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There’s always something going on for kids, at the library!

Read all about it! The first weekend of December, local Lawrence businesses and organizations are coming together to offer two days of holiday fun for all ages. The full slate of events is here.

In the following list, all children’s programs meet in the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area, unless otherwise noted.


Toddler Storytime (2 year olds & their families) 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems, every Monday and Thursday.

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up, & their families) 7:00-7:45 pm, on Thursdays. Enjoy stories followed by a craft.


Library Storytime (ages 3 & up, & their families) 10:30-11:15 am, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Enjoy stories followed by a craft.


Multicultural Storytime (all ages), 10:30 am. This is the last Multicultural Storytime for this series. Stories and songs with guest presenters highlight a featured language or culture. Today is American Sign Language!Magic tree house

Magic Tree House Club (ages 5-8) 1:30-2:30 pm. This month we’re celebrating Thanksgiving on a Thursday, from the popular series by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.


Stories & Songs (ages 3 & up, & their families) 3:30-4:00 pm. All ages are welcome to this musical storytime. Hear great stories, sing, clap, and move your feet. Come every Sunday!


Toddler Storytime (2 year olds & their families) 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems, every Monday and Thursday.


Library Storytime (ages 3 & up, & their families) 10:30-11:15 am. Enjoy stories followed by a craft, every Tuesday and Friday.

Kids in the Kitchen week 4 (ages 7-11) 3:30-5:00 pm. If you have registered for Kids in the Kitchen, this is your fourth and last fun week. This program is made possible by Harvester’s, United Way of Douglas County (Americorp Program), and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

Books & Babies (birth to 23 months and their families) 6:00-6:30 pm. Babies can enjoy stories, motions and songs, paced just for them, Tuesday nights!

The Other Side of the Library

This is for the regulars.  You know who you are.  You’re in the children’s room every week, it feels like you’ve read every picture book in the collection, your child helps other kids find books when the librarian is busy.  Maybe there are days when you even start to feel (gasp!) bored here.  If this is you, march your child right over to the other side of the library and sooth your ennui with the adult oversize books.  These books filled with Read More..


The Movie Was Better (What!?)

I know, I know, that’s a crazy thing to say.  Everyone knows the book is always better than the movie.  I’ve been disappointed so many times by movie-versions of awesome books that I wonder why I bother anymore.  But every once in a while, I’ve been surprised, loving the visual remake even more than the original book.  Here are some great ones: Read More..


I Have a Confession

At the risk of losing my library certification, or possibly my job, I have a confession to make:  I hate Goodnight Moon.  Okay, I know that’s not how we encourage children to talk, so let me revise: I don’t prefer Goodnight Moon.  Is this the appropriate forum to go into detail about everything I don’t like about it?  Probably not, but let me just mention a few things.  Read More..


Poetry in Picture Books

Do you want to share poetry with your child but can’t stand any more of the tired old rhythm of nursery rhymes?  You’re thinking maybe it’s time to explore the emotion and organic flow of free verse, but your kids aren’t quite ready for Sylvia Plath.  Try these books that explore the sound, rhythm, flow, and feel of words as they tell their story.  Read More..


Perfect Schmerfect, Part 4: Princess-Style

For whatever reason, our culture has become princess-obsessed when it comes to little girls.  Parents with the best intentions to raise their girls as strong, competent, independent members of society, must struggle through the princess years, with inhibiting, frilly clothing, simpering ideals, and pink everywhere.  Read More..


Perfect Schmerfect, Part 3: Trust Yourself, Find Your Tribe

As a follow up to my previous post on Weird, a book about building confidence and being true to yourself, filled with parental support, I’d like to present 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert (for ages 5-10), a book filled with confidence in spite of a great lack of parent support. Read More..


Perfect Schmerfect, Part 2: To Thine Own Self Be True

As I continue my vendetta against perfectionism, I remember a friend recently told me that her 4-year-old refuses to wear certain clothes to preschool because she “doesn’t get any compliments when she wears that outfit.”  I was dismayed that someone so young could be worried about what other people think about how she looks.  So, Read More..


Perfect Schmerfect, Part 1: The Perfect Book

I have a personal vendetta against perfectionism.  I’ve struggled with it my whole life.  As I battle my own perfectionism, I’ve decided to preach a little in hopes the newest generation will realize early on that perfect doesn’t exist (so don’t waste your time).  Here’s the first in a series of posts highlighting books that help us let go of unrealistic expectations, so we can get on with our lives.  Read More..


Chill Out in the Blue Cubby

So you’ve tried out the green cubby and the purple cubby, but you’ve been waiting for our list before you sample the blue cubby, right?  Wait no longer.

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart, The Big Blue Spot by Peter Holwitz, What Bluebirds Do by Pamela Kirby, In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, and Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs.Blue cubby