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Happy Labor Day! The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7.


An Evening with Karen Russell

We are thrilled to announce that Karen Russell will open the next chapter in our Ross and Marianna Beach Author series October 15th, at 7:30pm, at Abe & Jakes’s Landing. Russell is the author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Swamplandia, and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Her work is a surrealist mashup that is both funny and haunting. Join us for an evening of humor and stories as Karen talks about what inspires her and how she gives life and voice to her magical worlds. The Raven Bookstore will have copies of her work for sale, and there will be a book signing following Russell’s talk.

Free tickets will be available at the Welcome Desk starting October 1st.

Digital Books, Audiobooks, and More

The library offers digital content in a variety of ways. You can check out these materials anytime from anywhere!

Check out ebooks (including Kindle formats) and digital audio through the Sunflower e-library powered by Overdrive. You can search for titles in our catalog here (tip: it’s just an author search for “Overdrive”).

Digital books are also available through the Kansas State Library through 3M Library, Freading, and Tumblebooks.

Want to listen to audiobooks on your device? Access them through Overdrive or the State Library on One-Click Digital.

Don’t have your own ereader device? We also have Kindle ereaders available for check out. They come fully loaded with dozens of titles for adults, kids, and teens. We even have a set of eight Kindles for book clubs — your group can choose the title!

You can access digital magazines through Zinio.

Want a specific title in a digital format but can’t find it in the catalog? Feel free to suggest it for purchase, and we’ll check to see if we can purchase it.

Have questions about accessing digital content from the library? You can chat, email, or call anytime.

Battle of the Banned… Books!

Welcome to our 4th annual Banned Book Trading Cards Competition!

Banned books week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of open access to information by highlighting the attempted or actual banning of books in the US.

During banned books week, we’ll display all submissions at the Library. A panel of judges will select seven submissions for printing and distribution and we’ll hand out a different selection each day of the week.

For inspiration, here’s a list of frequently challenged books compiled by The American Libraries Association.

Requirements: Submit original artwork only. A brief artist’s statement
about the work must accompany each entry. Include the name of the banned
or challenged book, author that inspired the piece, and 1-2 paragraphs
about how the piece represents the book or author. Please include name, address,
phone number, and email address. Selected pieces will be scanned on a
flatbed scanner for printing. At the conclusion of Banned Books Week, all artwork
will be returned to the artists, with the option of donating their original art to the


Medium: paper
Size: 5” x 7” + 300dpi high resolution
Due by: August 31st
Where to submit: Drop off entries or mail to -
Lawrence Public Library, attn: Kristin Soper
700 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044


Genre Book Club

Want to test out a genre without reading several books? Sign up for Genre Book Club! This summer we’ll explore one genre each month and choose several books from that genre. When you sign up for your spot in the book club (limited spots available), we’ll put one of these books on hold for you. Pick up the book, read it, then come to the discussion where we’ll share our book and talk about the genre as a whole. The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

Important information:   

To participate, please call the library at (785) 843-3833.


Urban Fantasy

  • Reading ListCall to reserve a book
  • September 13th, 2:00pm - discussion

More details:

What are genre discussions?
These are small group discussions led by LPL library staff around a genre (for instance, Romance or Mystery or Science Fiction) or a sub-genre (for example, Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery or Space Opera). The purpose is to get to know a genre better by exploring a few of the key works and authors, and a fun way to get some book recommendations from other readers!

What will we do during program?
We are inviting up to twelve participants to choose a book specially chosen to fit into the genre we are discussing that month. Participants will agree to read the book and come prepared to share it with the group.

What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban fantasy is a blend of the magic and the mundane, where the reader encounters the supernatural in a real-world urban setting. While often set in contemporary times, they can take place in any time period, past or future. The setting is a place that has, does, or might one day really exist. Urban fantasy blends elements from contemporary fiction, fantasy, romance, and adventure, and can be on the pulpy end of the spectrum to the highly literary.

What is the Discussion Guide?
We’ve put together a few questions to guide you as you read through the book. When you come to the book discussion, the guide can give you something to refer back to when sharing the book with the group. (Don’t worry, it’s not required homework, just something we found helpful and thought you might too.)