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New Catalog Now Live (with Mobile App!)

Our new catalog is now live! You can try it here. Some of our favorite features include:

  • Patrons create a username (won’t have to type your barcode every time you want to place a hold!)
  • Ability to create book lists for yourself or to share, and see other people’s suggestions (great vacation reads, mysteries for middle grades, Matilda’s epic reading list, and more)
  • Can rate and review titles you like (or dislike!)
  • Add books to your shelves: “read,” “in progress,” or “for later”
  • See great staff picks
  • Better search capabilities (want to find new music? Type “new music”)
  • We now have a mobile app!
  • Plus all of the previous features of placing holds, renewing books, paying fines online, and more.

You can now download our mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. iPhone =  Android = 

We’d love to hear what you think of the new catalog or if you have any questions!

2014 Banned Book Trading Cards for Sale!

For the third year, we celebrated the freedom to read with our Banned Book Trading Card project. Each year, we send out a call to artists to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Of the 47 entries we received this year, 7 were chosen to be turned into limited edition trading cards. You can now purchase the entire set at our online store here, and we’ll ship it to anywhere in the world. They make great gifts, too! Our 2013 sets are also still available in our store

2014 Trading Cards from Lawrence Public Library on Square Market

Our call for submissions resulted in 47 entries from local artists of all ages and backgrounds. All of the submissions are on display here – just click on an image to read why the book was banned and the artist’s statement about the piece.

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.

All tickets to the event were distributed on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available at this time. 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.