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Labor Day Closings

The library will be closed Sunday-Monday, September 4-5 in observance of Labor Day.

If you plan to spend this upcoming weekend reading, we’ve got some book suggestions that might help give Labor Day a little more context.

Click the book covers for details.

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the-grapes-of-wrath-original-dustjacket     on the waterfront


A New Way to Arrange Holds

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

You will notice that holds awaiting pick up will be arranged differently.

When you come to pick up your holds or reserves, they will be shelved on the holdshelf by:

  • The first 4 letters of your last name (and)
  • The last 4 digits of your library barcode

For example, if your last name is SMITH and this is your library card number (see photo), your holds will be arranged as:



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Changing Your PIN

Success! We made it through LPL Lite and we appreciate your patience as we upgraded to a new computer system. You won’t notice a whole lot of changes because most of them are on our side.

But, your PIN has changed.

Starting Thursday, August 25, you can change it to whatever you want. Here’s how:

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New exercise possibility—ever wanted to be Robin Hood?

The library’s Senior Outreach services is encouraging a new exercise possibility for older adults. As a part of her research for her PhD dissertation, Dakota Hoagland is offering a class on archery for older adults. Archery provides strengthening of the body that may maintain movement and balance.  It is safe and easy to learn.  And fun.  If you are interested in something new and different, please contact Dakota for more information or to enroll in the class.

Archery Exercise (Dissertation Research Project)

Mondays and Fridays, August 29th – October 7th, 9-10am or 3-4pm, No fee, Location: Overton’s Archery Center, 1025 North 3rd St Suite 119,  Lawrence Kansas.

Are you ready to try something new?  Archery exercise may be a fun and effective way to stay active!  It may also help with movement, balance, and strength.  Archery exercise is really safe and easy to learn, too!

Dakota Hoagland made this program as part of her dissertation research at Capella University.  Dakota wants to learn about the role of archery exercise in promoting successful aging through physical activity among baby boomers.  Dakota wants to find out what baby boomers think about archery exercise, physical activity, and aging after doing an archery exercise program.

You may qualify to participate if you are:

  • 52 to 70 years old
  • English speaking
  • Living in Douglas County
  • Not living in an institution
  • Do not have severe disabilities

The program runs for 6 weeks with 2 sessions held each week.  The sessions are 1 hour long.  Each week you will learn new ways to become a better archer, while doing things that will help you stay active and fit.  You do not need to bring anything with you.

Since this is a research project, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form before starting.  You will also be asked to do an interview after the program. 

To enroll or for more info, please contact Dakota at or 785-580-5089.



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

Butterfly Lunch & Learn

On Thursday, Aug 11 from 11:30-12:30 in the Library Auditorium, bring a lunch and join Lawrence Parks & Recreation gardeners to learn all about the Monarch Watch Garden near the Vermont Street parking garage.

The City is providing drinks!

Image: “Releasing Monarch larvae onto milkweed in the butterfly garden” courtesy of Brad Hoppe, horticulturist, Lawrence, KS.

Dinner + Movie on the Lawn: Big Hero 6

It’s Downtown Lawrence’s last summer movie outside before school starts!

Friday, Aug 12 from 7:30-11 PM, bring a chair or blanket and your family and friends to the library for an all-ages animated feature. See who’s going!

Local food and drink vendors will be onsite for your dining and drinking needs, or grab dinner at your favorite Downtown spot beforehand and then head over for the movie. Bring a picnic if you like! Free popcorn and door prizes from some of your favorite Downtown businesses. Family friendly and lots of fun but please leave your pets at home!


  • 7:30 pm
    Dinner & drinks available via direct sales from local Downtown food vendors and live entertainment starts!
    Food Vendors: Ramen Bowls, Fine Thyme Foods, Zen Zero & La Parrilla, BURGERFI, Summer Snow, & Juice Stop
    Beer, Wine & Sangria: The Free State Brewing Co. & Standard Beverage Corporation
    Activities:Face painting by Aunt Nancy’s Face Art, giveaways from WOW Connect!, Kansas Jayhawks and perhaps an appearance by Balloonman!
    Live Entertainment: Lawrence’s own Zydeco Tougeau!
  • 9:00 pm
    Movie starts!
    Free popcorn from Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and door prizes!


Thanks to event series partners and sponsors: Lawrence Public Library, Kansas Jayhawks, WOW Connect, MSM Systems, Essential Goods, Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, Standard Beverage Corporation, The Free State Brewing Co. and Nordera Productions

A Hike Through History (With Walking Tour Guide!)

From July 18 – September 10, 2016 take a “hike” through history in the Library Atrium.

This unique exhibit blends health and local history, and ties together William Clarke Quantrill and Langston Hughes, 19th-century travelers on the Oregon Trail and World War II-era German prisoners of war, the artistry of William S. Burroughs and the agricultural history of Douglas County, plus a long-forgotten railroad line and a number of dimly-remembered east side neighborhood notables whose names still grace streets and parks.

“A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail” offers a ten-panel display of engaging stories that invites visitors to envision the 1.7 mile paved path and linear park running from 11th Street to 23rd Street as a venue where people (especially those taking part in our Summer Reading challenge!) can exercise their minds and their bodies at the same time.

“We are delighted to host this exhibit that highlights local history while encouraging health and wellness,” says Brad Allen, the Library’s executive director. “Additionally, as a largely locally-sourced undertaking, it demonstrates the depth of talent and expertise available for public humanities projects here in Lawrence and environs.”

A series of accompanying bookmarks will offer suggestions for further reading about each topic. It also comes with its own reading list and mobile PDF Walking Guide for smartphone hikes!


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Nearly two years in the making, the “Hike through History” exhibit was developed by Sunflower Republic, LLC, under the auspices of the Lawrence Public Library and the Watkins Museum of History, with in-kind support from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. Funding was provided by Dolph and Pam Simons, the Kansas Health Foundation, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Exhibit scripts were written by scholars and experts in their fields. The panels are illustrated with archival images from the Kansas State Historical Society, the Douglas County Historical Society, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the Library of Congress, and other repositories. The project also enjoys formal support from the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association and the Brook Creek Neighborhood Association. “This exhibit aims to enhance a sense of place and promote a deeper understanding of the history that happened in East Lawrence,” notes Henry Fortunato, founder of Sunflower Republic, LLC, who conceived and directed the project, and is currently a visiting fellow at the Hall Center.

“Our hope is that it benefits residents who already use the Burroughs Creek Trail as an active transportation corridor while encouraging visitors to check it out.”

During its run here at the library, you will be encouraged to suggest other historical vignettes of more recent vintage for inclusion in possible future iterations of the project. “This exhibit is not supposed to be simply didactic,” adds Fortunato. “Ideally, it will spur dialogue as well, sparking conversations about other stories that need to be told.” Catch “A Hike through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail”  at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the KU Memorial Union, and the Watkins Museum of History after it leaves the library.

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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.


Third Thursday Book Club

From 7-8:30 PM on Thursday July 21, the 3TBC is meeting for food and cocktails at 7 East 7th (located above John Brown Underground) to discuss our most recent read.

If you haven’t read this month’s selection and want to get on board, email Kate!