Kathleen Morgan, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Lawrence Public Library, is excited and enthusiastic about the opening of the new library. And her enthusiasm is obviously shared by the Lawrence community.
“We called for volunteers to help us move into the new library and 200 people volunteered in one day,” she told Lawrence Central Rotarians. “And more than 700 people came to the opening ceremonies to watch 15 civic leaders cut the ribbons. At least 1500 people attended the festivities that evening. “
The renovated library, which has been a $19 million investment opened July 26.
“We made 12 promises to the community when we began this project and we’ve kept all 12,” Morgan said.
“We’ve added 20,000 square feet to the library, renovated spaces in the old library by opening them up,adding lighting and art objects, we’ve built a parking garage for more parking and added a children’s programming area with spaces for quiet reading, story telling, other activities.”
Other promises kept, she said, encompassed improved technology including more computers, and sound and video studios, cool spaces for young adults so young people will feel free to hang out at the library, improved handling of library materials, drive up book drop and book lockers, improved library energy efficiency, more public meeting space, and outdoor spaces for community gatherings.
The library calendar for August includes story times, meetings for teens, book clubs, library tours, classes in everything from basic computer skills to knitting and a host of other activities.
Before taking the position of the Executive Director of the Lied Center Derek Kwan was the VP of Concerts and Touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Kwan’s career also includes time as executive director of Interlochen Presents at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan from 2007 to 2012, where he collaborated with arts and academic faculty to program guest artists to enhance existing curriculum. He managed events ranging from internationally renowned guests to student and faculty presentations. Guest artists during his tenure included Olga Kern, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Emerson String Quartet as well as the program “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.”
Kwan believes that vibrant arts opportunities spur creativity and innovation resulting in the positive advancement of society, “There is something unique and stimulating about university communities, and Lawrence is one of the greatest college towns in the country. I am energized by the idea that we will need to continually evolve in order to remain relevant on campus and in the community.”
The roadmap to accomplishing this is by positioning the Lied Center as “THE Collaborative Partner” in Lawrence. The venue’s varied spaces can host a wide-range of events and this year’s event schedule is packed with world class performers. The center also is dedicated to free performances for more than 6,800 children from USD 497 annually.
Another initiative the Lied is undergoing is leveraging internet video webcasting technology to stream educational activities, student performances & graduations as well as select professional presentations.
By doing this the Lied Center can play a positive role in connecting all of the arts related organizations on campus and building stronger relationships in the community.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions he encouraged anyone from the community to reach out with suggestions.
You check out this season’s exciting schedule via this link http://lied.ku.edu/season/calendar.shtml
Kwan’s career also includes time as executive director of Interlochen Presents at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan from 2007 to 2012, where he collaborated with arts and academic faculty to program guest artists to enhance existing curriculum. He managed events ranging from internationally renowned guests to student and faculty presentations. Guest artists during his tenure included Olga Kern, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Emerson String Quartet as well as the program “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.”
– See more at: http://www.news.ku.edu/2013/11/20/lied-center-names-new-director#sthash.uIHny7Y0.dpuf
Andy Brown started his job as Executive Director of Headquarters Counseling Center on May 15, 2014, with the top priority to restore 24/7 access to the support center.
By June 1, that schedule had been restored, thanks to dedicated staff and volunteers in the revived organization.
As a certified crisis center for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), Headquarters staff and volunteers are one of only two such crisis center in the state. The agency receives calls from persons wanting a listening ear as they contemplate suicide—a problem much more prevalent in the state than many realize, according to Brown. The agency also seeks to build local capacity for suicide prevention through the Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Program, an initiative funded through the coming year by a federal grant. Headquarters also operates the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center, offering training, professional assistance, and a website and resource map.
Started in 1969 as an information and referral service in Lawrence, Headquarters, Inc., grew, matured and flourished during the next three decades. By 2000, however, challenges began to arise, and in 2013, the Board of Directors scaled back services and undertook a strategic planning process that could carry the agency into the coming years. Their mission statement now reads: “Our trained volunteer and paid staff improve the emotional well-being and safety of adults and children through readily available counseling, education, and information services.”
With a Masters in Social Work Administration, Andy Brown is well-prepared to take the leadership position in the revamped organization. Working with core staff members, he has not only re-instituted the round-the-clock call center, he is developing alliances statewide with others involved with suicide prevention and is spearheading a variety of fund-raising initiatives. He and his staff have recruited and trained a new cadre of volunteers and are seeking to find more people interested in assisting with this life-saving work.
The weather spirits were with us the third weekend in July when we arrived to set up at Lawrence’s Rotary Arboretum for our 4th Community Bike Ride.
Over 100 families and approximately 200 people came out to enjoy the summer morning with one of three bike rides.
There was a 10 mile (actually 11.1) mile ride that rolled out at 8:00am followed by a three mile ride out to Clinton Park’s Sander’s Mound at 8:30 whole local kids rode around the 1 mile closed loop at around the Arboretum throughout the morning.
Funds raised were used to purchase kid’s bike helmets that were free to kids who came and they were also fitted on-site to make sure there was a proper fit.
We’d again like to thank all the sponsors who make this event possible: Anderson Rentals, The Merc, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Lawrence Econolodge, Ryde Barre, Ortho Kansas, McDonalds, GP Velotek, Lawrence Bicycle Club, Lawrence Community Hospital, Safe Kids Douglas County, and Bev West Creative.
We’re in the planning stages for a new fall Community Bike Ride on Lawrence’s East side starting from the Haskell University Stadium Parking lot and riding the Burroughs Creek Trail. The Ride is scheduled for September 20th and more information if coming soon. If you’d like to be a part and volunteer or help sponsor please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a gallery of the individual pictures we took that day navigate your browser over to RideLawrence.com. Below is a picture pile.