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Banned Book Trading Cards-Call for Artists

Banned Books Week (September 24th – 30th) celebrates the freedom to read by highlighting the attempted or actual banning of books in the US and overseas. A panel of judges will select seven submissions for printing and distribution. You can pick up a new card each day of the week at the library Welcome Desk, or at the Lawrence Arts Center. Winners will be announced at our unveiling party on Friday, September 22nd from 5-6 pm in our auditorium.

Submissions will be on display during Banned Books Week. Artists can pick up their work on Monday, October 2nd.

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

What we need

  • Original artwork only (please don’t replicate book covers!)
  • A brief artist’s statement
  • The title and author of the book
  • How the piece represents the book
  • Your name, address, phone number, and email

Medium: paper

Size: 5” x 7” + 300dpi high resolution

Due by: September 5th at 9 PM (right after labor day!)

Where to submit: Drop off entries or mail to -

Lawrence Public Library, attn: Kristin Soper

707 Vermont Street

Lawrence, KS 66044


 Click on images below for examples of past winners.


Using the Library Over Labor Day

As Labor Day falls on a Monday this year, that means LPL will be closed Sunday as well. There’s plenty of time to place holds for weekend reads, movies, and books for that long drive out of town or day at the lake.

And remember: Our eLibrary is open 24-7-365! We’ve got eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, magazines, and the New York Times (unlimited and free) right here. All you need is a library card.

Have a safe a happy Labor Day weekend! We’ll be back in biz TUE, Sep 5 at 9 AM.

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Fresh Reads Every Tuesday

Need the perfect book for your warm weather adventures? Grab fresh reads from your Friends every Tuesday! We are rolling out our best selection of poolside, picnic blanket, and hammock-friendly books to the Kentucky Street side of the library. All priced $2 and under. for more information.

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, 2017 we will have the exciting opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse visible across the continuous United States since 1979. To help celebrate the Lawrence Public Library and KU are providing a number of different opportunities to learn about and then enjoy viewing the eclipse together.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun out entirely. The eclipse on August 21st will begin around 11:40 am and will reach it’s peak (with the moon covering the greatest amount of the sun) at about 1:07 pm. Lawrence is slightly outside the “path of totality,” or the region across the U.S. in which the sun will appear to be completely covered by the moon, but we are near enough to the path that less than 1% of the sun will remain visible.


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Join in!

All are invited to learn more about this exciting event at 4:30p m on August 20th at the library’s “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” program. Professors from KU’s Physics and Astronomy Department will be shedding light on the science and significance of this year’s big solar event.

Then, on Monday August 21st from 11:30-1:30 pm, join fellow members of your community at the Shenk Recreational Sports Complex for “The Eclipse at KU.” This will be a family-friendly event featuring science and art activities, telescope viewing with astronomers, and food trucks.

How can I get glasses to view the eclipse?

We are happy to report that the Lawrence Public Library is one of thousands of libraries around the country to receive free solar iewing glasses thanks to  STAR Library Network – STEM Learning in Libraries and the Space Science Institute. Starting on Monday, August 7th, we will begin handing out the glasses at the Welcome Desk. As the number of glasses is limited, each person will be able to take a maximum of two.

Additional glasses will be available at the library’s “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” program at 4:30 on August 20th, and at KU’s viewing party during the eclipse itself.

What if I don’t have glasses or don’t have enough for my entire family?

There are a variety of fun ways that you can safely view the eclipse even without special glasses, and many of them are completely free. Two ideas you might want to try out are creating your own pinhole camera (you can find easy-to-follow instructions provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here,) or simply using a colander and a piece of white paper, cloth, or light-colored wall as in the picture below.

John Lord Colander Action
(photo courtesy of John Lord)

Safety First

Please do remember that it is not safe to look at the sun directly unless you are using solar glasses, or solar viewers specifically created for such activities. Regular sunglasses will not be sufficient. For more detailed information check out NASA’s site on viewing safety.

What happens if it’s overcast?

We’ll all be keeping our fingers crossed for a bright, sunny day on August 21st, but in case of cloud cover NASA will be streaming the event online. it can be viewed at NASA’s official eclipse site, as well as through facebook and youtube.

Words in Your Ears

Join the Book Squad’s Polli and Kate on Soundcloud to catch their latest wits (and greatest hits).

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

Click on the red button to play! Created in partnership with AudioReader.

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Show Notes by Episode:

Book Club Plus+

The library, Watkins Community Museum and City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation are partnering for Book Club Plus+.  For four weeks in March, a program featuring women who impacted Lawrence or Douglas County in the late 19th century  will be presented as the participants also read The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. The series will take a closer look at the role of women in the history of this community.

Attendees will be loaned a copy of the book or ebooks will be available at the first meeting. The event will include a discussion of the book, guest speakers each week who will present the life story of a local women of historical interest as well as a bus tour of local sites associated with these women and others who contributed to the history of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The series will be presented Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W.9th St. The last program will run 6:30-8:30 as it includes the bus tour.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston at the library, 785-843-3833 extension 115 or Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909.

Registration for this program is $28.00

To register, contact Gayle Sigurdson at Parks&Rec, 785-832-7909 or go to the Parks&Rec online registration,  click on life long learning, page 1.  The class code number is 127448.

Flipster: Magazines You Know and Love, Available Digitally!

Here are 11 great reasons to use Flipster, starting with the fact that it’s completely free with a library card:

The New Yorker, People, Time, Mental Floss, Wired, O/Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, and Yoga Journal.

What are you waiting for?