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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!

Kids Room

Wiki, Wiki, Everywhere

It seems like Wikipedia has been around forever (13 years) but in the grand scheme of things we really haven’t had it that long. Wikipedia may be the biggest, most popular wiki out there but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one!

In my travels I’ve run into a lot of different wikis. Here are just a few that have caught my eye.

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Attention 5 and 6 year-olds!

You are invited to join the fun on Wednesdays in June at 1:30 pm, in the Carnegie Building (200 W. 9th St.)  for Kidsapalooza! This fun, free, hands-on program will feature artists, scientists, musicians, and lots more. To register ask your grown-up to call the library at 785-843-3833!

June 4TH: Printmaking Day Read More..


The Cart That Carried Martin

April 4, 1968 is a date that will live in history as a day that changed the world. That day the world lost a great leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The world was shocked, and mourned the loss of such an amazing man; a man who had led the struggle to end injustice for all people. Read More..


Grand Opening Announced

An official opening date for our new library at 707 Vermont St. has been announced: July 26! Grand opening celebrations are currently in the works, so mark your calendars for the last Saturday of July to check out your new Lawrence Public Library!

Odd Weird & Little

Patrick Jennings has done it again! How could he write a more delightful book than Guinea Dog, winner of our own Kansas William Allen White Award as well as many other honors from various states.  But he has written another endearing novel titled Odd Weird & Little. You just want to hug it — have you ever hugged a book? Read More..


It Came From the New Shelf: Keepin’ It Simple

Sometimes simple is best. No words, just pictures. Here are three titles available on the Children’s New Shelf that win big by working with just a little.

The Line by Paula Bossio for ages 2-6. A little girl finds the end of a line and starts to follow. Changing from animals to objects and back again the line proves to be Read More..


The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

There is never anything to do in Fayette, South Carolina and Popeye is bored.  It may be summer, but still, there’s nothing to do.  It’s been raining all day, every day, for more than a week, and he and his big dog, Boo, have been stuck inside.  Nothing to do but lie in bed and watch the water stain on the ceiling grow.  Or watch his Grandma Velma play crossword puzzles, Read More..


Try Your Hand at Silly Poetry

We recently featured nonsense poet Edward Lear on the blog.  If you and your child loved the sound of Lear, try your own hand at writing a limerick, a fairly easy form of rhyming poem that he popularized.  A limerick is five lines long; the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme, but are usually shorter.  It is rhythmic and often funny or naughty.  Read More..


Edward Lear, We Hold You Dear

My Dad’s favorite poet was not Shakespeare, Shelley, or Stevenson, not Blake, Byron, or Browning.  He was not after the sublime in his poetry, but rather the silly.  And that silliness was provided by master of nonsense Edward Lear.  You may be familiar with Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.  Check it and his other poems out in the following books: Read More..


Kansas Archeology – Dig it!

Have you ever dreamed of being an archeologist?

How about going on an excavation and discovering something that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years?

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