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RAL Kids’ Pizza Party Kickoff!

Join us for the kickoff event for Read Across Lawrence for Kids!

We’ll be giving away copies of The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, have pizza, and talk about all the amazing programs happening during the month of February!

You’ll also get a chance to add something to our Smekday time capsule!

A Look at Children’s Art Books

TUE | Dec 29 | 10-11 AM | Library Auditorium

During this season of togetherness and cheer, Spencer Museum of Art Director Saralyn Reece Hardy invites you and yours to gather around for a look at her favorite children’s art books and to share some of your own.

From beloved classics to contemporary wonders, the selected masterpieces capture the imagination of book lovers at any age.

This delightful event is sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art and Lawrence Public Library.

Fresh Off the Press

New this week are fresh batches of adult and youth tees, including ladies’ crewnecks and men’s v-necks, which we’ve not had before. There are also some adorable onsies for the babies in your life. All sizes! Thanks to Leslie Kay at LFK Press for a splendid job!

Prices: Adult tees $10 / Youth tees $8 / Onesies $8

Multicultural Storytime: Sign Language

SAT | Dec 5 | 10:30-11AM

Whether you and your child speak American Sign Language as a first language or are looking to try it as a second or third language, this is the storytime for you. Open to children and their families in the Readers’ Theater.

Save the date: We’ll have stories in Italian on December 19!

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week

November 15-21, you and your child can walk and read together during Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week.

The book Is Your Mama A Llama? will appear page-by-page in 15 different windows down Mass, 7th, and 10th Streets. Pick up a map at the library or in any one of our partner locations all week.

Miss Linda, Jenny, Michael, and Morris the Monkey are celebrating in-house, too!

They’re giving out free copies of Is Your Mama A Llama while supplies last (thank you, Library Foundation!) and reading library stories to all the lil’ llamas out there.

Big thanks to our book allies and STORE-y partners: La Prima Tazza,Liberty HallRaven Book StoreRudy’s Pizzeria (Official)The Dusty BookshelfSigns of LifeLove Garden Sounds, Pro Print, Billy Vanilly LawrenceThe Toy Store (Lawrence, KS)Laugh Out Loud Family Zone,Sylas & Maddy’s!Mass Street SodaTCBY & Mrs. Fields of Lawrence, and Ladybird Diner

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2015 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Info and Events


Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is Out of This World!

Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with KU Libraries and the Friends of the Library, today announced selections for the 2016 Read Across Lawrence program. This annual community-wide reading event encourages everyone in Lawrence to read and discuss the same book. Scheduled for February 2016, Read Across Lawrence will feature books for children, teens, and adults that explore outer space.

“We are over-the moon about the upcoming Read Across Lawrence program,” said Brad Allen, the library’s Executive Director. “The books will appeal to a wide audience and the programs will be phenomenal. We are so grateful to KU Libraries and the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library for their support in making it all possible.”

Free books and full program details will be provided in January. The selections are:


For Adults | The Martian by Andy Weir

(From the LPL catalog:) Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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For Teens | These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

(From the LPL catalog:) These Broken Stars is an epic, romantic young adult space opera about two star-crossed lovers who must fight for survival on a deserted planet: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes — the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

true meaning of smekdayFor Children | The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

(From the LPL catalog:) When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens — called Boov — abducted her mother? In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find her mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.


They’re Baaaaaack!

Michael and Morris are back from their European vacation and ready to read stories, sing, dance, and chew make-believe bubble gum.

We know you’ve missed them at Toddler Storytime—we have, too. Join us Mondays and Thursdays in the Readers’ Theater where practicing being quiet can make a monkey come out and play!

If you like Chasing Vermeer…

So you loved Chasing Vermeer, but now you’re looking for a new book to read? We’re on the case with recommendations with books full of art, mysteries, and puzzles!

There are plenty of books to keep you guessing, with missing paintings, art heists, and even paintings as portals to another world. Or maybe you’d like a book with codes to solve or secret societies, treasure hunts, or missing magicians. Find them all in the catalog!

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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..