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Holiday Closures

The library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 for the holidays. Be sure to grab all of your books, movies, magazines, video games, and more before we close!

Adventures on Appalachian Trail

So you’ve read Wild, and loved Cheryl Strayed’s journey across the Pacific Crest Trail…did you know we have the same type of adventurer in our midst? Jo Renfro, a local Lawrence artist, hiked all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine! Come hear her story at the library on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00pm. 

This event is offered in collaboration with Lawrence Memorial Hospital as part of the Health Spot programming.

Tail Wagging Readers

Bring your early reader to the library to help them boost their confidence and reading skills by practicing out loud on registered therapy dogs from Loving Paws Animal Therapy! This is a great way to practice reading and build reading confidence with a warm furry friend. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. Register your reader at (785) 843-3833. Program will begin in January, and will be offered every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 10:30am in the Reader’s Theater, located in the children’s room. After completing multiple 15 minute reading sessions, prizes from TCBY & Mrs. Fields will be awarded!

TEDx Lawrence Public Library

TEDx events are now being held at the Lawrence Public Library!
The wildly popular TED talks (short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) are “devoted to ideas worth spreading” and inform, inspire, and entertain people around the world.

With TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary Douglas County Residents will have the opportunity to watch curated programs of TED talks, hear new talks given by members of the community, and perhaps even share their own inspirations. All programs will be free and open to the public.

The inaugural TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary event will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 3:00-5:00pm in the Library Auditorium. We’ll be screening several different TED talks and discussing them over hot chocolate and snacks.

Then, on May 2nd, 2015 we’ll be holding an event where local teens will take center stage and share inspiring stories of achievements, wishes, and dreams. Come and learn about the amazing things our teens are doing!

Stay updated with the latest information about these and additional events by following us on Facebook ( or visit our TEDx events page at


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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About TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.