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Library How-To Festival Call for Presenters

This summer, bring your passion and expertise to eager minds just itching to learn something new!


We’re looking for kids, teens, and adults to give a short demonstration or presentation (or both!) at the library and share any skills, talents, passions, or hobbies with our community.

Our first-ever How-To Festival is for anyone who is curious about learning new skills or interested in supporting or connecting with the community. Questions? Email Melissa:


Application Deadline — Sunday, APR 22

Presenters Notified — Tuesday, MAY 15

How-To Festival: Know How? Show How!
Saturday, JUN 23 | 10 AM– 3 PM | Lawrence Public Library
Lawn, Meeting Room, Atrium, or Auditorium

Readers Wanted! Dogs Waiting!

If your child is hesitant to read aloud, or needs a little extra practice to boost their skills, Loving Paws Animal Therapy dogs are here to help on Saturday, MAR 24 from 10-11 AM in our Readers’ Theater.

It might sound funny to read to a dog, but hear us out.

First of all, dogs are non-judgemental so children are less self-conscious, and most children have a natural affinity and bond with dogs.

The atmosphere at Tail Wagging Readers is beyond relaxed. In fact, the dogs often fall asleep! So, no pressure to perform.

Results also show that reading to a dog decreases stress over reading aloud in class, and ultimately can enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and build confidence!

PLUS, THE DOGGOS LOVE IT. It’s free—just register here!

Teen T-shirt Design Competition

Hey, 6-12th grade artists! Wanna design our teen Summer Reading 2018 t-shirt? Imagine 800 Lawrence teens wearing your work!

The winner gets bragging rights, a $25 gift card from Downtown Lawrence Inc., a one-of-a-kind hoodie or bag with their design, and t-shirts for their immediate family members. WHAT?! Yep!

This year’s theme is Libraries Unplugged. The best way to describe the vibe is laid-back, creative, mindful, and chill — but, we’re leaving it entirely up to you visualize it.


  • Download this entry form: 2018 T-shirt Design Contest Entry Form
  • Create a design that best describes what Libraries Unplugged means to you
  • Your design can only be one color – meaning one color of ink on white paper
  • Draw your design by hand, use a computer, or any other design technique
  • The words “Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone” must be included somewhere in your design
  • Submit the entry form along with your design to the Teen Zone by Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Paper copies of the entry form are available in the Teen Zone


Based on our Summer Reading theme, we host an annual t-shirt design competition open to 6-12th grade humans, with the shirt being one of our teen Summer Reading prizes. That means that if your design is selected, more than 800 teens could be wearing it in just a few months’ time.

The winning design will be selected at the end of April by the Teen Advisory Board (made up of 6-12th graders) and library staff.


Take a Spin Around Our New Website

Our current website — the one you know and love — will keep on truckin’ through APR 9. After that, we’re say goodbye and making the big switch on Tuesday, APR 10.

Before we make the forever switch, we invite you to take a few baby steps forward with us.

Explore the new events calendar. Our old calendar has been sent to greener pastures. Clicking Library Events now redirects you here.

Explore the new website. It’s currently in its “soft launch” phase, but still browseable. Have a look! There’s even a feedback button at the bottom which we hope you use. We’ll grow this together.

Stay tuned for more updates.

New Calendar of Events — Fresh Features!

  • Events paired with your interests
    When you search for books, music, games, or movies, related library programs will show up in the catalog — BOOM!
  • Never miss anything—even better, bring a friend!
    Events have a one-click, save-to calendar button as well as a social sharing option. Put feelers out and see if your people want to go, too.
  • Simple search
    Find things to do by date, event type, program name, audience, or language.
  • Easy exploration and accessibility
    In compliance with ADA web standards, information is displayed clearly and consistently in high-contrast color with underlined links.
  • Online registration
    Finally! Register for select programs with either a library card OR email address!
  • If you like this, you might also like…
    Get a “more like this…” message when programs and events have something in common.
  • Fully responsive design
    Whether you’re on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop, your browsing experience will display beautifully.
  • Need-to-know now
    Library hours of operation, location, and event contact information is included on every event page.
  • The future is clear
    Like Lego Club? Social Justice Book Club? Recurring events are grouped together. Now you can see all the dates — months in advance!


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.