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Annual Spring Book Sale

The annual Spring Book Sale from the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library is back! For several days, they will offer good books at good prices, and all for a great cause! The proceeds from the sale go to the library and fund great programs like Summer Reading and Read Across Lawrence. Find books starting at $.50 on the following days:

  • Thursday, April 9, 5:00 – 7:00pm Friends member night (you can buy a membership at the door!)
  • Friday, April 10, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, April 11, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, April 12, 12:00 – 4:00pm

The sale will be located in the Friends’ storage space on the west side of the library building, facing Kentucky St.

*Due to sale preparations, donations will be suspended from April 1 through April 19!

Financial Wellness Clinics

Your expertly crafted plans to win the lottery, marry rich, or inherit millions of dollars have fallen through. What now? Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with Housing and Credit Counseling Services, announce the return of its Financial Wellness Clinic. First offered in 2012, this popular program offers a series of financial literacy workshops that provides basic money management and investing information to anyone in Lawrence interested in improving his or her money IQ.

The series of five workshops begins April 7 and will continue every two weeks through June 2. All classes will be held at from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.


April 7: Money & You: Let’s Get Started

Three local panelists launch the series by sharing their personal financial stories: Cathy Hamilton, Lawrence’s “Boomer Girl” talks about moving toward retirement, Jai Nitz, shares his story as a self-employed author and single father, Lawrence Journal World’s “Daddy Rules” columnist Dan Coleman discusses juggling part-time work and parenting. Moderated by Anju Mishra of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.


April 21: The Good – the Bad – and Ugly in Your Credit Report

Have you claimed your free credit report this year? Your credit score can make or break your financial life. Anju Mishra of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. explains why it’s essential to keep tabs on what others are saying about your personal financial affairs.


May 5: Is it Better to Rent or Buy?

Find out the pros and cons and what you should consider when you buy and when you rent. Learn how owning can help or hurt your bottom line at tax time. Anju Mishra of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., and Lawrence’s Realtor of the Year, Thomas Howe, present the benefits and pitfalls of renting as a student, in mid-life, and as a retiree.


May 19: Teaching Your Kids About Money

How many of us look back on our childhood and wish we would have learned more about money? Gayla Randel, education program consultant for the Kansas Department of Education, joins Anju Mishra of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. to offer constructive ideas to parents who want their children to develop good money habits for life.


June 2: Basics of Investing

That .01% interest you’re earning in your passbook savings account just isn’t cutting it. Yet you’re overwhelmed about the world of investing. Learn about the five keys to investing and how to outsmart investment fraud with Shannon Stone, Randy Mullikin, and Kenneth Becker of the Kansas Securities Commission. Moderated by Anju Mishra of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.


Online Training Software

We just added a great new resource for our community: anyone with a library card can log on and start learning from, a vast collection of online software training in 3D, animation, audio, business, design, developer, home computer, photography, video, web + interactive, Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, and more!

Get started here – all you need is your library card:

This resource is made possible by the generosity of the Simpson Foundation.