like trying something new? We hope you’ll join us here at the library on June 8th from 10am-1pm–with nearly 40 presenters from across our community, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Here’s just a sampling of what you can look forward to, plus some suggestions from our collections if you’d like to dig in further. We hope to see you there!

The recent eclipse and auroras have been a reminder of how powerful the sun is. Have you ever thought about using the sun to cook your food? The folks from the Kansas Permaculture Institute will be here to demonstrate a variety of solar cookers (and there may even be snacks to try!). 

DIY Solar Projects

Time to Shine!

Do you ever stroll through the farmer’s market or the produce aisle of the grocery store and find yourself kerflummoxed as to how to prepare the array of vegetables you find there? Have no fear! Nancy O’Connor of Growing Food Growing Health (GFGH) will demonstrate a simple recipe using fresh produce from the GFGH garden (more snacks to try!!). 

Rolling Prairie Cookbook

Grow It, Cook It

Argentine tango is a distinctive social dance with a long and lively history, and with significant benefits for your heart, mind, and soul. The folks from Lawrence Tango will be on hand to demonstrate AND to take you for a spin across the dance floor!


Dancing Is the Best Medicine

Did you know that late spring is the nesting season for many of the turtles in our area? That means it’s also when you are most likely to encounter turtles trying to cross roads. Wendy Holman from the KU Field Station will offer tips and tricks for how to safely move a turtle–including snapping turtles! 

Of Time and Turtles

The Book of Turtles

Speaking of roads: Will your next travel adventure be by bicycle? Beth Cramer and John Boyd, whose adventures have included bicycling across the U.S., the Continental Divide, and the Baja Divide, will show you how to outfit a bicycle for touring or bikepacking, and share resources for planning your own long-distance cycling adventure. 

Escape by Bike

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers

Last but not least: Don’t forget to stop by the 2nd Saturday Book Sale! The Library’s Friends will be selling books from 10am-4pm on the Kentucky Street side of LPL. 

–Melissa Fisher Isaacs is the Information Services Supervisor at the Lawrence Public Library.