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James McBride to Visit Lawrence in October!

Reigning National Book Award winner James McBride will visit Lawrence on Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 pm at Liberty Hall, as we kick off the first annual Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. This exciting new program brings nationally-recognized authors to the library thanks to generous grants from The Ross & Marianna Beach Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird offers a blend of humor and history. It’s McBride’s latest novel, and is an irreverent and funny fictional account of a young slave who joins John Brown’s abolitionist mission. The book won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

Taking the stage with McBride is the Good Lord Bird Band, a gospel jazz quintet that provides a unique musical backup to the author’s readings from the novel. The evening also will include a special performance by Lawrence’s Ninth Street Baptist Church choir. Together they will provide a memorable and exuberant evening of words and music.

Free tickets to the event will be available at the library starting September 10 on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open on October 22 at Liberty Hall at 7:00pm, and the program will begin at 7:30pm. Any open seats will be available to the general public without tickets starting at 7:15pm.

Fall Book Sale

The wait is over! Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale. The sale will include: adult, young adult, and children’s books; fiction and nonfiction; DVDs and CDs!



Thursday, Sept. 25

  • 5:00-9:00pm
  • Friends/Members Only

Friday, Sept. 26:

  • 10:00am-8:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 27:

  • 10:00am-4:00pm

The sale will take place on the Kentucky St. side of the library, at 707 Vermont St. Memberships to the Friends will be sold at the door for $10. 


Donations will be accepted starting in October. Stay tuned for more information on what materials are accepted and where to drop off donations!

Labor Day Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00am. Grab your books, movies, and music for the long weekend!