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Kids Room

Kidsapalooza: Bees Are the Bomb!

Do you love fruit, flowers, veggies? Thank the Bees! On Wednesday, June 28 from 2-3 PM in the Auditorium, we’re having a bee-utiful program planned with the Master Gardeners. You’ll create a bee bomb to take home! Program is for ages 5-6! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

Exploratorium: Build a Better World!

On Monday, June 26 from 2- 3 PM in the Auditorium, we’ll explore how we can improve our world through innovative technology, creating videos, therapy animals, and more! This program is for ages 7-11! Register: 785-843-3833 or at Library Chidren’s Desk.

All-ages Dinner + A Movie: LEGO Batman

Join us on Friday, June 23 from 7:30-11 PM for hot dogs, and smoothies, and crepes, oh my!

Downtown Lawrence Inc. and Lawrence Public Library invite you to eat some grub, listen to some music, and watch a movie. Grab dinner from local vendors at 7:30, settle in for some music from Joel Bonner and the Boot Stompers, then at 9, we’ll push play!


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Dino O’Dell: Build a Better World

Join award-winning educator, author, and songwriter Dinosaur O’Dell for a trip around the world on Thursday, June 22 at 11 AM and 2 PM in the Auditorium! Whether you’re swimming with the piranhas in South America, jumping with kangaroos in Australia or fixing spaceships in Europe, Dino’s stories and songs are not only fun, but interactive and educational. TWO FREE SHOWS! ALL AGES!

Storytime with Gary + Sunny!

Famed KSHB weatherman, Gary Lezak, makes a very special appearance at Storytime on Tuesday, Nov 15 from 10:30-11:15 AM in our Auditorium.

Joining him is Sunny the Weatherdog, Lezak’s loyal sidekick through all kinds of weather. Expect lots of pets and wags as Gary reads our featured Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week pick, Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson, and then from his own book, It’s a Sunny Life.

Big thanks to Crown Automotive for making Gary and Sunny’s visit possible!


ABOUT THE BOOK | When the skies darken and the thunder rumbles, if you’re like most of us, you’re probably quick to grab the TV remote and check the weather. You want to know how bad the coming storm is going to be. Now, the most accurate and popular meteorologist in Kansas City Gary Lezak brings his meteorological expertise to a new medium-children’s literature. “It’s A Sunny Life!” is an adventure for rain or shine. It tells the story of Sunny the Weather Dog, as she becomes separated from Gary, and has to deal with the weather elements in a bonding adventure with her new pack members. Also included, after the beautiful and suspenseful children’s story ends, is a special section, “Sunny’s Weather Academy,” which provides fun answers to all sorts of weather-related questions. What are the different types of clouds and what does each mean? Why does the weather change so quickly sometimes? What is precipitation? And, of special interest to parents, in the event of severe weather, what should you and your family do to stay safe. This special section is being enjoyed by kids of all ages. (Source: Amazon)

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9/11 Day of Service Storytime

Fire trucks, police cars, and storytime!

Join us Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 PM in the Library Auditorium for a very special Sunday Storytime with our first responders.

First responders will visit the library with their vehicles and read stories.

And in the spirit of September 11th National Day of Service, bring a can of food for the Heartland Food Pantry as a, “forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who rose up in service.”

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Back to School with Stephen Johnson

Bring your family to this fun and interactive storytime with Caldecott Honor artist, author, and Lawrence resident, Stephen T. Johnson this Sunday, August 28 from 3:30–4:30 PM in the Auditorium.

His most recent book, Alphabet School, features illustrations inspired by Lawrence Public Schools and encourages finding beauty and joy in the most unexpected places. Raven Book Store will have copies here for sale.

BONUS: Sign up your child for a library card and they’ll get a free book from our Dr. Bob Reader Program!

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
785-856-2709

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!

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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!