Tag: Fun

Time Again for Things Worth Knowing!

Audience members enjoying a Things Worth Knowing presentation and cookies.

The beginning of the school year marked the start of a new series of Things Worth Knowing presentations in the library.  For those of you who do not know what these events are, I will explain.  Each week, we draw on the expertise of a member of the library staff, the greater Lawrence community, or someone not otherwise affiliated with Lawrence.  Last school year, we hosted presentations on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  superstitions, and more.  So far this school year, special guests have presented on the Gutenberg Bible, fall hijinks of Lawrence past, and the history of Stonewall.  Take a look at our guide for a complete list of topics, along with additional information.  Feeling sad about having missed these awesome events?  Don’t fret- we have many more interesting topics and special guests lined up!  All Things Worth Knowing presentations take place on Friday afternoon and last from 4:30 pm to 5 pm.  Oh- and we always have cookies for our guests to enjoy while listening to the presentations.  The remainder of the fall term presentations are scheduled as follows:

October 14—Cooperating for Change: The Co-op Movement: With special guest Cathy Statz, LU 1996, Education Director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union

October 28—Public Art & the Statue of Liberty: With special guest Professor Rob Neilson

November 4—King Tut: In honor of the anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922

November 11—The Armistice: Recalling World War I and the 85th anniversary of Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) area of expertise you would like to share at a Things Worth Knowing event? If so, contact Gretchen Revie by email or at 920-832-6730 to inquire about arranging a presentation.

Oh My Gosh! The Ship Isn’t Moving!

Soon it will be Memorial Day, then the 4th of July, and then the giant holiday void that is August, and then … International Talk Like a Pirate Day! At the Mudd we can’t wait for September 19th to roll around. Now, you too can practice your pirate platitudes, pronouns and participles.

Mango Languages, a language-learning company, is offering a Pirate Course FREE now through June 30. As they so accurately put it: “Pirate is bold, brazen and chock full of eccentric insults.”

Some of your “Conversational Goals” may be:

  • Call someone names
  • Express surprise
  • Give sailing commands
  • Greet a friend and a superior
  • Pay a compliment

As an added bonus you get cultural notes, cool graphics and genuine pirates pronouncing the words.