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Banned Book Trading Cards Gallery

Check out our gallery of Banned Book Trading Card submissions. Huge thanks to our judges, Porter Arneill, Ben Ahlvers, Meredith Moore, Alicia Kelly, Miriam Wallen, and Heather Kearns, who had the difficult challenge of selecting only 7 pieces out of over 60 entries. Huge thanks go to all of our wonderful artists who submitted work. You blow our minds year after year!

If you’d like to purchase this year’s cards, just click below.


4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day

Join us for the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday Oct 10th 2:00-4:00pm at Lawrence Creates Makerspace!

We’ll have activities and events for people of all ages including a costume contest, life size Star Wars Clue game, Vader Voice Modulator, and of course all our Star Wars Books ready for checkout.

Once again we will be partnering with Lawrence Creates Makerspace (located at 512 E. 9th Street)  and using their technological know-how to bring you the opportunity to fight a lightsabre battle, use the force, and try out new lines in Darth Vader’s voice.

Check out the schedule of events below to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

2:00 - Door’s Open!

2:15 - Wookiee Yelling Contest  AND Costume Contest

2:30 - Star Wars Clue: Round One

2:30 – 3:30 - Don’t drop the stormtrooper!

3:15 – Star Wars Clue: Round Two

3:45 - Door prize drawing; ‘Droid’ winner announcements


Plus many ongoing activities such as…



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.

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.


Short Stories

  • Reading ListCall to reserve a book
  • October 11th, 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 are short stories?

A short story is a brief yet complete work of fiction that can vary in length short-enough-to read-all-at-once to I’ll-need-a-bookmark-for-this-one. Most short stories are character-driven and focus on a single event. Commonly anthologies or collections of short stories are published together into a single volume.

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.)