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The Creative Books of Hervé Tullet

I was lucky enough to hear Hervé Tullet, the wildly creative children’s book illustrator and author, speak recently. His work is propelled by ideas and his thoughtful books inspire readers to reconsider what a picture book can be. He doesn’t tell a traditional story… he takes us on an adventure!  Read More..


Happy National Poetry Month!

Since April is National Poetry Month, I thought it would be appropriate to try my hand at a book of poems.  I took one poetry class in college and never felt like I quite “got it”, so I thought maybe I should try giving it another chance.  I picked up a book from the New Non-fiction section and started glancing through the pages.  One of the first things I read from Leigh Stein’s Dispatch From The Future was “Warning: there are better ways to break a heart than Facebook, such as abandoning your pregnant girlfriend at Walmart like that guy did to Natalie Portman.  If you read this book sequentially, bad things may happen to you, but only as bad as the things that would have happened to you anyway”.  I was definitely intrigued. Read More..


Staff Picks: Rootless by Chris Howard

I picked up Rootless because the summary mentioned a future with no trees and a young man building “trees” for rich people out of metal and plastic. Environmental apocalypse and a protagonist artist building “trees” for those that oppress him? Yes please! Sadly, as I am often too impulsive with books, I did not check to see if the book was a “stand alone” or part of a series. Oops!  Read More..

Summer in the City: Out and About!

Summer is almost here! The Library summer program will get under way Tuesday, May 28. Adults, teens, and kids will have two ways to participate: read (or listen) for a certain number of hours, or finish a certain number of books, for prizes! And don’t miss the special events for every age. Because of our smaller temporary location, some events will be held outside the library at the Carnegie Building, Read More..


Good books. Good prices. Great cause.

It’s almost time for another legendary Friends of the Library book sale! Because of library construction, the sale will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. While the space might be different, the bargains will be the same – thousands of books, audiobooks, dvds, and more at great prices.  If you’d like to get first crack at all the great deals, just become a member of the Friends and you can get in the first night.



Thursday, April 25, 4 pm – 8 pm (Members Night)

Friday, April 26, 10 am – 6 p

Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, April 28, 12 noon – 6 pm (Half Price Day)



Attention pulp fans. Do you like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, John D. MacDonald? Perhaps Ross Macdonald? Maybe Jim Thompson and John Fante? Even dug up Charles Willeford and David Goodis? (If you haven’t read all of these guys, go on ahead and do it.) If you’re like me, maybe you’ve struggled to find your next favorite purveyor of pulp. Let me throw one you might not know into the mix: Fredric Brown. Read More..

Poetry and Pizza

We’ll feed you pizza and you can feed your soul at our pizza and poetry party!

Friday, April 26
4:30-6:00 pm

Create blackout and silhouette poetry while noshing on delectable pizza for inspiration.
No writing experience necessary.



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Teen Zone Bracket Challenge Winners!

In a down to the wire finish, Kevin beat Emily in a tie-breaker to win the Teen Zone Bracket Challenge, with Andrea finishing third.

The championship game was key to the final results.  If Louisville had lost the championship game and Michigan came out on top, Andrea would have walked away the winner of the won the bracket challenge as she lead going into the final game.  However, Louisville’s win propelled Kevin and Emily to the top of the leader board with the exact same point totals, the final placing being decided on a guess of the championship game’s final score.

There were a total of 15 entrants in this year’s bracket challenge, the first year the Teen Zone has featured online entry.  The prizes were an iPod Nano for the first place and Hastings gift cards for second and third place.  The contest was open to Teen Zone patrons in grades 6-12.

Free State Film Festival

The Lawrence Public Library is proud to partner with the Lawrence Arts Center to present the Free State Film Fest – High School Edition, a short film showcase featuring recent work produced by youth filmmakers from Lawrence High School & Free State High School.
Saturday, April 27th
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
At the Library 

This event is in coordination with the Free State Film Festival happening April 26-28. Check their website to learn more about the festival and for a complete schedule of showtimes and events.


Puzzle Games

The following list of games all fall under the category of “Puzzle Games”.  They ask a player to use logic, creativity, and critical thinking to form solutions.  Most importantly, a player of any age will have fun while testing and developing those skills.  As always, each game comes with an ESRB rating of E for Everyone, Read More..