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Great News for Parents!

TumbleBooks brings children’s literature into the 21st century.

Used by tens of thousands of schools and public libraries all over the world, these are now available to you with a Kansas Library eCard. It’s free and takes about 2 minutes to process. Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

TumbleBooks are animated, narrated, and include highlighted texts as it’s being read!

Total Boox: New, Free, Easy.

Total Boox (pronounced Total Books) is an ebook service now available to all Kansas residents—and it’s easy! Login with a Kansas Library eCard, which you can get at any public, academic, or school library in Kansas.

Come see us at the Accounts Desk to get yours.

All you need to know is right here.

Availability: All ebooks are always available for reading. No holds or wait lists. For use on your iPad/iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire (no computer use available).

Simplicity: An ebook is always just a tap away on your mobile device.

Unlimited: Downloaded ebooks never expire, check out as many as you want at a time.


Library Closed for Holiday

Just a heads up that LPL will be closed SUN July 3–MON July 4. We’ll be back bright and early TUE, July 5 at 9 AM.

Be safe, stay cool, and keep that potato salad out of the sun.

Fitness Fridays: Tai Chi for Life

It’s week four of our free workouts on the library lawn.

At 7 AM this Friday, July 1, learn the basics of this graceful, low-impact exercise through a series of slow-motion movements. Not only will your body benefit from improved strength and coordination, your mind will benefit from the focused, meditative movements of this popular martial art.

In partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Attendees will need to sign a release waiver before participating. In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel.

Visiting Author Whitney Terrell

Terrell’s audacious new novel begins with a literal bang as a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq goes terribly wrong… (Publishers Weekly)

Join us Wed, June 29 at 7:30 PM in the Auditorium for an evening with celebrated Kansas City author Whitney Terrell! He’ll share his third book, The Good Lieutenant, which explores the nature of war and the decisions that lead one young officer on a path to tragedy. Offered in partnership with The Raven book store. Book signing to follow.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Whitney Terrell’s first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.

His nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesDetailsHarper’s Magazine,The New York Observer,The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post MagazineSlate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

IMAGE: © Sharon Hoffman, The Kansas City Star

Waste (Not)

Multi-media, New York City-based artist Aurora Robson visited Lawrence recently and inspired a KU art class to explore sculpture using trash. You can see the results starting Friday, June 24 in the Library Atrium.

Matthew Burke, associate professor at KU’s School of Art, asked his students to save their recycling and garbage for two weeks. Then, they worked with Friends of the Kaw to collect trash along the river bank and toured Hamm Recycling—Lawrence’s recycling contractor facilities—to learn about our community’s “waste stream.”

Taking cues from Aurora Robson’s artistic process and her “Waste Stream Curriculum”, Burke’s students went deep into Lawrence’s waste and garbage​ culture and discovered aspects about human environmental impact of which they were previously unaware.

The Enchanted Re•mediation exhibition offers works that use 90% trash and recycling as building material. All works are for sale through a silent auction, and proceeds of the sales will benefit the Friends of the Kaw, our community’s eyes and ears of the Kansas (Kaw) river.

Have a look.


  • Opening Reception
    FRI | Jun 24 | 5-6:30 PM | Lawrence Public Library | Open to the public
  • Exhibit and Silent Auction
    Jun 24 — Jul 8, 2016

Thank you to our sponsors:

Aurora Robson, Artist
Department of Visual Art, KU School of the Arts
Lawrence Arts Center
Solid Waste Management, City of Lawrence
Hamm Recycling
Friends of the Kaw
The University of Hartford
KU Environmental Studies Program
Friends and family

The Future of Urban Ag

On Tuesday, June 21 from 6-8 PM, we’re getting together in the Auditorium to discuss Lawrence’s new urban agriculture code with area growers and planners.

This is your opportunity to share thoughts about the future of urban agriculture in the city.

In May of 2016, the City of Lawrence passed a suite of new policies relating to urban agriculture. The Douglas County Food Policy Council worked closely with interested citizens and city staff to develop new options for food production in the city, including beekeeping, small goats and sheep, on-site sales, and the creation of a specialized “Urban Farm” designation.

The panel will feature:

  • Moderator: Helen Schnoes | Douglas County Food Systems Coordinator
  • Jill Elmers | Food Policy Council, Moon on the Meadow Farm, and Common Harvest Farm
  • Mary Miller | City of Lawrence Planning Department
  • Emily Ryan | Citizen grower

DG CO food policy logo with LPL

Exercise Your Mind and Body—From PiYo to POUND!

Every Friday this summer, we’re offering sampler classes from local Lawrence gyms and fitness centers.

Switch up your routine at the library, meet new friends, and perhaps connect with a new workout buddy! Click to see the full schedule.

Fitness Fridays schedule of events

Free Lunch for Kids + Teens

Mon-Fri | Jun 6-Aug 5 | 12-1 PM | Library Lawn

Through the Lawrence Summer Food Program, kids ages 1-18 can enjoy a FREE lunch, and adults can eat a healthy meal for $3.45. No lunch on July 4.

Sponsored by AmeriCorps/VISTA, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, City of Lawrence Parks & Rec, K-State Research & Extension-Douglas County, Lawrence Public Schools Food Service Program, Just Food, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence DG CO Health Deptartment, Lawrence Housing Authority, LiveWell Lawrence.


All-Season “Perkout”

We just added another perk to having a library card.

Three area athletic facilities, Body Boutique, CrossFit Lawrence, and Summit Gym have collaborated with Gwen, our Health Librarian, to offer a free 1-month pass to library cardholders.

Pick one up at the ask desk, get on the holds list—and get moving!

We have four passes total, you can only check it out once a year, but you get 30 days of free access to see if joining a gym is your jam or not!

The passes will be treated like any other library item: there will be a holds list, they have a return date, and they’re absolutely free. You must be 18+ to use this collection.

Questions? Email our Health Librarian Gwen or our Info Services Coordinator Melissa.