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COWABUNGA, Dude! TMNT’s Creator Coming to LPL

Lawrence’s Boom Comics is celebrating their one-year anniversary and, together with LPL, we’re bringing some serious Turtle Power to Lawrence.

Saturday, August 27 at 10 AM in the Library AuditoriumKevin Eastman—the legendary creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—will offer a free, kids-only workshop.

Eastman will talk about how to create your own comic and find inspiration. He’ll share tips about character creation and discovering your own style of drawing. Kids are welcome to come in costume and bring their own drawing pads.

Afterwards, Eastman will head to Boom Comics. At 2:30 PM he’ll start signing autographs and memorabilia. Tickets for this event at Boom Comics are $30 and include three signatures per person. Tickets are limited and will go on sale August 15th at Boom Comics.

FREE—Kevin Eastman Workshop for Kids
SAT | Aug 27 | 10 AM | LPL Auditorium

$30 Tickets—Kevin Eastman at Boom Comics
SAT | Aug 27 | 2:30 PM | Boom Comics
2429 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66046

Thursday Performer: Parasol Puppets

You’ll have a front row seat to some free, all-ages fun when you sit down to watch Parasol Puppets’ READY, SET, PUPPETS!

On Thursday, July 28 puppeteer Peter Allen is giving two performances—11 AM and 2 PM—using four different styles of puppetry to illustrate the classic tale of The Tortoise and the Hare.

amily audiences will enjoy seeing the familiar story told with shadow puppets, string puppets, hand puppets, and rod puppets. The performance includes a demonstration of how each type of puppet is built and operated. Met up in the Library Auditorium!


THU | Jul 14 | 11 AM-12 PM & 2-3 PM | All Ages  | Auditorium

Have you ever heard of the Hellbender Salamander or the Machiguenga tribe of the Pidi Pidi? Well, get ready to walk into the high energy world of the band FIRE DOG. School’s out for summer, so come dance with us!

El día de los niños, El día de los libros | Children’s Day, Book Day

SAT | Apr 30 | 2-3:30 PM | Auditorium

Celebrate the world of books and the diverse culture of Lawrence with some of our favorite Multicultural Storytime presenters. We’ll have stories and songs followed by a reception. Visit for more info about Día.

Edible Book Festival

SAT | Apr 23 | 11 AM- 1 PM | Atrium

Simple or complicated, create an edible work of art based on the form, title, or content of a book. Register as an individual or a team at 785-843-3833 by 5:00 pm Friday, April 1.  Bring entries between 1:00-2:00 pm on Saturday. No registrations are required to view the submissions and vote!

Celebration + Thanks Parade!

TUE | Apr 12 | 5 PM | Library Lawn

National Library Week is April 10-16 and we’re rallying library supporters for a walk to City Hall to say “thank you” for our wonderful library!

As if it couldn’t get any better, Michael and Morris the Monkey from our ridiculously popular Toddler Storytime will play music for our stroll! So, wear your library t-shirt, make a sign telling the City why you love your library, and we’ll provide the flags (red with white dots, of course!) Once we arrive at City Hall, there will be a brief, 5-minute presentation of the library’s annual report and a proclamation from our Mayor.

Help rally support with our Facebook event!

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Join us and bring friends!

5:00 PM — Assemble on the Library Lawn
5:15 PM — Parade walk begins with Michael & Morris
5:35 PM — Arrive at City Hall (Cheers! ♥)
5:45 PM — Proclamation kick-off with Mayor Mike Amyx

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Tagalog Storytime

SAT | Mar 5 | 10:30 AM | Readers’ Theater

We’re telling stories, singing songs, and having fun this weekend in one of the national languages of the Philippines.

All ages welcome!

Guest presenters from the Lawrence community lead our multicultural storytimes and share the language and culture of home. Great for Tagalog-speaking children and families, or anyone interested in learning!

IMAGE: Munting Fiesta sa Nayon by mattersmost

RAL Kids! Adam Rex Author Skype!

Sunday, Feb 28, 3-4! For our finale event for Read Across Lawrence for Kids we’ll interview the author himself! Adam Rex, artist and writer, will answer all our questions about The True Meaning of Smekday and we’ll seal our time capsule until 2021!

Friends of the Library Pop-Up Sale: Gardening

Get ready to garden and grab some great reads, and check out this year’s LPL Seed Library. Browse books in the Library Entry and seeds over in the Atrium—Get inspired to grow! Made possible by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library — Become a Member today!

THU | Feb 18 | 5–8 PM
SAT | Feb 20 | 10 AM–4 PM

Harry Potter Book Night

THU | FEB 4 | 6:00- 8:00 PM

Join us for a night of spells at Hogwarts (the Castle Tea Room). Be sorted into your house, show off your knowledge of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and make crafts ranging from wands to magical creatures. Don’t forget to wear your costume!