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Library Holiday Closings

The library will be closed both SUN-MON, Dec 24-25 and SUN-MON, Dec 31-Jan 1 for the holidays, but our eLibrary will be open 24-7-365.

For those of you hitting the road, we’ll be here until 6 PM on the 23rd and 30th, so load up on stuff to read, listen to, and watch on your long drive.

If your preferred format is a smartphone, tablet, or other device, hit up our eLibrary for downloads or streaming content while traveling. You’ll need a library card to access, so get one now.

The LPL eLibrary is packed with stuff for all ages:

Overdrive | eBooks (including Kindle) and audiobooks
Hoopla | eBooks (including comics) and audiobooks
Flipster | popular magazines galore like TimePeopleUSRolling StoneThe New Yorker, etc.
New York Times | Yes! No more 10-article monthly limit! You get unlimited with your LPL card!
Kanopy | 26,000+ indie and documentary films!
State Library of Kansas | eBooks, audiobooks, picturebooks

Tech Help Two Ways

Smartphone got you seething? Feel like throwing your tablet into oncoming traffic? We get it.

Which is why each week we’ve got Tech Tuesdays from 5-6 PM, to take all your questions, from upgrades to downloads and everything inbetween.

If you prefer to meet individually, schedule some One-on-One Tech Assistance. Don’t get mad — get help!


TUE | Dec 12 | 5-6 PM | Meeting Room B
TUE | Dec 19 | 5-6 PM | Meeting Room B
TUE | Dec 26 | 5-6 PM | Meeting Room B (Got a gadget as a gift? Perfect timing.)

Winter Supply Drive Spot

The Lawrence Community Shelter is the only emergency homeless shelter serving Lawrence and Douglas County in Kansas.

To help members of our community who are struggling with basic needs, from MON-FRI, December 11-22, the library will be a drop-off site for the following items listed below.

Together we can support the mission of the Lawrence Community Shelter in providing “safe shelter and comprehensive programs that set individuals and families facing homelessness on a path to a positive future.”

Please bring donations to our Welcome Desk. Personal hygiene products, intimate apparel, and edibles should be new. Coats, shoes, socks, and sheets can be gently used, but washed and/or clean.


  • twin size sheets
  • Light blankets
  • baby wipes
  • coffee and full-size filters
  • coffee mugs
  • powdered creamer
  • sugar
  • large plastic tubs with lids
  • toilet paper
  • razors for any gender (no single blades, please)


  • coats + jackets for all ages and sizes
  • adult snow or work boots in all sizes
  • kids snow boots
  • underwear for all ages, sizes, and shapes
  • mens socks

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Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

Polli and Kate took a break from their usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of gift book recommendations (or just things you might want to gift yourself!)

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Lawrence Public Library’s Sound & Vision Studio. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. We’d love to know what you think, and subscribing and commenting makes it easier for other people to find our podcast.

Happy reading and listening!

Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

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New Series! Local Authors Outside

Starting DEC 16, spend some Saturdays outdoors with local authors in the natural spaces that inspire and influence their work.

We’ll start with a 20-minute talk, then enjoy a hike! Wear comfy shoes and dress for the winter weather; moderate hiking and uneven surfaces are possible. If you’re looking for more info, Shirley’s got it:

This event is co-sponsored by Lawrence Public Library and Kansas Native Plant Society. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside each noted address.


Caleb Morse
SAT | Dec 16 | 1–2:30 PM | McGregor Herbarium | 2045 Constant Avenue
Visit woodland trails at Douglas County Lake with Caleb Morse, contributor to Flora of North America. If there is inclement weather, we’ll meet inside the Herbarium.

Denise Low + Thomas Pecore Weso
SAT | Dec 30 | 1-2:30 PM | Lyons Park | 700 North Lyon Street
Walk to the former Delaware trading post on Lake Street. Denise Low, second Kansas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author of prose and poetry, including The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. Thomas Pecore Weso wrote the award-winning Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Ballard Center, 708 Elm Street.

Elizabeth Schultz
SAT | Jan 6 | 1-2:30 PM | Prairie Park | 2730 Harper Street

Visit the prairie with the author of The Sauntering Eye: Kansas Meditations. If there is inclement weather we will meet inside the Prairie Park Nature Center.

Ken Lassman
SAT |Jan 27 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Wakarusa Wetlands with the author of Wild Douglas County. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center.

George Frazier
SAT | Feb 10 |1-2:30 PM | Baker Wetlands Discovery Center |1365 N 1250 Road
Visit the Breidenthal Woods with the author of The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center. RSVP required: or (785) 843-3833.

Annette Hope Billings
SAT | Mar 10 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA

Meet the author of A Net Full of Hope. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

Kelly Kindscher
SAT | May 5 |1-2:30 PM | Location TBA
Meet the author of Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide. If there is inclement weather, we will meet inside.

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.