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The library will be closed July 9 to July 25 as we move to our new building. Visit us at 707 Vermont St. starting Saturday, July 26!

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Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom

Thursday, July 24, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., for ages 5-12. You will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

Bookworms & Waterbugs

Friday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for ages 2 years and up, on the NEW Library lawn! Start with stories and music and then we will go across to the pool for a free swim!

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Cosmosphere: Rocketry!

Thursday, July 17, 1:30 only, for ages 5 to 12, in the Commons at Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd, on the KU campus. Come see a live rocketry demonstration with the Kansas Cosmosphere. Attendance to this performance will be limited to the first 200 guests. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of how rockets work and they will have a bang up great time seeing things blow up.

Grand Opening Event

Join us in the evening of our grand opening on July 26 for the revitalization of the Downtown Lawrence outdoor summer movie series in it’s new location – the Library Lawn! Local food vendors (including Mass Street Sweet Shoppe, Mass Street Soda, Free State Brewery, and more) will offer food, dessert, and drinks beginning at 7:00pm, followed by live entertainment at 7:30pm. The movie will begin at 9:00pm. Bring some blankets and the whole family! Admission is free.


Saturday, July 26


Thursday, August 7

Space Jam

Food - 7:00-9:00pm

Live Entertainment - 7:30-8:30pm

Movie - 9:00pm

The film series is presented by Downtown Lawrence, Inc., and cosponsored by the Library and City of Lawrence Parks & Recreation.

ADEKU African Drum Ensemble of KU

Thursday, July 10, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., for 5 to 12 year olds. Tap your feet to traditional drum rhythms from West Africa, played by KU Students and community members!


Children’s Programs to Relocate

Reminder: all Thursday performances will be relocated to Liberty Hall, with the exception of the Cosmosphere: Rocketry program, which will be held at Spooner Hall on KU’s Campus at 1340 Jayhawk Boulevard. The decision came as Carnegie Building officials last week notified us of work that needed to be done on the roof of the building. 

Summer in the City

Summer reading is still under way! Even though we will be closed from the 9th through the 25th of July, moving and preparing for the Grand Opening at the new building on July 26,we will pick up where we left off. Summer in the City goes until August 17.

As always, we want kids to read, and we offer programs for teens and adults as well. As always, reading gets you great prizes. Summer in the City is a totally local, totally fun way to keep your brain engaged all summer long. Here’s what you need to know:

Ready to get started?  You can pick up a reading log and calendar of events at any service desk.  Or download them and get started right now:

Special thanks to our 2014 Summer Reading Partners!

Candy Construction

Wednesday, December 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, for ages 5 to 17. Who can make the coolest gingerbread (graham cracker) house at Lawrence Public Library? Join us for our 2nd annual Gingerbread House Day! All materials supplied. Register at 785-843-3833.